Start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike turn to Mercedes to manage their patents and patent portfolios. She advises on developing patent strategies, managing the intellectual property rights, and making associated investments and acquisitions. She provides clients with strategies for global filings. Mercedes also conducts due diligence and handles patent interferences, reexaminations and inter partes matters.
Mercedes often is consulted on drug pricing and Bayh-Dole march-in issues, and she is an authority on patent prosecution ethics and bioethics issues.
Mercedes is skilled at helping clients protect incremental advances on existing technology related to:
- Antibodies and immuno-oncology (IO)
- Combination drug therapies
- Viral vectors
- Nucleic acids, CRISPR
- Stem cell research
- Gene therapy
- Drug screening and identification
- Food and beverages
- Extracts and nutraceuticals
- Animal health products
- Enzymes for use in biofuels, detergents, baking, cosmetics and animal health products
Mercedes founded and initiated the development of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s (IPO’s) Women in IP Committee Gender Diversity in Innovation Toolkit, a four-step blueprint for companies to assess and cultivate gender parity in innovation.
In addition to showing dogs, Mercedes enjoys fly fishing, skeet shooting, quilting, skiing, hiking, writing, painting, Southwestern Indian pottery and blogging on women in law.