Mr. Skacel has extensive experience in counseling clients on a broad range of patent matters, with particular expertise in providing strategic advice and rendering legal opinions and analysis concerning patentability, validity and infringement of patents, and market clearance of products.
Mr. Skacel also has a great deal of experience in patent application preparation and all aspects of U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, with primary focus on the fields of pharmaceuticals, life sciences, food products, biotechnology, antibodies, organic chemistry, cell biology, vaccines, medical devices, diagnostic systems, and thin film chemical coatings and compositions.
Mr. Skacel has worked closely with clients for many years, advising them on patent strategies and portfolio development. He has performed comprehensive IP due diligence in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and capital investments, and has been involved in various aspects of adversarial patent proceedings, including interferences, oppositions, reexaminations, and litigation in federal courts.
Mr. Skacel earned his B.S. degree in Biology from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania and his J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law in New York City, where he served as a Notes and Articles Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal. Prior to earning his law degree, Mr. Skacel gained biotechnology research experience in both academic and industry settings, where he researched mammalian receptor systems and their functions and evaluated the pharmacokinetics and metabolism of investigational new drugs and drug candidates.