January 24, 2011

Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes attorney Joseph M. Pletcher as an associate to the firm’s Science and Technology practice group. Pletcher, who holds a doctorate in organic chemistry, joins a deep bench of attorneys and scientists who advise life science and technology clients on intellectual property and patent law matters.

“With its expanding patent practice supporting major chemical and pharmaceutical clients, the Polsinelli Shughart reputation is building among chemical patent practitioners and clients,” said Pletcher. “I am honored to join the team as we continue to grow the Chicago portion of Polsinelli Shughart’s national science and technology practice.”

Pletcher joins the Science and Technology practice group which includes experienced lawyers and scientists with advanced degrees in engineering, biology, microbiology and chemistry. The national practice stretches from Phoenix to Chicago with a strong presence in the Midwest. Pletcher is a registered patent attorney focusing in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. He will provide counsel, patent prosecution and opinion work to a variety of science and biotechnology clients.
Pletcher says he was attracted to the Polsinelli Shughart model, which enables attorneys and clients to work together as a cohesive team toward a common goal. This results in a solid product for the client, while simultaneously providing continuous training to associate attorneys.

“Polsinelli Shughart is committed to the recruitment of talented, life science attorneys who are focused on practical, value-driven solutions for our clients,” said Managing Director/Chicago Anthony J. Nasharr.

Pletcher earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Emory University in 2005. He earned his law degree in 2008 from Indiana University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Butler University in 2000.

Pletcher is a member of the American Chemical Society (Organic Division) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He previously practiced at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione in Chicago prior to joining Polsinelli Shughart.

Pletcher is an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:

• Patent preparation and prosecution
• Pharmaceutical patent issues, including ANDA submissions and Paragraph IV litigation
• Medical device patent issues

For more information contact:

Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618,

Parris Communications, Bob Inderman, 816-931-8900,

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