August 21, 2012

Polsinelli Shughart welcomes Christine M. Cochran as an attorney in the firm’s Chicago office where she will practice in the nationally recognized Science and Technology Practice. Cochran counsels clients in securing and preserving their intellectual property rights in life sciences.

“Christine brings experience in the continuing growth area of patentability and related product development strategies,” said Chicago Managing Director Anthony J. Nasharr. “We look forward to her contributions as we continue to build our life sciences capabilities firm wide and in our growing Chicago office.”

Cochran’s technical experience is primarily in biotechnology and chemical inventions such as oncology, immunology, gene therapy, stem cells, small molecule pharmaceuticals, and industrial and consumer chemistry. She also has prosecuted patents and counseled clients in other life sciences technologies such as biofuels and waste management. She assists clients in due diligence analyses and technology transactions including licenses and joint ventures.

“Polsinelli’s reputation as an entrepreneurial firm that embraces a wide range of clients attracted me.” said Cochran. “I am also impressed with the seamless integration of the offices and the value the firm places on technology’s role in that integration. The firm’s commitment to technology ensures that the breadth and depth of the firm’s experience is available for our clients at a moment’s notice.”

Cochran’s patent experience covers a full range of domestic and international patent prosecution services, including appeals, oppositions, and U.S. interference practice.

She earned her law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2003 where she was executive editor of the school’s Journal of Law and Policy and was an Honor Scholar. She received her A.B. in Biology from the University of Chicago in 1998. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She also is admitted to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
The Chicago office of Polsinelli Shughart started in 2006 and has now grown to 64 attorneys. Polsinelli Shughart is ranked as the fifth fastest growing law firm in the country in 2012.

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