DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Steven L. Highlander Ph.D., J.D was selected as the newest IP Hero Award winner. The IP Hero Awards, sponsored by Patent and Trademark law firm Murgitroyd, are an international program developed to recognize individuals in the Intellectual Property industry who have made outstanding contributions to the industry or organization(s) they represent.
Dr. Highlander is currently Managing Member of Parker Highlander, PLLC, a boutique IP law firm dedicated to handling an array of client matters including patent prosecution, counseling, opinions, due diligence and portfolio management. In addition, the firm has been named Best Law Firm – Patent Law – Tier 1 and Biotechnology Law Tier 1 by US News and World Reports.
Parker Highlander, PLLC focuses on portfolio management for universities, non-profits and small to mid-sized corporate clients. Preparation and filing of patent applications, as well as prosecution of these cases, make up the bulk of Steve’s docket. He also has considerable opinion experience for patentability, validity, infringement and inventorship disputes. Dr. Highlander has also been involved in over 20 interference proceedings, including several garnering Federal Circuit review.
Steve’s partner, Dr. David Parker commented, “I have worked with Steve for over 20 years and can honestly say that he is one of the most knowledgeable and insightful biotech intellectual property attorneys in the country. Whenever I have a problem I go to Steve and he invariably provides an elegant solution. I can also say that our clients routinely comment to me on his resourcefulness, hard work and responsiveness. So, Steve is certainly an IP Hero to our firm and our clients!”
Steve earned a Juris Doctorate from University of Michigan Law School, a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and Bachelor of Arts from Central Missouri State University. His memberships include the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Association of University Technology Managers. He is a recognized speaker and author in the areas of Biotechnology Patent Law and University Portfolio Management. Steve received a special gubernatorial appointment as Commissioner of the Texas Historical Commission and was also named the 2015 Best Patent Attorney in Austin, TX by Best Lawyers, US News and World Report.
About the IP Hero Awards
The IP Hero Awards was established in 2011 and expanded internationally in September 2012. Winners are selected on a quarterly basis and determined by the nominee with the highest number of votes. The IP Hero Awards are sponsored by the global Patent and Trademark law firm, Murgitroyd. Visit iphero.net for more information, to submit a nomination or vote for the next IP Hero Award winner.