Lucas Watkins, Ph.D.

Partner, Registered Patent Attorney, Deputy Chair, Patent Prosecution Practice - New York

Lucas Watkins
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Lucas Watkins is a partner in Foley Hoag’s Intellectual Property Department, resident in New York. His practice includes intellectual property counseling and litigation, especially involving technologies related to the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. In his counseling work, Lucas advises clients on portfolio strategy, provides opinions, and prepares and prosecutes patent applications. He has litigated patent infringement and trade secret actions before U.S. district courts, international arbitration panels, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Lucas’ litigation and counseling practices have addressed various technology areas, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, catalysts, diagnostic PCR techniques, fire retardant treatments and nanoparticle dispersions.

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  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
  • Florida State University, B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Representative Experience

  • Counsel for complainant in a section 337 action concerning herbicide manufacturing processes.
  • Counsel for respondent in an ICC arbitration concerning joint development of a pharmaceutical.
  • Counsel for complainant in an ICC arbitration and related reexamination concerning infringement of patents concerning PCR techniques.
  • Counsel for patent owner in a patent infringement lawsuit and related IPR concerning PCR diagnostic techniques.
  • Patent prosecution counsel for various international pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing companies.
  • Patent prosecution counsel for early-stage company developing green treatments for construction materials.
  • Patent prosecution counsel for various major research universities.
  • Etan Chatlynne, Stephen Kenny & Lucas Watkins, Investigating Patent Law’s Presumption of Validity Part II: An Empirical Analysis of How Unconsidered Evidence And Evidentiary Standards Affect Jury Verdicts, 2011 Cardozo L. Rev. De Novo 46
  • Lucas Watkins, How States can Protect their Policies in Federal Class Actions, 32 Campbell L. Rev. 285 (2010)
  • Lucas Watkins, Ph.D. Dissertation, Optimal Statistical Methods for Analysis of Single-Molecule Data
  • J.A. Hanson, K. Duderstadt, Lucas Watkins, S. Bhattacharyya, J. Brokaw, J.-W. Chu, and H. Yang, Illuminating the Mechanistic Roles of Enzyme Conformational Dynamics, 104 Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 18055 (2007)
  • Lucas Watkins, H. Chang, and H. Yang, Quantitative Single-Molecule Conformational Distributions: A Case Study with Poly-(L-proline), 110 J. Phys. Chem. A 5191 (2006)
  • Lucas Watkins and H. Yang, Detection of Intensity Change Points in Time-Resolved Single Molecule Measurements, 109 J. Phys. Chem. B 617 (2005)
  • Lucas Watkins and Haw Yang, Information Bounds and Optimal Analysis of Dynamic Single Molecule Measurements, 86 Biophysical Journal 4015 (2004)
  • J. Saltiel, J.M. Mace, Lucas Watkins, D.A. Gormin, R.J. Clark, O. Dmitrenko, Biindanylidenes: Role of Central Bond Torsion in Nonvertical Triplet Excitation Transfer to the Stilbenes, 125 J. Am. Chem. Soc. 16158 (2003)
  • J. Saltiel, S. Wang, L.P. Watkins, D.-H. Ko, Direct Photoisomerization of the 1,6-Diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatrienes. Medium Effect on Triplet and Singlet Contributions, 104 J. Phys. Chem. A 11443 (2000)
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Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (Agency)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit