Reverse Osmosis Membranes

We were asked to investigate a novel membrane technology that was 40% more efficient and used less energy. The improvements resulted from using raised surfaces on interior membrane surfaces, which allowed for more efficient water flow through the membrane product and resulted in less clogging and therefor more energy savings. We carefully studied the IP portfolio and had several communications with the target company, to assure our client that the highly competitive membrane space did not have competing technology that would interfere with the target business plan. We were able to provide an opinion to our client that any unknown risks were unlikely to have a negative impact.

Michael McGurk

Mike McGurk has more than 30 years of experience in virtually all aspects of patent law. Working with clients ranging from small start-ups to large Fortune 100 companies, he provides counsel in due diligence matters, global portfolio development and adversarial proceedings, including litigation, post-grant reviews, interferences and re-examinations. Mike works primarily with pharmaceutical, chemical, medical device and mechanical technology businesses. For at least the last fifteen (15) years, approximately 50-70% of Mike’s work has been focused in life sciences, including ANDA litigation support and pre-filing due diligence. Mike’s practice is informed by his background as a patent examiner in the chemical arts for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as a litigator for ten years, and as an expert in due diligence matters. He regularly provides strategic litigation counseling support to clients across the nation, and has handled numerous patent matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO. His extensive due diligence experience includes pre-litigation, acquisition, in-license, freedom-to-operate product and/or process clearance, design around, validity and patentability matters. Mike works with teams having the appropriate technical and legal abilities.