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OSHA LIANG'S CHEMICAL TEAM GROWS WITH ADDITION OF EUROPEAN PATENT ATTORNEY

May 25, 2009

Osha Liang LLP is pleased to announce that Francesca Giovannini, a European Patent Attorney, has joined the Firm in its Paris office. Francesca is a new addition to the Firm’s chemical team, lead by Jeffrey Bergman.

With several years of experience in the patent field both in private practice and industry, Francesca’s previous intellectual property experience includes working as a patent searcher at the Patent Information Centre of Vicenza, Italy, and as an Associate at Porta, Checcacci & Associati in Milan, Italy. There, she gained experience through drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as patentability, validity/infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions. Francesca passed the Italian patent bar in 2002 and the European qualifying examination in 2004.

Anxious to get closer to research and gain international experience after five years at Porta, Checcacci & Associati, Francesca began working in the intellectual property department of LyondellBasell in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2005. There, she was the patent attorney responsible for handling polyethylene and ethylene polymerization processes for all of LyondellBasell’s R&D sites. She was intensively involved in drafting and prosecution activities, opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office, and in freedom-to-operate studies. Additionally, she coordinated IP activities for core R&D projects in cooperation with licensing and business units.

Since joining Osha Liang, Francesca has applied her knowledge of European patent law and the field of chemical engineering to the Firm’s various chemical clients as well as clients in the oilfield industry. She speaks English, Italian, French, and German, and is a member of the European Patent Institute and the Professional Association of Italian Industrial Property Consultants. Francesca received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Trieste in Italy in 1996, and is a certified European Patent Attorney, European Design Attorney, and Italian Patent Agent.
 

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