Janice Vatland focuses her practice in strategic patent portfolio development and management in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. With over 10 years of experience, she has worked with a number of clients to tailor their patent protection based on business objectives and competitor activities. She counsels clients of all sizes, including universities, startups, and smaller and mid-sized companies. 

Janice also has experience in European opposition, reissue, and reexamination proceedings; applying for Patent Term Extensions and Supplementary Protection Certificates; requesting reconsideration of Patent Term Adjustment; and biosimilar/biobetter issues. She has obtained patent protection for a wide range of technologies including antibody, transgenic, and sequencing technologies; particle and biologic-based delivery systems; immune modulating therapeutics; and new medical uses and formulations of known compositions.

Janice performed her doctoral work under the supervision of Professor William Thilly at MIT. Her doctoral work focused on long-term, low-dose cell culture experiments to determine the mutagenicity of compounds found in cigarette smoke. Her research experience extended to quantitative and statistical modeling of age-specific cancer mortality rates in the US Janice also previously worked as a Senior Specialist with ENSR, an environmental consulting firm, where she performed fate and transport analyses, and as a Civil Engineering Intern with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Janice's thesis work was the subject of a number of newspaper and magazine articles, including articles in the Boston Globe and Self magazine. She serves as Chair of the firm’s PTO Practice Committee and is also the voice of the Wolf Greenfield phone system.
Client testimonial:
"Janice is very conscientious and responsive."
Client testimonial:
"The reason that things go well is because of Janice. She is good at making me feel as if I am her only client. She’s willing to work very hard to make sure our needs get met with a high quality."
Client testimonial:
"We had some filings due in August, and Janice made it happen while she was away on vacation. That’s not something I like to do and don’t regularly, but it was critical to our business, so she found a way to balance getting things done for us and spending time with her family."
  • Obtained dominating patents for an oncology company in a crowded area of antibody technology.
  • Helped track and evaluate competitor positions and assisted with successful EPO oppositions.
  • Worked with a start-up to understand freedom-to-operate position and devise patent strategy leading to successful round of financing.
  • Assisted an early stage biotech company in building a patent portfolio that has been licensed by a multinational pharmaceutical company in a deal worth as much as $900 million.
  • Directed the patent prosecution worldwide for a targeted cancer treatment, including a successful appeal in Japan.
  • Conducted clearance analyses in connection with client’s contemplated vaccine marketing.
  • Assisted with obtaining a Patent Term Extension for a biologic.
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Art Technology New England
  • BioForward 
  • Boston Patent Law Association - 2010 selection committee member for the BPLA/ Museum of Science Invented Here! Competition

Janice is a member of the Martin Fellows Society. She has been repeatedly named one of Massachusetts Super Lawyers’ "Rising Stars" in the field of intellectual property law as well as The Top 100 Women Attorney in Massachusetts.

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Janice Vatland focuses her practice in strategic patent portfolio development and management in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. With over 10 years of experience, she has worked with a number of clients to tailor their patent protection based on business objectives and competitor activities. She counsels clients of all sizes, including universities, startups, and smaller and mid-sized companies. 

Janice also has experience in European opposition, reissue, and reexamination proceedings; applying for Patent Term Extensions and Supplementary Protection Certificates; requesting reconsideration of Patent Term Adjustment; and biosimilar/biobetter issues. She has obtained patent protection for a wide range of technologies including antibody, transgenic, and sequencing technologies; particle and biologic-based delivery systems; immune modulating therapeutics; and new medical uses and formulations of known compositions.

Janice performed her doctoral work under the supervision of Professor William Thilly at MIT. Her doctoral work focused on long-term, low-dose cell culture experiments to determine the mutagenicity of compounds found in cigarette smoke. Her research experience extended to quantitative and statistical modeling of age-specific cancer mortality rates in the US Janice also previously worked as a Senior Specialist with ENSR, an environmental consulting firm, where she performed fate and transport analyses, and as a Civil Engineering Intern with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Janice's thesis work was the subject of a number of newspaper and magazine articles, including articles in the Boston Globe and Self magazine. She serves as Chair of the firm’s PTO Practice Committee and is also the voice of the Wolf Greenfield phone system.
Client testimonial:
"Janice is very conscientious and responsive."
Client testimonial:
"The reason that things go well is because of Janice. She is good at making me feel as if I am her only client. She’s willing to work very hard to make sure our needs get met with a high quality."
Client testimonial:
"We had some filings due in August, and Janice made it happen while she was away on vacation. That’s not something I like to do and don’t regularly, but it was critical to our business, so she found a way to balance getting things done for us and spending time with her family."
  • Obtained dominating patents for an oncology company in a crowded area of antibody technology.
  • Helped track and evaluate competitor positions and assisted with successful EPO oppositions.
  • Worked with a start-up to understand freedom-to-operate position and devise patent strategy leading to successful round of financing.
  • Assisted an early stage biotech company in building a patent portfolio that has been licensed by a multinational pharmaceutical company in a deal worth as much as $900 million.
  • Directed the patent prosecution worldwide for a targeted cancer treatment, including a successful appeal in Japan.
  • Conducted clearance analyses in connection with client’s contemplated vaccine marketing.
  • Assisted with obtaining a Patent Term Extension for a biologic.
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Art Technology New England
  • BioForward 
  • Boston Patent Law Association - 2010 selection committee member for the BPLA/ Museum of Science Invented Here! Competition

Janice is a member of the Martin Fellows Society. She has been repeatedly named one of Massachusetts Super Lawyers’ "Rising Stars" in the field of intellectual property law as well as The Top 100 Women Attorney in Massachusetts.