Steven J. Sarussi is co-chair of the firm’s Chemical Practice Group. With more than 30 years of experience, he helps a variety of clients – including pharmaceutical companies, startups, and universities – manage their patent portfolios. In addition to patent prosecution and counseling, Mr. Sarussi also supports companies with patent lifecycle strategy development, patentability, invalidity and non-infringement analyses, and due diligence investigations.
With a focus on the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Sarussi attributes much of his success to his education and past experience in the chemical industry, which gives him a unique perspective of his clients’ challenges and goals. His knowledge of chemistry, medicinal chemistry and biology allows him to easily communicate with a client’s scientific personnel to quickly understand their technologies and provide valuable legal advice.
Drawing on his background in chemistry and experience in intellectual property law, Mr. Sarussi has assisted clients with intellectual property aspects of development, research service, confidentiality, and other types of agreements in the pharmaceutical industry and beyond. He has been involved in securing and enforcing patents for a variety of technologies, including:
Mr. Sarussi has extensive experience with patent term extensions and Orange Book listings of patents covering FDA-approved drugs, and helps his clients maximize the value of their patents. He also has experience with opposition proceedings and patent prosecution matters at the European Patent Office.
Before diving into the patent and intellectual property world, Mr. Sarussi was a medicinal chemist in the cardiovascular diseases research group at G. D. Searle and Company. Outside of the office, Mr. Sarussi lives an active lifestyle, and has participated in nearly 25 triathlons over the years. He also has a green thumb and enjoys gardening, with a particular interest in growing peppers to make homemade hot sauce.