- University of Southern California Law School, J.D.
- Cornell University, B.S., Agricultural & Biological Engineering, cum laude
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Angelenos to Know in Intellectual Property Law” special supplement.
- Named as one of the Daily Journal’s “25 Leading Biotech Lawyers in California,” 2011
- Named as one of the Daily Journal’s “Top 20 Under 40” lawyers in California, 2011
- Named as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (California) by Chambers USA, 2009–2013
- Selected to “Southern California Rising Stars” in Intellectual Property, Law & Politics, 2008–2010
- Named one of the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40,” National LGBT Bar Association, 2010
- Inaugural recipient, Paul Davis Memorial Award for outstanding leadership in pro bono work, University of Southern California Law School, 2004
- Jack Berman Award of Achievement, recognizing a young lawyer who has provided outstanding service to the legal profession and public, as well as dedication to issues of concern to new and young lawyers, California State Bar, 2005
- Star of the Year award, 2002, 2006, and 2009; Star of the Quarter Award, 2004, 2005, and 2007; ABA Young Lawyers Division
- Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, four-time recipient, California State Bar
SETH D. LEVY
Seth D. Levy is a partner in Nixon Peabody LLP’s Patents practice group and the firm’s Los Angeles office. With a deep background in biological engineering, his practice focuses on patent prosecution and intellectual property management programs, primarily in the life sciences area.
In addition to technology-based companies, he has extensive experience working with technology transfer programs at educational and health care institutions. Seth works with clients to procure patents for their innovations, license these patents, and enforce them against possible infringers. He coordinates complex research arrangements, negotiates commercial transactions involving intellectual property, and resolves related disputes.
Seth’s practice includes:
- Managing patent procurement for innovations for a wide variety of technologies, including biotechnology and life sciences.
- Representing academic institutions in IP licensing to private companies and investors and structuring sponsored research agreements, clinical trial agreements, material transfer agreements, and inter-institutional agreements with nonprofit and for-profit collaborators.
- Representing emerging companies in intellectual property licensing and in acquiring IP assets.
- Conducting IP due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions for businesses in a wide variety of technologies and industries.
- Serving as outside general counsel for early stage technology companies.
- “Legal Issues: Mayo v. Prometheus, Update on America Invents Act, and More”, AUTM Western Region Meeting, November 2012
- “U.S. Patent Reform: An Update and Discussion of Its Impact on Technology Transfer,” AUTM Western Region Meeting, September 2011
- “Improving the Odds,” AUTM Annual Meeting, February 2011
- “Top Tips from Outside Counsel,” AUTM Western Region Meeting, October 2010
- “Tech Transfer—Doing Business with Academic Institutions,"” October 2010
- “Seth Levy on Patent Procurement,” The Launch Hour, July 2010
- “Federal Funding and Tax Exemption: compliance throughout the patent process and commercialization activities,” AUTM Western Region Meeting, July 2008
- “Patent Issues for Life Sciences Lawyers,” AHLA Life Sciences Law Institute, May 2008
- “Intellectual Property and Publication Issues in Clinical Trial Agreements,” American Health Lawyers Association Member Briefing, April 2013
- “Patent Protection in Medicine and Biotechnology: An Overview,” Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law, June 2011
- “License Lessons: Don’t overlook key elements in patent-related licensing agreements,” GC California, Nov./Dec. 2009
- “Back to School: Licensing Patents from Academic Institutions,” GC California, November 2008
- “Get Ready for Change,” GC California, June 2008