Seth Levy focuses his practice on intellectual property protection, licensing, strategy and disputes, particularly in life sciences and health care. He also handles a range of technology and clinical research transactions, and advises technology transfer programs at academic and health care institutions. Seth served as managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office from 2013–2017, and is co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences practice.
My practice encompasses two main areas, leveraging my background in biological engineering and experience in business transactions.
I support tech transfer programs at universities, research institutes and academic medical centers. My experience includes patent procurement and portfolio management, coordinating complex research arrangements, negotiating commercial transactions involving IP, resolving related disputes and coordinating IP enforcement activities. I also advise on the development and expansion of tech transfer programs; the operation of incubators, accelerators and venture funds; and the revision of institutional IP policies to reflect contemporary tech transfer issues. I am intimately familiar with tech transfer operations and the unique environment in which these programs exist.
I represent academic and health care institutions in technology and research-driven transactions. I also work with companies in the private sector that do business with such institutions. My work in this area includes drafting and negotiating license agreements, research and development agreements, clinical trial agreements, consulting agreements and a range of other agreements to effectuate deals in the arenas of research, health care and intellectual property.
Technology transfer offices at academic institutions are developing and deploying increasingly sophisticated programs and service offerings to enhance their institution’s research activities, de-risk their innovations, generate revenue, benefit the public and stimulate economic growth.
I believe technology transfer offices are also on the verge of becoming progressively more active enforcers of their IP against infringers. I expect these institutions to increasingly leverage litigation (or the legitimate threat of it) to enhance their licensing efforts.
Law360 | June 01, 2018
San Francisco office managing partner Tom Gaynor and Los Angeles intellectual property partner Seth Levy are quoted in this story on the strides LGBT attorneys have made in the legal industry.
NPR | August 27, 2017
Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy, partner Justin Thompson and associate Jessica Walker are quoted in this article about the Los Angeles office’s pro bono work with OneJustice’s Justice Bus to help low-income immigrant Green Card holders seeking U.S. citizenship.
American Lawyer | October 31, 2016
This article features a number of new law firm office spaces. Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy is quoted in this article talking about NP's new Los Angeles office and some of its unique features including the outdoor rooftop terrace.
Daily Journal | September 30, 2016
Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy is quoted in this article on how law firms are reevaluating their real estate needs. Seth references our approach to no corner offices and more collaboration areas in our new space.
Huffington Post | September 01, 2016
Manager of diversity & inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu, Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy and Los Angeles public finance associate Jade Turner-Bond are quoted in this article that highlights Nixon Peabody’s efforts to create an inclusive workplace.
Huffington Post | April 19, 2016
Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy is quoted in this article about Grid110, a start-up fashion tech organization with which Nixon Peabody is very involved.
University of Southern California Law School, J.D.
Cornell University, B.S., Agricultural & Biological Engineering, cum laude
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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