Seth Levy served as managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office from 2013-2018 and is co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences practice. His practice focuses on intellectual property protection, strategy and disputes, particularly in life sciences and health care. He also handles a range of technology, clinical research and entertainment transactions and acts as outside general counsel to emerging growth companies.
My practice involves three main areas of focus, leveraging my background in biological engineering and experience in business transactions.
I work with clients to strategize around domestic and international intellectual property protection and enforcement, with an emphasis on obtaining and enforcing patents. I have a range of experience in medical diagnostics, therapeutics and devices; stem cell technologies; and consumer and health care products.
I work closely with academic and health care institutions to develop and support their technology transfer programs and also represent clients in other technology-driven transactions. I draft and negotiate license agreements, research and development agreements, clinical trial agreements, purchase agreements, consulting agreements and a range of other agreements to effectuate deals in the arenas of research, health care and commercial transactions.
I act as outside general counsel to emerging growth companies, including those in the life sciences and media/entertainment industries. I assist these clients with strategies for financing and growing their businesses, negotiating various business and entertainment transactions and managing disputes that arise.
I believe that health care providers will find increasing value in the intellectual property that underlies their business, both in the practice of medicine and in the management and delivery of services.
Represented Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in prosecuting, licensing, and enforcing patent rights on methods of treating irritable bowel syndrome (“IBS”), a chronic condition affecting more than 15% of the general population. Cedars-Sinai doctors invented groundbreaking treatments for IBS, and the NP team helped Cedars-Sinai patent these discoveries and license them to Salix Pharmaceuticals, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bausch Health Companies Inc. After Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc. sought FDA approval to market a generic competitor drug, NP represented Cedars-Sinai in litigation with its licensees against the infringing generic competitor. That litigation recently was resolved under confidential terms that assure Cedars-Sinai’s patent rights will be protected through their expiration.
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
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
District of Columbia
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