Seth focuses his practice on intellectual property protection, licensing, strategy, and disputes, as well as research transactions and operations, particularly in life sciences and health care. He handles a range of technology and clinical research matters, and advises technology transfer programs at academic and health care institutions. Seth also acts as outside general counsel to technology-driven companies. He is co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences practice.
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 and life sciences companies in technology and research-driven transactions. I also work with companies in the private sector that do business with these institutions. My work in this area includes drafting and negotiating license agreements, joint research and development agreements, clinical trial agreements, sponsored research agreements, consulting agreements, and a range of other corporate transactions to effectuate deals in the arenas of research, health care, and IP.
I serve as outside general counsel to emerging growth and mid-stage life sciences companies, supporting their businesses in this complex ecosystem. Coordinating with other specialists at the firm when needed, I guide our clients’ fundraising efforts, intellectual property strategy, partnering deals, board governance matters, and their full range of operational issues.
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 will become more active enforcers of their IP against infringers. I expect these institutions to increasingly leverage litigation to enhance their licensing efforts.
In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to drive and inform research, development and commercialization efforts throughout the life sciences sector. Practical and efficient deal-making and creative collaborations will be key to addressing worldwide public health issues and to otherwise meet the unique needs of this moment, whether through new treatments, vaccines and medical devices or other technologies such as telemedicine and digital health innovations.
Tech Transfer Tactics | February 18, 2020
Intellectual Property partners Evan Langdon of Washington, DC, and Shawn Hansen and Seth Levy of Los Angeles co-wrote this article explaining how the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) can be a “powerfully effective venue” for patent protection. Evan, Shawn, and Seth are leading the NP team representing the University of California in an investigation pending at the ITC concerning LED lightbulb technology. Read the full article on techtransfercentral.com.
TotalRetail | February 13, 2020
This article analyzes the potential for lasting implications to the global supply chain as a result of the University of California’s (UC) patent enforcement campaign against several retailers selling filament LED lightbulbs. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen are the lead attorneys representing UC.
Pacific Coast Business Times | February 07, 2020
The article mentions Nixon Peabody’s ongoing representation of the Regents of the University of California in UC Santa Barbara’s patent enforcement matter, noting that a recent $1.1 billion verdict for the California Institute of Technology in another matter could bode well for UC Santa Barbara. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen are the lead attorneys representing UC.
The Hechinger Report | January 17, 2020
In this article about the ways universities succeed or fail in monetizing their intellectual property, Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy talks about NP’s patent enforcement work on behalf of the University of California.
Tech Transfer Central | January 08, 2020
This article quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy discussing Nixon Peabody’s representation of the University of California, which has sued General Electric as part of its ongoing campaign to enforce its patents on LED lightbulb technology. Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen are leading the NP team.
Pacific Coast Business Times | January 02, 2020
Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy is quoted in this story covering the latest developments in UC Santa Barbara’s patent enforcement campaign to protect its LED lightbulb technology, including the addition of General Electric as a defendant. Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen are leading the NP team.
Law360 | August 29, 2019
This article highlights recent developments in the University of California’s campaign to protect its rights related to filament LED technology developed at UC Santa Barbara. On Wednesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission opened an investigation in response to UC’s complaint, filed in July by the Nixon Peabody team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen.
Fast Company | August 02, 2019
This article highlights the University of California’s campaign to protect its rights related to filament LED technology developed at the university. An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen is representing UC in this campaign.
Recorder/Law.com | June 28, 2019
This article, about the progress big law firms have made in support of the LGBTQ community, highlights Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy and his role as chairman and CEO of the It Gets better Project. The story also links to Nixon Peabody’s It Gets Better video.
Law360 | June 20, 2019
Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy talks about his involvement with the It Gets Better Project and his experience as an openly gay man in the legal profession.
Law360 | June 20, 2019
Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy talks about his involvement with the It Gets Better Project and his experience as an openly gay man in the legal profession. Click here to read the full article.
Law360 | May 31, 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.
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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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