Janice Vatland focuses her practice on strategic patent portfolio development and management in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. With over 10 years of experience, she has worked with a number of clients to tailor their patent protection based on business objectives and competitor activities. She counsels clients of all sizes, including universities, startups, and smaller and mid-sized companies.
Janice also has experience in European opposition, reissue and reexamination proceedings; applying for Patent Term Extensions and Supplementary Protection Certificates; requesting reconsideration of Patent Term Adjustment; and biosimilar/biobetter issues. She has obtained patent protection for a wide range of technologies including antibody, transgenic and sequencing technologies; particle and biologic-based delivery systems; immune modulating therapeutics; and new medical uses and formulations of known compositions.
Janice performed her doctoral work under the supervision of Professor William Thilly at MIT. Her doctoral work focused on long-term, low-dose cell culture experiments to determine the mutagenicity of compounds found in cigarette smoke. Her research experience extended to quantitative and statistical modeling of age-specific cancer mortality rates in the US. Janice also previously worked as a Senior Specialist with ENSR, an environmental consulting firm, where she performed fate and transport analyses, and as a Civil Engineering Intern with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Janice's thesis work was the subject of a number of newspaper and magazine articles, including articles in the Boston Globe
magazine. She serves as Chair of the firm’s PTO Practice Committee and is also the voice of the Wolf Greenfield phone system.
"Janice is very conscientious and responsive."
"The reason that things go well is because of Janice. She is good at making me feel as if I am her only client. She’s willing to work very hard to make sure our needs get met with a high quality."
"We had some filings due in August, and Janice made it happen while she was away on vacation. That’s not something I like to do and don’t regularly, but it was critical to our business, so she found a way to balance getting things done for us and spending time with her family."
Janice is a member of the Martin Fellows Society. World IP Review named her a United States Patent Leader in WIPR Leaders 2022. She has been repeatedly named one of Massachusetts Super Lawyers’ "Rising Stars" in the field of intellectual property law as well as The Top 100 Women Attorneys in Massachusetts.