The Editor interviews Basil S. Krikelis, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP.
Editor: Please tell us about your background and experience.
Krikelis: I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Purdue University in 1989. After graduating, I joined DuPont and then transitioned to the DuPont Merck joint venture, where I worked primarily with transgenic mice to examine ways to inhibit the HIV protease enzyme.
From there, I attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago, graduated in 1995 and returned to the East Coast to begin my law practice. After two years in private practice, I accepted an offer from another DuPont joint venture, DuPont-ConAgra, to serve as inhouse patent counsel, which I did for five years, two of those years as chief patent counsel. My responsibilities included managing a patent estate of approximately 500 U.S. and foreign patents that were directed primarily to animal feed and welfare applications and with plant and other related biotech technology.
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