Dr. Marcie Beth Clarke has earned a national reputation as a life science intellectual property lawyer, particularly in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, gene therapy, antiviral therapeutics, agriculture, and protein therapeutics.
In order to help clients develop effective IP strategies to protect and facilitate commercialization of pharmaceutical products and platform technologies, Marcie assists clients with patent drafting, worldwide patent prosecution, patentability analyses, patent validity opinions, freedom-to-operate opinions, competitive landscape analyses, and investigating and resolving inventorship disputes. She works with clients on intellectual property due diligence for financings, including initial public offerings (IPOs), and on licensing strategies, negotiations, and agreements. Marcie has worked with a broad range of clients, including start-ups, academic institutions, and established pharmaceutical companies.
Marcie won first place in the Boston Patent Law Association’s 2010 Annual Writing Competition for her article entitled “The ‘Separate’ Written Description Requirement and its Impact on Biotechnology Patent Law” and graduated as Salutatorian from Suffolk University Law School. While at Suffolk University Law School, she received an Academic Leadership Tuition Scholarship and was awarded the Honorable Mention for her legal brief in the Legal Practice Skills Program.
Prior to law school, Marcie received her PhD in Molecular Microbiology from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She was the recipient of the Ruth Kirschstein Pre-doctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health and has published scientific articles in several journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Marcie has presented her work at various scientific meetings, including the Gordon Conference on Sensory Transduction, and was a Richard and Mary Finkelstein invited speaker at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting.
Outside of her busy practice, Marcie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, and volunteering in the local community.