Richard B. Murphy


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Mr. Murphy has over twenty years of experience in intellectual property law with a primary focus in the life sciences.  He has experience in both small biotech and device companies as well as multi-national Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies including Sanofi-Pasteur where he was Associate Vice President of Intellectual Property, Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck) as Chief Counsel for Canji and Director of Technology Licensing for SPRI, and as a Patent Attorney for Eli Lilly and Company.  In these roles, he was responsible for managing the patent portfolios for major products, advising on license agreements, performing freedom-to-operate studies, patent litigation and conducting intellectual property due diligence for major corporate acquisitions.  He has broad experience in many technology areas including vaccines, pharmaceuticals, biochemistry, molecular biology, genomic, diagnostics, biologics, and pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Murphy is active in organizations to develop new technologies in the San Diego community and currently a Entrepreneur-in-Residence for CONNECT in San Diego responsible for coaching and advising start-up companies.   He has frequently lectured on intellectual property law and strategy having been an invited speaker for the American Conference Institute, Licensing Executives Society, CalBIO, the American Chemical Society and BIOCOM. 

He has a degree in biochemistry from the University of Michigan and a JD from DePaul University. He is admitted to State Bars of California and Indiana, the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  

Mrs. Murphy’s practice includes all areas of intellectual property law, including procurement, licensing and litigation of patents, trademarks and copyrights.   Her range of experience includes the litigation of patents relating to genetic engineering, licensing of patents and trademarks owned by the research arm of a national non-profit organization, ex parte seizures of counterfeit audio recordings, trademark registration and copyright licensing on behalf of a major publishing company and pro bono work for visual artists.

Mrs. Murphy received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, fulfilling concentrations in Biology and Microbiology.  She also received her Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan, completing a concentration in Molecular Biology.   During graduate school, her research centered on the mechanism of action of interferon in leukemia patients and she was employed as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate course “The Biology of Cancer.”  She received her J.D. cum laude from Wayne State University Law School and was an associate at the intellectual property firm Banner & Witcoff in Chicago, Illinois.  She is admitted to the State Bars of Illinois and California, the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. .

In addition to her professional pursuits, Mrs. Murphy has been active in numerous charitable organizations, including Junior Achievement, The Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Girl Scouts, The Parent Connection and Girls, Inc. 

Barbara H. Murphy


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