PRACTICE AREA OVERVIEW
Dr. Noonan prosecutes U.S., international, and foreign patent applications. He advises clients about patentability, infringement, joint research agreements, and strategic product development. He also represents clients in the acquisition and sale of intellectual property, including due diligence evaluations. Dr. Noonan is the head of the firm’s life sciences group.
As both a physician and a patent attorney, Dr. Noonan has a broad perspective about the practical applications of medical and biological inventions. His medical education and residency training in internal medicine and ophthalmology also provide specialized expertise in a variety of fields. He has worked on many cases related to human genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical and surgical devices, high-throughput micro-array technology, optics, engineered proteins, vaccines, cancer treatment, and imaging analysis.
PRIOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Prior to joining the firm in 1985, Dr. Noonan was a patent prosecutor at Sughrue, Mion et al. in Washington, D.C. and a patent litigator at Keaty & Keaty, New Orleans, LA. Dr. Noonan also participated in an Ophthalmology Residency at Oregon Health & Science University and the Internal Medicine Residency at Providence Medical Center in Portland, OR.
- Congressional Testimony: Witness, US Senate Judiciary Committee, Hearings on Gene Patenting, Washington, DC, September 22, 1992; Witness, US House Judiciary Committee, Hearings on Patenting Medical and Surgical Procedures, Washington, DC, October 19, 1995
- Adjunct Professor of Patent Law at University of Oregon, 1993 – 1994, and at Tulane University 1984 – 1985
- Oregon Patent Law Association
- Interdisciplinary Center on Epigenetics Science and Society at Oregon Health & Science University 2010 – 2012
- Invited speaker at many universities and research institutes about patenting medical and biotechnology inventions
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
- Noonan, W.D. (2013). Epigenetic Patents, Biotechnology Law Report
- Noonan, W.D. (2013). Patenting Biomedicine Inventions, National Paralegal Reporter
- Noonan, W.D. (2000). Patenting Genetic Inventions, Growth Genetics and Hormones.
- Noonan, W.D. (1995). Patenting Methods of Medical and Surgical Treatment, J. Patent and Trademark Office Socy, 77:651
- Noonan, W.D. (1995). Must an Internship be Miserable? The Pharos, 58:19
- Noonan, W.D., and Samples, J.R. 1994 Diclofenac Sodium: New Drugs in Ophthalmology, J. Toxicol. Cut & Ocular Toxicol. 12:265-272.
- Noonan, W.D. (1993) Of Mice and Men: Biotechnology in Oregon, OR State Bar Bull., 53:17-20.
- Noonan, W.D. (1990) Patenting Medical Inventions, The Pharos, 53:6-11.
- Noonan, W.D. (1990) Patenting Medical Technology, J. Legal Med. 11:263-319.
- Noonan, W.D. (1990) Ownership of Biological Tissue, J. Patent and Trademark Office Socy, 72:109-113.
- Noonan, W.D. (1986) Understanding Patent Scope, OR Law Rev., 65:717-743.
- Noonan, W.D. (1978) In re Bergy: Patenting Living Organisms, UMKC Law Rev., 47:130-143.