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Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer Jonathan Harris Joins Nutter as Partner

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Nutter announced today that Jonathan Harris has joined the firm as a partner in its Intellectual Property Department and as a member of the firm’s Life Sciences group. Harris will focus his practice on advising leaders in the life sciences industry on high-stakes patent litigation, prosecution, and licensing.

“Jonathan’s broad-based practice will further strengthen our strong intellectual property and life sciences groups, and our clients will benefit from his scientific expertise and business-minded approach,” said Liam O’Connell, Nutter’s Co-Managing Partner. “We are excited to add him to our team and welcome him to the firm.”

Harris is a trusted adviser to companies seeking to protect, license, and enforce patent assets. He negotiates and drafts sophisticated patent licenses and strategic alliances. Harris has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications, particularly in the area of chemistry and small molecules, and regularly counsels clients concerning due diligence and freedom to operate. He has also served as lead or co-lead trial counsel in numerous federal district court patent actions and inter partes review proceedings, including multiple matters worth billions of dollars.

“Jonathan is an accomplished IP attorney with deep experience navigating all areas of mission-critical patent matters,” said Steven Saunders, chair of Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department. Kathleen Williams, Ph.D., chair of the firm’s Life Sciences group, said, “Jonathan will play an important role in helping our clients further monetize and protect their cutting-edge innovations in the life sciences field.”

Prior to joining Nutter, Harris was a partner at a New England-based law firm. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and the IAM Patent 1000. Harris earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Connecticut School of Law; his MBA, cum laude, from the University of Connecticut School of Business; and his B.S. in biology from Duke University.

The addition of Harris follows Nutter’s recent addition of prominent litigation partner Christopher Sullivan in New York. Based in Nutter’s newly established office in midtown Manhattan, Sullivan expands Nutter’s capabilities in complex national and international real estate, commercial, corporate, and banking litigation.

Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department advises clients on patent portfolio development, counseling, and prosecution; due diligence; litigation; trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; licensing; international IP rights; and opinions of counsel. Global corporations, mid-market and emerging companies, and investors turn to Nutter to protect, enhance, leverage, and capitalize on their IP assets.

The Life Sciences group at Nutter has a long track record working with clients in the life sciences sector to achieve their legal and business objectives throughout all stages of their lifecycle. The firm’s lawyers handle matters concerning complex intellectual property and licensing; corporate transactions and agreements; financing; ANDA litigation; employment; and real estate. Nutter applies its deep knowledge in biology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, and related fields to help transform ideas and goals into viable strategies and products.

About Nutter
Nutter is a Boston-based law firm that provides legal counsel to industry-leading companies, early stage entrepreneurs, institutions, foundations, and families, across the country and around the world. The firm’s business and finance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and land use, labor and employment, tax, and trusts and estates practices are national in scope. The firm was co-founded in 1879 by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, before his appointment to the Court. For more information, please visit and follow the firm on LinkedIn.

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