Hoffmann & Baron LLP Attends AgBio Innovators Tradeshow

Hoffmann & Baron, LLP recently attended the AgBio Innovators Tradeshow in Danville, VA. The conference included collaborative panels, small- and large-scale research, diverse funding and commercialization.

Agriculture was the first transformative technology to arise in civilization and agricultural biotechnology is now critical to nourishing people and communities throughout our planet.  As agriculture-related technologies are evolving the importance of IP services in protecting inventors/developers rights has been amplified.

The Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina corridor play a vital role in bringing forth innovative solutions of bioscience and technology to the agriculture industry. With the opening of its DC regional office two years ago the law firm has made a commitment to the support of innovation in this region and was pleased to sponsor this important event. Joe W. Ricigliano, Ph.D, J.D, and Curtis Altmann, Ph.D. J.D. who both have substantive experience representing clients in the agriculture and agricultural-biotechnology space attended the show on behalf of Hoffmann & Baron.

Virginia’s newly granted $66.7 million in state funding will be utilized to create job opportunities, raise wages, and promote economic growth. The states combined efforts of utilizing their resources will contribute to the sophisticated technology and academic laboratories, and start ups within the agricultural industry to meet the needs and protections of plants. These efforts expand from preventing the spread of diseases from vegetation and pesticide regulation.

Ricigliano received his Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law, cum Laude; his Doctorate in biochemistry from The University of Pennsylvania; and holds a B.A. in biochemistry with highest distinction, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr Ricigliano is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, Virginia Bar and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ricigliano’s practice is largely focused on worldwide patent prosecution, opinions and portfolio counseling in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, material science areas, agriculture and medical device industries. Dr. Ricigliano has also been involved with a number of litigations and provided guidance to clients regarding clinical laboratory compliance issues. Prior to joining Hoffmann & Baron, LLP, Ricigliano worked at Perkins Coie, LLP’s Washington, D.C. office, where he was Senior Counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice.

Altmann comes to Hoffmann & Baron, LLP from Arnold & Porter, LLP’s Washington, D.C. office, where he was Senior Counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. He received his law degree from American University Washington College of Law. In addition to his extensive patent law experience, Dr. Altmann has a deep technical background. He received his B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to attending law school,  Dr. Altmann performed postdoctoral work at NYU School of Medicine and Rockefeller University. From 2002-2007 he served as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, with emphasis on genomics and bioinformatics, eye development, vertebrate embryology, molecular biology, biochemistry, nanotechnology and plant genomics.