Sarah A. Biggs Shareholder

312.775.8213

Sarah Biggs is a Shareholder and Board Member at McAndrews and practices a broad range of intellectual property law focusing on patent and trademark opinion work, prosecution, litigation, agreements and client counseling. She helps technical clients strategically protect their intellectual property, with a focus on chemistry, biology and biochemistry.

Sarah has extensive experience in various industries with particular expertise in the medical device, nutritional product, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Her clients appreciate her ability to be cost-effective, practical and focused on their goals. By analyzing those goals, their technology and the intellectual property landscape in their technical area, she helps them determine how best to protect their ideas, inventions and brands. She then helps them identify and pursue that protection that will best protect their interests, as well as helping them utilize the intellectual property assets when obtained.

Clients rely on Sarah to provide counsel on potential risk and risk management strategies. This includes performing due diligence and preparing opinions related to licensing, acquisitions and potential litigation with a particular focus towards pharmaceutical compounds, nutritional formulations and sterile biological implants.

Sarah also helps her clients effectively and efficiently manage and develop their intellectual property portfolios. This involves harvesting and prioritizing ideas for intellectual property protection and routinely counseling clients about such protection.

Additionally, Sarah prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications in a wide variety of technical areas including pharmaceuticals, chemicals for printed circuit board manufacture, surface treatment chemicals, carbon dioxide gas production methods and uses, hydrogen sensors, sterile biological implants, material sciences and drug screening methods. She also prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign trademark registration applications.

Sarah has been involved in all aspects of patent, trademark, trade dress and unfair competition litigation, including coordinating various elements of discovery, researching legal, factual and scientific issues, and preparing written submissions to the Court in a variety of technical areas, such as medical devices, consumer products and computerized methods.

As an undergraduate, Sarah participated in research programs at Michigan State University and the University of Pittsburgh in, respectively, environmental and polymer chemistry. She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School for several semesters.

EDUCATION

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Saint Mary’s College, B.S., Chemistry, summa cum laude

BAR ADMISSIONS/REGISTRATIONS

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office