McAndrews’ Christopher Singer and George Wheeler to Lead Sessions at PLI’s Advanced Patent Prosecution Seminar


CHICAGO, IL – August 20, 2015 – McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholders Christopher P. Singer, Ph.D., and George Wheeler will participate in the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) Advanced Patent Prosecution Seminar 2015: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, September 10-11, 2015, in Chicago. Dr. Singer and Wheeler, along with other patent attorneys, will provide hands-on experience for claim drafting and amendment writing.

The two-day event is designed for private, corporate and other in-house practitioners looking to improve their general drafting and writing skills. The sessions are organized into four technology sections: biotechnology, chemical/pharmaceutical, electromechanical and electronics/computers. Registrants will satisfy CLE requirements as they concentrate on the specialized skills required in their technological area. During the event, attendees will:

  • Evaluate the latest developments in patent law, including patent prosecution and the impact of the America Invents Act, the implementation of the Patent Law Treaty and the impact of recent Supreme Court and Federal Court decisions
  • Compose claims and amendments under the guidance of experienced patent prosecutors
  • Practice in small groups focusing on specific disciplines
  • Receive individualized feedback on claim drafting and amendment writing skills
  • Assess practical techniques for avoiding prosecution pitfalls

Practising Law Institute is a nonprofit continuing legal education and professional business training organization. Founded in 1933, PLI is dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques, through seminars and workshops, live webcasts, and on-demand learning. PLI annually awards more than 50,000 scholarships to its programs, and its more than 4,000 speakers include the most prominent lawyers, judges, investment bankers, accountants, corporate counsel, and U.S. and international regulators.

For a detailed schedule or to register for the event, please click here.

Dr. Singer concentrates his practice on securing patent rights in life science technologies, such as biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. His experience includes patent prosecution and global patent portfolio management, as well as due diligence, patent validity and infringement, freedom-to-operate, technology landscape and patentability analyses. Dr. Singer provides counsel to a variety of clients including global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, national universities, international chemical companies, as well as start-up companies and individual inventors. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry, and his patent prosecution expertise extends over a broad range of biological and chemical technologies.

Mr. Wheeler has counseled corporate clients for more than 25 years in a wide variety of patent matters, securing hundreds of patents in industries such as chemical, mechanical and medical technologies. He specializes in patent analysis, both for patentees and for opponents of patents, and prosecution and strategic development of high-value patent portfolios. His work also includes more than 25 post-grant patent review proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

About McAndrews, Held & Malloy

McAndrews, Held & Malloy boasts one of the most highly regarded teams of intellectual property attorneys, agents and technology specialists in the United States. Founded in 1988, the firm offers deep bench strength in matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. McAndrews attorneys have underlying scientific-based degrees and extensive prior experience in technology and IP-focused professions, and they routinely handle cases that involve innovative and cutting-edge technologies in specialized industries. While best known for their record of litigation successes, the firm also offers services in IP procurement, patent interferences, trademark oppositions and cancellations, IP/technology opinions and investigations, global portfolio management, development and licensing, M&A support, due diligence, design rights and joint ventures. Clients include multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies, startups and world-renowned universities. For more information, visit