Ward and Smith, P.A. is pleased to welcome patent attorney Jeffrey W. Childers, Ph.D., to the Firm's Raleigh office. Dr. Childers will be a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Section where his practice will include preparing, filing, and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and molecular diagnostic arts, material sciences, medical device field, and other related areas; preparing patentability, freedom-to-operate, and infringement/non-infringement opinions; providing guidance and counseling on the intellectual property aspects of licensing and business transactions; and providing strategic advice and management of patent portfolios. His background also includes significant experience with corporate and university technology, including serving as patent counsel with the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer Office.
Dr. Childers earned his law degree, with honors, from The University of North Carolina School of Law, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Duke University. He is licensed to practice in North Carolina and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.