FERRIS H. LANDER
Ferris H. Lander is a former Primary Examiner, having spent twenty-five years with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Mr. Lander's practice focuses upon biotechnology, particularly on technologies related to mass spectroscopic analysis of human disease markers and immunoassay techniques, organic compounds and fertilizer chemistry.
Mr. Lander's skills include the prosecution of Reissue and Reexamination applications, Interference and International patent practice.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1950, Mr. Lander is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. His education includes a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.
Mr. Lander’s professional experience and memberships additionally include Ciba-Geigy Corporation as a Polymer Additives Chemist, membership with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Society, the Patent Law Association of South Florida, and BioFlorida.
Ferris H. Lander is a Registered Patent Agent, whose U.S. and International patent prosecution practice focuses upon strategic patent portfolio development in the life sciences, particularly chemistry, chemical engineering, biotechnology and medical devices. Mr. Lander collaborates with a select group of corporate, securities, trademark and FDA counsel, in order to provide strategic assistance to start-‐up and early stage companies, thereby furthering their efforts to secure financing, and monetize their Intellectual Property portfolios.
Mr. Lander joined the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in 1973, and served as a Primary Examiner in the chemical arts. Mr. Lander was responsible for examining patent applications dealing with chemical fertilizers, polymers, plant treating agents such as herbicides, chelating agents and nitrification inhibitors, soil conditioners, biological composts, water purification processes, affinity chromatography, ultrafiltration, gas separation and purification, biological soil remediation, and techniques for the separation of organic compounds at pilot plant scale and larger scales. During his 25-‐year tenure with the USPTO, Mr. Lander was selected for a number of special projects, working with the Commissioner of Patents on the "Paperless Patent Office" project, which was the foundation of the paperless, digitized system in use today.
Mr. Lander also served at the Office of Petitions, and was responsible for deciding upon such issues as inventorship, sufficiency of disclosure and the propriety of oaths and declarations. Mr. Lander was an instructor at the Patent Office Academy, where he developed training materials pertaining to claims analysis, action writing and affidavit practice, created and administered training modules for government agencies, inventors, patent professionals and administrative technology transfer professionals, co-authored and instructed a course on Patent Law for NIST, DOE and the California State University, and gave presentations to foreign representatives and patent professionals on the U.S. Patent system.
Mr. Lander subsequently practiced with the McHale & Slavin, P.A. law firm from 1998 until 2011, where he specialized in both U.S. and International prosecution of patent applications in the fields of biotechnology, chemistry and chemical engineering related subject matter. Particular areas of technology included water treatment technology, chemiluminescent processes and products, pharmaceutical compositions and carriers, proteomics related technologies, biotechnology processes and products produced thereby, e.g. cancer antibody technology, metabolic syndrome technologies, and blood treatment technologies. Mr. Lander has been responsible for the strategic development of several patent portfolios, which ultimately became a critical element in the successful exit strategies of his clients.
Mr. Lander received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, where he was President of the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society, and a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemical Honor Society 9 January 2013 Page 2 of 2 and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He is currently a member of the Patent & Trademark Office Society, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida, BioFlorida, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the National Association of Patent Practitioners. He also serves as Vice President of the Angel Investment Forum of Florida, and is an active supporter of the South Florida Life Science Technology Hub.