Robert Schwartz, Ph.D. focuses his practice on biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent litigation, technical advising, and patentability and non-infringement opinions, and a number of inter partes reviews. His primary focus is in the areas of biotechnology, particularly protein biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, vitamin and nutritional supplements and the chemical arts. Some of the technologies he has worked with include antibodies, nucleotide prodrugs, enzyme inhibitors, cell growth factors, receptor antagonists, nucleotide sequencing technology and vaccines.
While in law school Robert was an editor of the Pace Law Review. Prior to becoming an attorney he was an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, and a Staff Scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) where he was a Principal Investigator of grant-funded biomedical research in areas including hereditary anemias, malaria and diabetes. Dr. Schwartz has published over 40 scientific articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals, as well as numerous articles relating to subject matter patentability, biologics and biosimilars. Dr. Schwartz is co-chair of the Firm's Biotechnology and Biologics Industry Group.
Gilead Sciences v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA,
Gilead (patentee) against a generic drug manufacturer alleging invalidity of patents that cover tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, an active ingredient used in Gilead’ s Viread®, Truvada®, Atripla®, Complera®, and Stribild® medicines. The case settled on the eve of trial, with Gilead’ s competitor agreeing to stay off the market with its proposed generic products until six weeks before expiration of pediatric exclusivity of the patents.