Scientific Disciplines
Industries
Lucas & Mercanti’s lawyers represent clients in a wide array of industry sectors, and to continually keep updated, we visit clients regularly, we participate in industry conferences, and we stay abreast of industry and legal publications. 

Our attorneys hold academic degrees from leading universities in a variety of technical fields that are relevant to the industries we serve, including biochemistry, biology, cellular biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, life sciences, mechanical engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, neurobiology, pharmacy, and physics.

"Because our technical expertise is so deep and our industry experience so broad, it’s rare that a client needs to educate us on the legal issues they face or on the market dynamics and regulatory framework in which they operate. Consequently we don’t need to be brought up-to-speed or learn the industry nomenclature before we can get to work. That pays off for our clients in efficiency and cost savings."

Below is a representative sampling, not an all-inclusive list, of the industry sectors in which are active. 
 
Automotive

We have prosecuted patent applications involving a wide array of automotive components and systems, such as hydrodynamic torque converters, bearings, clutches, transmissions, engines, suspensions, instrumentation, convertible roof mechanisms, seating, brake systems and drive trains for hybrid vehicles.

Chemicals

Our expertise includes representing companies, both U.S. and foreign, that manufacture organic and inorganic chemical compounds and formulations. A number of patent applications which we have prepared and prosecuted involved various aspects of the emerging field of nanotechnology.

Computer Software, Equipment and Services

Representing clients in this sector is a significant volume of the firm’s work. Patents we have prosecuted involve wireless communications devices and networks; electronic circuit design and devices; semiconductors; software, and chip design and manufacturing processes and equipment.

Consumer Goods & Electronics

We often collaborate with non-U.S. patent attorneys to obtain U.S. patent protection for luxury goods and furniture manufacturers and other clients with valuable trade dress, patents and other assets to protect. 

Educational & Research Institutions

We establish and enforce the intellectual property assets of a number of non-profit research institutes and universities.

Food & Beverage

Our experience in food science technologies and processes includes conducting due diligence reviews of patent portfolios and representing clients in patents and patent-related FDA matters. In addition, we have represented a number of food and beverage companies in trademark matters.

Industrial Equipment & Manufacturing

We represent clients in the fields of heavy machinery, plastic injection molding, steel making, and steel processing.

Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Life Sciences

Much of the firm’s work involves representing pharmaceutical, life sciences and biotech companies. Our technical expertise includes prodrug technologies such as polymer conjugation, new chemical entities (nce’s or small molecules), oligonucleotides, antibodies, and related nucleotides; drug and formulation development for oral, injectable, topical and inhalation therapies; pharmaceutical excipients and film coatings for both immediate and controlled release of active ingredients; and medical ultrasound devices.

Telecommunications

We have prepared and filed patent applications for various cellular technologies, mobile telephones and terminals, satellite and radio waves, radio antenna, radio communication channels, and transceivers.