Matthew E. Langer is a partner in the Cooley Litigation department and a member of the Patent Counseling and Prosecution and Life Sciences practice groups. He joined the Firm in 2011 and is resident in the New York office.
Dr. Langer is a recognized patent-law expert in pharmaceuticals, chemical synthesis, biotechnology and clean technology. He has extensive experience with representing start-up, mid-size and large life sciences companies, particularly in the areas of IP counseling and due diligence, patent prosecution, patentability analysis, claim validity and claim construction, infringement analysis, freedom to operate, priority of invention, appellate review, standing and damages, patent-term extension applications and license agreements.
Dr. Langer has experience in a wide array of technologies, diseases and drugs including: medical devices, green technology, organic synthesis, inorganic chemistry, orthodontics, cosmetics, oncology, inflammation, macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, sexual dysfunction, isotopically labeled drugs, antibodies, peptides, polymers, opioids, antidepressants, anti-platelet agents, controlled-release formulations, drug purification, aptamers, liposomes, pigments, catalysts, surfactants, sunscreens and ethnobotanicals.
Representative matters include:
- Advised Ophthotech Corp. on intellectual-property matters in connection with its IPO
- Advised Ophthotech Corp. on intellectual-property matters in connection with a $175 million financing round
- Represented Genentech in connection with its acquisition by Roche
- Successfully defended Estee Lauder patent and granted request to reexamine competitor patent in reexamination proceedings
- Represented Gemin X Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class cancer therapeutics, in its acquisition by Cephalon, Inc. for $225 million upfront cash payment, and potential earn out payments of up to $300 million
- Represented Biocompatibles in connection with its acquisition of Brachy Sciences and its affiliates World Wide Medical Technologies, LLC and Advanced Care Medical, Inc.
Seen as a leading expert in his field, Dr. Langer was selected in 2012 as a "Life Science Star" in the inaugural edition of LMG Life Sciences. He also has been honored as a New York "Super Lawyer" by SuperLawyers.
Prior to joining the Firm, Dr. Langer was a partner at Wilson Sonsini; he also practiced law at WilmerHale and Pennie & Edmonds LLP. Before starting his legal career, Dr. Langer served as a research scientist with Unilever Research in Edgewater, New Jersey. In this position, he synthesized, characterized and evaluated sunscreens, artificial tanning agents, fluorescent whitening agents and oxidizing agents for skin and fabric care. Previously, he was a staff chemist at GE Corporate Research and Development. Dr. Langer is a joint inventor named on numerous United States patents assigned to Lever Brothers Company or GE.
Dr. Langer received his JD from Fordham University School of Law and has a PhD degree in Organic Chemistry from Yale University. He also received his BS degree in Chemistry from Tufts University.
Dr. Langer is admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- Fordham University School of Law
- Yale University
PHD Chemistry, 1987
- Tufts University
- Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- New York
- Registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
Select Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Co-author, "Synthesis of Polyesters from Dimethyl Terephthalate, Ethylene Glycol, Poly(Ethylene Glycol) and 4,4-Bis(carbomethoxy)stilbene, and Characterization by ¹H and 2-D N.M.R." 33(22) Polymer 4862-65, 1992
- Co-author with P. Liberati, "Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(Vinyl 4-Methoxycinnamate)," 32(15) Polymer Communications 453-55, 1991
- Co-author with S. Danishefsky, "On the Use of the Imine-Diene Cyclocondensation Reaction in the Synthesis of Yohimbine Congeners," 26(48) Tetrahedron Letters 5983-86, 1985
- Co-author with S. Danishefsky, "On the Steric Course of the Reduction of 2-Alkoxy-4-Pyranones: A Remarkable Demonstration of Anomeric Control," 50 Journal of Organic Chemistry 3672-74, 1985
- "Patent Law Basics," Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, August 21, 2013
- "Developing a Patent Strategy: An Overview," W.P. Carey Program in Entrepreneurship and Management, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, September 20, 2010, and September 23, 2009
- "IP: What Matters to Investors," Yale University Start-Up Boot Camp 2009, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, November 3, 2009
- "Starting a Life-Sciences Company: What Researcher Entrepreneurs Need to Know," Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, October 21, 2009
- "Start-Ups: Venture Capital and Why Intellectual Property Matters," Making Medicine Series, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, September 30, 2009
- "University Inventors: Should You Start Your Own Company?" Invention 2 Innovation, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., September 24, 2009
- "IP and the Life Science Startup," Technology & Life Science Entrepreneurs Boot Camp 2009, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, February 12, 2009
- "Effectively Maintaining Patent Protection and Enforcement in Light of Upcoming Regulations," PharmaBiotech IP Summit, Philadelphia, May 28, 2008
- "Legal Consequences of KSR Int'l Co. v Teleflex Inc.," BIO Intellectual Property Counsels' Committee Meeting, Santa Monica, California, April 1, 2008