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Mandy Wilson Decker

Mandy Wilson Decker

Mandy Wilson Decker is a Patent Attorney and member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group. Her practice focuses on intellectual property protection strategy, including counseling clients on infringement, validity and patentability, transfer of intellectual property, patent drafting, and patent prosecution. Contributing to her practice is a scientific background in chemistry and experience with academic and commercial research in the areas of biochemistry, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical sciences.

Recent Assignments

  • Developed intellectual property portfolio protection strategies for various research institutions, universities, private companies, and entrepreneurs.
  • Prepared and prosecuted patent applications in a wide variety of chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical, dermatologic, biotechnological, medical, and mechanical arts derived from both academic and commercial research.
  • Managed international patent portfolios and prosecution involving applications and patents in regions and countries including Australia, African Union (OAPI), Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Eurasia, Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • Negotiate agreements to transfer or license intellectual property rights.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • "Do You Have a Competitive Advantage and Can You Protect It?," Lecturer, University of Louisville Translational Training Series, October 3, 2017
  • "Protecting Intellectual Property," Lecturer, LaunchIt Entrepreneur Training Program Powered by Nucleus, October 15, 2015
  • "Pursuing Patent Protection for University Technologies," Lecturer, SBCoA Seminar, January 24, 2014
  • "Pursuing Patent Protection," Lecturer, Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute, Janelia Research Campus, December 11, 2013
  • "Patent Prosecution," Lecturer, University of Kentucky College of Law, Intellectual Property Law, November 27, 2012
  • "Understanding," Lecturer, Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute, Janelia Research Campus, July 18, 2012
  • "Intellectual Property," presenter, Kentucky Innovation & Entrepreneurship Conference, Louisville, Ky., June 1, 2012
  • "U.S. Supreme Court kicks Myriad, the Gene Patent Case, back to the Federal Circuit for consideration in view of the Mayo Opinion," Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, March 27, 2012
  • "U.S. Supreme Court decision gives rise to new challenges for patent protection in the field of personalized medicine and beyond," Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, March 21, 2012
  • "America Invents Act: What’s New in the New Patent Act?," Medical News, December 2011
  • "Patent Prosecution," Lecturer, University of Kentucky, College of Law, Intellectual Property Law, November 17, 2011
  • "Intellectual Property," Lecturer, University of Kentucky, Scholars in Engineering and Management (SEAM), October 27, 2011
  • "Protecting Your Intellectual Property," University of Kentucky Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and Kentucky BioAlliance, Lexington, Ky., October 13, 2011
  • "Angel Investing Overview Seminar," Due Diligence Panel, Angel Resource Institute, Lexington, Ky., September 8, 2011
  • "Developing and Integrating a Comprehensive IP Strategy in a Global Marketplace," Kentucky BioAlliance and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), Louisville, Ky., June 21, 2011
  • "Making their mark: Louisville patent attorneys play key roles in invention process," Business First of Louisville, May 27, 2011
  • "Partners in Health Care: People to Watch in 2011," Business First of Louisville, March 8, 2011
  • "Patent law - basics and strategies," Entrepreneurial Workshop 2010, Louisville, Ky., May 20, 2010
  • "Mutant court case?," Medical News, May 1, 2010
  • "Biotechnology companies receive R&D incentive from Health Care Reform, including tax credit and grant program for qualified therapeutic discovery projects," Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, April 29, 2010
  • "Intellectual Property, Business Bootcamp," Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) Annual Meeting, Louisville, Ky., April 2010
  • "Biotechnology and Life Sciences Patent Prosecution Special Interest Group," with B. Aaron Schulman,  Facilitator, Association of University Technology Managers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, La., March 2010
  • "IP Practices Growing," The Lane Report, February 2010
  • "Life Sciences Technology: Ten Intellectual Property Issues to Consider," Author, Medical News, Louisville, Ky., May 2009
  • "The Developing Landscape of Biotechnology Patent Law," with B. Aaron SchulmanTerry L. Wright,  Co-moderator, Association of University Technology Managers Annual Meeting, Orlando, Fla., February 2009
  • "Protecting Your Ideas," Kentucky Innovation & Enterprise Conference, Lexington, Ky., April 2008
  • "Intellectual Property and Marketing 101," Panelist, Business Bootcamp / Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences, Louisville, Ky., April 2008
  • "Biotechnology Panel," Moderator, Law Ethics and Life Sciences Conference, Louisville, Ky., October 2007
  • "Leveraging and Protecting Intellectual Property," SBIR/STTR National Conference, Small Business Research Institute and Small Business Technology Transfer, Louisville, Ky., May 2006
  • "IP Update: The Plain English News You Can Use," Association of University Technology Managers, Graduate Course, Tempe, Ariz., November 2004
  • "Key Business Topics: Intellectual Property," Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (STTR) Conference (SWIFT), Louisville, Ky., September 2004
  • "Intellectual Property Basics," Center for Higher Education Law, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • "Pharmaceutical Patent Protection: More Generic Favored Legislation May Cause Pioneer Drug Companies to Pull the Plug on Innovation," Wilson, M.V., 90 Kentucky Law Journal 495 (2002)
  • "Functional Pathways of NAD Biosynthesis in Human Skin Fibroblasts and Keratinocytes," Jacobson, E.L., Wilson, M.V., Roberts, M.J., Jacobson, M.K., Abstract, 114 Journal of Investigative Dermatology 850 (2000)
  • "PARP Null Mouse Cells Synthesize ADP-ribose Polymers," Shieh, W.M., Amé, J.-C., Wilson, M.V., Wang, L.-Q., Koh, D., Jacobson, M.K., Jacobson, E.L., 273 Journal of Biological Chemistry 30069 (1998)

More Than Stites & Harbison

Ms. Decker joined the firm after working as a scientific research associate at the University of Kentucky in laboratories housed in the Advanced Science Technology and Commercialization Center (ASTeCC). Her scientific research experience also involved working with Niadyne, Inc., a biotechnology company involved in the research and development of dermatology products, including cosmeceutical and pharmaceutical skin care products to address various health care needs. Ms. Decker served on the Board of Saint Agnes School from 2014-2018 and has served as Chair during the 2017-18 school year. She also serves on the Annual Campaign Committee of the Legal Aid Society and is a member of the Leadership Louisville Center. She served for nine years as a member of the Board of Directors for Crane House, a Louisville organization dedicated to improving understanding between Asia and the United States. During her time with Crane House she served as a Vice President, and as Chair of various committees including the Nominating Committee and Personnel Committee. She also served as Chair and as a member of the Legal Aid Society Associates Campaign Committee for six years. Ms. Decker has also been involved in a number of other non-profit organizations in the community, including Dress for Success Louisville and Junior League of Louisville. She lives in the Highlands with her husband, Deck, and their children, Molly Kate and Ben.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Intellectual Property (2017-18)

Managing Intellectual Property, Top 250 Women in IP (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-18)

Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2013-14)

Leadership Louisville (2014)

Business First of Louisville, Partners in Health Care People to Watch (2011)

Business First of Louisville, Partners in Health Care (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Business First of Louisville, "Forty under 40" (2008)

Community Involvement

  • Legal Aid Society, Annual Campaign Committee and past chair of Associates Campaign Committee
  • St. Agnes, School Board, chair
  • Leadership Louisville Center, Member