EIP US LLP is pleased to announce that Mallary de Merlier and Nick Transier have been named co-managing partners of the firm’s U.S. office in San Diego.
EIP opened offices in San Diego three years ago. It was the firm’s fifth office and the first outside of the United Kingdom.
“Thanks in large part to the leadership of Nick and Mallary, EIP has been able to expand our U.S. presence and strengthen our relationships with U.S. clients,” said Partner Jerome Spaargaren. “We are thrilled to have them as part of our leadership team.”
De Merlier is a Registered U.S. Patent Attorney with over 15 years' experience in IP for the biotechnology and medical device industries. She has represented clients in a variety of fields including immunology, molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices such as intravesical drug delivery devices, catheter assemblies, blood purification devices, and especially orthopedic bracing and support devices as well as surgical implants.
Prior to entering law, de Merlier carried out research at Montana State University into the use of biological organisms to control weeds. She is a graduate of the University of San Diego (J.D.) cum laude and Santa Clara University (B.S Biology).
Transier is a Registered U.S. Patent Attorney with extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patents related to consumer electronic devices, computer software systems, distributed power generation, display technologies, telecommunications, and mechanical devices. Transier also leads up EIP US’ post grant proceedings team and has more than seven years’ experience in patent litigation matters regarding mechanical devices, consumer electronic devices, video game systems, Assisted-GPS, and integrated circuit design.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Nick worked as a senior systems engineer on classified projects for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Nick is a graduate of the University of Texas (J.D., with honors) and the University of Virginia (M.S., B.S. Systems Engineering).