Chris Buntel is an intellectual property attorney with over 20 years’ experience . He is a co-founder and the CIPO of Tangibly.  Chris is passionate about trade secret management and education.  He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University, and J.D. in Law from University of Houston.

Nicole focuses on intellectual property matters, including developing product exclusivity strategies, strategic patent prosecution and counseling, due diligence, and transactional support. Her clients include those in the pharmaceutical, biologic, nutraceutical, cosmetic, medical device, and other health and life sciences fields.

Nicole conducts IP due diligence and counsels on transaction documents involving IP, such as license agreements, collaboration agreements, and mergers and acquisitions. She also advises such clients on the interplay of FDA and patent law on pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, dietary health supplement, and medical device products. Nicole also provides strategic counseling on best practices for the creation and management of robust, value­ driven intellectual property portfolios.

This program is approved for CLE credit in the following states: New York, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Texas, Arkansas, Nevada.


This program is pending CLE credit in the following states: Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming and Wisconsin.


This program is pending CLE and CPD credit for self-application by the attorney or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Québec, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Washington.


We do NOT provide CLE for: Virginia or Mississippi.


This program is appropriate for newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys.

Navigating Between Patent and Trade Secret Protection for Life Sciences Companies: A Guide for In-House Counsel


Event Description

The decision between protecting an innovation through trade secret and patents, particularly in a heavily regulated industry like the life sciences, is not straightforward.


Join us on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 12pm ET / 9am PT for the next edition of our IP Deep Dives Series, as Nicole Endejann, Partner, DLA Piper, and Chris Buntel, Co-Founder and CIPO, Tangibly, will discuss the considerations for protecting innovations using trade secrets or patents in the life sciences industry.


Discussion topics include:

  1. Background on Trade Secrets + Patents in Life Sciences
  2. Deep dive into disclosure and publication requirements within life sciences
  3. How the Orange Book works and its impact on Trade Secrets + Patents in life sciences
  4. Opportunities for leveraging Trade Secrets in life sciences, and
  5. A review of current litigation involving Trade Secrets and Patents in life sciences

Who should attend:

In-house counsel and legal operations professionals in the life sciences industry who manage or are involved in the protection or management of Trade Secrets, Patents and/or other sensitive intellectual property.


There is NO COST to attend this program!

This program is FREE, thanks to our gracious sponsors, Tangibly – Trade Secret Compliance Made Easy and DLA Piper – Success, Solved. If you can’t make it to the live program, the recording will be available for viewing via our paid CLE library, In-House Connect On-Demand!

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