Dr. Clower focuses his practice in the area of intellectual property where he possesses a breadth of experience concerning worldwide patent procurement, including prosecuting and preparing patent applications in the fields of microbiology, immunology, oncology, cancer therapeutics, molecular/cellular biology, pharmaceuticals, vaccine biology, DNA_RNA and molecular diagnostics, theranostics, personalized medicine, medical devices, small_molecule inhibitors, drug discovery and development, hydrogel technology, tissue engineering, cell/cell-sheet and stem cell technologies, high-throughput and industrial biologics applications, and various other biotechnology/chemical areas.
He also prepares non-infringement/invalidity opinions, freedom-to-operate assessments, and patentability evaluations for individual inventors, university clients, small biotechnology companies, and FORTUNE® 500 clients.
Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Dr. Clower was a patent attorney at Foley & Lardner, LLP and LeClairRyan, PC. He also previously assisted the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) by drafting patentability assessments.
Frequently engaged with the scientific community, Dr. Clower allocates time to volunteering as IP counsel for the local Pre-Seed Workshops and business plan competitions, while also lecturing about the changing landscape of U.S. and international patent law. Dr. Clower has been a “featured author” on JD Supra, drafted articles and comments for IPWatchdog.com, Law 360, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the Journal of Virology, and Virology.
Dr. Clower is also involved with the medical device and regulatory communities by sitting on the advisory board of a medical manufacturing and FDA regulatory compliance company, while additionally serving as an IP mentor for various start-up funding initiatives.
Dr. Clower served as a graduate research fellow during law school, where he was the recipient of the 2009 ABA and BNA Award for Excellence in the study of IP law and the 2008 Harold A. Dautch Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Clower received his doctorate in microbiology and immunology, and was the recipient of the NIH Pre-Doctorate Training Grant Fellowship for microbial pathogenesis during his graduate education. He earned his bachelors degree in recombinant gene technology while also obtaining a minor in chemistry.
HONORS & AWARDS
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Ph.D., 2006
State University of New York at Fredonia, B.S., summa cum laude, 2001
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Registered Patent Attorney
- MakerStaker Mentor Program, Intellectual Property Mentor