DURHAM, N.C.—Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Christopher Bolen and Alexandra Villarreal O’Rourke both were speakers at the Precision Medicine World Conference 2018 , held Sept. 24-25 at Duke University.

O’Rourke took part in the conference’s AI & Data Science Showcase, speaking on “Managing Legal Risk in the Use of AI and Machine Learning Tools.”

Bolen participated in the Immunotherapy Showcase. His presentation concerned “Licensing Challenges and Opportunities for Antibody Therapies in the Wake of Amgen v. Sanofi”.

Womble Bond Dickinson intellectual property attorneys Joseph Bach (Silicon Valley office) and Jake Moore (RTP office) also represented the firm at the event. Moore collaborated with Bolen in preparing his presentation on antibody therapy licensing issues. Bach serves as an advisor to Precision Medicine World Conference, and has been a session host and speaker at past PMWC events.

PMWC 2018 Duke focused on the explosion of biomedical technologies, driving initiatives that enable the translation of precision medicine into direct improvements in healthcare.


Christopher Bolen ’s principal areas of practice include complex technology licensing, strategic alliances, and IP-related transactions, as well as trademarks and copyrights. He guides his clients through the complexities of acquisition, development, protection and commercialization of technology and brands in both traditional and electronic distribution channels. Bolen serves on Womble Bond Dickinson’s Global Board, and is the past Co-Leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Alexandra Villarreal O’Rourke leads Womble Bond Dickinson’s Financial Regulatory team and co-leads the firm’s Fintech team. She draws upon her background in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to advise clients on mission-critical compliance questions and risk management as well as state and federal financial regulatory engagement, investigations, and enforcement. She also has significant experience on Fintech and Artificial Intelligence regulatory matters and helps clients navigate the evolving legal terrains on those topics.

Joseph Bach represents high tech companies ranging from start-ups to listed international companies in developing and litigating intellectual property. Bach’s primary work involves building strategic IP portfolios for clients, assisting with IP purchase transactions, and litigating IP matters. His areas of technical experience include: materials, semiconductor processes, semiconductor technologies, chip testing and debugging, solar, communications, software, hardware, devices, and automotive.

Jake Moore, Ph.D. , is an innovative intellectual property lawyer who has intersecting passions for both patent law and biotechnology. He focuses on holistic protection of IP and ensuring that discrete IP rights meaningfully contribute to the big-picture business objectives of his clients. With substantial experience in all phases of the IP lifecycle—including prosecution, appeals, inter partes review, licensing, and litigation—Moore is committed to protecting his clients’ interests with an eye toward monetizing and defending challenges against, their IP.

Christopher Bolen

Bolen, Villarreal O'Rourke Precision Medicine World Conference

Villarreal O'Rourke Precision Medicine World Conference

Bolen, Villarreal O'Rourke Precision Medicine World Conference

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