Put simply, Seiko Okada is a dedicated, proactive attorney. That's why clients turn to Seiko for counsel: They know her tenacious and dynamic approach to their issue will result in a solution that aligns with their strategic goals. She is an attorney with a Ph.D. and an M.D. With that multidisciplinary background, Seiko is a key asset in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Medical and Scientific Solutions team. Seiko assists clients in intellectual property matters in the areas of life sciences. Seiko also assists clients with mass torts and product liability matters, specializing in witness development in litigation involving complex medical and scientific issues. 
 
Before joining Womble Bond Dickinson, Seiko interned with Judge James A. Wynn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Seiko was a scientist at the University of North Carolina Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center. She was also a physician specializing in pulmonary/critical care medicine. Seiko brings her patient-oriented clinical approach and meticulous analytical scientific approach to her legal practice to achieve her clients’ needs and beyond.

Experience

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  • Work with expert witnesses in litigation involving medical or scientific issues. Analyze and develop case strategy.
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications related to disease diagnosis, treatment, and biotechnology.
  • Manage global patent portfolios for biopharmaceutical clients and assist with formulating intellectual property strategies.
  • Research, analyze, and report medical and scientific issues of interest to facilitate clients’ product development and market assessment.
  • Assist Japan-related companies with expanding or conducting business in the United States.
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Bar admissions

2014, North Carolina

Admitted to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office

Education

  • J.D., 2014, University of North Carolina School of Law
    • With honors
    • Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy: Best Appellant in section
    • Public Interest Summer Grant Award, 2012
    • Publication Editor, North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology
    • Honors Writing Scholar
  • Ph.D., 2007, University of Tokyo: Biochemistry and Cellular Biology
  • M.D., 1998, University of Tokyo
    • cum laude
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