Alan Feeney, Esq. Senior IP Counsel

Alan 1Mr. Feeney advises clients in patent strategy, portfolio management, patent prosecution, trademark protection, copyright filings, and trade secret matters.  Additionally, he regularly advises Wall Street investors for Fortune 500 companies.  He has over 25 years of legal experience and over 20 years specializing in intellectual property law.  Working as the U.S. Patent Counsel for IPSEN located in Paris, France, Mr. Feeney was responsible for all of IPSEN’s IP in the U.S. (Pharm & Biopharma); Ireland (Manufacturing); and Spain (Drug Delivery Technology). Senior IP Attorney, Chief Patent Counsel.  He developed intellectual property strategies to protect the company’s peptide, protein, and drug development candidates.  He successfully drafted and defended over 100 patents.   While at IPSEN, Mr. Feeney also served as patent counsel for many international joint ventures and partnerships.  Prior to IPSEN, Mr. Feeney secured patents representing diverse technologies including:  mechanical, engineering, utility, design, and material science.  He served as a litigator for many years.


  • University of Florida, Master of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (2018)
  • University of New Hampshire with a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property degree (LL.M.)  1992
  • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor 1990
  • Boston College, Bachelor of Science, Chemistry 1987


  • The Bar for the District of Columbia (2017)
  • The Bar for the State of Rhode Island (2014)
  • Federal Bars for the Northern and Western Districts of New York (1999)
  • Federal Bar for the District of Massachusetts (1998)
  • Registration United States Patent and Trademark Office (1997)
  • The Bar for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1996)
  • Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida (1994)
  • The Bar for the State of Florida (1990)

Selected Accomplishments:

  • Executive in pharmaceutical and biotech industry with 20 years of experience in research & development teams, including manufacturing processes, instruments, and delivery systems
  • Strong experience in drug discovery and development, peptide engineering, protein engineering, medicinal chemistry, R&D management, project management, CRO/CMO management and alliance management
  • Member of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Biotechnology and Biomedical Research Group (subcontract)
  • Instrumental in the monetization of a neglected patent portfolio resulting in the creation of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals and raising $73 million in financing
  • Promoted to Senior Patent Counsel responsible for the management of patent portfolios for U.S., Ireland and Spain
  • Founding member of ERINE collaborative with Erasmus University (Rotterdam, NL)
  • Instrumental in securing one of the first grants ($1 million) awarded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to one of IPSEN Pharmaceutical’s collaborators
  • Architect of the argument leading to European decision T 0578/06 which provided for the submission of post-published evidence to support inventive step
  • Drafted over 100 US patent applications
  • Drafter of Abaloparatide, Relamorelin, RM-493 and Taspoglutide as potential therapeutic agents for treating osteoporosis, GI functional disorders, obesity and type II diabetes, respectively
  • Specialties: Prosecution of drug discovery and development, peptide therapeutics, peptide engineering, protein engineering, medicinal chemistry, peptide formulation; medical devices, legal R&D management, consumer products, mechanical inventions, project management, alliance management, intellectual property identification, development and protection, trademarks, and copyrights

Boards & Philanthropy:

  • The University of Rhode Island cGMP Innovations Lab, Board Member
  • The Boston Children’s Hospital – New Venture Program
  • Social Enterprise Greenhouse – Health & Wellness Initiative
  • Philanthropy: American Lung Association; Fenway Health Center; ACOS

Areas of expertise:

Patent Application DraftingIP Strategy DevelopmentFreedom to Operate Analysis
Patentability AnalysisJoint Venture ManagementTrademark Registration
Copyright RegistrationLicense Agreement NegotiationOut-/In-Licensing Scouting
Foreign/Domestic ProsecutionThird Party Patent EvaluationIP Counsel to Staff
IP Litigation Strategy CoordinationCompetitor Patent AuditingComplex Commercial Litigation
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