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Roman Saliwanchik

1926-1999

 

     

Mr. Roman Saliwanchik, the founder of Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk (originally as the Law Office of Roman Saliwanchik), obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Purdue University in 1952. After graduation, Mr. Saliwanchik worked as an industrial microbiologist at Eli Lilly & Co. for nearly ten years. During that time, he attended night law school at the Indiana University Law School (Indianapolis) where he served as Editor-in-Chief of that school's law review in his senior year. He graduated in 1961 with a Juris Doctor law degree. During his career, Mr. Saliwanchik practiced intellectual property law primarily in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and agricultural fields, including patent prosecution (United States and foreign), trade secret protection, trademark law, and negotiating licensing agreements. Mr. Saliwanchik successfully represented inventors in several landmark appellate cases including In re Argoudelis and In re Bergy, which have helped shape the development of biotechnology patent law. In re Bergy was the first appellate court decision holding that living organisms are patentable subject matter.


Mr. Saliwanchik authored the books Legal Protection for Microbiological and Genetic Engineering Inventions (Addison-Wesley 1982) and Protecting Biotechnology Inventions: A Guide for Scientists (Science Tech 1988). These publications are two of over 50 that Mr. Saliwanchik wrote for both legal and scientific audiences. In recognition of his many achievements in intellectual property law, Mr. Saliwanchik was included in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in Intellectual Property Law.