Marilou Watson of Fox Rothschild Appointed by Gov. Rendell to PA Commission on Early Childhood Investment

October 28, 2009 – Press Releases

Marilou E. Watson, a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Fox Rothschild LLP, was appointed by Governor Edward G. Rendell to serve on the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Investment Commission. Watson was sworn in on Oct. 19 in a ceremony in Harrisburg along with other new members.

The commission, created in September 2008 through Executive Order, is composed of approximately 50 business executives from across the state. Members act as ambassadors for early education, speaking at local events, sharing information on quality early education with their employees and lending their voice in support of public investment for early education. The commission also hosts an annual economic summit, bringing nationally recognized experts in early education, workforce development and economics to Harrisburg.

Watson focuses her practice at Fox Rothschild on all aspects of intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on foreign and domestic patent prosecution; client counseling; infringement analysis; patent invalidity and freedom to operate studies and Hatch-Waxman issues related to ANDA filings; and licensing, due diligence and divestiture matters in the chemical and pharmaceutical arts.

Watson has been a registered pharmacist since 1991 with a focus on advanced pharmaceutical technology. She has a wide variety of technical experience within the pharmaceutical industry that includes bio-pharmaceutical research and development involving pharmacokinetic drug preformulation of proprietary compounds. Her pharmaceutical technical support experience involved technical analysis of numerous pharmaceutical products, devising project protocols and lab scale formulations of various drug products and excipients including product validation, stability and sterility studies.

Watson is active in a number of organizations. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and has served as vice chair of AIPLA’s Diversity Committee. She is also a member of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA) and has served as chair of PIPLA’s Diversity Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and a member and past president of the Advisory Board of the Villanova Law School Minority Alumni Society.

Watson earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1994, her B.S. in Pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1991 and her B.A. in Biology from Temple University in 1987.