Peter Flora '11 spent his summer immersed in intellectual property at AngioDynamics, a medical device developer and manufacturer. The Latham, N.Y., based company offered him a position at the end of his internship, and he will begin work as an IP attorney after graduating from Albany Law in May.
AngioDynamics' IP department is part of the company's research and development group.
"When engineers come up with new inventions or even new improvements on current products, I would help in the process of drafting a patent application, or amending a pending application to cover the new design," he explained of his internship. "A new invention typically starts as a brief description of what the invention does and what problems it solves, and maybe a prototype."
"I also conducted several due diligence searches and clearances for new products," said Flora. "Before the decision is made to start selling or developing a new product, a search of all previously granted patents is done by the IP department to look for any patents owned by others which are similar to this new product and would block everyone else from making, using or selling the product."
"I would often search hundreds of patents in order to find only a handful that might be very similar to the new product."
AngioDynamics makes devices used by doctors while treating cancer and circulation disorders. More specifically, the company's product line consists of such complex medical devices as radiofrequency ablation and irreversible electroporation resection systems, vascular access products, angiographic products and accessories, dialysis products, angioplasty products, drainage products, thrombolytic products, embolization products and venous products.
Flora also worked with the marketing department to decide whether new trademarks or tradenames were available for use and registration, providing recommendations on how strong a particular trademark might be in light of what was already being used by other companies.
At Albany Law, Flora is president of the law school's student IP society and a student member of the IP and Innovation Inn of Court, and he plans to combine his undergraduate work in biology, work experience and legal education to help his practice of IP law. Last spring, he interned at the state Attorney General's office to gain litigation experience that will be helpful in patent litigation.
A Hopewell Junction, N.Y., native, Flora earned a bachelor's degree in biology at Seton Hall University before enrolling in law school.