Global Head, Intellectual Property
Merial, Inc. (Duluth, GA)
DR. JUDY JARECKI-BLACK is Global Head of the Intellectual Property Department at Merial Limited‚ the Animal Health Division of Sanofi. Dr. Jarecki-Black is admitted to the state bars of Georgia and South Carolina‚ and is admitted to practice before several federal courts including the United States Supreme Court. Her background includes over 20 years' experience as a researcher in developing human and animal vaccines against infectious diseases‚ including developing and licensing the recombinant Lyme (OspA) vaccine. It was her work on the recombinant Lyme vaccine that first introduced her to patent law and inspired her to get a legal degree at the Georgia State University‚ College of Law. Since 2002‚ Dr. Black has been responsible for the maintenance and enforcement of Merial's global patent portfolio. Her department obtains patent protection‚ generates patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions‚ and conducts due diligence for a variety of licensing opportunities. Dr. Jarecki-Black is also responsible for global patent litigation and leads the trial team on all patent cases.