Who are the 'rethink'rs'?

J. Matthew Buchanan

Buchanan_mattJ. Matthew Buchanan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the Medical College of Ohio. Mr. Buchanan earned his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Toledo where he served as a Note and Comment Editor on the University of Toledo Law Review and became a member of the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Buchanan worked in various capacities in the medical device industry, gaining experience with the scientific and legal aspects of the regulatory approval processes in the United States and around the world. He has worked in the medical device practice group of a large Washington, D.C. law firm, focusing on FDA regulatory law, and in a large Chicago intellectual property firm where he focused exclusively on patent law. Mr. Buchanan is admitted to practice in Michigan, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Wood County Bar Association, the Toledo Patent Law Association, the Licensing Executives Society, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

Mr. Buchanan has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals on various topics, including immunology research and medical device regulatory and patent law. Currently, Mr. Buchanan writes for American Lawyer Media's as a special contributor on intellectual property and technology law issues.


Stephen M. Nipper

Stephen M. Nipper is a registered patent attorney working in Boise, Idaho patent firm Dykas, Shaver & Nipper, LLP Stephen Nipper (

Mr. Nipper's practice focuses on patent and trademark work for independent inventors and small business, with a background in agriculture, biological and chemical sciences, and the mechanical arts.

He is an Idaho native, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law at Carbondale.


Douglas J. Sorocco

Douglas Sorocco HeadshotMy law practice focuses on the areas of intellectual property counseling and transactions, technology licensing, life sciences and patent acquisition and commercialization. I am registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Although I work in many different technological fields, I concentrate primarily in the biotechnology and life sciences sectors, including molecular biology, cell biology, glycobiology, biochemistry, developmental biology, immunology, microbiology, virology, and genetics; pharmaceutical compositions; molecular diagnostics and techniques; medical devices and equipment.

My passion: providing strategic and tactical intellectual property counsel to individual clients, universities, large pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies, as well as start-up biotechnology companies.

In addition to practicing law, I am an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and in the Physiology Department at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center.

Admitted to the Bar:
State of Oklahoma 1997
State of Illinois 1996
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1998

University of Dayton School of Law, J.D. 1996
Northwestern University School of Law – Visiting Student 1995-96
Butler University, B.S. 1993 Chemistry

Mr. Sorocco is the editor and an author of DCR's award winning and innovative intellectual property legal weblog ("weblawg" or "blawg") and resource center, PHOSITA.

Mr. Sorocco is also currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Spina Bifida Association of America and is the Oklahoma Chairman of the Licensing Executives Society

Activities / Interests:
B&W Photography
Woodworking and cabinet making.
Restoration and renovation of 1920s homes.