Michael J. Keller

Of Counsel 

Registered Patent Attorney


Halloran Farkas + Kittila LLP

South Florida Office

351 S. Cypress Road Suite 307

Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Direct:  (954) 369-1524 | (954) 803-1862

Email:  mk@hfk.law


Main Practice Areas


  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Secrets
  • Licensing
  • Contracts for research and development


Bio

Michael Keller has extensive experience in protecting and developing pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, dietary supplement, and cosmetic products.  Mr. Keller counsels clients and performs intellectual property due diligence in support of product acquisitions, financings, public offerings and M&A transactions. 

Mr. Keller is also a Founder and the Executive Vice President of Vycellix, Inc., a cellular cancer therapeutics company based on technology out of the Karolinska Institute.
 
Mr. Keller previously had a solo practice and prior to that was the Managing Partner for the Intellectual Property Group at Roetzel & Andress.  Prior to that he was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery and previous a partner at Darby & Darby.  Prior to that he served as Chief Patent Counsel to GMP Companies, a startup holding company that raised over $300 million dollars.  He also served as Chief Patent Counsel of IVAX Corporation where he was responsible for a patent portfolio of over 1200 applications and more than 3000 trademarks as well as setting patent strategy on over 300 generic drug applications including legal department oversight of all FDA matters. He started his career in technology transfer first for the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site and later at the National Cancer Institute where he was responsible for Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, fee for service agreements and clinical trial agreements for the largest of the NIH institutes.

Education

B.S., Biology, The University of Georgia
J.D. The University of Georgia
Ph.D. Candidate, Molecular Biology, The George Washington University

Admissions

State of Georgia
State of Florida
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities
Former Vice Chair Life Science Committee, Licensing Executive Society
BioFlorida, Former Co-Chair, Southeast Chapter
Former Director, Palm Beach County Chapter, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Director, Life Science Technology Hub
Former Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Noble Financial


Publications and Presentations


“INTA Issue Brief: China TRIPs”, Michael Keller and Mary Boney Denison, International Trademark Association, March 1996.
“International Protection of Intellectual Property”, Michael Keller and Mary Boney Denison Intellectual Property Today, May 1996.
“Doing Business in Singapore”, ASEAN Business Counsel, 1995.
“Basics of Intellectual Property Law”, GMP|Companies Scientific Newsletter, Feb 2003.
“Patent Infringement Risks in Dealing with Not for Profit Institutions”, GMP|Companies Scientific Newsletter, March 2004.
“Delaware Valley Floral Group, Inc. v. Shaw Rose Nets, LLC- Summary Judgment for On Sale Bar” May 2010 MWE IP Newsletter Note.
“Caliber Automotive Liquidators, Inc. v. Premier Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, LLC, et al., Are the Relevant People Confused”. To be reprinted in World Trademark Review Daily June 2010 MWE IP Newsletter Note.


Speaking Engagements


“Intellectual Property Law and Technology Transfer Mechanisms”, Westinghouse Savannah River Company In House Presentation Series, 1991-1992.
“Intellectual Property Law and Technology Transfer Mechanisms”, National Cancer Institute, In House Presentation Series,1993-1994.
“Challenges of Technology Transfer, Cancer Prevention Meeting”, Princeton, NJ, October 1994.
“Patent Law Basics”, IVAX Corporation, 1996-1999.
“How to Minimize Your Intellectual Property Value”, Client Presentation, 2000.
“Legal Issues in Pharmaceutical Development”, Nova Southeastern University Pharmacy School, Guest Lecturer, 2000-2006.
“Biodeals track for October 2005” BioFlorida/LES annual meeting, Chair.
“Intellectual Property Due Diligence In Corporate Transactions”, Florida Bar, Lecturer, May 2006.
Member, Steering committee for Annual Bioflorida meeting 2005 and 2007.
Member, Meeting content and sponsorship subcommittees for 2007 Annual Bioflorida meeting.
Member, Steering committee for Annual Bioflorida meeting 2005 and 2007.
Member, Meeting content and sponsorship subcommittees for 2007 Annual Bioflorida meeting.
“Intellectual Property Law”, FIU Law School, 2008-2010, Guest lecturer.
Co-chair Bioflorida Leadership team for Miami Dade County, 2009-2012.
Organizer BioFlorida Regional Meeting-: Fostering the LifeScience Cluster- Non-profit /private sector interface, March 2010.
Organizer and moderator: BioFlorida Regional Meeting-: Fostering the LifeScience Cluster- Medical Devices, June 2010.
Chair, Identifying Partnering Opportunities Roundtable for October 2005 BioFlorida/LES annual meeting.
“Managed Drug Discovery Outsourcing” June 2010, Invited Speaker.
“Covering Your Assets in Corporate Intellectual Property Transactions” Invited Speaker, ACCA Annual Meeting September 2010.
“Fostering the LifeScience Cluster- Funding Trends” Organizer and Presenter, BioFlorida Regional Meeting, Sept 2010.
PharmaThursdays, Sponsor
“From Bench to Bedside: How Basic Research Translates to Your Health” Max Planck Institute, Jan 2011.
“Preclinical Drug Development”, BioFlorida Regional Meeting, Organizer and Moderator, January 2011.
“Clinical Drug Development” BioFlorida Regional Meeting, Organizer and Moderator, March 2011.
Sponsor LST Hub, Jan 2011-present.
“Medical Devices” BioFlorida Regional Meeting Organizer and Moderator, September 2011.
“Florida Legislative Update” BioFlorida Regional Meeting, Organizer and Moderator, April 2012.
Invited Speaker on Life Sciences to Miami Foundation Fellows April 2012.
“Financing Your Life Science Startup”, BioFlorida Regional Meeting Organizer and Moderator, August 2012.
“FDA Enforcement” BioFlorida Regional Meeting Organizer and Moderator, November 2012.
“Intellectual Property Concerns” World Stem Cell Summit, Invited Speaker, December 2012.
“Biosimilars” BioFlorida Regional Meeting, Organizer and Moderator, August 2012.
Invited Speaker, Scripps Career Day, November 2014.
Monthly Life Science and Technology Hub events, Organizer and Moderator, ongoing.