Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Novak was the director (IP counsel) for an American multinational, biotechnology product development company, where he led a team of lawyers and agents to manage all worldwide IP needs in the company’s genetic sciences instrumentation and software businesses. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Novak was an associate at K&L Gates, where he concentrated his practice in intellectual property in the medical device, food, food process engineering, electrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Before transitioning to the legal industry, Mr. Novak was a research engineer for a leading food product company, where he led numerous product and process redesigns, reformulations and commercializations. Such work required knowledge in areas such as flavor chemistry, emulsion chemistry, chemical engineering and food process engineering. Mr. Novak’s experience as both a corporate engineer and an in-house IP counsel director has allowed him to gather expertise in dealing with various corporate functions from both an R&D and legal perspective.