19Aug 2014

An Introduction: Silvia Salvadori, PhD. I opened my own firm, SILVIA SALVADORI, P.C., in April of this year. My practice areas include patents, trademarks, copyright, and ensuring compliance with USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration or FDA) regulations.

My focus is in patent prosecution and compliance with FDA regulations. These two areas actually go hand in hand. Even clients with successfully-patented products or methods must still obtain approval from the FDA before being allowed to enter the US marketplace, because the rules that govern the FDA are very different than those that govern the US patent office. Therefore my knowledge and experience in practicing in both of these areas is important in allowing me to provide a truly complete service to all of my clients.

Getting to the point where I am now, meaning working for myself, has been a challenging but extremely worthwhile journey. I have always loved science, and I’ve always known that I wanted to work in a scientific field in some capacity. I graduated in Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Padova, and after gaining experience in academia in Padova and in Milano (Italy), I came to the United States to complete my postdoctoral research. I did so at Mount Sinai School of Medicine from 1989 until 2000.

Then, one day, I came to the realization that I wanted to switch my line of work. I took advantage of the end of the millennium, the end of the century, to make a life altering change. I still love science as much as I always did, but I wanted to work with it from an entirely different perspective. Thanks to the advice of some good friends, I decided to try my hand at patent law.

I was admitted to law school and passed the patent bar on my first attempt. I worked at various law firms handling patent cases and gaining experience. I changed firms several times, looking for the right fit, which for me meant helping those clients who would benefit most greatly from my unique passion and skill set.

I continued on this path, working for others, until recently when I realized that I had developed enough of a client base that it didn’t make any sense to continue working as an associate, under other people’s direction. I made a move to go out on my own, and that is where I am today.

One of the most important values I bring to my work is my pride in Italian heritage and culture. Many of my clients are Italian, and I feel like I can understand their issues and concerns better than most, not just because I speak the same language as them, but because we share an unspoken cultural bond.

I travel back to Italy at least once a year. It is important for me because it gives me a chance to reconnect with my family, old friends and my Italian clients. These annual trips keep me grounded and let me reflect on how far I’ve come and give me inspiration about where to go next with my practice.

Silvia Salvadori, PhDSilvia Salvadori, PhD.
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