After training as a chemical engineer, Adda has practiced patent law for three decades: for 28 years with Darby & Darby, five years as managing partner of Merchant & Gould’s New York office, was a partner of Ascenda Law Group, of Leason & Ellis, and is currently with Hueschen & Sage. Adda is an intellectual property expert in multiple industry verticals, with clients ranging from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups, along with growth companies, and academic and research institutions. Her deep experience in pharmaceuticals, biotech, diagnostics, food, and fine chemicals brings powerful insights to clients in formulating or adjusting global IP strategies. Seasoned at drafting and negotiating complex licensing agreements, developing patent prosecution strategies, and guiding patent portfolio architecture, Adda also litigates disputes for clients both in administrative and alternative resolution forums. Clients benefit from Adda’s long-standing expertise in patent extension, including orange book listing, lifecycle strategies and Paragraph IV challenges. Among Adda’s prominent specialties are exculpatory and pre-assertion legal opinions on patents for biomolecules, pharmaceuticals/NMEs, and diagnostics. Adda has represented: AutoImmune, ContraFect, Forest Labs, Institut de Myologie, Novartis, Novozymes, Purdue Frederic, NYU, Recordati, Sandoz, UPM-Kymmene, Zoetis and Sloan Kettering among many others. Published writer and active speaker on IP matters in the US and overseas, Adda holds Chemical Engineering and JD degrees from Cornell University. A world traveler, Adda is used to the road. Even when home, you may find Adda cycling daily to and from her Manhattan office.
Stephen is a partner at Wilton Partners, a Shanghai based boutique investment bank. He also serves as non-executive director of CNinsure Inc., Jinko Solar Inc., China Ming Yang Wind Group Co. Ltd., and ChinaCast Education Corporation. Steve is also a trustee of Princeton-in-Asia. From 1998-2006, Steve worked for GE Capital. During his time with GE, Steve led GE Capital's business development activities in China and Asia Pacific, primarily acquisitions and direct investments. Prior to GE, Steve worked with the Boston Consulting Group throughout Asia. Steve was also a commercial banker for ten years in London, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong and Beijing with Chase Manhattan Bank and First National Bank of Chicago. His career began with the US-China Business Council, in Washington D.C. and Beijing. Steve holds an MBA from Columbia University, an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. He lived and worked in Asia for over sixteen years, including China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand. Besides his native English, Steve is fluent in Chinese and conversant in Japanese and French.Steve lives with his wife, Veronique, and three children in suburban Chicago.