Imagine a creature that is half-chimpanzee, half-human, made by scientistsas the ultimate laboratory animal. It can be used to test new medicines,provide organs for transplant, demonstrate the effects of hypothermia — thepossibilities for experimentation are almost endless.

Then imagine having your clients ask you to help them patent such acreature — which is precisely what Stuart Newman and Jeremy Rifkin requestedof Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott partner Patrick Coyne.