Keith G. Haddaway, Ph.D.

Haddaway Keith

Dr. Keith Haddaway, a registered patent attorney, assists clients with strategic patenting, protection, and commercialization of inventions. Keith's advanced knowledge of chemistry, developed through years of research and regulatory experience, enables him to assist a wide variety of clients, including research institutions, large corporations, and small start-ups, with the complex technical issues that arise at the intersection of science and the law.

Keith's practice encompasses life sciences (pharmaceuticals, diagnostic methods, and medical devices); commercial chemicals (polymers, coatings, catalysts, and petroleum additives); and consumer products (dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, and cosmetics); and design patents. He provides technical and legal understanding of regulatory and business practices necessary for interacting with government agencies, and for obtaining financing, conducting internal due diligence, and mergers and acquisitions.

Keith's services include:

  • Patent drafting and prosecution
  • Worldwide portfolio management and strategic development, licensing, and litigation
  • Preparing patentability opinions, patent infringement analyses, and freedom-to-operate opinions
  • Structuring, drafting, and negotiating licenses, partnering agreements, and joint development arrangements

Keith understands how technology and intellectual property can be used to advance clients' business goals. He frequently lends his scientific and IP knowledge to other practices within the firm, providing critical guidance to attorneys working on environmental, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and export control matters. He also assists corporate attorneys with such issues as interaction with government agencies, financing, internal due diligence, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to practicing law, Keith spent more than 10 years conducting basic and applied research in diverse areas of organic photochemistry, color additive technology at the Food and Drug Administration, chemical defense with the Department of Defense, and chemical analysis and methods development. He reviewed chemicals for the EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and has several years of experience teaching at the college level.


Representative Matters

  • Prosecuted patents in the cosmetic arts related to a technology that revolutionized the cosmetic space, creating an entire new market
  • Working with Venable's IP litigation team, obtained a number of favorable settlements for clients' key product lines in nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, and industrial compounds and compositions; not only provided strategic intellectual property analysis, but also worked with experts to develop technical positions to support the strategies
  • Assisted in due diligence associated with a multi-million-dollar public offering
  • Provides intellectual property counsel to a drug research and development company, managing worldwide patent portfolio strategies and assisting with licensing
  • Drafts and prosecutes patent applications and provides patent counsel for an international cosmetics company




  • J.D. with honors George Washington University Law School 1997
  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry University of Maryland 1987
  • B.S. high honors St. Mary's College of Maryland 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Association of University Technology Managers
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association


Pro Bono

  • Part of a team of Venable attorneys who successfully challenged a conviction and death sentence in Alabama, and obtained a new sentence of life with the possibility of parole

Personal Activities

  • When not actively engaged in practice, Keith enjoys sailing in Southern Maryland and on the Chesapeake Bay, and hiking