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Leah Reimer, the co-chairperson of the chemical, material, and life sciences practice at Cantor Colburn, is a Hartford-based patent prosecution attorney who focuses on polymer and materials science, pharmaceuticals, and patent law. Her clients include technological companies. Her Cantor Colburn colleague and chemical, material, and life sciences practice co-chairperson Pamela Curbelo specializes in IP agreements and patent applications. A former IP in-house lawyer for United Technologies Corporation, she counsels clients in several industries including aerospace, automotive, and telecommunications. Elizabeth "Beth" Alquist at Day Pitney is a trial attorney in Hartford. She focuses on patent, trade secret, non-competition, trademark, and copyright matters. Jacqueline Scheib at Robinson & Cole is chairperson of the IP and technology practice group. She focuses on trademark, copyright, and joint ventures, and licensing agreements.


Nominations per firm
Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg 1
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 3
Arent Fox 2
Arnold & Porter 2
Baker & McKenzie 1
BakerHostetler 1
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll 1
Banner & Witcoff 1
Cantor Colburn 2
Carter Ledyard & Milburn 1
Choate Hall & Stewart 3
Covington & Burling 1
Cowan Liebowitz & Latman 1
Davis Wright Tremaine 3
Day Pitney 1
Dentons 1
DLA Piper 1
Dorsey & Whitney 1
Drinker Biddle & Reath 2
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner 6
Fish & Richardson 5
Foley & Lardner 1
Foley Hoag 2
Foster Murphy Altman & Nickel 1
Goodwin Procter 3
Gordon Feinblatt 1
Greenberg Traurig 1
Hinckley Allen & Snyder 2
Hogan Lovells 2
Jones Day 2
K&L Gates 1
Katten Muchin Rosenman 1
Kelly IP 1
Kenyon & Kenyon 3
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 1
King & Spalding 1
Kirkland & Ellis 4
Ladas & Parry 2
Mayer Brown 2
McCarter & English 1
McDermott Will & Emery 1
Morgan Lewis & Bockius 1
Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell 2
Morrison & Foerster 1
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough 2
Nixon Peabody 1
Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg 1
Nutter McClennen & Fish 1
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison 1
Potter Anderson & Corroon 1
Reed Smith 1
Robinson & Cole 1
Ropes & Gray 2
Saul Ewing 2
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis 1
Scott & Bush 1
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox 3
Sughrue Mion 1
Venable 1
Vinson & Elkins 1
Weil Gotshal & Manges 2
White & Case 1
Williams & Connolly 1
WilmerHale 4
Winston & Strawn 1
Woodcock Washburn 1
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor 1
Julia Heaney at Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington is a litigator who specializes in patent and trade secret cases. Her clients include the pharmaceutical, medical devices, and computer systems industries. Her colleague Karen Jacobs Louden litigates copyright, trademark, and contract and licensing disputes. Patricia Smink Rogowski is based at Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg's Wilmington office. She has experience with patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, including representation of clients before the USPTO. Janet Reed at Potter Anderson & Corroon focuses on patents in the biotechnology sector. She also has experience in licensing and due diligence matters. Joan Kluger at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis practices in the firm's Wilmington and Philadelphia offices. She focuses on IP litigation, patents, and trademarks. She has experience counseling clients in the telecommunications and physics fields–and has taught physics as a college-level adjunct professor. Melanie Sharp at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor in Wilmington specializes in patent litigation and is the chairperson of the commercial litigation practice at the firm.

District of Columbia

Prior to joining Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg, Deanna Tanner Okun was a member of the ITC for 12 years. She focuses on IP theft and trade matters. Karol Kepchar at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld specializes in trademark and copyright matters. Her casework includes The Coca-Cola Company v. Pepsico and The Nasdaq Stock Market v. Antarctica Srl.

Cristina Carvalho at Arent Fox concentrates on portfolio management, trademark, and litigation. Admitted to practice in both Brazil and the US, her client list includes Brazilian soccer legend Pelé; Mars, Incorporated; and energy company Petrobas. Pamela Deese, also at Arent Fox, specializes in brand management, licenses, sweepstakes, and advertising. She has experience reviewing promotional materials and celebrity endorsements. She represented NBA athlete Jeremy Lin in IP matters such as the rights of publicity, and trademarks, product counterfeiting, and licensing.

Roberta L. Horton at Arnold & Porter concentrates on trademark and copyright matters. She represented Dr. Martin Luther King's organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in Southern Christian Leadership Conference v. Shannon, against a group declaring that it had registered the SCLC trademark previously. She won the case on appeal. Horton was recognized as a trademark expert in Euromoney's Women in Business Law Expert Guide in 2010. Susan Hendrickson, also at Arnold & Porter, specializes in complex collaborations and licensing matters. She also has experience in information technology and social media issues.

Sarah Kagan at Banner & Witcoff specializes in patents in the biotechnology sector, with particular experience in interferences and cancer genetics. Her clients include individual inventors, academic institutions, and pharmaceutical companies. Maureen Browne at Covington & Burling concentrates on commercial law, international trade regulation, and unfair competition. She has particular experience handling Section 337 litigation, and achieved a successful licensing and settlement agreement representing a machine vision manufacturer against Nikon. Ann Ford at DLA Piper focuses on trademark, copyright law, and IP law on the Internet. Her clients include the fashion and communications sectors. She is the chairperson of the international firm's trademark, copyright, and media practice and the vice-chairperson of DLA Piper's US IP and technology group.

Jennifer Dean at Drinker Biddle & Reath focuses on trademark clearance, brand management, and litigation. Her experience includes copyright and licensing matters. Mercedes Meyer, also at Drinker Biddle & Reath, focuses on patent portfolios in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, with an emphasis on tissue banking and stem cells. She has further experience in life sciences areas such as gene therapy, vaccines, and enzymes.

Laura Masurovsky at Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner is an IP litigator for the computer technology, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. Her antitrust experience includes representing HTC in the dispute Apple v. HTC. A favorable settlement was reached. Doris Johnson Hines, also at Finnegan, concentrates on ITC litigation and patent law. She represented FedEx in the dispute BarTex v. FedEx, which involved bar code technology. BarTex conceded summary judgment of invalidity, and a summary affirmation was reached on appeal in favor of FedEx.

Matters such as licensing, litigation, due diligence, and portfolio management all fall under the umbrella of Esther Lim's patent practice at Finnegan. She represented a major electronics company in a dispute involving PlayStation products. She achieved a favorable settlement. Franceska Schroeder at Fish & Richardson focuses on export controls, commercial contracts, insurance, and risk management. Her clients include the national security, technology, aviation sectors, and she is legal counsel to the American Astronautical Society. Courtenay Brinckerhoff at Foley & Lardner focuses on patents and due diligence. She has experience representing the pharmaceutical sector, which includes trans-dermal products and enzyme-based technologies. Barbara Murphy at Foster Murphy Altman & Nickel concentrates on Section 337 cases, anti-dumping, and customs. She also has experience in trademark and copyright matters.Jennifer Albert at Goodwin Procter litigates patent, trademark, and copyright matters. She represented ePlus in patent infringement case ePlus vs. SAP AG and SAP America. The patent infringement claims involved SAP's enterprise buyer professional and supplier relationship management products. The case was settled. Kecia Reynolds at Goodwin Procter is a litigator in patent and Section 337 matters before the ITC. Her work includes representing the ZTE Corporation and ZTE (USA) in the patent infringement investigation by the ITC of Certain Electronic Imaging Devices. Audrey Haroz Reed at Hogan Lovells focuses on the technology and life sciences sectors in relation to the acquisition, protection, and commercialization of IP. Her experience includes representing Fox Entertainment Group in partnering with NBC Universal and Providence Equity Partners to create Also at Hogan Lovells, Susan Cook is a litigator in patent, trademark, copyright, and Lanham Act cases. She also has experience with Section 337 proceedings before the ITC. Susan Smith at Kenyon & Kenyon focuses on litigation, patent, and trademark matters. Her clients include Walmart, Apple, Mercedes-Benz USA, and the Tampa Bay Rays. Her rebranding experience includes the name change of AIG to Chartis Insurance, and the name change of CitiFinancial to OneMain Financial. Karen Butcher at Morgan Lewis & Bockius focuses on mergers and acquisitions, distribution agreements, international brand strategy, and licensing agreements. She was recognized in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners in 2012.

Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox has three attorneys in the DC chapter of the IP Top 250. Monica Talley focuses on trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, and domain name matters. She also has experience counseling clients in brand protection in the biotechnology, music, entertainment, and apparel fields. Tracy-Gene Durkin is the head of the firm's mechanical trademark and patent group. She has experience in getting copycat products off the market and is an adjunct law professor at George Mason University. Lori Gordon specializes in inter partes matters. She has experience with wireless communications technologies, internet applications, telecommunications systems, and software.

At Sughrue Mion, Jody Haller Drake specializes in trademark law such as the handling of global portfolios and the branding process. She was recognized among top US Lawyers in Euromoney Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners from 2005 to 2013. Janet Satterthwaite at Venable focuses on trademark, licensing, and portfolio management, and counterfeiting. Her experience includes leading the amicus curiae team for Coty supporting Tiffany's suit against counterfeit products online in the dispute Tiffany v. eBay, heard before the US Supreme Court in 2010. Shamita Etienne-Cummings at White & Case leads the 337 International Trade Practice at the firm, with an emphasis on semiconductor devices and consumer electronics. She focuses on the technology industry, such as computer software, internet services, and medical devices. She represented Google in an ITC investigation and won on five patent counts involving Google technology. Jessamyn Berniker at Williams & Connolly concentrates on patent litigation and licensing and her clients include electronic and pharmaceutical sectors. She represented Pfizer in a Hatch-Waxman matter regarding the anti-cancer agent Sutent. LMG's Life Sciences recognized her as a "Life science star" in the area of patent litigation in 2012 and 2013. At WilmerHale, Amy Wigmore focuses on patent and commercial litigation in the biotechnology industry. She has experience in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, unfair competition, trade secrets, and test security issues. Linda McLeod at the newly formed boutique firm Kelly IP was awarded "Best in trademark" at Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2012. She specializes in trademark prosecution. She previously served as an examining attorney at the USPTO and a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board interlocutory attorney and administrative trademark judge.


Gordon Feinblatt's Martha Lessman Katz specializes in data security matters, licensing, and e-commerce, with a focus on technology transactions such as subscription agreements and website legal terms. Sherry Flax at Saul Ewing's Baltimore office focuses on trademarks and copyrights. She also has experience in the business sector in patent, unfair competition, litigation and domain name disputes. Gianna Arnold, alsoat Saul Ewing, focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, sponsored research, and licensing. She is experienced advising on due diligence matters regarding mergers and acquisitions and public stock offerings.


At Hinckley Allen & Snyder, Andrea Mealey focuses on trademark selection and prosecution in the business sector including computer software and publishing. She also has experience with domain name and design patent disputes. Barbara Fiacco at Foley Hoag specializes in patents in the life sciences sector such as small molecule compounds and medical devices. She also represents the education industry. Also at Foley Hoag, Beth Arnold has patent experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. She also has due diligence and mergers and acquisitions experience.

At WilmerHale, Cynthia Vreeland specializes in patent and trade secret litigation. Her experience includes representing Facebook in the patent dispute Yahoo v. Facebook, after Yahoo claimed infringement of 10 of its patents. A favorable settlement was reached. Lisa Pirozzolo, also at WilmerHale, is a litigator with experience in patents, licensing, and contract disputes in the technological sector, including pharmaceutical products and telephone services. Maia Harris at Nixon Peabody is a patent litigator who also handles trade secret and false advertising matters.

Anita Varma at Ropes & Gray focuses on patent portfolios for life sciences companies. She was recognized as a 2012 "Life sciences star" in Euromoney Legal Media Group's publication Life Sciences. Denise DeFranco at Finnegan has patent and litigation experience, including the representation of branded drug companies against possible generics in abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) litigation. Andrea Robidoux at Choate Hall & Stewart has experience in drug discovery, due diligence, and litigation on behalf of pharmaceutical companies, including organic chemistry and small molecule pharmaceuticals. Brenda Jarrell, also at Choate Hall & Stewart focuses on the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in IP licensing and litigation matters. She also has experience counseling in patent portfolio issues. Jennifer Camacho at Greenberg Traurig focuses on due diligence, patent infringement, and IP litigation in the life sciences and chemical industries. She was shortlisted for Euromoney's "Best in life sciences" award at the 2013 Americas Women in Business Law Awards. She was selected "Life science star" in Euromoney LMG's publication Life Sciences in both editions of the publication, 2012 and 2013.

Leslie McDonell at Finnegan specializes in patent portfolios, infringement, and inventorship in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. She reached a favorable settlement in Chiron v. Eli Lilly and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, in which she represented Eli Lilly against infringement charges related to the creation of a small molecule therapeutics. She was listed as a star in the 2012 edition of Euromoney LMG's Life Sciences. Mary Ferguson, also at Finnegan, focuses on patent litigation and opinion work involving molecular biology and cell biology. She also has experience in due diligence and discovery requests. Janis Fraser focuses on patent advice on topics such as genes, antibodies, and recombinant DNA. She was selected as a 2012 "Life science star" in Euromoney LMG's Life Sciences in 2012. Choate Hall's Karen Copenhaver focuses on technology transfer and licensing, and has particular experience in software licensing. Jolynn Lussier at the Boston office of Fish & Richardson focuses on patent cases and appeals. She also has experience in copyright and trademark matters. Cynthia Johnson Walden, also at Fish & Richardson, focuses on trademark and copyright in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson. She also has experience in copyright and unfair competition matters. She was listed in Euromoney LMG's Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners from 2008 to 2012.

Deborah Benson at Hinckley Allen & Snyder focuses on trademark and copyright law, including copyright, due diligence, licensing, and asset transfers. Christine Vito at K&L Gates in Boston focuses on patent infringement and portfolio development. She specializes in the life and medical sciences sectors. Elizabeth Hanley at McCarter & English specializes in chemistry and biotechnology patent law. She focuses on prosecution, licensing, and due diligence with particular experience in small molecule, organic chemistry, and drug delivery matters. Sarah Chapin Columbia at McDermott Will & Emery focuses on patent, trademark, and copyright matters. Her patent infringement litigation experience includes representing Lycos in Lycos v. Blockbuster, which involved recommendation software.

Amy Mandragouras at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough focuses on patents, due diligence, and licensing in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and sustainable energy sectors. Her experience also includes drug discovery technologies. Jill Gorny Sloper, also at Nelson Mullins, focuses on patents, due diligence, and freedom to operate investigations in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and life sciences sectors. She specializes in the field of therapeutic antibodies. Lisa Adams at Nutter McClennen & Fish concentrates in patent and trademark law in the medical and life sciences areas. Her patent prosecution and portfolio development clients include all Johnson & Johnson companies and DePuy Spine.

New York

Pamela Church at Baker & McKenzie specializes in licensing, publishing, outsourcing, and financial transactions. She counseled Prime View International on IP issues when it acquired stock of E Ink, a large electronic paper display materials and IP company. Heather McDonald at BakerHostetler litigates in IP and anti-counterfeiting matters, with many notable clients in the fashion industry. She trains law enforcement officers in trademark counterfeiting and related issues. Rose Auslander at Carter Ledyard & Milburn focuses on trademark, domain name, licenses, and copyright litigation. Among the character properties she works to protect are the Hulk and the Muppets. At Cowan Liebowitz & Latman, Mary Kevlin focuses on trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law. She was involved in one of the first cases to be heard under the Anticyberpiracy Statute, which involved the New York Yankees website domain name.

Davis Wright Tremaine has three New York members of the IP Top 250. Roxanne Elings focuses on trademark and brand management. In the case The North Face Apparel and PRL USA v. Fujian Trading, she obtained an order to shut down counterfeiters' websites and had confiscated their profits. Alexandra Nicholson focuses on trademark and copyright for media and entertainment clients. Some of her representative experience includes trademark counsel for HBO, Virgin Enterprises, and Sesame Workshop, the producer of Sesame Street. Marcia Paul focuses on copyright, trademark, and litigation with a focus on media companies. She represented Dish Network against DirecTV in a false advertising case. The case was settled.

Monica Richman at Dentons focuses on license, agency, distribution, sponsorship, endorsement, strategic alliance, marketing, procurement, and manufacturing agreements. Among the parties she represents are clients in the entertainment, fashion, and financial services industries. Sandra Edelman at Dorsey & Whitney focuses on trademark and unfair competition, copyright and false advertising law, brand name clearance, advertising claims review, and licensing issues. Many of her clients are in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, publishing, and banking industries. Kristen McCallion at Fish & Richardson focuses on trademark, copyright, trade dress, and unfair competition litigation. Her clients include the entertainment, arts, and media industries. Marta Gross at Goodwin Procter focuses on patent litigation, strategic counseling and opinions, and due diligence. She was named a "Life sciences star" in the 2012 LMG Life Sciences publication.

Adriane Antler at Jones Day is experienced in IP matters in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals fields. She specializes in patent infringement and validity opinions. She was named a "Life sciences star" in LMG's 2012 edition of Life Sciences. Laura Coruzzi, also at Jones Day, focuses on patent litigation and prosecution in life sciences fields such as genetic engineering, molecular biology, virology, vaccines, immunology, therapeutic antibodies, biologic and small molecule therapeutics, diagnostics, drug discovery, and drug delivery. She was named to the top 10 list of "America's best life sciences litigators" in the US by Managing Intellectual Property in June 2012. She represents Myriad Genetics in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, a dispute involving the patentability of isolated DNA molecules. The Supreme Court upheld the patent eligibility of synthetic DNA, but not naturally occurring DNA segments. Karen Artz Ash at Katten Muchin Rosenman focuses on trademarks and copyrights, structuring and administration of IP, and establishing holding companies and trusts. She has more than 20 years of experience in fashion law, and also represents the publishing, banking, financial services, and consumer electronics industries.

Elizabeth Gardner at Kenyon & Kenyon focuses on licensing and transfer of IP rights such as patentability, validity, and infringement. She has litigation experience in the chemical, materials, pharmaceutical, electrical, and medical products industries. Elizabeth Holland, also at Kenyon & Kenyon, has patent litigation experience for pharmaceutical, chemical, medical device, and consumer products industries. She was named a leading patent lawyer in the US in Euromoney's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law in 2013.

Lisa Pearson at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton focuses on copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and internet-related disputes. She was recognized in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners in 2012. Kathleen "Katie" McCarthy at King & Spalding has more than 20 years of experience in litigation in trademark, copyright, false advertising, right of publicity, unfair competition, and internet matters.

At Kirkland & Ellis, Claudia Ray focuses on copyright, trademark, internet, and trade secret issues. She represented Rain Corp., the creator of "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles," in a copyright infringement and breach of contract dispute against the producers of the show's London and New York productions. Patricia Carson specializes in patent litigation matters such as IP due diligence and licensing. She represented Genentech and settled the dispute Genentech v. Amgen, which regarded infringement of patents for producing proteins recombinantly. Dale Cendali focuses on copyright, trademark, internet, and patent disputes. Dale was named "Best in copyright " by Euromoney's Legal Media Group at its 2012 and 2013 "Americas Women in Business Law Awards." Leora Ben-Ami focuses on biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and chemistry, mechanical devices, and electronics. In Pfizer v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, she successfully defended Pfizer's patents on Celebrex.

Bharati Bakshani at Ladas & Parry specializes in international trademark prosecution and enforcement. She has experience with clearance and adoption of marks, prosecution of marks, oppositions, infringement, cancellation actions, and drafting and negotiating worldwide co-existence agreements. She advised on trademark issues involved in PPG's $1.05 billion acquisition of AkzoNobel's North American architectural coatings business. Janet Cord, also at Ladas & Parry, focuses on patent applications in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biochemistry, chemistry, and medical devices industries. She also has patent infringement and trade secret litigation experience.

Lisa Ferri at Mayer Brown focuses on patent and IP litigation in the life sciences field. She has experience with biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device patent cases. Terri Gillis, also at Mayer Brown, specializes in patent infringement, enforceability, misuse and validity, copyright infringement and validity, trademark infringement and dilution, unfair competition, and trade secrets. Patricia Martone at Morrison & Foerster has 36 years of experience litigating IP patent cases. She represented Polaroid in the high-stakes patent infringement and damages trials in Polaroid v. Kodak. Lynn Bayard at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison focuses on copyright and trademark matters. She represents the media and entertainment industries. Denise Loring is a retired partner at Ropes & Gray who focused on biotech and pharmaceutical litigation, including ANDA litigation representing innovator companies. Constance Huttner at Vinson & Elkins focuses on patent and technical litigation involving ANDAs, trade secrets, advertising, and licensing disputes. She also has experience providing patent opinions for matters including mergers and acquisitions.

At Weil Gotshal & Manges, Randi Singer focuses on copyright and Lanham Act false advertising and trademark litigation, privacy, and right of publicity. She has litigated on behalf of The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Comics in a copyright ownership dispute involving Marvel characters. Elizabeth Weiswasser, also at Weil, focuses on patent and IP matters such as biologic and pharmaceutical technologies. She also specializes in diligence-related issues in the life sciences sector. Jane Love at WilmerHale focuses on patents, portfolio management, freedom-to-operate assessments, and interferences in the pharmaceutical and life sciences areas. Virginia Richard at Winston & Strawn focuses on trademark and copyright licensing, website development agreements, content licenses, software licensing, and technology agreements. Her clients include software firms, healthcare providers, and financial services companies.


Diane Elderkin at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld focuses on patent infringement cases in the biotechnology area. A member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she won a jury verdict in a patent infringement suit on behalf of her client Janssen Biotech against Abbott GMBH, in which the jury decided that two patents brought against Janssen's antibody drug product Stelara were invalid. Barbara Mullin, is also an IP litigator at Akin Gump. In a patent infringement suit in 2009, she won a $1.67 billion verdict for her clients Centocor Ortho Biotech and New York University against Abbott Laboratories' product Humira. Hara Jacobs at Ballard Spahr litigates patent, trademark, and copyright matters. In American Board of Internal Medicine v. Arora Board Review, she won a permanent injunction against a test preparation company that had possession of copyrighted examination questions. Maria Bernier at Reed Smith handles prosecution of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. She also has experience with website development and domain name disputes. Nancy Frandsen at Woodcock Washburn focuses on trademarks, copyrights, and domain name disputes. She also had experience in dilution, fair use, and comparative advertising.

Rhode Island

Christine Bush at Scott & Bush handles patent, trademark, and unfair competition matters. She also has experience in licensing and non-disclosure issues.

Jennifer A. Albert

Goodwin Procter
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202.346.4322

Jennifer Albert is a partner in Goodwin Procter's Litigation Department and member of its Patent Litigation Practice. Ms. Albert's practice primarily focuses on patent litigation. She has served as first-chair trial counsel in cases involving a wide range of technologies in district courts throughout the United States and at the International Trade Commission. Most recently, she served as first-chair in a contempt trial for ePlus, a leading provider of IT products and services, conducted before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Court found that Lawson Software was in contempt of the court's permanent injunction order because its allegedly redesigned electronic procurement systems were not more than colorably different from the systems found to infringe in the original trial and that they still infringed ePlus's patent. Additionally, she served as trial counsel to OSRAM GmbH in a series of cases involving patents on light-emitting diode (LED) technology and related strategic intellectual property matters. This was the largest litigation to date in the area of light-emitting diodes – the future of lighting technology due to their greater efficiency and environmental benefits. Because of the market-shaping importance of these cases, they received much attention in the media, most notably the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Ms. Albert's intellectual property litigation work also includes trademark and copyright infringement claims; unfair competition and deceptive trade practices; misappropriation of trade secrets in the U.S. district and before the International Trade Commission. She has also served as appellate counsel in appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Albert is a frequent featured speaker at various industry seminars and events and she has co-authored numerous articles and publications. In 2012 and 2013, Ms. Albert was named to the DC Super Lawyers listing for Intellectual Property Litigation. Ms. Albert has also received a perfect 5.0 AV Peer Rating from Martindale for the past two years and has also been recognized by The Legal 500United States for her patent litigation work. From 2003-2011, Ms. Albert served as general counsel to the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Ms. Albert has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and she obtained her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Ms. Albert is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and South Carolina, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Federal and District of Columbia Circuits; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Columbia, Maryland, and South Carolina.

Karen Artz Ash

Katten Muchin Rosenman
575 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022-2585
Tel: (1) 212 940 8554
Fax: (1) 212 940 8776

Karen Artz Ash is a pioneer in fashion law who focuses her practice on trademark and copyright matters. She has represented clients ranging from high-end designers and celebrities to retailers and apparel companies, and has been lauded by clients, colleagues, and legal ranking organizations such as New York Metro Super Lawyers and New York magazine's Women Leaders in the Law and World Trademark Review 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals. She writes regularly on the topics of fashion licensing and trademark practice for leading industry publications and is an adjunct professor at New York Law School. She is also a contributing author of a fashion law textbook and a book for fashion designers scheduled for release in 2013.

Pamela T. Church

Baker & McKenzie LLP
452 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Tel: +1 212 626 4976
Fax: +1 212 310 1603

Pamela Church is a partner in the IP Practice of Baker & McKenzie LLP. She serves as head of the New York office's IP group and is a member of the firm's Global IP Steering Committee.

Ms Church is a trademark and copyright specialist who concentrates on transactions involving the development, exploitation and transfer of intellectual property rights, including licensing, technology transfer, joint ventures, research and development, franchising, print and electronic publishing, e-commerce, outsourcing, IP securitization, restructurings, and post-closing integrations.

She advises clients on comprehensive global trademark portfolio and brand management, including clearance opinions, trademark registration programs, opposition/cancellation actions, settlement and coexistence agreements, trademark usage policies, prevention of trademark dilution and genericness, and online anti-counterfeiting and enforcement strategies.

Ms Church also handles a wide array of legal and compliance issues impacting e-commerce and advertising and marketing campaigns, particularly involving new technologies, and the emerging opportunities and risk management issues presented by social media platforms operating in the global marketplace. Such areas include user-generated content, privacy and data protection, social media policies and applicable industry guidelines and best practices. Ms Church clears content, negotiates sponsorship, endorsement, advertising, product placement and media production agreements, and advises clients on compliance with regulations governing promotions, such as contests, sweepstakes and charitable sales promotions.

Ms Church's clients fall into a wide range of traditional and emerging industries in which leveraging IP rights is key, such as media and entertainment, fashion and luxury, consumer products, software, technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, electronics and financial services.

On a pro bono basis, Ms Church represents various not-for-profit organizations on their use of social media to promote their causes including The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

She is a frequent speaker and author on the evolving landscape of digital media, and has consistently been recognized as a leader in intellectual property by publications such as Chambers and US Legal 500.

Marta E. Gross

Goodwin Procter
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Tel: 212.459.7499

Marta Gross is a partner in Goodwin Procter's Litigation Department and a member of its Patent Litigation Practice. For more than 25 years, she has focused her practice on patent matters, including patent litigation, strategic counseling and opinions, and patent-related due diligence. Ms. Gross joined Goodwin Procter as a partner in 2003. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gross was a partner at Fish & Neave.

Upon joining the firm, Ms. Gross organized and developed the strategic patent counseling practice to support the world's largest generic pharmaceutical company. She continues to lead this team which provides validity and infringement advice and opinions, as well as strategic counseling to companies in the life sciences.

A major portion of Ms. Gross's practice has always included patent litigation. Recently, Ms. Gross has acted as lead counsel for Roxane Laboratories in several Hatch-Waxman patent infringement actions involving pharmaceutical drugs. In addition, she is lead counsel in a major patent litigation for Makhteshim Agan of North America (MANA) and Control Solutions (CSI) in an action brought in North Carolina by BASF and Bayer on patents relating to the pesticide fipronil. The district court granted MANA's and CSI's motion for summary judgment of no infringement, which was affirmed by the Federal Circuit, and Ms. Gross's clients have launched the first generic fipronil termiticide.

Ms. Gross is a member of the New York City Bar Association and served a three-year term as chair of its Patents Committee. She is also a member of the ABA, AIPLA and NYIPLA and serves on various committees on those organizations. Ms. Gross created and organized the PLI Program on Understanding Patent Law and has chaired that program on all nine occasions that it has been offered by PLI.

Ms. Gross has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and she obtained her J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law (Evening Division, cum laude) while working full time. She worked as an engineer for eight years after her graduation from MIT and first worked at General Electric for three years where she participated in GE's Manufacturing Management Program. Thereafter, she worked at Millipore Corporation having major managerial responsibilities. From these positions Ms. Gross gained real-world perspectives regarding the kinds of problems her corporate clients face and finding practical solutions to those problems.

Ms. Gross was named a "Life Sciences Star" in the 2012 LMG Life Science Survey, which recognizes the preeminent life sciences practitioners in the United States. She is also listed in New York Super Lawyers 2012.

Ms. Gross is admitted to the bars of New York and Massachusetts, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and various federal courts.

Kecia J. Reynolds

Goodwin Procter
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202.346.4222

Kecia Reynolds is a partner in Goodwin Procter's Litigation Department and a member of its Patent Litigation Practice. Ms. Reynolds has extensive trial experience with patent and trademark infringement actions. She focuses her practice on representing clients in Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission (ITC). Ms. Reynolds has participated in more than 25 ITC investigations and has a wealth of knowledge and keen insights into the practice and procedures of the ITC. Her patent expertise extends to industries involving computer hardware and software, pharmaceutical chemistry, and biotechnology. Ms. Reynolds' practice also focuses on representing clients in Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) district court litigation and in Inter Partes Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Ms. Reynolds is an active speaker, both domestically and abroad, on matters involving practice and procedures at the ITC, the domestic industry requirement at the ITC, discovery in U.S. courts and biotechnology law. She is co-author of "Where to Bring Process Claims: Hints From Sucralose" (2013). Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2012, Ms. Reynolds was a senior investigative attorney in the International Trade Commission's Office of Unfair Import Investigations, where she focused on patent and trademark infringement matters.
Ms. Reynolds has a B.S. in Biology from Norfolk State University and she obtained her J.D. from University of Miami School of Law.

Ms. Reynolds is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Janet Satterthwaite

Venable LLP
575 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Tel: 202.344.4974
Fax: 202.344.8300

Janet Satterthwaite's clients appreciate her creative, strategic, and practical advice and her one-stop versatility on contentious and non-contenious trademarks and domain names.

Ms Satterthwaite provides global trademark counseling and enforcement to key US brands, including an Ivy League university, a global higher educational institution, a large hedge fund, a major maritime conglomerate, a major trade association, a major construction company, and a brewery and distillery company. Ms Satterthwaite serves as US trademark counsel to global brands, including the world's leading cigar and pipe-tobacco company, a prominent UK footwear brand, a major chipset manufacturer, and a major cycling wear company. She is popular with clients in Europe, where she has held leadership positions in Marques, the European Trademark Owners' Association, and where her language skills prove useful. She is well known for her expertise in domain name and ICANN matters and has written and spoken on trademarks, domain names, and social media in various countries.

Also a seasoned trademark litigator, Ms Satterthwaite has been lead counsel on many trademark, domain name, copyright, and false advertising lawsuits in federal courts in New York, Virginia, Maryland, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana, Colorado, New Mexico, Iowa, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, and North Carolina, as well as foreign countries. Many of these cases resulted in preliminary and permanent injunctions in favor of her clients. She also handles dozens of administrative litigation matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and provides trademark and survey expert support to all Venable trademark litigation matters, including landmark cases such as Wal-mart v. Samara (US Supreme Court ) and Gibson Guitars v. Paul Reed Smith (6th Circuit). She led a team that authored amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Coty, Inc., in the Court of Appeals and The Supreme Court in the seminal case Tiffany v eBay. Recent litigation successes include an injunction on behalf of an Ivy League university against an infringing tutoring agency, an injunction against an impersonator of a hedge fund running a Ponzi scheme, ICANN-related litigation, and international legal battle across Europe for another hedge fund.

Ms Satterthwaite has played a key part in growing the Venable Trademark Group since joining the firm in 1996. She and her group have received numerous prestigious awards and rankings, in which Ms Satterthwaite has been called "innovative" and a "fierce defender of the rights of her clients." Other women standouts in IP in the group include the versatile partner Jackie Patt and rising star senior associate Rebecca Liebowitz, who both manage global trademarks for several household name brands.

Ms Satterthwaite has a BA from Yale, studied law at Cambridge University in the UK, and obtained her law degree from The University of Virginia.

Anita Varma

Ropes & Gray
Prudential Tower
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
Tel: 1 617 951 7796
Fax: 1 617 235 0811

Anita is co-head of Ropes & Gray's Intellectual Property Rights Management Practice Group and has over 20 years of experience in intellectual property law as a lawyer and as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her experience as a Patent Examiner provides unique insights into the workings of the USPTO. As a UK Solicitor, she is also qualified to practice before the European Patent Office.

Anita focuses her practice on developing, analyzing, and managing patent portfolios in diverse areas of technology for life sciences companies. She leverages this broad patent experience to counsel clients on transactional matters in connection with financial investments, mergers and acquisitions, and collaborations. Anita combines her patent experience with an understanding of regulatory exclusivities to help clients evaluate target portfolios and conduct worldwide due diligence assessments. She has conducted numerous pre-litigation assessments and rendered opinions regarding patentability, validity, non-infringement, freedom-to-use, Orange Book listing and delisting matters, and advised clients regarding the follow-on biologics legislation.

Anita's experience includes:

Representative Litigations

  • Promote Innovation, LLC v. Intendis, Inc. (Eastern District of Texas), 2:10-cv-00247-TJW.
  • Novartis Vaccines v. Wyeth (Eastern District of Texas), 2:08-cv-00067-TJW-CE.
  • Genetics Institute v. Novartis Vaccines (District of Delaware), 1:08-cv-00290-SL.
  • Abbott Laboratories et al. v. Bayer Healthcare LLC (District of Massachusetts), 09-CV-40002-FDS.
  • Novartis Vaccines et al v. Bayer Healthcare LLC (Eastern District of Texas), 2:08-cv-00068-TJW.

Representative Transactions

  • Performed IP diligence to support a multi-billion dollar transaction involving the acquisition of a publicly-traded company in the diabetes space.
  • Represented a private equity client in their bid to acquire a large European specialty pharmaceutical company. This included reviewing the target company's worldwide portfolio of about 1500 patents, analyzing seven ongoing ANDA litigations and conducting a competitive patent landscape analysis.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in conducting due diligence on a portfolio covering a new formulation of an existing drug to structure a Supply and Manufacturing Agreement.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company to conduct freedom to operate studies on at least 100 drug products to be marketed in emerging markets such as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Malaysia, South Africa etc. We considered patent assessments and any available regulatory exclusivities to determine the extent and duration of patent and regulatory coverage.
  • Represents a pharmaceutical company in conducting a world-wide pre-litigation assessment of their patent portfolios covering therapeutic products in clinical trials.



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