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Nathan Kelley

Nathan Kelley

Acting chief administrative patent judge
Patent Trial & Appeal Board

Nathan Kelley is the acting chief administrative patent Judge at the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Judge Kelley was appointed to the PTAB by US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in June of 2015. 

Previously, Judge Kelley served as the USPTO’s solicitor and deputy general counsel for intellectual property law. The Office of the Solicitor provides legal counsel to the USPTO and defends decisions of the director, the PTAB, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in the federal courts. It also represents the USPTO during interagency deliberations on intellectual property matters.

Earlier, Judge Kelley spent seven years as an associate, and later deputy solicitor, defending the USPTO in dozens of appeals before the Federal Circuit on a range of issues, from specific patentability determinations to questions involving the USPTO’s statutory examination duties, the extent of its jurisdiction, and the scope of various provisions of Title 35. 

Before joining the Solicitor’s Office, Judge Kelley worked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, first as a member of its permanent legal staff and later as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Randall Rader. Judge Kelley has also taught as an adjunct professor at both the George Mason University School of Law and the George Washington University Law School. Earlier he worked in private practice at an IP law firm in Washington DC. Judge Kelley began his career as a patent examiner at the USPTO, examining claims to semiconductor devices and integrated circuits. He received both a JD and a BS in electrical engineering from George Mason University.



Rama Elluru

Rama Elluru

Administrative patent judge
Patent Trial & Appeal Board

Rama G. Elluru is an Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Judge Elluru has been handling post-grant proceedings since the AIA went into effect in September 2012.  Before joining the Board, she practiced IP law in the Washington D.C. area, during which time, her main focus was patent litigation in district courts and the ITC.  Prior to private practice, she had an extensive career as a law clerk, including at the ITC and the Federal Circuit, where she clerked for the Honorable Sharon Prost.

Judge Elluru graduated from Trinity University with a B.S. in Computer Science and obtained a J.D. from the Washington and Lee School of Law.  After law school, she received a M.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Georgetown University.  



Scott Boalick

Scott Boalick

Acting deputy chief judge
Patent Trial & Appeal Board

Scott Boalick was appointed as an Administrative Patent Judge in April 2007, became a lead Judge in August 2011, and then became a vice chief Judge in September 2014. He has served as the acting deputy chief Judge from November 2014 until June 2015 and from August 2015 to the present.

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Judge Boalick served as a patent attorney with the Department of the Navy at two different laboratories. Before that he served as an associate at the law firm of Fish & Richardson. Prior to entering private practice, Judge Boalick served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Alvin Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Judge Boalick earned a law degree, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center where he was a Notes and Comments Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal. He earned both a MSE degree in Systems Engineering and a BSE degree in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Judge Boalick is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is registered to practice before the USPTO.



Scott Yarnell

Scott Yarnell

Counsel
Exxonmobil Research and Engineering Company

For the last 13 years, Iurie Schwartz has been the senior intellectual property counsel at Praxair. Prior to that, he was in private/firm practice for more than four years in the Washington area. Schwartz started his career as an examiner as the US Patent and Trademark Office. He is currently responsible for his business clients’ needs in areas involving intellectual property matters including: advisory/opinion work; transactional matters; litigation; administrative proceedings; and global patent procurement.



Rekha Hanu

Rekha Hanu

Director, intellectual property
Akorn Pharmaceuticals

Rekha Hanu is Director for Intellectual Property at Akorn, Inc., having responsibility for Hatch-Waxman litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, licensing, and due diligence matters. Akorn is a niche pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of multisource and branded pharmaceuticals. Akorn is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois and has manufacturing facilities located in Decatur, Illinois; Somerset, New Jersey; Amityville, New York; and Paonta Sahib, India.

Hanu joined Akorn after practicing law in the Chicago law firms, Duane Morris and Bell Boyd & Lloyd, later K&L Gates. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Her experience prior to patent law includes that of a postdoctoral scientist, stints as a management consultant, in sales, and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry.



Balu Gupta

Balu Gupta

Patent counsel
Promerus

Balu Gupta is patent counsel at Promerus. Before joining Promerus, he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibilities in his many years at Sanofi, where he headed the Global Immuno-inflammation patent group. Previously he was also head of CNS/Oncology patent group in the US, and was responsible for all of the patent matters for the respective therapeutic groups, which included: patent drafting and prosecution; client counseling; rendering freedom to operate opinions; FDA listings; administrative responsibilities; and patent portfolio management.

Gupta holds a doctorate degree in organic chemistry from University of Southern California (Nobel Laureate George Olah as Thesis Adviser) and a law degree from Seton Hall University.  He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Texas and is a registered patent attorney.  Prior to entering his legal career, Gupta was a bench chemist for 10 years, holds approximately 30 patents and has been responsible for securing over 330 basic patents for his current and former employers.



Michelle Fleming


General Counsel
Digium

Michelle Fleming is general counsel for Digium and its wholly owned subsidiary. Digium is a communications company in the VoIP industry headquartered in Alabama. Digium created and maintains Asterisk, the world’s most popular open source telephony software. Fleming’s focus on protecting intellectual property includes setting and managing Digium’s anti-counterfeiting strategy.  She is also responsible for managing all legal issues including negotiating contracts, managing the worldwide trademark portfolio, and handling compliance consistent with regulations promulgated by organisations such as the FCC, FTC, Department of Commerce, and Bureau of Industry and Security.

Fleming received her JD from Cumberland School of Law in 2004 and is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut (revocably retired), and Alabama. She works in New York.



Atabak Royaee

Atabak Royaee

Associate Director and IP Counsel 
Boehringer Ingelheim USA

Atabak Royaee is an associate director and IP counsel at Boehringer Ingelheim USA located in Ridgefield, Connecticut. In his role as an IP counsel for Boehringer, Royaee has: drafted and prosecuted patent applications and strategically managed patent portfolios in a number of therapeutic areas within BI; conducted patentability and freedom to operate assessments; performed IP due diligence reviews; provided licensing and agreement support including negotiation of IP provisions for research collaborations.

Prior to joining BI, Royaee was an associate attorney at McDermott Will & Emery and LeClairRyan law firms handling patent prosecution and conducting IPR work. Prior to his tenure at law firms, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard School of Public Health and US Department of Agriculture specialising in the area of immunology and infectious diseases. Royaee has BS in chemistry and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Georgetown University, and a law degree from the Suffolk University Law School.



David Killough

David Killough

Assistant general counsel
Microsoft

David Killough is an assistant general counsel in the litigation, competition and compliance group of Microsoft’s corporate, external, and legal affairs department. David’s principal responsibility is management of Microsoft patent litigation matters in the US and internationally.

Before joining Microsoft in 2008, David was a partner of the firm Vinson & Elkins in Austin, Texas, where he co-headed the intellectual property & technical litigation section, and before that was a partner of the firm O’Melveny & Myers in California.

While in law firm practice, David was listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" and in "Texas Super Lawyers".



David Steffes

David Steffes

VP, of intellectual property, North America
DSM

David Steffes is the head of intellectual property for DSM in North America. In that role he leads a team of patent professionals that provide IP support and strategy for patent prosecution, due diligence, and litigation to the company’s various business groups.

DSM is a global life sciences and material sciences company that specialises in the chemical, nutrition, and biomedical sectors. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands with approximate annual revenues of $10 billion and 21,000 employees. Before joining DSM, Steffes was a partner in Sidley Austin’s Washington DC Patent Group where he represented clients in all aspects of patent law in the life science, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1998.



Anna-lisa Gallo

Anna-lisa Gallo

Senior IP counsel
BASF

Anna-lisa Gallo is senior intellectual property counsel at BASF, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. She practices patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and IP transactional law. She provides IP strategy to various businesses and has been involved in IP contentious matters including: arbitrations; patent infringement litigation; invalidity proceedings; interferences; and post grant proceedings, both domestically and internationally.

Gallo is a member of the American Corporate Counsel and American Intellectual Property Law Association. She earned her JD from Seton Hall University with a concentration in Intellectual Property, and her BChE at Villanova University. Gallo is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey as well as the US Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 2nd Federal Circuit. She is a registered patent attorney before the USPTO.



Serge Ilin-Schneider

Serge Ilin-Schneider

Director, intellectual property
Par Pharmaceutical

Serge Ilin-Schneider is director (intellectual property) at Par Pharmaceutical, an Endo International Company, located in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Par is the fifth largest generic pharmaceutical company in the United States. Ilin-Schneider is responsible for product selection & assessment (IP and regulatory), including: FTO analysis; data/market assessment; API clearance; design-around feasibility; and product formulation development. He is also responsible for product lifecycle management strategy, IP due diligence in support of acquisitions and divestitures and supervising outside counsel in patent drafting/prosecution.

Prior to joining Par, Ilin-Schneider was an associate at Fox Rothschild and Locke Lord and scientific advisor at Morgan & Finnegan handling patent portfolio management, patent prosecution, freedom to operate analysis, licensing, due diligence, and domestic/foreign oppositions.

He has PhD in chemistry from MIT and a JD from Seton Hall.



David Joyal

David Joyal

Director, lead patent and R&D counsel
Avon

David Joyal is director and lead patent and R&D counsel at Avon Products with primary responsibility for Avon’s patent preparation and prosecution, freedom to operate, open innovation and other patent-related work. Prior to his time at Avon, Joyal spent almost nine years as a patent prosecutor and litigator at Day Pitney and Greenberg Traurig.



Iurie Schwartz


Senior IP counsel 
Praxair

For the last 13 years, Iurie Schwartz has been the senior intellectual property counsel at Praxair. Prior to that, he was in private/firm practice for more than four years in the Washington area. Schwartz started his career as an examiner as the US Patent and Trademark Office. He is currently responsible for his business clients’ needs in areas involving intellectual property matters including: advisory/opinion work; transactional matters; litigation; administrative proceedings; and global patent procurement.



Esther Hong


Equity research, specialty pharmaceuticals
Stifel



Darryl Towell

Darryl Towers

Co-founder/CEO
Docket Navigator

Darryl Towell is the CEO and co-founder of Docket Navigator, a data and analytics company for patent litigation. Docket Navigator tracks every significant event in every patent infringement case in every US district court, the Court of Federal Claims, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and post-grant trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). It delivers this information to via a daily email called the Docket Report, daily customisable alerts, a searchable online database, and a set of data visualisation tools. 88% of the AmLaw 100 firms and 29 of the top 30 “busiest” patent litigation firms subscribe to Docket Navigator. Prior to founding Docket Navigator, Towell worked as a patent litigator with Jones Day where he represented large companies in high stakes patent litigation involving digital satellite television, consumer electronics, smart phones and medical devices.  



Charles Macedo

Charles Macedo

Partner
Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein

Charles R. Macedo, a physicist by training, uses his comprehensive patent experience to tackle the most important and complex developments affecting IP strategy today, including subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. §101, divided infringement under §271, and navigating PTAB and PTO proceedings. He has been counsel on amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in the influential subject matter eligibility cases decided in the past few years, including Alice, Mayo, Myriad, and Bilski.

Macedo is considered an authority on IP issues, and writes prolifically and lectures regularly as he tracks and analyses in real time the most important developments
affecting IP strategy and litigation. He is consistently at the forefront of complex and emerging patent issues in the financial services and transaction processing industries. Clients ranging from international banks, broker dealers and new business ventures call on Macedo to develop patent strategies, prepare patents, assert rights and defend against infringement claims.



Stephen Kunin


Partner
Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt

Stephen Kunin serves on the Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt’s Management Committee as general counsel and co-chairs the firm’s Post-Grant Patent practice group, representing clients in post-grant patent proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He also serves as an expert witness and consultant on patent policy, practice and procedure.

With more than three decades of experience within the USPTO, Kunin was responsible for promulgating many of the rules with which his clients must now comply, making him a highly sought-after patent consultant and authority on the office’s inner workings. Companies and law firms seek out his expertise when faced with complex patent policy matters, such as when requesting Congress to change patent laws or the USPTO to change patent rules. He has testified as an expert witness by report, deposition or at trial on patent examination policy, practice and procedure in more than 80 cases.



Elizabeth Ferrill

Elizabeth Ferrill

Partner
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Elizabeth Ferrill is a partner in Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner’s Washington DC office. She focuses her practice on all aspects of design patents, including prosecution, counseling, and litigation. She also has extensive experience in utility patent litigation in the areas of software- and hardware-related technologies. She has appeared before US district courts, the US International Trade Commission (ITC), and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
 
Ferrill counsels clients who hold design patents as well as those accused of infringement. She has experience with consumer and industrial products, medical devices, transportation and construction vehicles, and graphical user interfaces and icons. She has prosecuted families of design patents before the USPTO, directed prosecution in foreign countries, and argued appeals before the PTAB. She also litigates design patent matters at the US district court level that include trade dress claims. Ferrill has particular interest in intellectual property issues related to 3D printing (additive manufacturing). She counsels clients on the unique concerns in the area and frequently speaks on this topic at industry events.



Dori Hines

Dori Hines

Partner
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Doris Hines is a partner in Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner’s Washington DC office. She focuses her practice on patent litigation and has led teams in US district courts, the US International Trade Commission (ITC), and before arbitration panels. She has argued a number of cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Hines’s experience spans a wide range of technologies, but has focused primarily in the electrical area on semiconductor, Internet, electronics, smartphone, and telecommunications technologies.
 
Hines regularly represents clients in mediations and assists in licensing negotiations. She advises clients on strategic patent prosecution, monetisation strategies for issued patents, and patent damages. This includes issues relating to standard essential patents and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (Frand) terms.



Jonathan Berschadsky

Jonathan Berschadsky

Partner
Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

Jonathan Berschadsky is chair of the Telecommunications and Networks Practice at Fitzpatrick and is active in all aspects of the firm's patent practice, focusing particularly on patent prosecution and litigation matters related to electronics, computer software and hardware and e-commerce. Specific technologies he works with include: internet-related hardware and software; digital imaging devices; memory systems; Digital Television (ATSC/DTV); audio/video media recognition; network security; database technologies; automotive interior hardware and software; wireless and landline telephony; financial transaction systems; consumer electronics; and methods of conducting business. Berschadsky is also a member of the firm's Website and Technology Committees.

Berschadsky also conducts IP due diligence investigations in connection with mergers and acquisitions as well as for investors, and prepares opinions on issues of patent infringement, validity and enforceability. He also advises clients on issues related to licensing, collaboration agreements, standards organisations and US and international patent portfolio management.



Justin Oliver

Justin Oliver

Partner
Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

Justin Oliver’s practice focuses on inter partes proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office, reexaminations, reissues, licensing, and opinions. He is the Chair of the firm’s PTO Contested Proceedings Practice Group. In that role, he has overseen detailed statistical analysis of the PTAB’s decision in IPRs, PGRs and CBMs. He has also served as lead counsel in numerous PTAB cases involving technologies such as pharmaceuticals, electronics, medical devices, and consumer goods. Oliver is recognised in IAM 1000 The World’s Leading Patent Litigators 2014 and 2015 as a leading attorney. He is also listed in Legal 500 2014 and 2015 for Patent Prosecution.



Stephen Maebius

Stephen Maebius

Partner
Foley & Lardner

Stephen Maebius is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner. He has led teams within Foley handling a variety of different kinds of IP work, including IP due diligence reviews, infringement and validity opinions, international portfolio management, licensing, litigation with parallel inter partes reviews, re-examinations and interferences, and pharmaceutical patent term extensions.

Two IP transactions in which Maebius has participated were awarded "Deal of Distinction" status by the Licensing Executives Society. He is a former member of the firm’s Management Committee and former chair of the Intellectual Property Department. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a patent examiner in the Biotechnology Group of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.



Kristel Schorr

Kristel Schorr

Partner
Foley & Lardner

Kristel Schorr is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner. She is chair of the firm’s national chemical, biotechnology & pharmaceutical practice.

Schorr counsels life science clients regarding all aspects of intellectual property, including due diligence analyses, invalidity, non-infringement and freedom to operate opinions, IP portfolio management, patent prosecution, post-grant and interference proceedings. Her legal practice spans a number of technical areas, including immunology, molecular and cell biology, protein chemistry, gene therapy, oncology, small molecule pharmaceutical compositions and drug delivery systems, but her work often involves cell based therapeutics, and biologics such as antibodies and other large molecule receptor agonists and antagonists.

Schorr joined Foley in 2001 as a patent agent and law clerk after attending graduate school, and later as an associate. Schorr's graduate work was in the field of cancer biology, and the regulation of apoptosis in mammary epithelial cells in particular. She has also authored several scientific publications in this area.



Scott McKeown

Scott McKeown

Partner
Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt

Scott McKeown is a member of the Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustaft's Management Committee, and chairs the Post-Grant Patent practice group, focusing on post-grant counseling, litigation and related prosecution issues. He leads the Post-Grant Patent team responsible for electronics, wireless communications, software and computer-related inventions and business methods

McKeown handles all aspects of post-issuance patent proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He specialises in administrative trials before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) as well as appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). Having successfully navigated USPTO post-grant patent proceedings in which more than half a billion dollars was at stake, he is lead post- grant counsel to some of the world’s most well-known innovators. He provides his clients comprehensive post-grant patent counseling including advice on USPTO post-grant proceedings concurrent with complex International Trade Commission (ITC) and district court litigations.



Stephen Kunin


Partner
Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt

Stephen Kunin serves on the Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt’s Management Committee as general counsel and co-chairs the firm’s Post-Grant Patent practice group, representing clients in post-grant patent proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He also serves as an expert witness and consultant on patent policy, practice and procedure.

With more than three decades of experience within the USPTO, Kunin was responsible for promulgating many of the rules with which his clients must now comply, making him a highly sought-after patent consultant and authority on the office’s inner workings. Companies and law firms seek out his expertise when faced with complex patent policy matters, such as when requesting Congress to change patent laws or the USPTO to change patent rules. He has testified as an expert witness by report, deposition or at trial on patent examination policy, practice and procedure in more than 80 cases.



Gene Lee

Gene Lee

Partner
Perkins Coie

Gene Lee is an experienced lead counsel in patent litigations who is known for his thoughtful work and dedication to clients. He regularly works on inter partes reviews and other adversarial proceedings in the USPTO, and trade secret, copyright, trademark and unfair competition matters. He also advises clients on licensing, patent portfolio analysis, and the IP aspects of corporate transactions.

Lee’s work has covered a wide range of technologies, including computer systems and software, telecommunications and wireless communications, medical devices, videogames, audio processing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, chemistry, semiconductors and geoscience.

Recognised by Chambers Global, IAM Patent 1000 and Managing IP for excellence, Lee regularly speaks, publishes and offers commentary on recent trends and important issues in patent law and IP litigation.



Colin Sandercock

Colin Sandercock

Partner
Perkins Coie

Colin Sandercock practices in the areas of patent litigation, procurement, management and enforcement of domestic and foreign patent portfolios, licensing and license disputes, and opinions relating to infringement, validity and freedom to operate. His technical experience includes: biotechnologies; analytical diagnostics; pharmaceutical chemistry; organic and inorganic chemistries; material sciences; solar devices; batteries; software-driven monitoring systems for use in the healthcare field; medical devices; and chemical and biochemical engineering.

Sandercock has served as an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University Law School, lecturing on the licensing of intellectual property rights, and on the AAA Patent Advisory Committee for patent disputes. He has also served as legal counsel to CENSA (Collaborative Electronic Notebook Systems Association) and frequently lectures on the topics of electronic record keeping for use in research, litigation and interferences.



Brian Biddinger

Brian Biddinger

Partner
Ropes & Gray

Brian Biddinger is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s IP Litigation group and he represents clients in all aspects of patent litigation and post-grant proceedings at the PTAB. He has extensive experience managing complex patent cases relating to a wide variety of technologies, including: microprocessors; consumer products; automotive technologies; video games; and internet-related technology.

Biddinger is an experienced trial lawyer with courtroom experience before juries and in bench proceedings and is also actively representing and advising clients on the new post-grant trial mechanisms that have become available as a result of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011. His breadth of experience allows him to work with clients to develop efficient strategies that further their business and litigation objectives.

 



Steven Baughman

Steven Baughman

Partner
Ropes & Gray

Steve Baughman is an intellectual property partner in Ropes & Gray’s Washington DC office, where he recently returned after spending three years in Japan to open the firm’s office in Tokyo. For more than 20 years, he has worked with leading international companies to resolve their IP and technology-focused commercial disputes in a broad array of litigation, licensing, and counseling settings. These include patent and trade secret disputes (as well as trademark, copyright, and other complex commercial matters) presented in trial and appellate courts, domestic and international arbitration tribunals, and the International Trade Commission. Baughman’s patent litigation matters have involved both utility and design patents.

Baughman chairs the firm’s post-grant Patent Office invalidity challenge practice, and in connection with infringement disputes and litigation he is representing and advising clients on the new post-grant trial mechanisms that have become available as a result of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011. To date he has been counsel of record in more than 110 covered business method (CBM) and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, including in more than 20 proceedings that have been argued through final oral hearing before the Board.



Lori Gordon

Lori Gordon

Partner
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Lori Gordon is a director in both the Litigation and Electronics practice groups of Sterne Kessler, focusing on inter partes matters, including district court litigation and contested case proceedings at the USPTO. She has been involved in over a dozen district court patent litigations since joining the firm, acting as lead counsel for the claim construction, infringement and validity aspects of these cases. In addition, she is currently acting as lead counsel in over 60 AIA contested case proceedings at the USPTO.

Gordon also has extensive experience handling reexamination proceedings, acting as counsel in over 40 inter partes and ex parte reexaminations. She has handled contentious matters in a wide variety of technical fields, including: telecommunications systems; software; radio frequency identification (RFID) systems; Voice over IP; security; cryptography; Internet applications; databases; and backup and replication technologies.



Eldora Ellison

Eldora Ellison

Director
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Eldora Ellison is a director in the Biotech/Chemical and Litigation Practice Groups of Sterne Kessler. Over the course of her 21-year career, Ellison has gained extensive experience in inter partes patent matters, building on a strong foundation in patent prosecution. Her experience includes: representing clients in approximately 55 inter partes review proceedings; more than 15 patent interferences; and in various patent re-examinations and district court litigations. Ellison's practice also includes evaluating patent portfolios, for example: for due diligence analyses, invalidity, non-infringement, or freedom-to-operate; preparing and prosecuting patent applications; counseling clients on intellectual property strategy, including Hatch-Waxman issues; and resolving inventorship disputes. She represents a variety of types of clients, including large multinational corporations, start-up companies, and not-for-profit organisations.



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