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Andrew J. Vance
+1 202 408 4197
andrew.vance@finnegan.com

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
    J.D., 1998
  • University of Michigan
    M.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, 1995
  • University of Michigan
    B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering,
    magna cum laude
    , 1994

Andrew J. Vance

Partner

Andrew Vance has a broad range of experience with patent litigation, prosecution, and counseling. He currently devotes a substantial portion of his practice to litigating patent cases before U.S. district courts. He also maintains a patent prosecution practice, preparing and prosecuting U.S. patent applications, including reissue applications and requests for reexamination, for both domestic and foreign clients.

Mr. Vance's experience in patent litigation at the trial level includes litigation strategy, discovery, motion practice, and witness preparation. At the appellate level, he has prepared briefs and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also has successfully opposed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Mr. Vance has litigated patent cases involving a wide range of technologies, from life-saving medical devices and pharmaceuticals to shape-memory eyeglass frames and water dispensers. During his Master's program, he studied behavior and optimization of thermo-electric devices, including thermo-electric generators and thermo-electric coolers, as well as fuel cell technology. He has a strong background in thermo-fluid sciences, mechanics, and dynamics.

Highlights

  • Defended medical device company against claims of patent infringement and trade secret violations regarding stent technology, obtaining dismissal of all claims on summary judgment and affirmance by the Federal Circuit.
  • Represented medical device company in a patent-infringement action, asserting patents regarding stent technology, resulting in a favorable jury verdict and district-court judgment of infringement.
  • Represented communications company in appeal proceedings before the Federal Circuit, obtaining an emergency stay of a permanent injunction.
  • Represented memory chip designer in appeal proceedings before the Federal Circuit, resulting in settlement on favorable terms.
  • Represented consumer products company in prosecution of patent application before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, resulting in a favorable decision by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and an issued U.S. patent.
  • Represented pro bono claimant for veterans benefits in appeal proceedings before the Federal Circuit.

Professional Recognition

  • Pi Tau Sigma, National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association

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