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Erin M. Sommers Ph.D.
+1 202 408 4292
erin.sommers@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
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
    J.D., 2011
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, 2006
  • Wake Forest University
    B.S., Chemistry, magna cum laude, 2001

Languages

  • German

Erin M. Sommers Ph.D.

Associate

Erin Sommers focuses her practice on patent litigation and prosecution, primarily in the chemical and pharmaceutical areas. She has gained litigation experience at all stages of district court Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation and appellate practice before the Federal Circuit. In her prosecution practice, she assists clients with global management of their patent portfolios and has successfully argued on their behalf before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Dr. Sommers has significant experience in the field of organic chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where she developed organic synthetic methods for preparing substituted alkenes and allenes. Her background includes research in the areas of catalysis, organo-metallic synthesis, biochemistry, and cellular and molecular physiology.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a Washington, D.C. "Rising Star" in Intellectual Property Litigation, Super Lawyers published by Thomson Reuters, 2014-2016.

Professional Activities

  • American Chemical Society
  • Association for Women in Science

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