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Finnegan Announces Eleven New Partners

January 3, 2017

Related Professionals: Collins-Chase, Charles T., Mroz, David K., Cook, Elliot C., Tull, Susan Y., Goldberg, Joshua L., Davies Ph.D., Jonathan R., Feng Ph.D., Li , McCammon, Luke J., Sommers Ph.D., Erin M., Wall, Leythem A.

Press Release

January 3, 2017

Contact:    Mark D. Sweet, Managing Partner 

                   James B. Monroe, Chair 

Finnegan Announces Eleven New Partners


WASHINGTON, DC—Finnegan is proud to announce the election of eleven attorneys to the partnership. Their practices include patent prosecution; opinions and counseling; portfolio management, licensing, and monetization; European intellectual property law; patent litigation before federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC); appellate litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court; and proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Their technical experience spans numerous industries, including energy and renewables, pharmaceuticals, chemical products, biotechnology, medical devices, industrial manufacturing, robotics, electrical and computer technology, and semiconductors.

Finnegan managing partner Mark Sweet stated, “We are fortunate to have so many skilled and talented attorneys joining the partnership. This partner class exemplifies the diversity of IP legal experience and depth of technical expertise that are hallmarks of Finnegan—experience and expertise that provide the level of service and counsel our clients expect in addressing their most important intellectual property matters.”

New Partners in Alphabetical Order:

Charles T. Collins-Chase (Washington, DC) practices patent litigation before U.S. district courts, with particular expertise in the areas of energy and renewables, pharmaceuticals, polymers, and chemical products. He also represents clients before the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has broad experience with issues of patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101, including in the areas of business methods, software, genetics, and medical methods. Mr. Collins-Chase received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2004), cum laude and with distinction, from the University of Delaware, an M. Phil. in Engineering for Sustainable Development (2005), with distinction, from the University of Cambridge, and a J.D. (2008), cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Elliot C. Cook (Reston, VA) maintains a diverse practice, including patent litigation, post-grant patent challenges, patent prosecution, and patent monetization. Based on his involvement in more than 20 patent litigations, Mr. Cook has significant experience both defending against and asserting patent rights. His litigation experience ranges from early dispositive motions through trying a case before a jury, including both written and oral advocacy. Mr. Cook's practice before the USPTO includes post-grant proceedings and patent prosecution. He has worked on more than 40 inter partes review (IPR) matters, representing both petitioners and patent owners, as well as several ex parte and inter partes reexamination matters. Mr. Cook received a B.S. in Audio Engineering Technology (2005) from University of Hartford and a J.D. (2008) from American University, Washington College of Law.

Jonathan R. Davies, Ph.D. (Washington, DC) practices patent litigation, focusing on chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology cases, including Hatch-Waxman litigation related to Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA). His litigation experience includes managing and conducting pre-trial discovery and case preparation through trial. In addition to his litigation practice, Dr. Davies has experience with patent prosecution and advising clients in infringement and validity opinions. Dr. Davies received a B.S. in Biology (1997) from Grove City College, an M.S. in Physiology (1999) from Pennsylvania State University, a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics (2004) from Ohio State University, and a J.D. (2008), magna cum laude, from Ohio State University School of Law.

Li Feng, Ph.D. (Washington, DC) focuses her practice on patent litigation before U.S. district courts, post-grant proceedings before the PTAB, patent prosecution, opinions, counseling, and due diligence. Her technical experience spans a broad range of technologies including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, nanotechnology, medical device, cosmetic, agriculture, and metallurgy. Dr. Feng has represented a number of companies in ANDA litigation and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings. Dr. Feng received a B.S. in Chemistry (1990) and an M.S. in Physical Chemistry (1993) from Peking University, and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry (1999) and a J.D. (2008), with high honors, from University of Utah.

Joshua L. Goldberg (Washington, DC) focuses on patent office proceedings, client counseling, and litigation. He handles intellectual property disputes in U.S. district courts and represents petitioners and patent owners in adversarial proceedings before the PTAB, and in ensuing appeals to the Federal Circuit. Mr. Goldberg has worked on more than 100 IPR and covered business method (CBM) post-grant review (PGR) proceedings, and routinely serves as lead or backup counsel. He has experience with a variety of mechanical and electrical technologies, including vehicular, industrial manufacturing, mining, computer, Internet, semiconductor, network security, network topology, communications, display, imaging, consumer electronics, and robotics technologies. Mr. Goldberg received a B.A. in Physics (2006) from Drake University and a J.D. (2009), cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law.

Luke J. McCammon (Washington, DC) focuses his practice on patent litigation in U.S. district courts and at the ITC. In addition to his patent litigation practice, Mr. McCammon has substantial experience with post-grant proceedings at the USPTO and appeals at the Federal Circuit. Mr. McCammon’s technical experience spans a wide range of areas, including computer hardware and software technologies, networking technologies, digital signal processing, semiconductors, and medical devices. Mr. McCammon received a B.S. in Economics (2003) and a B.A. in Computer Science (2003) from Duke University, and a J.D. (2008) from University of Virginia School of Law.

David K. Mroz (Washington, DC) practices all aspects of patent law, including litigation at the trial and appellate court levels, as well as prosecution and post-grant proceedings at the USPTO. Mr. Mroz also provides legal opinions, client counseling, and licensing advice. His experience spans a wide array of technological fields, including medical device, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, wireless, and electrical. In U.S. district courts, Mr. Mroz has participated at trial, argued at motion and claim construction proceedings, taken and defended depositions, and drafted summary judgment and post-trial briefs. He has also drafted appellate briefs and argued before the Federal Circuit. He clerked for the Honorable Sharon Prost at the Federal Circuit and the Honorable Liam O’Grady at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Mroz received a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2003) from Princeton University and a J.D. (2008) from University of Virginia School of Law.

Erin M. Sommers, Ph.D. (Washington, DC) focuses her practice on contested patent matters in federal courts and before the PTAB, primarily in the chemical and pharmaceutical areas. In addition, Dr. Sommers assists clients with global management of their patent portfolios. She has significant experience in the field of organic chemistry and her background includes research in the areas of catalysis, organo-metallic synthesis, biochemistry, and cellular and molecular physiology. Dr. Sommers received a B.S. in Chemistry (2001), magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (2006) from University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. (2011) from Georgetown University Law Center.

Susan Y. Tull (Washington, DC) focuses her practice on patent litigation and client counseling in the mechanical, industrial, electrical, and medical device fields. She represents clients before U.S. district courts, the ITC, and the Federal Circuit. Ms. Tull has extensive experience developing litigation strategies, taking complex discovery, working with technical and damages experts, arguing motions and examining witnesses, and drafting summary judgment motions, pre-and post-trial briefs, as well as appellate briefs. In addition to litigation matters, she also participates in contentious patent proceedings before the PTAB, including post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA), reexaminations, and interferences. Ms. Tull received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2003) from Duke University and a J.D. (2008), magna cum laude, from Temple University School of Law.

Leythem A. Wall (London) is a Chartered UK patent attorney, a European patent attorney, and a Higher Courts patent litigator. His practice involves UK and European patent drafting, prosecution, third-party observations, infringement and validity opinions, freedom-to-operate, and pre-litigation strategy including detailed advice on the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Mr. Wall has substantial experience in European Patent Office (EPO) Oppositions and Appeals including representation in Oral Proceedings, and has successfully coordinated corresponding proceedings in the United States, Germany, China and India. He has a wide range of technical experience including aerospace, agrochemicals, automotive, catalysts, coatings, cosmetics, energy, food and beverage, medical devices, nanotechnology, optoelectronics, paints, paper, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, polymers, printing, and tobacco, and previously worked as in-house IP counsel for ExxonMobil in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Wall received a MChem in Chemistry (2005), double first class honors, from Oxford University; a PGCert in Intellectual Property (2007), merit, from Queen Mary, University of London; a DESU in Patent Litigation in Europe (2014), high honors, from University of Strasbourg; and a PGCert, Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy (2016), distinction, from Nottingham Law School.

Shaobin Zhu (Palo Alto, CA and Shanghai, China) Shaobin Zhu focuses his practice on patent litigation in U.S. district courts; Section 337 investigations at the ITC; and client counseling and patent prosecution, with an emphasis on technologies related to computer software, business methods, Internet technologies, telecommunications, smartphones, video processing, Internet television, LEDs, wearable devices, robotics, 3D printing, and electronics. Mr. Zhu has participated in many aspects of patent litigation, including patent validity and infringement analysis, technical discovery and production, depositions, Markman hearings, briefing, motion hearings, and trials. He has handled all stages of patent prosecution and administrative post-grant proceedings challenging validity of disputed patents. Mr. Zhu received an LL.B in Science of Law (1991) and an LL.M in Administrative Law (1994) from Renmin University of China Law School, an M.S. in Computer Science (1999) from Iowa State University, and a J.D. (2008) from University of Washington School of Law.

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