FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 1, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC—Finnegan is pleased to announce the addition of seven attorneys to the partnership. Their practices include 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; proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); client counseling; patent prosecution; and trademark litigation and non-contentious work. Their technical expertise spans industries such as pharmaceuticals, biologics, biotechnology, electrical and computer technology, medical devices, and sports and fitness.
“We are proud of our newly elected partners,” said Finnegan managing partner Mark Sweet. “They have demonstrated legal and technical skills that distinguish them as Finnegan attorneys, while building trusted relationships and delivering the highest level of client service.”
New Partners in Alphabetical Order:
Danielle A. Duszczyszyn, Ph.D. (Washington, DC) focuses her practice on U.S. district court patent litigation and pre-litigation client counseling in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biologics, and chemical arts. Managing Intellectual Property recently named Danielle a 2018 Rising Star. She has extensive experience in cases arising from the filing of Abbreviated New Drug Applications. Her experience covers all aspects of patent litigation, including discovery and depositions, motions practice, oral argument, examining witnesses at trial, and post-trial briefing and appeals. Listed on the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, Danielle chairs the firm’s pro bono asylum program, and has successfully obtained asylum for political refugees from countries such as Rwanda and Ethiopia. Danielle received a B.S. in Biology (2002) from University of Waterloo; an M.S. in Faculty of Medicine (2005) from McGill University; a Ph.D. in Faculty of Medicine (2008) from McGill University; and a J.D. (2010) from University of Maryland School of Law.
Mindy L. Ehrenfried (Washington, DC) represents clients in all aspects of patent litigation before district courts and the ITC, as well as in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the PTAB. She focuses on pharmaceutical and biotechnology cases, including Hatch-Waxman and Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) litigation. She has been a member of teams representing Korean clients and is well-versed in the challenges facing international litigants in U.S. litigation. Mindy gained nearly a decade of experience in plant molecular biology working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she studied early gene responses in soybean cyst nematode infection and worked to develop various plant cultivars with enhanced disease-resistance and other commercially desirable traits. Mindy received a B.S. in Biology (2000) from University of Maryland; an M.S. in Biotechnology Studies (2006) from University of Maryland University College; and a J.D. (2010), magna cum laude, from University of Maryland School of Law.
Jeffrey M. Jacobstein (Boston, MA) focuses on strategic client counseling, including opinion, due diligence, patent prosecution, and post-grant proceedings, with an emphasis on biotechnology and the life sciences. He has conducted numerous evaluations for diligence, clearance, and freedom-to-operate assessments, and has extensive experience providing patentability, validity, enforceability, and infringement opinions. Jeff represents clients during inter partes review (IPR) and appeal proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He also plans for and acquires patent term extensions for approved biologic and pharmaceutical products in the United States and abroad. He assists with pre-litigation assessments, enforcement of patent rights, and defending against allegations of patent infringement. Managing Intellectual Property recently named Jeff a 2018 Rising Star. Jeff received an A.B. in Neurobiology (2006), summa cum laude, from Harvard College; an M.Phil in Developmental Biology (2007) from the University of Cambridge; and a J.D. (2010), cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
J. Derek McCorquindale (Reston, VA) focuses on patent and other intellectual property litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels. He has extensive experience litigating cases before federal district courts, the ITC, and the PTAB. At the Federal Circuit, he has contributed to dozens of appeals and has successfully argued before the court as lead counsel. Derek works on matters across industries, including pharmaceuticals, mobile devices, computer graphics and related technologies, imaging technology, medical devices, and outdoor recreation products. He also advises clients on a variety of patent and trademark matters, including licensing and providing written opinions regarding infringement and validity. He served at the Federal Circuit as a law clerk to the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, and as an intern to the Honorable Randall R. Rader. Derek received a B.A. in French Literature (2002) from Brigham Young University; a B.A. in Political Science (2002) from Brigham Young University; an M.A. in French Studies (2008) from Brigham Young University; an LL.M. in International Law (2008) from Duke University Law School; and a J.D. (2008), cum laude, from Duke University Law School.
Anna B. Naydonov (Washington, DC) represents clients in trademark and false advertising litigation. She routinely litigates high-stake cases for some of the world’s most renowned brands before federal trial and appellate courts. Anna has successfully represented clients in jury, bench, and TTAB trials, and appeals. Strategic portfolio management and enforcement counseling is another important part of Anna’s practice. She manages extensive trademark enforcement portfolios for well-known brands, including in the food/beverage, apparel, and music industries. Anna has been recognized consistently, since 2015, as a “Rising Star” by Legal Media Group, and in 2018, she was listed as one of DCA Live’s “Rising Stars of Law: 40 Under 40.” Anna received a B.A. in Political Science and Government (2004) from James Madison University and a J.D. (2010) from George Mason University School of Law.
Kevin D. Rodkey (Atlanta, GA) focuses in the areas of post-grant review proceedings, including IPR and covered business method review (CBM) proceedings; patent litigation; appeals; prosecution; due diligence counseling; and transactions. He has managed or assisted in more than 40 post-grant proceedings related to a variety of electrical and mechanical technologies, representing both petitioners and patent owners. Kevin represents plaintiffs and defendants in district court litigation, and advises clients on prosecution strategies, patent validity and infringement opinions, and due diligence investigations. His technical background and practice encompasses a variety of technologies, including wireless technology, data processing, optical systems, mobile devices, consumer products, and specialty and advanced materials-related technologies. Kevin received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (2006), with highest honors, from Georgia Institute of Technology; an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (2007), from Georgia Institute of Technology; and a J.D. (2010), with honors, from the George Washington University Law School.
Aidan C. Skoyles (Washington, DC) represents clients in patent litigation in district and appellate courts and at the ITC. His experience includes many areas of pre-trial preparation, such as conducting infringement and validity analyses, responding to discovery requests, drafting motions, and working with expert witnesses. He also represents clients involved in patent challenges in post-grant proceedings before the PTAB at the USPTO. Aidan has technical experience with electrical engineering and information technology, including semiconductor design and processing, computer software, video game controllers, optical filters, medical devices, LED lighting devices, and database design. While a graduate student, he researched and developed micro-scale manipulators for a broad range of applications using semiconductor processing techniques. Aidan received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2005), magna cum laude, from University of Texas, Dallas; an M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2006) from University of Texas, Dallas; and a J.D. (2009), with honors, from George Washington University Law School.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is one of the largest IP law firms in the world. From offices in Atlanta, Boston, London, Palo Alto, Reston, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, and Washington, DC, the firm practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Finnegan also represents clients on IP issues related to European patents and trade marks, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. For additional information on the firm, please visit www.finnegan.com. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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