FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 1, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC—Finnegan is proud to announce the addition of ten attorneys to the partnership. Their practices include client counseling; portfolio management; patent prosecution; trade secret litigation; complex litigation before the 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 expertise spans numerous industries, including electrical and computer technology, artificial intelligence, business methods, semiconductors, industrial manufacturing, medical device, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biologics, biotechnology, and combination products.
Finnegan managing partner Mark Sweet said, "This year’s partner class has a diverse set of skills that represent the experience and technical expertise that differentiates Finnegan from other IP law firms and practices. We are very pleased and proud to welcome this talented class of attorneys to our partnership."
New Partners in Alphabetical Order:
Aliza G. Carrano (Washington, DC) is a registered patent attorney, focusing her practice on complex patent litigation before the U.S. district courts and the ITC. She works on litigation matters in a variety of technologies, primarily in the electrical, software, optical technology, wireless technology, business methods, and mechanical fields. Aliza has been involved in all stages of patent litigation, from complaint to trial and post-trial. Her experience includes analyzing patent portfolios for assertion; formulating claim construction, infringement, and validity positions; drafting discovery requests and responses; taking and defending depositions; preparing witnesses for deposition, Markman hearings, and trial; examining and cross-examining fact and expert witnesses at trial; and drafting summary judgment motions and briefs, Markman briefs, pre- and post-trial motions and briefs, findings of fact, and conclusions of law. Aliza received a B.S. in Computer Science (2004) from George Mason University, and a J.D. (2009) from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Daniel C. Cooley (Reston, VA) focuses his practice on patent litigation at both the trial and appellate level. He represents clients in various forums, including U.S. district courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Dan handles all aspects of litigation, including pre-suit diligence, case strategy, discovery, depositions, dispositive and non-dispositive motion practice, oral argument, and appeal. He served at the Federal Circuit as a law clerk to the Honorable S. Jay Plager, and has participated in more than 20 appellate matters, arguing several as lead counsel. He has also participated in a significant number of post-grant proceedings, including reexamination, inter partes review (IPR), and covered business method (CBM) proceedings. Dan provides opinions of counsel and clearance investigations for a variety of mechanical and electrical technologies, including medical devices, heavy machinery, on-road and off-road vehicles, imaging devices, business methods, control systems, telecommunications, network and internet technology, and other computer-related technologies. Dan received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2006), cum laude, from the University of Utah; an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2006) from the University of Utah; and a J.D. (2010), cum laude, from Georgetown University.
Shana K. Cyr, Ph.D., (Reston, VA) represents clients in complex patent litigations, contentious proceedings before the USPTO, and appeals related to pharmaceuticals, biologics, combination products, diagnostics, and medical devices. She counsels clients on issues arising under patent and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) law. Shana employs her strong technical knowledge to work with experts and inventors in the chemical and pharmaceutical arts. Her broad experience includes traditional patent litigation, Hatch-Waxman litigation related to abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and 505(b)(2) applications, proceedings before the ITC, appeals to the Federal Circuit, IPRs, inter partes reexaminations, and interferences. She has managed fact discovery, worked with experts to prepare declarations and reports, taken and defended depositions, drafted motions and briefs, and prepared fact and expert witnesses for trial. Shana received a B.S. in Chemistry (2000) from the University of Richmond; a Ph.D. in Chemistry (2006) from the University of Virginia; and a J.D. (2009), with high honors, from Rutgers University School of Law—Camden.
Justin A. Hendrix (Palo Alto, CA) litigates IP cases that often involve technologies relating to medical devices, semiconductors, telecommunications, and consumer electronics. Much of the technical knowledge he has developed in his practice is built on his experience as an engineer in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. Justin has litigated cases in forums across the United States, including U.S. district courts, the ITC, the Federal Circuit, state courts, and private arbitration, drawing on insight gained as a law clerk at the Federal Circuit for the Honorable Alvin A. Schall. His experience covers all aspects of patent litigation, including discovery and depositions, motions practice, examining witnesses at trial, and post-trial briefing and appeals. He is also experienced in licensing matters and drafting settlement agreements to resolve disputes. Justin received a B.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (2001) from Kansas State University; an M.E., Engineering Management (2006) from Old Dominion University; and a J.D. (2009) from University of Kansas School of Law.
Amanda K. Murphy, Ph.D., (Washington, D.C.) focuses her practice on strategic client counseling, portfolio management, and patent prosecution for a range of clients, including small startup companies, research foundations, and large biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Amanda provides patentability opinions, prepares new patent applications, prosecutes U.S. and foreign applications, and represents appellants before the PTAB. She has experience in prosecuting inter partes and ex partes reexamination applications, reissue applications, and patent term extension applications for approved pharmaceuticals, including obtaining supplemental protection certificates in Europe. Amanda handles various litigation matters in addition to her patent counseling and prosecution practice. Her technical experience includes anticancer agents, antibiotic susceptibility, antibodies, antiretrovirals, antipsychotics, bioethanol technology, biologics, blood clotting factors, cosmetics and dermatological products, diagnostic and detection systems, drug delivery devices, enzyme replacement therapies, nucleic acid and protein technologies, second-medical uses, and vaccines. Amanda received a B.S. in Biology, with a concentration in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology (1998) from Cornell University; a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology (2006) from Cornell University; and a J.D. (2010), cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.
Jason L. Romrell (Washington, D.C.) helps companies navigate complex, high-risk intellectual property disputes. He represents clients in litigation before federal district courts, the ITC and the PTAB. Jason also represents clients in appeals before the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has experience in all aspects of patent litigation, including discovery, depositions, claim construction, summary judgment, trial, and oral argument. Jason has drafted numerous appeal briefs and has successfully argued before the Federal Circuit. He also provides infringement and validity opinions and advises on strategic patent prosecution matters. Jason has experience in a wide array of industries, including biotechnology, medical devices, software, mobile phones, semiconductors, and process engineering. He served at the Federal Circuit as a law clerk to the Honorable Sharon Prost and at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte. He received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2006) from the University of Utah; and a J.D. (2009) from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Cecilia Sanabria (Washington, D.C.) focuses her practice on patent litigation and client counseling in the mechanical, industrial, and electrical fields. She represents clients before U.S. district courts and the ITC. Cecilia’s litigation experience spans the pre-trial, discovery, trial, and post-trial phases of litigation, and includes arguing motions in open court and examining witnesses in jury trials and ITC investigations. She manages fact discovery, drafts motions and legal briefs, and works with fact and expert witnesses. Cecilia also has experience in various aspects of patent prosecution and USPTO proceedings, including IPRs. Cecilia received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2005), cum laude, from the University of Florida; and a J.D. (2009), cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.
Jacob A. Schroeder (Palo Alto, CA) focuses his practice on patent and trade secret litigation and appeals. He has handled numerous litigation and appellate matters in a variety of technologies, including computers, electronics, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Jacob’s litigation experience includes jury trials and covers all aspects of patent litigation: conducting infringement and validity analyses, drafting and arguing motions, taking and defending both fact and expert depositions, coordinating fact and expert discovery, cooperating with and coordinating joint defense group activities, and managing day-to-day litigation activities. He also drafts appeal briefs before the Federal Circuit, where he previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard Linn. Jacob later clerked for the Honorable Lucy H. Koh at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Jacob received a B.S. in Computer Engineering (2005), with distinction, from Purdue University; and a J.D. (2009), with highest honors, from George Washington University Law School.
Yanbin Xu, Ph.D., (Washington, D.C.) practices all aspects of patent law, with a focus on patent litigation before federal district courts and the ITC. His patent litigation experience includes drafting discovery; formulating claim construction, infringement, and validity positions; attending depositions; and assisting technical experts with the preparation of expert reports. In addition to his litigation practice, Yanbin has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in a broad range of technologies, including wireless communications, networks, computer systems, software, and business methods. He also provides client counseling on patent-related issues. Yanbin received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering (2001) from the University of Science and Technology of China; an M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2003) from Duke University; a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (2006) from Duke University; and a J.D. (2011) from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.
Michael V. Young Sr. (Reston, VA) focuses his practice on patent portfolio management, client counseling, U.S. district court litigation, and post-grant proceedings at the PTAB. He also represents clients at the Federal Circuit in cases stemming from court actions and post-grant proceedings, including those involving issues of first impression. Michael has worked on dozens of IPR and CBM proceedings, including the very first CBM review proceeding filed, argued, and decided. He counsels clients from product development through patenting and patent assertion. He managed the preparation and prosecution of more than 200 patent applications, as part of a strategic growth project to build a client patent portfolio having defensive and monetization value. Michael’s district court experience includes every phase of litigation, from filing of the complaint to trial. He prepares non-infringement and invalidity positions, manages fact discovery, works with fact and expert witnesses, drafts substantive briefings, conducts trial witness preparations, and takes depositions. Michael concentrates his practice primarily on computer-related technologies and has built significant experience in lighter-than-air (LTA) and hybrid airship technologies. Michael received a B.S. in Computer Engineering (2006) from Mississippi State University, and a J.D. (2009), cum laude, from University of Mississippi School of Law.
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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