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November 25, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC—In its 2021 Global Leaders Guide, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) recognized Finnegan partners Erika H. Arner, Virginia L. Carron, Thomas L. Irving, J. Michael Jakes, Charles E. Lipsey, Mark D. Sweet, and Ningling Wang as top attorneys in their jurisdictions. They were recognized for their experience relating to creating, protecting, managing, transacting, and enforcing critical patent rights, as well as for their ability to innovate, inspire and go above and beyond to deliver for clients. To qualify for inclusion in IAM Global Leaders, individuals must be ranked in the gold tier of the IAM Patent 1000.
Erika Harmon Arner leads Finnegan’s electrical and computer technology practice group. She is a nationally recognized leader in trial practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and related appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She consistently ranks as one of the top three female attorneys appearing in PTAB trials and was named a PTAB Litigator of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property. She has represented patent owners and petitioners in nearly 200 PTAB trials and has argued and won a number of landmark cases at the PTAB and Federal Circuit. In addition to her extensive patent office and appellate practice, Erika is a well-known authority in the area of patent-eligibility jurisprudence. Since representing the petitioners before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos, she has handled dozens of cases involving issues related to patentable subject matter before the Federal Circuit, U.S. district courts, and the PTAB.
Virginia Carron practices patent and trademark litigation and counseling. Her broad client base includes a large food and beverage company; a company involved in refining, chemicals and biofuels, forest and consumer products, fertilizers, polymers and fibers, pollution control and glass; an international manufacturer of hand-made cigars; and international clients in various technology fields. Virginia’s litigation experience includes numerous U.S. district court trials, trials before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She maintains a vibrant non-contentious practice counseling clients on intellectual property licensing and related transactional matters in both trademarks and patents, including for several Fortune 500 companies. Virginia has been recognized as one of WIPR’s Top 100 Most Influential Women in IP, as well as an IP Star Top 250 Women in IP and a patent and trademark IP Star in Georgia by Managing Intellectual Property.
Tom Irving has more than 40 years of experience in intellectual property law. His practice includes America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings, due diligence, counseling, patent prosecution, and reissue and reexamination. He counsels clients on a wide range of mainly pharmaceutical matters, including pre-litigation, Orange Book listings of patents covering FDA-approved drugs, infringement issues, enforceability, and validity analysis. He has served as lead counsel in numerous patent interferences, reissues, and reexaminations; as counsel in numerous AIA post-grant proceedings; and as an expert witness in patent litigation.
Mike Jakes leads Finnegan’s appellate section. His practice focuses on patent litigation and related counseling. He serves as lead counsel in federal district courts and the ITC, before arbitration panels, and on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, having argued more than 45 appeals before the Federal Circuit. He was also a member of the Federal Circuit’s Advisory Council. Mike’s practice primarily covers computer, electronics, semiconductor, software, and medical device technologies. He is a coauthor of Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Practice & Procedure, published by LexisNexis.
Charles Lipsey focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, particularly patent infringement litigation. Charles has handled cases covering a diverse spectrum of mechanical, chemical, and electrical technologies, with an emphasis on cases involving biotechnology and pharmaceutical chemistry. Since joining Finnegan in 1978, Charles has amassed a wealth of experience in patent infringement litigation, patent arbitration proceedings, and patent interferences. The Legal 500 U.S. has recognized Charles’s distinguished career over the years, naming him one of the leading lawyers in patent litigation and inducting him into the patent litigation Hall of Fame. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Mark Sweet, chair of Finnegan and former managing partner, focuses his practice on portfolio analysis; due diligence investigations; interference proceedings; reissue and reexamination proceedings; preparing patentability, validity, and infringement opinions; and client counseling. Mark has extensive experience handling procurement matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including patent application drafting and prosecution, conducting examiner interviews, filing appeals to and presenting oral arguments before the PTAB, interference proceedings, reissue proceedings, and reexamination proceedings. Mark also has significant experience in inter partes review (IPR) and post grant review (PGR) proceedings. Mark’s technical expertise is diverse and includes working with technologies involving pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, polymers, industrial coatings and films, and clean energy and renewable resources such as photovoltaics, fuel cells, renewable feedstocks, hydrogen-based fuel, and bioplastics.
Ningling Wang serves as the managing partner of Finnegan’s Shanghai office. Her practice involves patent prosecution, opinions, due diligence, client counseling, licensing, and patent litigation in the areas of chemicals, chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, semiconductor materials, 3D printing, and nanotechnology. Ningling has extensive experience working with multinational and Chinese companies, providing legal advice on IP portfolio management, due diligence, licensing, litigation, and trade secret protection and enforcement. She has been involved in various cases before the ITC and U.S. district courts. She has also represented foreign companies with IP enforcement in China, including judicial and customs enforcement actions.
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, and copyright law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Finnegan also represents clients on IP issues related to advertising, trade secret law, 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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