Formerly a DuPont scientist, I am now a patent lawyer with a Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® peer review rating. My career is focused on patent procurement and resolving patent disputes, mostly patent litigation. I began my legal career in New York City at a preeminent IP firm with a great track record of serving some of the most illustrious American inventors, including Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Edwin Land, and the Wright brothers. In 2004, I relocated to Delaware, a state with its own proud tradition of innovation.
Throughout my career I've focused on securing and enforcing infringed patent rights and defending those wrongfully accused of infringement, in district courts across the United States. I've been on the successful side of some of the largest patent litigations ever tried. I've lead decisive expert examinations in patent jury trials and co-counseled many clients to victories through trial and through favorable early settlements.
I am an associate editor and co-author of two textbooks published by the American Bar Assocation (ABA) on the special procedures of pharmaceutical patent litigation ("ANDA Litigation").
I also assist innovative companies in protecting their inventions by obtaining patents in the first instance, through my certification as a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. I've helped clients obtain patents in technologies ranging from chemical innovations to improve light reflection to advanced integrations in multi-channel software platforms.
Licensed since 2002
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Partner||Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP||2013 - Present|
|Of Counsel||Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice||2006 - 2013|
|Associate||Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz||2004 - 2006|
|Associate||Fish & Neave Now Ropes & Gray||2001 - 2004|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||N/A||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Federal Circuit Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Delaware State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Inventio AG v. Thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas Corporation, et. al.,, 1-08-cv-00874||Jury verdict invalidated all patent claims asserted against ThyssenKrupp and further found certain of those claims not infringed|
|Graphic Packaging International, Inc. v. C.W. Zumbiel Co., 3-10-cv-00891 (FLMD Jacksonville)||Jury verdict of infringement of certain asserted claims and no invalidity regarding all asserted claims|
|Brinkmeier v. BIC Corporation et al., 1-09-cv-00860 (DED Wilmington)||Court dismissed all asserted claims|
|American Bar Association publication||Pre-ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Developing a Drug Product and Patent Portfolio||2014|
|IPWatchdog||Predicting Patentability in the Unpredictable Arts: A Look Back at the Federal Circuit’s 2012 Decisions on the Obviousness of Chemical Innovations||2013|
|IPWatchdog||Heightened Judicial Deference for Patent Claim Constructions?||2013|
|American Bar Association publication||ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Pharmaceutical Patent Litigators||2012|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|University of Delaware||Geology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1995|
|AIPLA Chemical Patent Practice Roadshow||Patents: a View from the Bench (co-moderated judicial panel from U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware)||2013|