United States: National

With regard to substantive patent law, subject-matter eligibility under 35 United States Code Section 101 is still the dominant talking point in the United States. Though guidance given to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examining corps by Director Andrei Iancu at the start of 2019 created a clearer pathway to allowance for practitioners, the courts have not kept pace; diverse and inconsistent decision making by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has given rise to continued uncertainty over the state of the law. Congress has proposed legislation to address this issue; but in such a fraught political environment, it may be some time before a fix comes through – if at all. There are question marks, too, over whether any new law will relax the current restrictive definition of patentable subject matter too far.

Firms: litigation

Firms: plaintiff

Firms: prosecution

Firms: transactions

Individuals: Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • Gregory A Castanias - Jones Day
  • Yar R Chaikovsky - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Morgan Chu - Irell & Manella LLP
  • John A Dragseth - Fish & Richardson
  • Nicholas Groombridge - Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Blair M Jacobs - Paul Hastings LLP
  • J Michael Jakes - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • William M Jay - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • William F Lee - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Mark A Lemley - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Charles E Lipsey - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • William L Mentlik - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • John J Molenda - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • John O'Quinn - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Adam L Perlman - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Mark A Perry - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Carter G Phillips - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Joseph R Re - Knobbe Martens
  • Edward Reines - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • William C Rooklidge - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • E Joshua Rosenkranz - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Frank Scherkenbach - Fish & Richardson
  • Kathleen M Sullivan - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Constantine L Trela Jr - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Steven Trybus - Locke Lord LLP
  • J Derek Vandenburgh - Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA
  • Seth P Waxman - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Roy H Wepner - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Matthew M Wolf - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Individuals: design patents

  • Christopher V Carani - McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd
  • Tracy-Gene G Durkin - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
  • Elizabeth D Ferrill - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Michael A Jacobs - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Robert Katz - Banner Witcoff
  • Darrell G Mottley - Banner Witcoff
  • Perry Saidman - Saidman DesignLaw Group

Individuals: International Trade Commission

  • Paul F Brinkman - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • G Brian Busey - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Ruffin B Cordell - Fish & Richardson
  • Gary M Hnath - Mayer Brown
  • Thomas L Jarvis - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • William F Lee - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Michael McKeon - Fish & Richardson
  • Brian Nester - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Bert C Reiser - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Sturgis Sobin - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Mark J Abate - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Michael J Abernathy - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Steven Anzalone - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • James R Barney - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Jamie B Beaber - Mayer Brown
  • Smith R Brittingham - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Cono A Carrano - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Yar R Chaikovsky - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Alexander Chinoy - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Joseph V Colaianni - Fish & Richardson
  • James B Coughlan - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Mark G Davis - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Edward J DeFranco - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Edward C Donovan - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Paul Goulet - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Maximilian A Grant - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Alexander J Hadjis - Oblon
  • Blair M Jacobs - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Lisa Kattan - Baker Botts LLP
  • Gregg F LoCascio - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Laura Beth Miller - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Eric Namrow - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Jay H Reiziss - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Kecia J Reynolds - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Eric W Schweibenz - Oblon
  • Andrew N Thomases - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • D Sean Trainor - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Jamie Underwood - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • David Vondle - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • T Cy Walker - BakerHostetler
  • Daniel E Yonan - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC

Individuals: post-grant proceedings

  • Erika Harmon Arner - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Steven Baughman - Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • David L Cavanaugh - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Eldora L Ellison - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
  • Greg H Gardella - Gardella Grace PA 
  • R Danny Huntington - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
  • Scott A McKeown - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Naveen Modi - Paul Hastings LLP
  • W Karl Renner - Fish & Richardson
  • Bing Ai - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Brenton R Babcock - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Timothy E Bianchi - Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner 
  • Heath J Briggs - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • James T Carmichael - Carmichael IP PLLC
  • Philip P Caspers - Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA
  • Erin M Dunston - Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP
  • Michael Fleming - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Richard F Giunta - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Lori A Gordon - King & Spalding LLP
  • Kevin Greenleaf - Dentons US LLP
  • Herbert D Hart III - McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd
  • Michael Hawkins - Fish & Richardson
  • Gabrielle E Higgins - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • David L Holt - Fish & Richardson
  • Joseph A Hynds - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
  • Thomas L Irving - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • John Kilyk Jr - Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd
  • Stephen G Kunin - Maier & Maier PLLC
  • Kevin B Laurence - Laurence & Phillips IP Law
  • Steven Lieberman - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
  • Stephen B Maebius - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Andrew M Mason - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • David L McCombs - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Dinesh N Melwani - Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
  • Stuart P Meyer - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Cyrus A Morton - Robins Kaplan LLP 
  • Chun M Ng - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Joseph E Palys - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Brad Pedersen - Patterson Thuente IP
  • Matthew Phillips - Laurence & Phillips IP Law 
  • George E Quillin - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Timothy W Riffe - Fish & Richardson
  • Michael Rosato - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Barry Schindler - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jason M Shapiro - Edell Shapiro & Finnan LLC 
  • Amy Simpson - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Paul J Skiermont - Skiermont Derby LLP 
  • Andrew Sommer - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jason E Stach - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Robert Greene Sterne - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
  • Suni Sukduang - Polsinelli PC
  • Kerry Taylor - Knobbe Martens
  • Clifford A Ulrich - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Todd R Walters - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Trenton A Ward - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Dorothy P Whelan - Fish & Richardson
  • Thomas J Wimbiscus - McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd
  • Martin M Zoltick - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC