Gabrielle Higgins

Partner at Desmarais LLP

Gabrielle Higgins is a partner at Desmarais LLP and a patent trial litigator with more than 30 years of experience representing industry-leading companies in high-stakes IP disputes. Ms Higgins focuses her practice on IP litigation in federal courts, as well as before the PTAB. She has served as lead counsel in district court and PTAB proceedings and represented clients across a broad range of technologies, including telecoms, electronics, semiconductors, wireless technology, consumer electronics, internet services, network architecture and security, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

As a trial lawyer, Ms Higgins has devised and executed winning strategies from pre-litigation through to trial for both patent owners and accused infringers. She has directed and cross-examined witnesses at trial, argued claim construction, taken and defended key depositions, and drafted briefs that have led to numerous successes and favourable settlements on behalf of her clients.

As a PTAB practitioner, Ms Higgins has, to date, been counsel of record in more than 130 patent office inter partes review proceedings. She has argued at final oral hearings before the board and has achieved victories for her clients in final written decisions and on appeal to the Federal Circuit.

Ms Higgins has been recognised by The Daily Journal as one of the Top IP Litigators in California; as one of The Recorder’s 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law; as an IP Star by Managing IP; and as one of the Top 50 Women in PTAB Trials by the PTAB Bar Association.

Professional memberships

  • The PTAB Bar Association (programme committee vice chair and diversity committee)
  • Inn of Court (master)
  • The American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • INTA
  • The ChIPs Network – Women in Technology, Law and Policy


  • Fordham University School of Law, JD, 1989
  • College of the Holy Cross, BA, pre-medical studies and English, 1985

Firm details

Desmarais LLP
101 California Street
San Francisco CA 94111
United States

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