Justin J Oliver

Partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Justin Oliver’s attention to detail extends not just to the facts of the case, but to the nature of the audience. While working on trials in both district courts and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Mr Oliver focuses his practice on complex proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Whether an inter partes review or an ex parte appeal, Mr Oliver understands that the PTAB critically analyses both the technical and legal details of a case. By avoiding the tendency to address issues with broad strokes and mining the details of the case, Mr Oliver has established himself as a top choice for PTAB proceedings. His ability to spot the strengths and weaknesses of a case early and adapt accordingly has proved a huge benefit to clients in wide range of technology areas. He heads the firm’s USPTO contested proceedings practice group.

Case highlight

Mr Oliver shepherded six related inter partes reviews to victory on behalf of Medtronic (the petitioner). The technology related to nerve detection systems used in spine surgery. With the cases consolidated for one oral argument, Mr Oliver obtained favourable rulings on both claim construction and invalidity.

Recent speaking engagements

  • Spoke on a panel entitled “5 Years In, Beyond Nuance to Strategy” at the Momentum IP Counsel Exchange held in New York City on December 7 2017.
  • Spoke about PTAB practice on a panel titled “PTAB-Practice Hi Tech” at the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s 2017 Bench & Bar Conference in June 2017.
  • Spoke on a panel entitled “PTAB & the Federal Circuit” at Managing Intellectual Property’s PTAB Forum in May 2017.

Firm details

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
975 F Street North West
Washington DC 20004-1462
United States

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