Sarah E Spires

Partner at Skiermont Derby LLP

Sarah E Spires is a registered patent attorney and focuses her practice on inter partes reviews, patent infringement litigation and advising clients on IP transactions and disputes. She has been named by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star from 2016-2021 and in 2020-2021 was named one of the Texas Rising Stars Up-and-Coming 50 Women.

Ms Spires has been lead or back-up counsel on over 70 inter partes reviews spanning a wide range of technologies and has been named one of the Top 50 Women in PTAB Trials by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Bar Association. She has significant expertise in briefing and arguing cases to final written decision before the PTAB on behalf of both patent owners and petitioners.

Ms Spires has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict in jury and bench trials throughout the country, and to final decisions in international arbitration proceedings. Her litigation and trial expertise includes Paragraph IV disputes under the Hatch-Waxman Act (generic and brand), and patent litigation involving technology ranging from biotechnology and medical devices to LCD technology and wireless and telecommunications devices. She also represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including trademark infringement, trade secret disputes, contractual and patent licensing disputes, and antitrust and false claims act cases.

Ms Spires has successfully briefed and argued numerous cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on behalf of clients involved in appeals from inter partes reviews and district court litigations. Most recently, she obtained a favourable precedential opinion for her client in Gensetix, Inc v Board of Regents of University of Texas System, 966 F.3d 1316 (Fed Cir 2020).

Ms Spires’s technical background includes conducting cell cycle research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) David H Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Prior to joining Skiermont Derby LLP, Ms Spires practised at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from MIT.

Professional associations

  • DFW Women in IP
  • Honourable Barbara MG Lynn American Inn of Court
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association Global Fellows

Sample client list

  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • HBK Capital Mgmt
  • Paranoid Fan
  • Plexxikon
  • Specific Media
  • Veerappan Subramanian

Firm details

Skiermont Derby LLP
1601 Elm Street
Suite 4400
Dallas TX 75201
United States

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