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Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings 2012 - The New Patent Litigation

Speaker(s): Barbara L. Mullin, Brian Hanlon, Eugene T. Perez, Garrett E. Brown, Gerald M. Murphy, Jr., Hon. Gerald Bruce Lee, Hon. Theodore R. Essex, Irem Yucel, Robert A. Clarke, Robert J. Kenney, Scott A. McKeown, Stephen G Kunin
Recorded on: Feb. 3, 2012
PLI Program #: 34462

Barbara Mullin regularly tries cases in federal courts and before arbitration panels and has argued before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Her cases have involved diverse technological fields such as recombinant antibodies, medical devices and methods, pharmaceuticals and semiconductor wafer processing.

In addition to representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings, Ms. Mullin also counsels innovator pharmaceutical and medical device clients on strategic patenting and licensing issues and freedom to operate, as well as Orange Book Listings, Paragraph IV certifications and other ANDA-related matters.

Ms. Mullin’s recent and representative litigation experience includes—

  • serving as one of the principal attorneys representing Centocor Ortho Biotech and New York University in a patent trial charging Abbott Laboratories’ Humira® product with infringement. The jury returned a verdict that Ms. Mullin’s clients’ patent was willfully infringed and not invalid, and awarded damages of $1.67 billion. The verdict was reported by Bloomberg to be the largest jury verdict in U.S. history in a patent case.
  • successfully defending The Ohio Art Company in patent infringement suit by Larami Limited alleging infringement of two SuperSoaker® patents
  • serving as one of the principal attorneys in a Northern District of California jury trial, successfully representing a large computer-chip manufacturing equipment company asserting its process and apparatus patents. The case settled after trial, with Ms. Mullin’s client receiving more than $70 million in past damages and ongoing royalties.
  • obtaining a preliminary injunction followed by a favorable decision at trial and an award of attorneys’ fees on behalf of the plaintiff in LifeScan Inc. v. Polymer Technology International
  • serving as one of the principal attorneys in obtaining favorable arbitration ruling on the merits and an award of attorneys’ fees and costs on behalf of the plaintiff in LifeScan v. Diagnostic Solutions, Inc.
Ms. Mullin is a frequent speaker on topics relating to patent litigation. Her recent speaking engagements include—
  • "Formulating Patent Litigation Strategies to Prevail in the Face of Evolving Case Law, " American Conference Institute Advanced Forum on Biotech Patents
  • "A View from the Bench: Concurrent PTO Proceedings," Practising Law Institute Reissue and Reexamination Strategies and Tactics with Concurrent Litigation
  • "Ethical Considerations of Reissue, Ex Parte and Inter Partes Reexamination Proceedings," Practising Law Institute Reissue and Reexamination Strategies and Tactics with Concurrent Litigation

Ms. Mullin received her J.D. cum laude in 1991 from Villanova University School of Law and served on Law Review. She received her B.S. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985.

For the past few years, Ms. Mullin has been recognized as among the top 5 percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania based on a survey of her peers and a blue ribbon panel review. She was also recently honored by being selected and admitted as a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial honorary society for litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the bar. Ms. Mullin has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as a leading practitioner in the area of patent litigation.
Ms. Mullin supports several pro bono activities, including the Support Center for Child Advocates and the Equal Access to Justice Campaign of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

EUGENE PEREZ is a partner in the Biotechnological and Chemical group at Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP located in the Washington, D.C. area. Eugene Perez has practiced in the intellectual property field for over 10 years, specializing in chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology patents. His experience includes prosecuting patent applications, including corresponding with clients and preparing replies to all USPTO correspondence such as Office Actions and Restriction Requirements, conducting legal research and preparing freedom-to-operate, patentability, infringement, and validity opinion letters. Mr. Perez has also prepared, filed and prosecuted a variety of ex parte and inter partes reexaminations and reissue applications, and handled numerous appeals, including Oral Hearings before the Federal Circuit and U.S. Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Mr. Perez is also a member of the firm's Post-Grant Proceedings Committee.

Rob Clarke is currently the Director of the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Immediately prior to his current role he served as the Editor of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure for 10 years. Mr. Clarke has managed the development and publication of multiple revisions to the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure. In addition, Mr. Clarke created, deployed and currently administers the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program. Mr. Clarke is currently involved in patent examiner guidance and training development. Mr. Clarke also is responsible for developing rule making directed to patent examination. Mr. Clarke serves as an agency witness in litigation related to patent examination and is frequently responsible for developing and signing final agency decisions on petition. 

Rob Clarke started at the USPTO as a patent examiner in 1990 in former Group 3300, now Technology Center 3700.  Mr. Clarke has also served as an Administrative Patent Judge, a Legal Advisor and Deputy Director of OPLA, and as the Chief of Staff at the USPTO. Mr. Clarke received a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester in 1989, a JD with honors from the Catholic University of America in 1995, and is a member of the Virginia Bar. Over his 32 years at the USPTO he has helped to implement eighteen-month publication, continued examination practice, patent term adjustment, the image file wrapper, electronic filing and the administrative trial provisions.

Gerald Bruce Lee is currently serving as judge on the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Lee was educated at American University where he earned a B.A. in 1973 and a J.D. in 1976 from American University's Washington College of Law. Lee worked in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia until 1992, when he became a Circuit court judge on the 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Fairfax Circuit Court. Lee was nominated to his present position as U.S. District Judge by President Bill Clinton on May 22, 1998, and received his commission on October 1, 1998.

Prior to his appointment to the United States District Court, Judge Lee was a trial judge with the 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia (Fairfax) for six and a half years. As a Circuit Court Judge in Virginia's largest and busiest trial court, he tried a wide variety of cases, both jury and non-jury. His trial docket included cases involving commercial law, products liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, contracts, and criminal law.

During his tenure on the Fairfax Bench, Judge Lee was an active member of the Virginia Judges Judicial Conference. He served on two key committees of the conference, the Circuit Court Judicial Education Committee, and the Circuit Court Judges Bench Book Committee. He served as Chairman of the Judicial Educational Committee, and was responsible for ongoing training and continuing education programs for 150 state trial judges. Judge Lee served as a member of the Bench Book Committee, where he was responsible for editing and updating the Virginia Judges' courtroom reference text, the Virginia Circuit Court Judges Benchbook.

Judge Lee has been a member of the legal community for twenty-five years. Subsequent to his appointment to the Fairfax Circuit Court in 1992, he became known throughout the legal community for his handling of complex civil cases, his efforts to improve the court's use of technology, and his commitment to community service.

In April 1998, Virginia's U.S. senators Chuck Robb and John Warner recommended Judge Lee for appointment to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, to fill the seat vacated when Judge James C. Cacheris took senior status. President Clinton made the appointment on May 22, 1998, which was confirmed by the Senate in unanimous vote on September 28, 1998.

Remy Yucel has been with United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1996 and was named Group Director in April 2008.  Before becoming director of the Central Reexamination Unit, she was a Group Director in Technology Center 1600 whose subject matter area comprises biotechnology, biochemistry, organic chemistry and pharmaceutical patent applications.  Ms. Yucel is the recipient of several Department of Commerce Awards including the Bronze Medal and the Performance Excellence Award. Prior to becoming a Director, Ms. Yucel was an examiner, primary examiner and supervisory patent examiner in the biotechnological arts; with particular emphasis on gene regulation, gene therapy and transgenic organisms. 

Ms. Yucel holds a B.S degree in biology and a B.A. in French Literature from Duke University, a Master's degree in Plant Science from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics/plant pathology from the University of California. In May 2006, Ms. Yucel graduated from The Catholic University's Columbus School of Law.

During the 110th Congress, Ms. Yucel served as intellectual property counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah.  She provided both scientific and technical advice on various legislative initiatives involving intellectual property. Much of her time was spent on the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1145) of which Senator Hatch was lead Republican sponsor. Ms. Yucel also contributed to the Senate's version of follow-on biologics legislation co-sponsored by Senators Hatch, Kennedy, Clinton and Enzi as well as to the Orphan Works bill passed by the Senate. 

Chief Judge Brown joins the JAMS panel after a distinguished judicial and legal career. Most recently, he served twenty-six years as United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, the last six as Chief Judge, where he led the court-wide effort to provide prompt, efficient justice to civil litigants, and to implement new local patent rules. During this period, he was designated by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation to manage countless MDL cases, which resulted in numerous settlements. Prior to appointment to the federal judiciary, he served as Chief Counsel and Acting Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration and as General Counsel of the U.S. Government Printing Office. He was previously in private practice, where he concentrated on federal commercial litigation, including antitrust, employment, construction, environmental, banking, intellectual property, and securities matters. 

Judge Brown is highly regarded by counsel for his exceptional ability to expeditiously handle and resolve complex litigation. He is perceived by the parties as being extremely well prepared, knowledgeable, and experienced.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • During his 26 years on the federal bench, Chief Judge Brown has presided over and resolved by settlement, trial, or judgment some 9,000 cases involving a wide range of issues.

Representative Matters

During his service as Chief Judge, in addition to leading a large metropolitan court of 38 judicial officers, Judge Brown maintained a full civil caseload, assisting other judges in complex cases, trying about 11 cases a year and settling many, many more. He was also designated by the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation to manage numerous MDL cases during this period, which resulted in numerous settlements. Since many of the most challenging matters Judge Brown has handled are subject to confidentiality orders, the names and details are not set forth.

A small sampling of his representative matters includes:

  • Class Actions
    • ERISA: Presided over a class action dispute brought by participants in a Long Term Savings Plan for Management Employees for compensation for losses related to breach of ERISA-mandated duties in the operation and administration of the Plan and granted preliminary and final approval of the $29 million settlement
    • Securities Fraud
      • Presided over a trial in a securities fraud class action, which resulted in settlement prior to verdict at Judge Brown’s recommendation; settlement upheld on appeal to the Third Circuit
      • Presided over and approved the final settlement of the class action alleging violations of the Securities Act against former officers and directors of a now defunct generic drug manufacturer
    • Antitrust
      •  Presided over a consolidated matter involving a putative class of title insurance purchasers that alleged injuries as a result of a price-fixing conspiracy by insurance providers

Background and Education

  • Judge, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1986-2012 (Chief Judge, 2005-2012)








Civil Rights

Class Action/Mass Torts




Federal Judge

Governmental/Public Agency

Health Care


Intellectual Property

Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort



New York, New York

Available to hear cases nationwide.

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Gerald Murphy has practiced in the intellectual property field for over 40 years, mostly in relation to U.S. and foreign patents for biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, therapeutic antibodies, organic chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry and pharmaceutical inventions.  He works mostly with medium to large internal corporations.  In addition to preparation and prosecution of patent applications and related appeals, Mr. Murphy has handled patent reexaminations and has been lead counsel in a numerous inter partes matters at the USPTO such as interferences and Inter Partes Reviews.  He has also been lead counsel in several appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In addition to handling matters at the USPTO, Mr. Murphy counsels clients in various IP matters such as patent validity and infringement.  He has lectured extensively before U.S. and international audiences on U.S. patent law and case law developments. He served as the sole arbitrator in two arbitrations involving patent and licensing issues in the fields of DNA diagnostics and therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and has served as an expert witness in patent infringement litigations and in an arbitration involving a patent license agreement.

Mr. Murphy chairs BSKB's annual Post Grant Bootcamp, an intensive 4 day program on procedures that are available to correct, defend and challenge patents at the USPTO and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Murphy graduated from University of Maryland in 1976.  After taking off several years after graduation, he then attended George Mason University School of Law for his J.D. and then attended George Washington University National Law Center where he attained his LL.M.

Mr. Kunin is a Partner at Maier & Maier PLLC, where he specializes in all areas of patent practice. His expertise includes post-issuance proceedings at the United States Patent Office, opinions of counsel, advising attorneys and our clients on complex patent prosecution matters, patent litigation strategy, and United States Patent Office patent policy, practice and procedure, for which he is highly sought after for expert testimony.  He has vast experience in providing lectures on recent US patent law developments across the USA, Europe and the Far East.  He has more than 51 years of experience in the patent profession.

After graduating from Washington University (MO) with a Bachelor’s in Science in Electrical Engineering with honors in 1970, Mr. Kunin embarked on his lengthy career over nearly 35 years at the United States Patent Office. He received his JD in law degree with honors in 1975 from The National Law Center at George Washington University. He held many significant positions with the USPTO, which culminated with ten years of service as the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy from 1994-2004. While at the USPTO, he was a leading voice in forming patent policy, in revising examination guidelines on subject matter eligibility, utility, non-obviousness and written description, and in establishing reissue and reexamination procedures. Mr. Kunin spearheaded revisions to the Rules of Practice and Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, making key changes to chapters on ex parte reexamination, reissue, and inter partes reexamination.

Since leaving the USPTO, Mr. Kunin has been a practicing patent attorney for more than 16 years counseling clients in post-grant patent proceedings at the USPTO and routinely serves as an expert witness in patent litigation cases. He is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO, and admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the United States Supreme Court. From 2005 through 2017, Mr. Kunin served as the Intellectual Property Program Director at the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University, while teaching patent and intellectual property law classes as an adjunct professor of law.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Mr. Kunin has received many notable awards, including the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, The Vice President’s Reinventing Government Hammer Award , four Gold Medals, three Silver Medals, and one Bronze Medal from the Department of Commerce, and a Career Achievement Award from the USPTO. He was named one of Intellectual Property Today’s most influential people in IP law, and in 2018 and 2019 he was named one of Managing Intellectual Property’s “IP stars.”  He was listed in the 2019 Ninth Edition of Best Lawyers in Virginia in the area of Patent Law.  He has been ranked as a top 1000 patent lawyer in the 2019 IAM 1000 publication.  He has been named as a 2019 IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.  He has been named in 26th Edition of Best Lawyers in America 2020 for his work in patent law.  He has been ranked as a top 1000 patent lawyer in the 2020 IAM 1000 publication.  He has been included in the 2020-2021 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars for the U.S. and Virginia.  He has been named in 27th Edition of Best Lawyers in America 2021 for his work in patent law. In 2021 he has been named as an IAM 300 top patent strategist.

Scott McKeown is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property litigation practice and chair of the firm’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) group. He focuses his practice on post-grant patent counseling and litigation matters at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and related appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Scott handles all aspects of post-issuance patent proceedings, specializing in administrative trials before the PTAB, such as inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR). He also provides advice on USPTO post-grant proceedings concurrent with complex International Trade Commission (ITC) and district court litigations.

Named one of the world’s leading patent practitioners for post-grant proceedings by Intellectual Asset Management, Scott is one of the most active PTAB trial attorneys in the U.S., having handled more than 300 PTAB matters since 2012, including those in which more than $500 million was at stake. He currently serves as lead post-grant counsel to some of the world’s best-known innovators and has handled some of the most noteworthy PTAB trials to date, including the only precedential decision on live testimony. Scott has further been recognized by Chambers, The Legal 500, IAM Strategy, and was recently named by Managing IP as its “Outstanding PTAB Litigator” for 2020.

As a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School and a member of the teaching faculty of the Practising Law Institute, Scott lectures and writes extensively on PTAB proceedings. He was also a founding Board member of the PTAB Bar Association.  Likewise, he is recognized as a thought leader in the PTAB industry as he is frequently quoted in the press on PTAB issues and maintains an award-winning blog,, which examines developments in patent litigation, including issues related to USPTO post issuance proceedings. As Chambers USA reports from a client, “Scott is probably the most well-known PTAB specialist. He is very efficient and knows the PTAB and its procedures, inside and out.” 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Scott worked as an electrical engineer for a government agency, troubleshooting embedded systems and circuit designs. He also has experience across a wide range of related technologies, including computer software, wireless telecommunication protocols, network architectures, e-commerce applications, analog and digital signal processing, and consumer electronics.


Judge Essex served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals in Cleveland, Ohio, from November 2006 until his United States International Trade Commission (USITC) appointment in October 2007. He previously served as a consultant to the Compensation and Pension Service of the Department of Veterans= Affairs in Washington, DC, from 2005 to 2006.

From 1985 to 2005, Judge Essex served in a variety of positions with the U.S. Air Force (USAF), from which he retired in 2005.  He was Chief of the General Torts Branch of AFLSA/JACT in Arlington, VA, from 2002-2005. He served as Chief of Aviation Law with the Air Education and Training Command, USAF from 2000-2002; as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate with the Air Intelligence Agency, USAF from 1999-2000; as Chief, Operations Law, USAF Headquarters in the United Kingdom from 1996-1999; as an Attorney-Adviser in the AFLEM Office of International Claims and Investment Disputes at the U.S. Department of State from 1995-1996; as a Staff Judge Advocate based in Norway from 1992-1995; as a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate based in the United Kingdom from 1990-1992; as a Circuit Defense Counsel for the USAF AL Legal Services Center from 1988-1990; as a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate based in Belgium from 1987-1988; as an Area Defense Counsel from 1986-1987; and as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate from 1985-1986.

Judge Essex holds a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University, 1980 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1977. He holds an active law license in the state of Louisiana and is a registered solicitor in England and Wales. Judge Essex is also a professorial lecturer in law at The George Washington University Law School.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.

Brian E. Hanlon is the Director of the Office of Patent Legal Administration (OPLA) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Prior to taking his current position, Mr. Hanlon served as the acting Chief of Staff for Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, David J. Kappos, and served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Management Council for Under Secretary and Director Jon W. Dudas and acting Under Secretary and Director John J. Doll.  Prior to his work in the Under Secretary’s Office, Mr. Hanlon was the Deputy Director of OPLA.  Mr. Hanlon was also a shareholder at the law firm of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. where his practice focused on patent prosecution and client counseling on issues relating to both procurement and enforcement of utility and design patents.  Mr. Hanlon began his career as a patent examiner at the USPTO in former Group 3300, now TC 3700.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.  Mr. Hanlon is a member of the Bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.