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Patent Litigation 2019: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices


Speaker(s): Andrew J. Allen, Andrew M. Berdon, Christopher K. Hu, Denise Main, Ph.D., Dennies Varughese, Dipu A. Doshi, Elizabeth A. Cutri, Eric J. Lobenfeld, George E. Badenoch, Gil Calvillo, Ph.D., Hon. Joan N. Ericksen, Hon. K. Nicole Mitchell, Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, J. Lee Meihls, Ph.D., Jennifer H. Wu, Jordan Trent Jones, Keith R. Hummel, Margaret E. Ives, Mary (Mindy) V. Sooter, Michael A. Berta, Michael C. Smith, Na Dawson, Patrick T. Taverna, Peter Schwechheimer, Richard F. Martinelli, Suann M. Ingle
Recorded on: Nov. 13, 2019
PLI Program #: 252825

ANDREW ALLEN is in-house counsel at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc. in Princeton, NJ.  Mr. Allen graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2007 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2008.  At Dr. Reddy’s, Mr. Allen manages ANDA and biosimilar litigations, develops IP strategy in support of product development, and reviews development and settlement agreements.  Prior to joining Dr. Reddy’s, Mr. Allen worked as outside patent litigation counsel for nine years. He litigated patents in a variety of technology areas, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals, wireless communication, and video streaming.


Andrew Berdon is a partner in the New York Office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.  Andrew regularly handles complex intellectual property and commercial disputes for clients in the life sciences and other industries. In addition to extensive experience in the area of ANDA patent litigation, Mr. Berdon regularly represents clients in complex litigation and arbitration matters relating to product development and marketing agreements, trade secrets, acquisitions, licensing, antitrust, and regulatory enforcement. Mr. Berdon has more than 30 years of experience as a litigator and trial lawyer, as well as five years of in-house legal experience as the general counsel of a multinational pharmaceutical company.

Andrew’s recent matters include representation of:

?Lockton Companies, LLC in its successful motion for a preliminary injunction against Alliant Insurance Services arising out of a corporate raid termed the “Worst (Non-Lawyer) Lateral Acquisition Ever” by the AmLaw Litigation Daily.

?IBM in the defense of an action alleging breach of contract and misuse of trade secrets by a counterparty to a licensing agreement.  After a four-day live hearing, IBM was successful in opposing the counterparty’s preliminary injunction motion.

?Johnson Controls, Inc. in opposing certification of a medical monitoring class relating to exposure to PFAS.  Plaintiffs’ sole toxicology expert on the issue of causation had his opinion excluded in its entirety under the Daubert standard following his deposition by Mr. Berdon.

?A Boston-area biotech firm in a confidential dispute against a large Pharma company in a dispute arising out of the Pharma company’s decision to abandon development of the client’s innovative drug candidate.

?A Boston-area biotech firm in a confidential dispute against a major Cambridge-based university arising out of the university’s threat to convert the client’s exclusive license to its foundational technology to a “non-exclusive” license on improper grounds.


Christopher Hu concentrates his practice in intellectual property litigation. He has more than 35 years of experience representing a broad spectrum of clients in patent and trade secret cases and disputes involving a wide range of technologies, including:

  • e-commerce
  • computers
  • telecommunications devices
  • medical products
  • chemicals
  • pharmaceuticals
  • consumer products
  • mechanical devices

Christopher speaks frequently at industry events on topics such as the interaction between the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) and litigation, including patent litigation.


Denise Main, Ph.D., is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington, DC office. She focuses her practice on U.S. district court and appellate litigation, with particular experience related to the Hatch-Waxman Act governing the approval of pharmaceutical drugs. She manages day-to-day litigation activities in actions involving multiple parties.

Denise’s broad experience includes conducting offensive and defensive discovery, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, taking and defending witnesses in court, drafting trial and appellate briefs, conducting U.S. and foreign prosecution, and preparing patent applications and ex parte reexaminations.

Denise has handled matters involving a wide array of technologies with a focus on the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology, and mechanical arts. She has assisted clients in the fields of pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, hair dyes, pesticides, packaging materials, polymeric materials, and drug delivery systems.

Denise’s graduate studies focused on alternative synthetic routes to HIV protease inhibitors. Her undergraduate studies focused on synthesis of heterocyclic compounds as potential anti-cancer agents.

In addition to her litigation practice, Denise advises clients on a variety of patent matters, including polymorph issues, Orange-Book listing patents, U.S. and foreign IP portfolio management, freedom to operate, settlement, licensing, and antitrust issues.

Denise holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from University of Florida.


Dennies Varughese, Pharm.D., a director in Sterne Kessler’s Trial & Appellate Practice Group, is a trial attorney and globally-recognized strategic advisor for pharmaceutical clients. Dennies specializes in the full range of intellectual property disputes, having handled numerous high-stakes patent and trademark litigation in district courts, as well as many contested proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) at the Patent Office.

Ranked as a leading life sciences litigator by various national accrediting agencies, Dennies has been lead trial counsel on dozens of high-stakes district court cases and PTAB matters involving blockbuster pharmaceuticals, on both the brand and generic side, including: Abilify® (aripiprazole), Zytiga® (abiraterone), Dymista® (azelastine/fluticasone), Cialis® (tadalafil), Gilenya® (fingolimod), Nexium 24® (esomeprazole OTC), Revlimid® (lenalidomide), and many others. Notably, he successfully defeated injunction motions clearing the way for first-wave generics into the lucrative market for Abilify®, at that time the largest pharmaceutical litigation ever. Dennies has also handled many cases for market leaders in other industries, including biopharmaceuticals, chemicals, medical devices, diagnostics, telecommunications, and electronics.

In additional to patent disputes, Dennies has extensive experience in anti-counterfeiting and trademark enforcement. He served as lead counsel for Juul Labs, Inc. in various trademark and trade dress disputes against unauthorized copyists of Juul’s highly successful Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems.

Dennies also has an active practice before the PTAB involving inter partes review (“IPR”) and post-grant review (“PGR”) proceedings. He was involved in the first ever IPR filed in an ANDA case (Vigamox®) in 2012, and served as lead counsel in the only to-date CBM in a pharmaceutical case (Xyrem®). A full listing of Dennies’ representative matters before the PTAB can be found below. Dennies is a contributing author of Patent Office Litigation, a comprehensive treatise exploring all aspects of contested proceedings before the Patent Office.


Dipu A. Doshi is a partner in and co-chairs the Firm’s multi-office intellectual property practice. Dipu’s clients range worldwide, from Europe, the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. Dipu’s primary practices are:

  • patent litigation in the U.S. District Courts
  • inter partes review before the USPTO

Dipu also advises his clients in matters relating to patent portfolio management including:

  • due diligence
  • client counseling
  • patent prosecution

His practice focuses on a variety of technological fields with a focus on the chemical industry’s innovative “green technology” in fields such as:

  • refrigerants
  • polymers
  • rechargeable batteries
  • semiconductor devices (including LED technology)

Dipu has presented on several topics related to intellectual property law, including:

  • “Do You Have an IP Claim?” (co-presenter), at Blank Rome’s Annual Emerging Litigation and Employment Issues for In-House Counsel seminar, September 22, 2016.
  • “Licensing, Standing, and Jurisdictional Issues Regarding NPEs – Issues in Licensing that Impact Standing,” at the American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, October 25, 2013.
  • “Venture Capital Backed Non Practicing Entities & the New IP Litigation Ecosystem,” MCCA Annual CLE Expo, March 22, 2012.

Before attending law school, Dipu was a research associate at MedImmune, Inc. While at MedImmune, he participated in several projects related to the development of novel vaccines derived from biological molecules. His tasks included optimizing various cell culture lines for the expression and purification of monoclonal antibodies, antigens, and other proteins. He also has experience in the expression and purification of clinical grade biological materials.


Dr. Dawson has extensive experience consulting with clients and conducting economic analysis in a broad range of cases, including intellectual property, class certification, false advertising, securities, and finance matters. In these engagements, Dr. Dawson has supported counsel in all phases of the litigation process - understanding complex claims, assisting with fact and expert discovery, and providing trial support. She has managed teams of professionals in making convincing and well-supported arguments, constructing rigorous damages models, and critiquing the opposing expert reports. Some examples of the issues she has provided consulting services include evaluating patent holders' lost profits damages in patent infringement matters, evaluating whether putative class members' economic damages can be determined on a class-wide basis, analyzing the price impact of alleged misrepresentations, determining loss causation and damages in securities fraud matters, ascertaining whether the alleged false advertisement has caused economic harm to the plaintiff, and assessing the magnitude of such harm, if any. Dr. Dawson has been designated as a testifying expert in cases involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and damages calculations. She has testified in arbitration.


Dr. Gil Calvillo wears many hats as a communications and legal expert: he’s a coach, psychologist, and strategist, all in the service of helping his clients tell their story and be their best, most persuasive selves.

As a former NIH fellow in neuropsychology with a background in clinical psychology, Dr. Calvillo performed hundreds of patient evaluations that resulted in his becoming a leading expert in the field when it comes to assessing people’s cognitive, intellectual, and emotional ability. Today he uses his scientific training to evaluate clients, help them define their goals, and craft the strongest possible message for achieving those goals.

For litigators, Dr. Calvillo’s psychological expertise makes him uniquely qualified to prepare strong witnesses, draft voir dire questions, and assist with jury selection, including a keen ability to detect juror bias during voir dire. He has a particular interest in jurors from diverse backgrounds and cultures, examining how their perceptions and experience affect their verdicts, including decisions about damages.

For non-litigators, Calvillo and Associates supply feedback on presentation, including body language, pacing, eye contact and other crucial non-verbal signals that are essential to gaining an audience’s trust and approval.

The ultimate goal of Dr. Calvillo’s communications training is to increase confidence, for both legal and non-legal clients. 

He begins by helping craft a message that makes the complex simple, whether it’s how to explain a medical device to a jury, a scientific formula to potential investors, or hi-tech software to C-suite executives.  Once clients have mastered their subject, everything from presiding over a board meeting to presenting a jury summation becomes as compelling as it is clear and convincing.

Calvillo and Associates has conducted communications training and litigation research with regional, national and international corporations. The firm is based in Los Angeles, California.


DR. J. LEE MEIHLS has worked as a trial consultant for 40 years, and she is recognized nationally for her expertise in jury selection, witness preparation, and developing effective trial strategies.  She founded her own firm, Trial Partners, in 2003.  Lee has consulted on over 2,000 cases and selected about 400 juries.  She has also served as an expert witness in federal conspiracy trials.

Lee has been the lead trial consultant and selected juries for many high profile criminal cases around the country, including for the defense: People v. Michael Jackson, Illinois v. Robert Kelly, People v. Robert Blake, People v. Kelly Soo Park (featured on 48 HOURS), North Carolina vs. Evans, Finnerty and Seligman (the Duke Lacrosse Players rape case), and Pennsylvania v. John E. du Pont.  For the prosecution: U.S.A. v. Leroy Baca (in the retrial only), U.S.A. v. Azano, et al., People v. Haidl, et al. (in the retrial only), and U.S.A. v. Governor Fife Symington

Lee has worked on many civil cases with significant verdicts at stake.  Lee picked the juries for the plaintiff who won a $350 million dollar verdict in Los Angeles (Auerbach Acquisition Associates v. Greg Daily); the plaintiff in Wi-LAN v. Apple (patent infringement in USDC, San Diego); the Plaintiffs in Kohan and Mutchnick v. NBC (the Will & Grace case in LASC); and for the plaintiff in the Estate of Christopher Wallace (wrongful death of Notorious B.I.G.) v. City of Los Angeles.  For the defense, Lee picked the juries for MGA when they won a $310 million counterclaim verdict against Mattel in a three-month copyright retrial in USDC, Santa Ana, CA (Mattel v. MGA Entertainment, aka Barbie v. Bratz); Union Carbide after a six-week trial in Angleton, Texas (Kelly-Moore Paint Co. v. Union Carbide) in which the plaintiff was seeking $6 billion dollars; for the Dodgers and Frank McCourt in Brian Stow v. Dodgers, et al.(LASC); and for the U.S. in Wells Fargo & Co. v. U.S.A. (USDC, District of MN).  

Lee has assisted clients in all types of litigation, including antitrust, aviation, bad faith, class action, construction, contracts, criminal conspiracy, election fraud, defamation, drug importation, employment, environmental, excessive force, False Claims Act, fraud, insurance, intellectual property, murder, patent infringement, personal injury, professional negligence, products liability, securities, sex-related crimes, toxic tort, trade secrets, and wrongful death. 

Lee completed her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, San Diego, specializing in sociology, applied linguistics, cognitive psychology, and law.  As a faculty member and administrator at UC San Diego and National University for many years, she published articles on gender issues, communications, and media studies.  She also co-authored a book on decision making (Stanford University Press, 1986).  In addition, Lee produced live television shows (in cooperation with the former Soviet Union) that were aired nationally on PBS, and she was a film critic for a newspaper in San Diego for many years. 

Lee frequently presents on trial consulting and juror decision making to national law groups, law firms, judicial conferences, and other professional groups around the country.  Lee is a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants.


Elizabeth Cutri is a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office. She helps clients navigate a variety of technology-oriented legal issues, with a focus on intellectual property issues and litigation and dispute resolution. Elizabeth has represented clients across a range of technologies, including computer software, networking, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemical processes, semiconductors, consumer products, and more. Her practice also involves drafting and negotiating licenses and other technology-oriented agreements, advising on transactions and business partnerships, and helping clients assess and develop their IP portfolios.

Elizabeth’s pro bono work has included helping parents of children with special needs negotiate terms of Individualized Education Programs, assisting non-profit organizations with employment and contract issues, and representing victims of domestic violence in seeking orders of protection.


Eric Lobenfeld's philosophy is to prepare each case as if it is going to trial. That puts the client in the strongest position to resolve the case, whether through settlement or through litigation to judgment.

Eric's work focuses on technology and life science intellectual property disputes. He has more than three decades of experience as a first-chair trial lawyer in patent, trademark, copyright, antitrust, unfair competition, and complex commercial cases. These include jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as arbitrations and arguments in numerous state and federal appeals. He also handles post-grant review proceedings in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and has participated in Markman claim construction proceedings for more than 50 patents.

Eric represents companies in many industries, including computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, bar code scanners and Radio Frequency Identification technology, Automated Teller Machines and web-enabled kiosks, semiconductor technology, television and motion picture technology, home and industrial lighting, and consumer electronics.

Eric is a regular panelist in the Practising Law Institute's annual two-day patent litigation program, where he has presented on expert issues and damages issues. He has also given a demonstration of a closing argument in a patent jury trial.


George has over 30 years’ experience in litigations and adversarial matters concerning all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights.

George has had considerable experience in major patent litigations (jury and non-jury) involving computers, semiconductors and pharmaceuticals, with particular emphasis on computerized automatic machinery and equipment and automobile parts. His successful trial of a major patent jury case involving computerized equipment for custom designed ductwork led to the largest intellectual property judgment nationwide in that year. His role as lead defense counsel for a large group of automobile importers led to the dismissal of a much publicized case brought by an alleged inventor of intermittent windshield wipers, even though the same plaintiff had previously secured multi-million dollar verdicts against two of Detroit’s big three automobile manufacturers.

George also counsels clients in patent and other intellectual property licensing matters, and has been involved in the licensing aspects of large merger and acquisition transactions.

George has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2013), which ranked him in the top tiers in New York for both “Licensing” and “Litigation;” The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers(2013, 2014); New York Super Lawyers (2007, 2009-2016), and The US Legal 500 for his work in the area of “IP – Patent Licensing and Transactional” (2014, 2015) and Patent Litigation (2015, 2016).

He has spoken before domestic and international bar association groups, authored brochures advising the Japanese community on patent matters and appeared on a number of panels teaching licensing and patent litigation matters to other lawyers sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute and the American Conference Institute.


Joan Ericksen is a judge on the District of Minnesota district court. Since her appointment in 2002 she has presided over thousands of criminal and civil cases, including several MDLs and more than 50 patent cases.  Judge Ericksen has taught at each of the three Minnesota law schools as well as many CLE courses. She is a past president of the Minnesota chapter of the FBA as well as the local IP Inn of Court.  Judge Ericksen served on the Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence and currently serves on the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules.  Before her appointment to the federal bench Judge Ericksen was an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, a state trial judge, a lawyer in private practice, and for 10 years an assistant United States attorney. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota law school, St. Olaf College, and Oxford University.


Jordan Trent Jones is an experienced litigator, with a particular focus on intellectual property and complex technology disputes. He has extensive experience with patent infringement litigation and other intellectual property matters, including commercial, technology-related and copyright infringement litigation. Jordan also advises clients on intellectual property strategy and licensing, often in the context of litigation or settlement strategy. He represents companies in a variety of industries and has worked on litigation matters in multiple venues, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Texas, Virginia, and others. Jordan has also represented clients in arbitration and in investigations pending before the U.S. International Trade Commission. The majority of his technology experience has involved disputes related to electronics, semiconductor devices, semiconductor manufacturing, computer memory devices, wireless communications, computer hardware & software, and internet-related technologies. Jordan is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), as certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He helps clients identify and manage data privacy and information security risks and related legal obligations.

Jordan was recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in 2019 and the four years immediately preceding for Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.


Judge Mitchell was born in Victoria, Texas.  She graduated with honors from Baylor Law School after receiving both bachelors and masters degrees from Texas A&M University.  While at Baylor, Judge Mitchell served as the Senior Executive Editor of the Baylor Law Review, as well as Managing Editor of the Law Review’s Texas Practice Edition.    

After law school, Judge Mitchell clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Leonard Davis in the Eastern District of Texas before starting her civil practice at Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston.  Judge Mitchell’s practice focused primarily on the area of Health Law Litigation, but she also worked on patent cases and is licensed to practice before the USPTO.  After her time at Fulbright & Jaworski, Judge Mitchell returned to the Eastern District of Texas to serve as the Chief Staff Attorney to Judge Davis. 

Judge Mitchell was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge on August 16, 2013.  In her time on the bench, Judge Mitchell has overseen numerous patent and general civil litigation cases.  She also mediates cases pending in the Eastern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 


Keith R. Hummel is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department.

He has extensive experience litigating complex commercial, intellectual property and other legal disputes, both for plaintiffs and defendants. He handles cases for clients in diverse fields, including telecommunications, medical devices, computer hardware and software, food additives, luxury flooring products, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Mr. Hummel frequently advises clients on national and worldwide intellectual property strategy, and is often asked to lead efforts to identify IP assets that can be effectively used for offensive or defensive purposes.

Mr. Hummel was featured as the “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily for obtaining affirmance in the Second Circuit of the dismissal of two lawsuits against IBM brought by South African nationals who attempted to hold IBM accountable for apartheid under the Alien Tort Statute.


Meg Ives is a partner in Choate’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. She has more than fifteen years of experience representing leading life sciences companies in high stakes patent infringement, trade secret, and breach of contract litigation in federal courts across the country. She also frequently represents clients in connection with inter partes review proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Meg is a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.


Michael Berta focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, with experience in both patent and trade secret litigation across a wide range of technologies, including data storage systems and software, networking hardware and software, microprocessor and flash memory architecture, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer products. Mr. Berta has tried cases before judges and juries in federal court and before the International Trade Commission.

Mr. Berta has been recognized by Best Lawyer for Litigation: Intellectual Property and was also named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property.  He holds a JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, as well as a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Hardware, software and web-based services companies, including Adobe, Google and Hewlett-Packard, in patent litigation in multiple jurisdictions, including the Northern District of California, Eastern Districts of Texas and Delaware.
  • Companies in the semiconductor industry, including Renesas, Sun Microsystems, SMIC, SanDisk, Numerical Technologies and Nanya Technology, in patent and trade secret litigation involving semiconductor manufacturing technology, DRAM architecture, flash controller technology, and server architecture.
  • Clients in patent, copyright and trade secret litigation and counseling include Adobe, Crocs, Machine Zone, Tile and SquareTrade.


Michael C. Smith is the partner in charge of the Marshall office of Siebman, Forrest, Burg & Smith, LLP, where he provides clients with extensive experience in complex commercial and patent litigation heard in federal courts.

Mr. Smith, who has appeared as counsel of record in over 800 cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, served as chairman of the District's Local Rules Advisory Committee from 2000-2009.  He has also been editor of the O'Connor's Federal Rules * Civil Trialshandbook on federal civil procedure since 1998, and maintains the nationally recognized Eastern District of Texas Federal Court Practice web log at EDTexweblog.  He is a frequent author and speaker on patent litigation, federal court practice, and law office administration, and has served in leadership roles in numerous legal organizations, including as chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Board of Editors of the Texas Bar Journal, as well as on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, and president of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association and the East Texas chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Mr. Smith, a Marshall native, has also been active in community affairs.  He served on the Marshall City Commission for three terms, from 1996-2002, and is a former president of the Harrison County Historical Museum and the Marshall Citizens Advisory Committee and a current member of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Mr. Smith is married to Harrison County Treasurer Jamie Marie Noland.

In addition to his legal writings, Mr. Smith is also the author of two books on aircraft carriers, Essex Class Carriers in action, and US Light Carriers in action, published by Squadron-Signal publications.  In 2010 he was recognized by the Marshall Historic Landmark Preservation Board for renovating the historic Hub Shoe Store offices for use by his law firm.


Mindy Sooter’s practice focuses on patent litigation and other intellectual property and business disputes, with an emphasis on cases involving telecommunications, electrical engineering and computer science. Ms. Sooter has represented a variety of clients in courts throughout the United States, as well as the International Trade Commission, regarding technologies such as wireless networks and components, fiber-optic networks and components, firewalls and gateways, semiconductors, distributed computing systems and database technologies.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Sooter was a partner focusing on intellectual property litigation at another firm in Denver, Colorado.

Ms. Sooter is also an adjunct professor teaching patent litigation at the University of Colorado School of Law.

Ms. Sooter serves as the chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s IP Section.


Oshkosh Corporation- Associate General Counsel- Litigation

Head of Litigation for a Fortune 500 global industrial manufacturing company. Responsible for managing all litigation (with exception of labor and employment) across four segments that includes industry leaders in Defense, Fire & Emergency, Access and Commerical manufacturing companies. Matters involve product liability, commercial disputes, intellectual property and regulatory concerns.

Assistant General Counsel- Watts Water Technologies 2012-2016

Managed a variety of legal issues for a global plumbing and heating manufacturing company with a primary focus on litigation, risk management, human resources, environmental, compliance and marketing.          

Attended:  

Amherst College from 1998-2002 BA Law Jursiprudence

Northeastern University School of Law 2002-2005 J.D. Law


Rebecca R. Pallmeyer graduated from Valparaiso University and earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.  Following a one-year clerkship with Justice Rosalie Wahl of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Judge Pallmeyer practiced commercial litigation with a Chicago law firm. 

From 1985 until 1991, Ms. Pallmeyer was an Administrative Law Judge with the Illinois Human Rights Commission, a quasi-judicial agency responsible for enforcement of the state's anti-discrimination laws.  On October 1, 1991, Ms. Pallmeyer was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.  She served as Presiding Magistrate Judge from 1996 until 1998.  In 1997, President Clinton nominated her for a seat in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, where she has served since October 1998.  

Judge Pallmeyer served from 2013 to 2019 as a member on the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management and since March 2019 has served on the United States Judicial Conference.  She is an honorary fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the ALI-CLE Employment and Labor Law Advisory Panel.  Since 2006, Judge Pallmeyer has served on the faculty for the annual ALI-CLE program, Current Developments in Employment Law, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Judge Pallmeyer is past President of the Lawyers Club of Chicago; past President and active member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Courts, an Inn focused on intellectual property law; and an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the American Bar Association.  She is the immediate past Secretary to the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Judge Pallmeyer became Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on July 1, 2019.


Rich Martinelli develops comprehensive IP strategies which resolve immediate legal needs and safeguard long-term business objectives. He handles all aspects of intellectual property, particularly patent litigation, patent prosecution and client counseling. Rich is also a leader of Orrick’s Artificial Intelligence Practice.

He has litigated patents at trial, before the ITC, and on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Rich has counseled clients and rendered opinions on patent validity, infringement and freedom to use. He is a registered patent attorney with experience drafting patents and practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rich also helps companies address the novel litigation and transactional IP issues that arise when developing and working with AI and is a frequent lecturer on these topics.

Rich’s patent work has involved a wide range of technologies including image processing, 3d graphics, audio / video compression, computer hardware and software, e-commerce, network technologies, digital rights management and encryption.


Suann Ingle is one of the country’s top visual communication consultants for trial attorneys and litigants. An expert graphic designer, she is also a trusted partner who offers decisive advice on presentation strategy and execution. After thousands of hours in the hot seat in courtrooms and arbitration hearings, Suann remains calm, focused and unflappable regardless of circumstances. This enables her to sense what’s coming, and adjust visual communication on the fly to keep judges, juries and arbiters focused on the merits of the case.

Since entering the field in 1994, Suann has consulted on a wide range of litigation matters, including intellectual property, white collar, insurance, financial services, employment, and complex business disputes. She has extensive experience in scaling and managing trial support teams and has helped deliver successful outcomes in venues throughout the United States and in Europe.

Her visual expertise is grounded in academic study, including a Master of Science degree in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. When she is sketching her ideas, Suann explains the principles behind the sketch – and why they increase the odds of winning. Her personal warmth and empathetic style also enable her to teach, develop and inspire other graphics professionals to embrace the challenges of high-stakes litigation as a career.

Prior to entering the field of trial consulting, Suann spent seven years at Coca-Cola in New York where she managed the Creative Services Department. In 1996, she joined TrialGraphix and was instrumental in establishing its New York office. She also spent three years at DecisionQuest, where she assisted legal teams in trial, providing visual solutions to complex, high-stakes cases. Before starting her own firm, Suann worked at FTI Consulting, Inc., leading the New York office of the Trial Services Division.


A partner in the Litigation Department, Jennifer H. Wu focuses her practice on patent litigation matters. Jennifer frequently tries cases in federal district courts and the International Trade Commission. She also argues appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and represents clients in the U.S. Supreme Court. She has litigated patents in a wide variety of technical areas including sequencing technology and GPS devices, with a particular emphasis on biotechnology. Jennifer’s work on biologics includes litigating issues of first impression as to the BPCIA.

Jennifer clerked for Judge Alan D. Lourie at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She received an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University in 1999, and her J.D. in 2004 from NYU School of Law where she received the Vanderbilt Medal for Service to the Law School Community and the President’s Service Award for Leadership at New York University. She is an Advisory Board member of the NYU Law Alumni of Color Association.

Jennifer has been widely recognized within the legal industry and the patent litigation bar for her achievements. In 2019, Jennifer was named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List – Northeast.” In 2018, she was selected by The New York Law Journal as a “Rising Star,” an award that recognizes top attorneys under the age 40. In 2017, Jennifer was a recipient of the “Best Under 40” award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

Jennifer is a member of the Board of the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA), and a former co-chair of the FCBA Patent Litigation Committee, the Mock Argument Comment, and the Rules Committee. She received the FCBA’s George Hutchinson Committee Award recognizing committee leadership in 2016 and 2018. In addition, she has moderated and spoken on NAPABA panels and mentored younger lawyers by judging the Thomas Tang Moot Court competition, of which she is a past Northeast Regional winner. She is also a co-chair of the Women’s Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY). Jennifer is Paul, Weiss’s sponsoring partner for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a regular contributor to Paul, Weiss’s amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the American Bar Association, and the recipient of Paul, Weiss’s 2017 Teaching Award, awarded by the firm’s associates for excellence in mentorship. In addition, Jennifer is a Board member of Friends of UNFPA, which supports the life-saving work of the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency, the United Nations Population Fund.


Mr. Schwechheimer specializes in the application of financial and economic analyses to complex business matters involving litigation, technology licensing, and valuation, including the use of econometric methods to apportion value among inputs in complex devices. He has performed research, given economic testimony, and provided consultation in intellectual property, licensing, commercial damages, and antitrust matters – including the evaluation of economic damages involving lost profits, reasonable royalties, price erosion, unjust enrichment, profit disgorgement, and prejudgment interest – in patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, and antitrust cases. He has also overseen the analysis of fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) commitments and the economics of licensing standard essential patents (SEPs) in arbitration matters, federal district court cases, and at the US International Trade Commission (ITC); assessed intellectual property valuation, monetization, and licensing; and evaluated antitrust liability and damages for patent misuse and monopolization, as well as damages arising from incorrect inventorship.

Mr. Schwechheimer's experience covers a diverse range of high-technology industries, including computer hardware and software, semiconductors, wireless communication technology such as WiFi and Bluetooth, cellular telephony and smartphones, LCD panels, video game consoles, slot machines, telecommunications equipment, manufacturing processes, medical devices, stent grafts, and pharmaceuticals.