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Background

Elizabeth Capan is an Associate in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson. Ms. Capan has experience in patent prosecution, patent litigation, and strategic intellectual property management, including client counseling, global portfolio development and management, intellectual property agreements, patent opinions, and freedom-to-operate analyses.  Ms. Capan’s experience spans a variety of technical specialties, including pharmaceuticals, drug delivery compounds and devices, small molecules, nanotechnology, antimicrobials, adhesives, food technologies, polymers, and cosmetics, as well as the financial, software, and electronics industries.

Prior to joining Fish, Ms. Capan worked as Assistant Chief Patent Counsel at Dynamics, Inc (2015-2016), as Intellectual Property Counsel at 3M (2012-2015), as a Law Clerk and Patent Agent at 3M (2010-2012), as a U.S. Patent Examiner and Authorized PCT Officer (2007-2008), as a Research Assistant for the Department of Chemistry at University of Minnesota Duluth (2005-2007), and as a Research Assistant for the Department of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2004-2005).

Education

J.D., William Mitchell College of Law 2013
Valedictorian


B.S., University of Pittsburgh 2004
Microbiology


B.A., University of Pittsburgh 2004
German and Environmental Studies

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Memberships & Affiliations

William Mitchell College of Law, Intellectual Property Institute Board of Advisers: Board member

Other Distinctions

Selected Publications

Colene Blank and Elizabeth Capan. Global License Agreements: Enforceability of a Global Royalty Base. 2014 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute.

Jay Erstling and Elizabeth Capan. Opening the Floodgates: Why Patent Backlogs Have Not Only Led to Work-Sharing, But Are Also Accelerating Substantive Harmonization (in International Patent Law and Policy, Bagley, M.A. and Okediji, R.L. and Erstling, J.A., American Casebook Series, 2013).

Li C, Capan E, Zhao Y, Zhao J, Stolz D, Watkins SC, Jin S, Lu B. Autophagy is induced in CD4+ T cells and important for the growth factor-withdrawal cell death. J. Immunol. 2006;177:5163.

Lu B, Capan E, Li C. Autophagy induction and autophagic cell death in effector T cells. Autophagy. 2007;3:158.

Selected Presentations

“Examining the Examiners: Strategies for Compact Prosecution in the USPTO” 3M Center, St. Paul, MN, December 2014

“Rejected—A Guide to Understanding U.S. Patent Prosecution” 3M Tech Forum, 3M, St. Paul, MN, June 2012

“CAFC Case Review: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. v. Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc.” Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, DC, June 2011

“Working and Communicating Effectively With Examiners” Mueting, Raasch & Gebhart, P.A., Minneapolis, MN, November 2010

“Examining a Former Examiner” 3M Center, St. Paul, MN, July 2010

“Applications of Plasma-Polymerized Biocompatible Thin Films: Characterization of Polyethylenimine (PEI) Adsorption Using a Liquid Quartz Crystal Microbalance (LQCM)” University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN, April 2007

“Induction of Autophagy in Murine T Cells” University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2004