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Background

Ann Motl is a patent litigation associate in the Minneapolis office of Fish & Richardson. Prior to joining Fish, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for a two-year term for Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. With her engineering background and clerkship experience, she specializes in patent litigation pretrial matters in federal district court. She also has experience practicing before the International Trade Commission.

Ann is actively involved in the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Since 2017, she has served as one of the Newer Lawyer Committee co-chairs. She previously served on the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Additionally, she has served as a volunteer attorney through the Minnesota Chapter’s Pro Se Project, representing a pro se client in a Social Security disability appeal.

Education

J.D., University of Minnesota Law School 2015
cum laude


B.S., University of St. Thomas 2012
Mechanical Engineering
magna cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Minnesota 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Clerkships

United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, The Honorable Hildy Bowbeer, 2015 - 2017

Memberships & Affiliations

Co-Chair of the Newer Lawyers Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Other Distinctions

Publications

Best Practices for Proving Proportionality in Motions to Compel,” Fish Litigation Blog, (December 29, 2017).

Inter Partes Review: Ensuring Effective Patent Litigation Through Estoppel,” Minnesota Law Review, 99 Minn. L. Rev. 1975 (2015).

“Policy Tools for Stimulating Innovation and Access to Technologies for Developing Countries,” Journal of Engineering and Public Policy (August 2012).

Presentations

“Demystifying and Destigmatizing Social Security Disability Income Appeals,” Panelist, Federal Bar Association
(June 27, 2018 – Minneapolis)

“What Judicial Law Clerks Wish You Knew: Lessons and Cautionary Tales from Recent Law Clerks in the District of Minnesota,” Co-speaker, Patents on Tap (December 14, 2017 – Minneapolis)

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