Dorothy P. Whelan is a Principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson. Ms. Whelan co-chairs the firm’s Post-Grant Practice Group. She was the first woman to serve on the firm’s Management Committee, and also served on the firm’s Compensation Committee.
Ms. Whelan’s practice emphasizes post-grant proceedings, client counseling, strategic patent portfolio design and management, due diligence investigations, and freedom-to-operate studies, particularly in the chemical and materials science areas. She has extensive experience in post-grant proceedings, having provided the strategic direction for numerous post-grant matters involving both challenging and defending patents. When the patents are also the subject of co-pending litigation, Ms. Whelan works closely with the firm’s litigation team to design and implement an integrated strategy.
Ms. Whelan develops creative, cost-effective solutions for her clients, which range from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Representative technologies include batteries, fuel cells, medical devices and materials, adhesives, optical films, polymer processing, pharmaceuticals, and filtration devices.
Ms. Whelan writes and speaks extensively on topics related to post-grant proceedings and is the co-host of Fish’s Post-Grant for Practitioners webinar series, as well as being a frequent speaker and panelist at industry and legal seminars. In previous years, Ms. Whelan spoke regularly at Fish’s Challenging Patent Validity in the USPTO webinar series. Ms. Whelan is also a frequent contributor to the firm’s dedicated post-grant website, www.fishpostgrant.com.
August 15, 2019
Fish & Richardson Attorneys Receive Five “Lawyer of the Year” Awards from The Best Lawyers in America® 2020
June 20, 2019
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
May 8th, 2019 | 1:00 pm EDT
Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar - SAS and Oil States: One Year Later
October 8, 2019
Fish & Richardson Attorney's Dorothy Whelan and Kim Leung Honored in the 2019 Top 50 Women in PTAB Trials by The PTAB Bar Association
October 2, 2019
Fish & Richardson Receives Top Firm Rankings from LMG Life Sciences in Four Practice Areas
November 14th, 2019
PTAB Bar Association Thought Leader Summit
May 22, 2019
Fish & Richardson Announces 32 Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
May 21, 2019
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Band 1” National Rankings for Intellectual Property and ITC Practices in Chambers USA 2019
January 10th, 2018 | 1:00 pm EST
Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar: 2017 Post-Grant Year in Review
January 11th, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Webinar | Post-Grant for Practitioners: 2016 Year in Review
December 4th, 2014
Thomson Reuters/Daily Journal 2014 Patent Disputes Forum
October 23rd, 2014 | 8:00 am EDT
Boston Breakfast Series- Post-Grant Patent Challenges: What Bio-Pharma Practitioners Need to Know