Dorothy P. Whelan is a Senior 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 hundreds of 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.
February 5, 2020
Fish & Richardson Releases 2019 Post-Grant Report
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
March 10th, 2020
2020 PTAB Bar Association Annual Conference
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
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
March 14, 2019
Scott Boalick Appointed Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
September 27, 2018
Fish & Richardson Announces 13 Principals Named 2018 “Life Sciences Stars” by LMG Life Sciences
September 13, 2018
Fish & Richardson Named 2018 General Patent Litigation Firm of the Year and Intellectual Property Firm of the Year by LMG Life Sciences
August 15, 2018
47 Fish Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 List