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 well over 100 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.
September 27, 2018
Fish & Richardson Announces 13 Principals Named 2018 “Life Sciences Stars” by LMG Life Sciences
November 12th, 2018
The Center for American and International Law (CAIL) 56th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law
November 3rd, 2018 | 8:30 am EDT
2018 PTAB Bar Association's Thought Leader Summit
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
July 26, 2018
Fish & Richardson, WilmerHale Secure Total Victory for Gilead Sciences in IPR Trials
June 14, 2018
Fish Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
May 21, 2018
Fish & Richardson Announces 39 Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
May 18, 2018
Three Principals Named 2018 Global “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property
February 8, 2018
Dorothy Whelan Quoted in Law360 Article, “Biologic Fights Drive PTAB Drug Challenges To Record High”
January 19, 2018
Fish & Richardson Named #1 PTAB Law Firm in the U.S. for 2017 by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
December 13, 2017
Fish & Richardson Principals Juanita Brooks and Dorothy Whelan Named “2017 MVPs of the Year” by Law360