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Background

Geoff Biegler is a Principal in Fish’s Southern California office with an expansive litigation practice that spans all areas of intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation.  Leveraging his background in biology and chemistry, Mr. Biegler has a particular focus on pharmaceutical and life sciences litigation.  He has extensive experience litigating both Hatch-Waxman cases and competitor pharmaceutical and biotechnology cases for products including SOVALDI®, HARVONI®, and EPCLUSA® (Gilead), YESCARTA® (Kite), XELODA® (Genentech/Roche), AMRIX® (Cephalon), BRCA1/BRCA2 genetic testing (Myriad Genetics), and CRISPR-Cas9 technology.

Mr. Biegler has successfully managed and tried matters through all phases of litigation in a variety of forums, spanning from the District of Delaware to the Southern District of California, including the U.S. International Trade Commission. Mr. Biegler also has experience in Patent Office proceedings, both in the US and in Europe, including EPO Opposition Proceedings and US Patent Office Post Grant proceedings.  He is also experienced in handling mediations and arbitrations for clients.  In addition to his experience in U.S. jurisdictions, Mr. Biegler also has significant experience managing and harmonizing patent disputes that include fronts on multiple, international jurisdictions.

In the courtroom, Mr. Biegler has conducted witness examinations at trial and argued a variety of dispositive and non-dispositive motions, including Markman hearings and preliminary injunctions. Mr. Biegler has also handled pre-suit investigations, managed complex discovery, defended and taken numerous fact and expert depositions, drafted appellate briefs and assisted his clients in managing post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.

Mr. Biegler teaches life sciences trial and patent practice courses and speaks on patent litigation topics around the country.  As a result of his teaching and litigation experience, he is very knowledgeable regarding the generic regulatory framework and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act.

Mr. Biegler is also dedicated to pro bono work, including domestic violence and homeless rights.  Mr. Biegler has worked with the Western Center on Law and Poverty to overhaul San Diego County’s General Relief program for homeless adults and partnered with Disability Rights-California and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty to challenge San Diego’s nighttime parking and vehicle habitation ordinances on behalf of a class of homeless RV owners. He is also a member of several local organizations, including the J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court.

Education

J.D., University of Minnesota Law School 2006
magna cum laude


B.S., University of Wisconsin, La Crosse 2000
Biology and Chemistry


Admissions

  • Minnesota 2006
  • California 2013
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

​Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.

Other Distinctions

Publications

Mayo at Five: Are Traditional Method of Treatment Claims in Danger Under Section 101?,” co-authored with Megan Chacon and Dalia Kothari, Fish Litigation Blog (October 9, 2017).

Mayo at Five: Eligibility of Diagnostic Method Claims,” co-authored with Megan Chacon and Dalia Kothari, Fish Litigation Blog (September 6, 2017).

Life Sciences Patent Eligibility “101”: Mayo at Five, co-authored with Megan Chacon and Dalia Kothari.

Presentations

Lecturer, Patent Resources Group Advanced Patent Law Course, “Hatch-Waxman and Biosimilars: A Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA (Biosimilars) Immersion Course,” April 18-20, 2018.

Speaker at PatCon 8: The Annual Patent Conference, “Venue in Hatch-Waxman Cases,” March 2, 2018.

 

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