Fish's Post-Grant Practice Co-Chairs Named as Intellectual Property Trailblazers by The National Law Journal


November 13, 2014

Karl Renner, and Dorothy Whelan, co-chairs of Fish & Richardson’s Post-Grant Practice, have been named to The National Law Journal's (NLJ) second annual list of 50 "Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers." According to the NLJ, this list provides "a snapshot of success and extraordinary leadership in an area critical to innovation throughout the world." Renner, and Whelan are among a select group of attorneys who are "raising the bar" through innovations that have helped to change the way intellectual property (IP) law is practiced and the way IP is protected and managed.

As the leaders of the busiest USPTO post-grant proceedings practice in the field, Renner and Whelan, co-chairs of Fish & Richardson's Post-Grant Practice Group, are helping to shape an important new field of IP practice. With the combined experience of over 200 post-grant matters, Renner and Whelan set the standard for how post-grant proceedings could be leveraged to advance companies' businesses, and complement patent litigation strategies. Renner is a member of Fish's Management Committee. Whelan was the first woman to serve on Fish's Management Committee.

Fish Principal Michael McKeon was also singled out for being one of a handful of top U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) attorneys at the forefront of shaping the legal landscape for intellectual property disputes. He has been litigating at the ITC since the mid-90s and has worked on over 40 Section 337 ITC cases, with billions of dollars in commerce at risk. McKeon is also an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School where he co-teaches, with ITC Judge Theodore R. Essex, the first law school class in the country dedicated to Section 337 cases. He is a member of Fish's Management Committee.

For more information on this alert, contact us, or to hear directly from the co-chairs of Fish Post-Grant Practice, attend or replay a webinar from our Post-Grant for Practitioners Series.