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Background

Lauren A. Degnan is a Principal in the Washington, DC office of Fish & Richardson. She is a seasoned trial-court and appellate lawyer with extensive experience handling high-stakes, high-risk intellectual property disputes, where hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. She has served as lead counsel in complex patent infringement cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and numerous federal district courts. She has also led a variety of matters before the United States International Trade Commission, including utility patent, design patent, registered trademark, trade dress, and trade secret cases. Her experience includes post-grant procedures, including inter partes and covered business method reviews, and corporate litigation concerning breaches of fiduciary duties, trade secrets, and antitrust issues. Ms. Degnan is also an appellate and briefing specialist, with an impressive record of summary judgment and appellate wins. With a broad base of legal, technical, and business knowledge, Ms. Degnan is a trusted legal advisor whose clients value her ability to craft creative and effective solutions to their challenging legal problems.

Ms. Degnan specializes in high technology litigation and has litigated cases involving computer software, networks, and peripherals, microprocessors, telecommunications equipment, medical devices, smartphones, LCDs and plasma displays, security and encryption technologies, GPS devices, flash memory, internet applications, business methods, document imaging and storage systems, and various mechanical inventions. Before joining Fish, she served as a judicial clerk to then Chief Judge Haldane Robert Mayer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1997-1999).​

Education

J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School 1995
Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
Order of the Coif


B.S., Cornell University 1992
Mechanical Engineering

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1997
  • District of Columbia 1996
  • Massachusetts 1996
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Clerkships

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Haldane Robert Mayer, 1997 - 1999

Memberships & Affiliations

Vice Chair, PTAB Bar Association, Committee on Appeals from the PTAB
Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Amicus Committee;
Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Amicus Committee;
Washington DC Advisory Board Member, Women in Law Empowerment Forum;
Member, International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association.

Other Distinctions

Awards
Recognized in “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by IAM Patent 1000 (2017, 2018)
Federal Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono Leadership Award (2012)
Washington, DC, Super Lawyer (2013, 2014, 2015)
Women Worth Watching in STEM, Profiles in Diversity Journal (2017)

Selected Publications and Presentations
Q&A with Lauren Degnan: Women Worth Watching
Quoted, “Crossing Swords Over Assignor Estoppel,” Corporate Counsel (April 2018).

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