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Martina Tyreus Hufnal

Principal

Wilmington, DE
302-778-8471
hufnal@fr.com
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Background

Martina Tyreus Hufnal is a Principal in the Delaware office of Fish & Richardson. Her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and covers a wide range of technologies. Ms. Hufnal has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical field, including Hatch Waxman litigation.  Ms. Hufnal has also tried chemical and software cases. Ms. Hufnal’s experience covers all aspects of pre-litigation diligence and litigation, including case assessment, electronic document collection and production, managing teams handling fact and expert discovery, settlement strategy, and trial work. She offers a diverse perspective to clients on litigation impact on business as well as implications of post grant proceedings. Clients describe her as “outstanding lead counsel” who is “known for her prowess in post-grant proceedings and great in Hatch-Waxman actions.” Ms. Hufnal is also head of Fish’s Next Gen initiative, in which the firm strives to give a voice to junior lawyers, and ensure proper training for Fish’s associates. In addition to district court litigation, Ms. Hufnal works on post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review.  Ms. Hufnal speaks on panels and at conferences on preparing for, and managing, litigation.  While Ms. Hufnal focuses her practice in the United States District Courts and has appeared in United States District Courts across the country, she has also practiced before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Hufnal clerked for the Honorable Judge Sue L. Robinson in the United States District Court of Delaware for a year and practiced intellectual property litigation in Delaware for four years.

Education

J.D., Washington University School of Law 2005
Executive Notes Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly
Dean's List; Scholar in Law; Honor Scholar Award


B.S.C.E., University of Delaware 2002
Chemical Engineering
Alumni Award for Excellence

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2006
  • Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Languages

  • English
  • Swedish

Clerkships

United States District Court for the District of Delaware, The Honorable Sue L. Robinson, 2005 - 2006

Memberships & Affiliations

​Member: American Bar Association; Intellectual Property Owners Association; American Institute of Chemical Engineers; Delaware State Bar Association; American Intellectual Property Association; Federal Bar Association, Executive Board Co-Chair Federal Civil Panel Section (2011-2013); Federal Bar Association, Executive Board Co-Chair Intellectual Property Section (2013-2014)

Other Distinctions

Accolades

Named to Best Lawyers Litigation – Intellectual Property (2018)

Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2014)

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated (2014)

Recognized by IAM Patent 1000 as one of the World’s Leading Patent Professionals (2017)

Speaking Engagements

Pharma & Biotech Patents: A Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA Immersion Court – Litigation (PRG Course 2016, 2017)

2016 Fish Life Sciences IP Summit: Panel Session: Strategic Patent Prosecution (November 2016)

Trade Secret Protection and the Defend Trade Secrets Act: What’s New, What’s Different?” Fish Litigation Webinar (March 30, 2016)

2015 C5 Conference: Stream A – Biotech Patenting and Biotech Litigation (October 2015 )

2015 Women in Litigation Conference: Litigation and arbitration in different jurisdictions (September 2015)

2015 C5 Conference: IPR – A New Tool in U.S. Litigation (March 2015)

2015 Fish on Tap: IPRs – Coming to a Patent Near You

2014 C5 Conference: BioPharma Patents at the PTAB and the Implications on U.S. Litigation

 

Publications

“H.R. 2391: Protecting Universities in Collaborative Research,” 82 Wash. U.L.Q. 557 (2004).

Co-Editor: F. Scott Kieff, Perspectives on Properties of the Human Genome Project, published by Academic Press, December 2003.

Co-Author: Jack Hicks & M. Tyreus, “Patent Reform 2007: Important Changes are Coming for U.S. Patent Law,” Furniture Executive, American Home Furnishings Alliance (November 2, 2007).

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