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About Deanna

Deanna J. Reichel is a principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson P.C. She is a member of the firm’s pharmaceutical litigation group and has extensive experience in Hatch-Waxman and other life sciences cases, from the due diligence phase through trial.  Deanna has worked on matters involving a wide variety of pharmaceutical compounds, formulations, and treatment methods for conditions such as glaucoma, hair loss, angina, and hepatitis C virus.  She has been involved in the trials of these cases in many different venues across the U.S., including in the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, the District of New Jersey, and the Northern District of California.

Deanna is also an active member of the firm’s appellate group and has worked on numerous Federal Circuit appeals, as well as appeals to the Supreme Court, and regularly leads the briefing on these appeals.

Deanna also serves as the firm’s recruiting principal for the Twin Cities office and works in that role to advance the firm’s diversity and inclusion programs and efforts.

Prior to joining the firm, Deanna served as a law clerk for the Honorable Raymond Clevenger III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2002-2003).

Selected Publications

Section 101: Cert. Denied…Now What?,” Co-author, Fish Litigation Blog (April 2, 2020).

Selected Presentations

Speaker, “Section 101 Review: Life Sciences & Biotech,” 2021 Bench & Bar® Conference, Federal Circuit Bar Association (June 24, 2021).

Presenter, “Section 101: Cert. Denied…Now What?,” Fish Litigation Webinar (February 20, 2020).

Athena Diagnostics, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services (D. Mass.): Represented Mayo in Federal Circuit and Supreme Court in patent case related to detection of autoimmune disorder in patients. After district court granted Section 12(b)(6) dismissal under § 101; result upheld by Federal Circuit in high-profile appeal, and certiorari denied by Supreme Court.

Gilead Sciences v.  Merck & Co, Inc. et al. (N.D. Cal.): Trial and appellate counsel for Gilead in action over Gilead’s revolutionary Hepatitis C drugs, Harvoni and Sovaldi. Fish won a unanimous Federal Circuit opinion that affirmed its June 2016 post-trial wipe-out of a $200 million jury verdict. Read about this historic win here and here.

Trial and appellate counsel for plaintiff in Hatch-Waxman action over ANDAs for glaucoma drug. Patents found infringed and not invalid, and injunction entered against generic entry in 2014. Affirmed by Federal Circuit on appeal.

Prometheus Laboratories v. Mayo Collaborative Services (S.D. Cal.): Appellate counsel for defendants in patent infringement action over metabolite assays for thiopurine drugs.  After Federal Circuit reversed a summary judgment of invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 101, Supreme Court unanimously reversed, finding that claims did not recite patent-eligible subject matter and were invalid under § 101.  Opinion at 566 U.S. 66 (2012).

Roche Palo Alto, et al v. Lupin, Ltd., et al (D.N.J.): Trial counsel for plaintiffs in Hatch-Waxman action over defendants’ ANDA for angina drug RANEXA®.  After three-week bench trial in May 2013, case settled with Lupin agreeing to forestall entry until three months before patent expiry.

Trial and appellate counsel for leading pharmaceutical company in multi-district litigation regarding defendants’ ANDAs for glaucoma drugs. Injunction entered against generic entry in October 2009 and affirmed by Federal Circuit on appeal.

Named “Attorney of the Year” group award winner by Minnesota Lawyer in 2020.

Named a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation in 2020.

Named to “Top 250 Women in Litigation” list by Benchmark Litigation in 2018 and 2019.

Focus Areas
Education

J.D. with highest distinction, Order of the Coif , University of Iowa College of Law (2002) Note & Comment Editor, Journal of Corporation Law


B.S. summa cum laude, Chemistry, University of St. Thomas (1999)

Admissions
  • Minnesota 2003
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger III, 2002 - 2003

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June 23rd, 2021 | 2:45 pm EDT
Federal Circuit Bar Association’s 2021 Bench & Bar® Conference
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January 7, 2021
Fish & Richardson Receives 2020 “Attorney of the Year” Group Award from Minnesota Lawyer
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April 2, 2020
Section 101: Cert. Denied … Now What?
Authors: Jonathan E. Singer, Betsy Flanagan, Deanna J. Reichel
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April 16th, 2020 | 4:00 pm CDT
Patents on Tap | Patent Eligibility at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know
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February 20th, 2020 | 1:00 pm EST
Webinar | Section 101: Cert. Denied...Now What?
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August 20, 2019
Fish & Richardson Principals Juanita Brooks, Betsy Flanagan and Deanna Reichel Named to 2019 “Top 250 Women in Litigation” List
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September 26th, 2019
2019 Midwest IP Institute - MIPLA
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January 10, 2019
Fish & Richardson Obtains Denial of Cert at U.S. Supreme Court for Gilead Sciences in Long-Running Patent Battle with Merck Over Hepatitis C Drugs
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August 6, 2018
Fish & Richardson Principals Juanita Brooks, Betsy Flanagan and Deanna Reichel Named to 2018 “Top 250 Women in Litigation” List
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May 3, 2018
American Lawyer: The Women Warriors Behind Gilead’s Huge Federal Circuit Win
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April 25, 2018
Fish & Richardson Wins Federal Circuit Affirmance of Reversal of $200 Million Damages Against Gilead After Merck’s “Unclean Hands”
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March 15th, 2018 | 4:00 pm EDT
Patents on Tap | Do IPR Proceedings Violate the Constitution?
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