Irene Hwang is an associate who focuses her practice on patent litigation. Irene has litigated on behalf of defendants and plaintiffs in federal District Court and the U.S. International Trade Commission, working on all phases of the case from pre-suit diligence through trial and post-trial.

Irene’s experience includes strategizing and developing invalidity, validity, non-infringement, and infringement positions; developing claim construction positions, writing Markman briefs and arguing at Markman hearings; taking and defending depositions; collaborating with experts on technical reports and preparing experts for deposition and trial; writing summary judgment briefs and motions to strike; and drafting post-trial motions. Irene has also written appellate briefs for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Irene’s experience extends across a broad range of technologies, including solar cell, lithium-ion battery, semiconductor, medical technology, software, and consumer goods.

Outside of her patent practice, she devotes her time to immigration- and human rights-related legal advocacy, and has worked with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services and Physicians for Human Rights. Irene has spent years working with an educational center in rural Mexico and regularly visits, which has allowed her to pick up fluent Spanish.

Pro bono activities

  • Irene has a robust pro bono practice in the asylum law field, representing asylum seekers in immigration court as well as in appeals at the Board of Immigration Appeals.