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About Laura

Laura Powell is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Fish & Richardson P.C. She was previously a summer associate with the firm in the San Diego office. She focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent litigation. Laura has handled trials involving electronics and life sciences before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. She is also experienced in pre-trial and appellate matters, including preparing for and taking depositions and drafting appellate briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Laura has extensive experience with the federal judicial bench, including serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Evan J. Wallach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 2018 to 2020, a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Gregory M. Sleet of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware from 2017 to 2018, and as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Joe B. Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. She is well-versed in a wide range of technologies such as 3D and 4D-printing, renewable fuels, clean energy, biotechnology, computer science, electrical grids and nuclear energy, and bioethics, among others. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, including the Georgetown Environmental Law Review and the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law.

While in law school, Laura served as the editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law and was awarded the 2017 American Law Institute CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award. Outside of her practice, Laura is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court.

Laura actively participates in pro bono activities. Her pro bono work encompasses a wide range of legal advocacy, including representing artists, obtaining copyrights, and advising indigenous groups on their rights. She is also a co-chair of the Indigenous Lands Subcommittee of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance’s Environmental Justice Working Group.

Publications

ITC Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2022,” Fish Litigation Blog (May 9, 2022)

Author, “The Honorable Jean Galloway Bissell: A Biography,” J. OF THE FED. CIR. HISTORICAL SOC. (2019).

Author, “Effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard in Sparking Innovation in the Cellulosic Biofuels Industry,” 30 GEO. ENVTL. L. REV. 257 (2018).

Author, “The Patentability of Digital ‘Manufactures’ as 3D-Printing Expands Into the 4D World,” 19 VAND.J. ENT. & TECH. L. 177 (2016).

Author, “Recapping JETLaw’s 2017 Symposium! Disruptive Technologies: The Transformation of Intellectual Property & Enterprise on the Horizon, JETLAW.ORG (Feb. 6, 2017).

Author, “Will Patent Litigation Still be Big in Texas? The Supreme Court Hears Arguments for TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands,” JETLAW.ORG (Mar. 28, 2017).

Co-Author, “Smoking Endgame Strategies in the United States,” Georgia Tech Task Force 2012-13.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “SAG-AFTRA Contracts in a Right to Work State: How to Produce a Film Using Union Actors,” Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, July 2015.

Co-Speaker, “Smoking Endgame Strategies in the United States”, Center for Disease Control, August 2013.

Co-Speaker, “Smoking Endgame Strategies in the United States”, Georgia Tech, April 2013.

Focus Areas
Education

J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School (2017) Editor in Chief, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Deans Award: 2017 American Law Institute-CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award Recipient


Juris Master, Emory University (2014) Emory University-Georgia Tech Juris Master Scholarship


B.S. with high honors, Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology (2013) Division I Athlete; Study Abroad, Gloucester College, University of Oxford


Professional Certificate in Clean Energy, Imperial College London (2020)

Admissions
  • District of Columbia 2018
  • Georgia 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Evan J. Wallach, 2018 - 2020

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet, 2017 - 2018

Memberships & Affiliations

Giles S. Rich Inn of Court

Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA)

Native American Bar Association of DC

Law Firm Antiracism Alliance; Co-Chair, Indigenous Lands Subcommittee

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