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Background

Lauren A. Degnan is Managing Principal of the Washington, D.C., office of Fish & Richardson. Ms. Degnan 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, federal district courts, the United States International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  Drawing on this experience, she develops coordinated and sophisticated strategies across district court, ITC, and PTAB proceedings to secure speedy favorable outcomes for her clients.  Ms. Degnan is also an appellate and briefing specialist, with an impressive record of summary judgment and appellate wins. Her experience includes utility patent, design patent, registered trademark, trade dress, trade secret, and breach of contract cases, ex parte, inter partes, and covered business method reviews, and commercial litigation involving antitrust issues and breaches of fiduciary duties. 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, lithium-ion batteries, 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

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


Cornell University 1992
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Amicus Committee;
Vice Chair, PTAB Bar Association, Committee on Appeals from the PTAB;
Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Amicus Committee;
Steering Committee Member, Women in IP Network (WIN) DC Chapter;
Federal Circuit Historical Society Board Member;
Member, International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association;
Member, Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

Other Distinctions

Awards
Recognized in “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by IAM Patent 1000 (2017, 2018, 2019)
Federal Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono Leadership Award (2012),  Pro Bono Advocacy Award (2011)
Washington, DC, Super Lawyer (2013–2020)
Women Worth Watching in STEM, Profiles in Diversity Journal (2017)

Selected Publications and Presentations

Quoted, “Women Lawyers Find Arguing Patent Appeals ‘Strange and Lonely,’” Bloomberg Law (May 27, 2020)
“Federal Circuit & Supreme Court 2019 Yearly Review” co-speaker, Fish Litigation Webinar (October 3, 2019)
Quoted, “Fed. Circ. Walks Back ITC Trademark Preclusion Ruling,” Law360 (August 14, 2019)
Quoted, “Fed. Circ. Created A ‘Big Mess’ With ITC Preclusion Ruling,” Law360 (May 28, 2019)
“Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Yearly Review” co-speaker, Fish Litigation Webinar (October 4, 2018)
Q&A with Lauren Degnan: Women Worth Watching
Quoted, “Crossing Swords Over Assignor Estoppel,” Corporate Counsel (April 2018)
“Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Yearly Review” co-speaker, Fish Litigation Webinar (September 21, 2017)
“Life in the Fast Lane: IP Litigation at the ITC,” co-speaker, Georgia Association of Corporate Counsel Meeting (July 11, 2017 – Atlanta)
“Reviewability of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Decision to Institute Post-Grant Proceedings,” panelist, American University Washington College of Law (March 24, 2016)
“Damages Point/Counterpoint,” moderator, 8th Annual Conference, The Role of the Courts in Patent Law & Policy, hosted by Berkeley Law and Georgetown Law (December 2, 2016)

Experience

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“Crucially, Fish can back up its trial victories at the Federal Circuit thanks to appellate specialist, Lauren Degnan.”
Client testimonial, Chambers and Partners 2019

Q&A with Lauren Degnan

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