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Background

Susan Morrison is the Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Delaware office. She is a patent trial lawyer and litigator with more than fifteen years of experience, and has tried cases in venues around the United States, including the District of Delaware, the Eastern District of Texas, and the International Trade Commission. Susan has extensive experience in Hatch-Waxman and life sciences litigation, representing branded pharmaceutical and agricultural chemistry clients on technologies ranging from topical ophthalmic medications for treating glaucoma to a blockbuster treatment for Hepatitis C to pesticides and herbicides for controlling unwanted vegetation. She also has significant experience in medical device litigation, representing companies regarding technologies ranging from stents to control abdominal aortic aneurysms to CPAP devices.

Subsequent to the enactment of the America Invents Act, Susan has broadened her practice to include post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR). She has successfully worked to obtain decisions denying institution on patents for her pharmaceutical clients, both in competitor vs. competitor cases and in challenges brought by hedge funds.

In addition to her practice, Susan is actively involved in her community. She sits on the Board of Directors for Westside Family Healthcare, an nonprofit community health center that provides healthcare to more than 25,000 patients in Northern Delaware and the surrounding area. She is also actively involved in the Federal Bar Association for the District of Delaware, and previously served as a co-coordinator for the Federal Trial Practice Seminar, a one of its kind trial practice program sponsored by the District Court and the FBA, which provides trial practice training to lawyers with less than ten years of experience.

Prior to joining the firm, Susan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Kent A. Jordan for two years, first on the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and then at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked in an immunology and microbiology lab, designing experiments and performing original scientific research in the area of T cell immunology.

Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law 2005
J.D.
Staff Member, Temple Law Review
summa cum laude


Haverford College 2001
Cell Biology, B.S.
with high honors

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2005
  • Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Clerkships

United States District Court for the District of Delaware, The Honorable Kent A. Jordan, 2005 - 2006

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, The Honorable Kent A. Jordan, 2007

Other Distinctions

Accolades

Named a “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America for Patent Law (2021).

Named in Law360, “Law360′s Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs” (February 20, 2020).

Named to Best Lawyers Litigation – Intellectual Property and Litigation – Patent (2018-2021).

Named to IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals list (2016-2020).

Selected to join the 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 by Delaware Business Times

Selected to join the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 by the Philadelphia Business Journal

Selected as one of the 2017 “Women Worth Watching in STEM” by Profiles in Diversity Journal

Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2013, 2014, and 2015).

Select Publications

Ms. Morrison is a contributing author to Fish’s IP Law Essentials.

I’m Ready to Sue for Patent Infringement—But First, Do I Have the Right Plaintiffs?,” co-authored with Jeremy Saks, Fish IP Law Essentials Blog (May 26, 2020).

Who Do I Sue and When Do I Pierce the Corporate Veil? When Corporate Officers Can Also Be Personally Liable for Patent Infringement,” co-authored with Jeremy Saks, Fish IP Law Essentials Blog (April 22, 2020).

Personal jurisdiction in ANDA cases after Daimler – Has the analysis changed?Fish Litigation Blog (June 23, 2014).

Patent Lawyer and Scientist Inspiring Women in STEM” Profiles in Diversity Journal (2017)

Presentations

“Remote Advocacy in the Age of Social Distancing,” Panelist, Webinar (April 1, 2020)

“Hot Topics in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Litigation,” Moderator, ChIP’s Global Summit (October 18, 2017 – Washington D.C.)

“After TC Heartland: Venue Considerations for Practitioners,” Panelist, Midwest IP Institute (September 29, 2017 – Minneapolis)

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August 12, 2020
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Litigation Practice; National Rankings in the Plaintiff Firm and Prosecution Firm Categories
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February 18, 2020
Fish & Richardson Wins Over $31 Million for Wasica and BlueArc in Long-Running Patent Dispute
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Whom Do I Sue and When Do I Pierce the Corporate Veil? When Corporate Officers Can Also Be Personally Liable for Patent Infringement
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March 31, 2020
Fish Attorneys Author Law360 Article, "Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19"
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September 6, 2019
Fish & Richardson Principal Susan Morrison Named 2019 “40 Under 40” Honoree by Delaware Business Times
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June 20, 2019
Fish & Richardson Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
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June 14, 2018
Fish Receives Top “Gold” Ranking from IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation Practice
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October 23, 2017
Susan Morrison Quoted in Law360 Article, “Delaware Keeps Pace With Crush Of Patent Suits, For Now”
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September 28th, 2017 | 9:00 am CDT
​2017 Midwest IP Institute: Important New Developments and Practical IP Education
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