Gwen Tawresey, partner at Troutman Pepper, helps clients protect their intellectual property. She represents both patent owners seeking to protect their return on investment and companies defending their products against patent infringement claims.
Gwendolyn’s unique combination of a technical degree and trial experience makes her an effective advocate. She has ample experience before the International Trade Commission (ITC), U.S. district courts, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Gwendolyn has a track record of success, including securing exclusion orders from the ITC, obtaining injunctions in district court, defending against multimillion-dollar damages claims, and changing inventorship and ownership of inventions stolen by others.
As a law student, Gwendolyn interned for the chief judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, giving her inside knowledge of Federal Circuit practice. She has continued to build on that knowledge through representation of clients and active monitoring of Federal Circuit case law development.
Autonomous vehicles are paving the way as the next big innovation in personal transportation. With new technology, first comes the excitement of breakthroughs in any industry. Then comes the patent litigation arguments over who owns the technology and who can profit off the patents related to the technology. We are seeing this pattern again and perhaps the beginning of the self-driving cars patent wars. Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the patentability of all challenged claims in a patent held by Velodyne LiDAR, Inc., one of just a handful of companies that makes LiDAR (light detection and ranging) systems for self-driving cars.