Gwendolyn Tawresey is a partner in Troutman Pepper’s Boston office, specializing in patent litigation, including before the International Trade Commission. Gwendolyn 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.
Just like utility patents, design patents can be found obvious under 35 U.S.C. § 103 by combining prior art references. But the test for obviousness for design patents differs from the more familiar standards for utility patents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently reaffirmed this distinction, but the issue is far from resolved. A long line of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) actions between LKQ and GM Global Technologies escalated to the Federal Circuit, where LKQ submitted an argument seeking to fundamentally change the obviousness analysis for design patents.
The International Trade Commission (ITC) is a popular venue for pursuing claims of patent infringement. Its fast procedural schedules and stringent remedies, including blocking infringing products at the United States border, make it attractive to patent holders. Attorneys who practice at the ITC often specialize in that forum. The primary objective of this article is to explore how the percentage of women ITC practitioners compares to that of men in 2022, as well as to examine the difference in experience levels with respect to women ITC practitioners and male ITC practitioners.
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.