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Gwendolyn Tawresey

Partner

Troutman Pepper

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.

Recent Articles by Gwendolyn Tawresey

Women at the ITC in 2023: What This Year’s Data Show

For the second year in a row, we pulled and analyzed data on the number of women who appeared in International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations. This year’s data confirms what we saw last year: that women are underrepresented at the ITC. While research shows women make up about 50% of the population, 50% of associates, and 39% of the profession generally, they only made up 27% of the ITC advocates in both 2022 and 2023. The difference in years of experience between male and female advocates is even starker, with men having on average nearly 7 more years of experience than women. This year’s statistics are examined in detail below and compared to what we found in our article published last year.

The Federal Circuit Could Make the ITC a More Appealing Forum

In a pending case, the Federal Circuit is primed to provide much-needed clarity on the economic prong of the domestic industry requirement at the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). In ruling, the court will likely resolve a long-running dispute between individual commissioners regarding how to apply the so-called “mere importer” test when determining whether the domestic industry requirement is met. If the complainant, Lashify, prevails, it could make the ITC a more appealing forum for patent infringement suits involving entities that have under-utilized the ITC, including inventors, universities, and start-ups. The case at issue is Lashify, Inc. v. ITC, No. 23-1245.

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