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Julie Giardina


Womble Bond Dickinson

Julie Giardina is an Associate with Womble Bond Dickinson, where she focuses her practice on guiding clients through intellectual property litigation matters, including complex patent, trademark, and copyright disputes.

During law school, Julie worked full-time honing her legal skills as a paralegal for the IP litigation team. Julie drafted discovery, pleadings, and motions, prepared for depositions, and conducted legal research on a range of IP litigation matters.  She also played a key role in two jury trials involving patent and trademark infringement, assisting the team in achieving two full defense verdicts.

Julie’s unwavering commitment to her craft carries over to her commitment to clients as she supports them every step of the way through the litigation process.

Recent Articles by Julie Giardina

PTAB Developments in 2023: A Mid-Year Recap and What’s to Come

A little over halfway through 2023, and nearing the end of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’s) fiscal year, we can take stock of an administrative body that is settling into a decade of precedent while big changes still loom. Unlike prior years, where policy changes resulted in statistical swings for institution rates, outcomes, amendment practice, and the like, this year has been more of an extension of previous trends (though institution rates are still creeping higher).

Using Trade Secret and Patent Protection in Tandem for Comprehensive IP Coverage

Your company (or your client) creates an innovative idea that is going to blow the market away. While still safeguarding your invention as a trade secret, you file a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and get the product ready for launch. After product development, a key designer leaves the company for a competitor. Not long after you issue a press release on your innovative product, that competitor launches a copycat product. Do you have to wait for the patent to (hopefully) issue prior to filing suit against the competitor? Or can you take immediate action on trade secret misappropriation grounds? Ultimately, it depends on where you file suit.