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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

901 NEW YORK AVENUE, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20001-4413, USA
Tel:
Work +1 202 408 4000
Web:
www.finnegan.com

Mark D. Sweet

Tel:
Work +1 202 408 4162
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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Work Department

Intellectual Property

Position

Managing Partner

Career

Mark Sweet, managing partner of Finnegan, focuses his practice on portfolio analysis; due diligence investigations; interference proceedings; reissue and reexamination proceedings; preparing patentability, validity, and infringement opinions; and client counseling. Mr. Sweet's technical expertise is diverse and includes working with technologies involving pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, polymers, industrial coatings and films, and clean energy and renewable resources such as photovoltaics, fuel cells, renewable feedstocks, hydrogen-based fuel, and bioplastics.

Education

Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1998; College of William and Mary, B.S., Chemistry, 1988


United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage

Within: Patent litigation: full coverage

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s ‘top-tier’ group provides ‘an excellent level of service and business-oriented advice, and has strong knowledge of IP topics’. Reston-based Charles Lipsey successfully represented Forest Laboratories in Hatch-Waxman litigation against generics manufacturer Mylan concerning the Savella fibromyalgia treatment; all asserted patents were found to be valid and infringed. In Palo Alto, Erik Puknys and Lily Lim represented ABBYY and Lexmark International in a case brought by Nuance Communications, obtaining a unanimous defense verdict in US district court and a successful affirmation at the Federal Circuit. Washington DC's Michael Jakes handles technology and medical devices-related cases; he recently acted for PPC Broadband in two related appeals to a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision which adversely affected the client’s coaxial cable connector patents, and represented Philips Electronics in three cases against ZOLL Medical concerning various medical device technologies. Also in Washington DC are firm chair James Monroe, managing partner Mark Sweet and litigation head Gerald Ivey.

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)

Within: Leading lawyers

Mark Sweet - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Within: Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP has in-depth expertise and experience in patent office examinations, from prosecution, reexamination and reissue proceedings, to appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where the group is highly recommended for representing petitioners and patent owners from a broad range of industries. The prosecution team files US and foreign patent applications for utility, design and plant inventions, and its patent office trials practice handles inter partes reviews (IPRs), post-grant proceedings and covered business method (CBM) reviews. The ‘phenomenal team’ includes the highly recommended Reston-based Erika Harmon Arner, who was appointed president of the PTAB Bar Association; Washington DC-based Charles Van Horn, who is ‘a luminary in his field’; chemical and biotech specialist Adriana Burgy, also based in Washington DC, who ‘provides exceptional thinking in terms of navigating patent prosecution in light of competing technology’; Atlanta’s Virginia Carron, who has ‘exceptional legal and practical business sense’; and, also in Atlanta, PTAB trial practice head Jason Stach, who represents clients before the PTAB and in Federal Circuit appeals stemming from reexaminations and court actions. Managing partner Mark Sweet (Washington DC) counts NanoFlex Power Corporation as his client, which he assists with its worldwide patent portfolio related to organic photovoltaic devices. Sweet and Reston-based Christopher Isaac are acting for Caterpillar in prosecuting several hundred utility and design patent applications in the US and elsewhere, assisting with opinions involving issues of patent validity and infringement, and handling IPR proceedings.

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