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Gerald F. Ivey

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

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Intellectual Property


Leader, Litigation Section


Gerald Ivey has extensive experience in the areas of civil litigation and trial advocacy. He concentrates his practice primarily on jury trial patent cases involving Internet, computer software and hardware issues, biotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical products. Mr. Ivey has acted as lead trial counsel in jury cases involving computer software; optical character recognition technology; parental controls; wind and jet engine turbines; cases for biomechanical devices including cardiovascular stents; and pharmaceutical products, such as glaucoma, arthritis, and autoimmune medications. He has tried more than 65 cases to juries in federal and state courts and currently serves as leader of the firm's litigation section.


  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (Board of Directors for the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts Committee)


  • University of Virginia School of Law
    J.D., 1982
  • University of Virginia
    B.A., with distinction, 1979

United States: Intellectual property

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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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