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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

STANFORD RESEARCH PARK, 3300 HILLVIEW AVENUE, PALO ALTO, CA 94304-1203, USA
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Atlanta, Boston, London, Palo Alto, Reston, Seoul and 4 more

Erik R. Puknys

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Work Department

Intellectual Property

Position

Leader, Appellate Section

Career

Erik Puknys leads the firm’s appellate section. His career in intellectual property began more than 25 years ago, when he joined the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office as a patent examiner. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in district courts around the United States, in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has worked for startups and Fortune 100 companies in a wide variety of technical fields, including software, telecommunications, computer hardware, semiconductors, medical diagnostics, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.

Member

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association (co-chair, Patent Litigation Committee, 2011; and chair, Federal Circuit Bar Association Model Jury Instructions Project, 2011)

Education

George Mason University School of Law
J.D., with high honors, 1997
Vanderbilt University
M.S., Materials Science, 1991
Vanderbilt University
B.E., Mechanical and Materials Engineering, 1989


United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage

Within: Patent litigation: full coverage

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team of IP giant Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP impresses with its wide sectorial breadth and deep bench. The team is especially active in the pharmaceutical, electronics and technology sectors, and has extensive experience in combined district court litigation and IPR matters. Managing partner Mark Sweet, chair James Monroe and head of litigation Christine Lehman are based in Washington DC while appellate department head Erik Puknys sits in Palo Alto. Atlanta’s Virginia Carron and Washington DC’s Jeffrey Tottenare meticulous with follow-ups and follow-throughs’. Reston’s Charles Lipsey and Washington DC’s Justin Hasford are also noted. Among the many notable recent matters was the representation of Aqua Products and Fluidra Group in a Federal Circuit Appeal from an IPR regarding an automated pool-cleaning patent, securing a new precedent governing the burden of patentability in IPR proceedings. Equally impressive was the litigation work for Biogen in which thirty suits were filed against twenty-six sets of defendants seeking to obtain approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the marketing of generic versions of blockbuster drug Tecfidera®. Other clients include AbbVie, LG Electronics and Sony.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Within: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s attorneys handle matters ranging from state and federal court litigation and investigations to strategic reviews of data protection and non-disclosure agreements. Eric Fues led a team representing Flexsys America and Solutia in a trade secrets misappropriation claim against Process Engineering Associates; the case settled. Other highlights included defending Hytera against trade secret misappropriation claims filed by Motorola. John Williamson is another name to note. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC, although the group also includes Erik Puknys, who is based in Palo Alto.

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