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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

TWO FREEDOM SQUARE, 11955 FREEDOM DRIVE, RESTON, VA 20190-5675, USA
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Work +1 571 203 2700
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Fax +1 202 408 4400
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Erika Harmon Arner

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Work Department

Intellectual Property

Career

Erika Arner, former leader of Finnegan's patent office practice, focuses on patent office trials, patent prosecution management, client counseling, and litigation, with an emphasis on electronic technology, computer software, and the Internet. Ms. Arner has represented patent owners and petitioners in over 100 post-grant review (PGR) and inter partes review (IPR) trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), serving as lead counsel in over 50. She has also argued and won appeals from PTAB trials to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, many of which involve issues of first impression in this emerging area of patent law.

Member

• Intellectual Property Owners Association (vice chair, U.S. Post-Grant Patent Office Practice, 2016; vice chair, Patent Office Practice Committee, 2012-2014; vice chair, Software and Business Method Patents Committee, 2009-2011) • American Bar Association (patents editor, Landslide® magazine, 2012-2014; lead patents editor, Annual Review of Intellectual Property Developments, 2010-2012) • Virginia State Bar (Intellectual Property Section Board of Governors, 2013-2015) • American Intellectual Property Law Association (Amicus Brief Committee, 2014-2015; Professional Programs Committee 2014-2015)

Education

Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1999; College of William and Mary, B.S., Computer Science, 1993


United States: Intellectual property

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

Within: Leading lawyers

Erika Harmon Arner - 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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