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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
RESTON, VA 20190-5675
United States
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Charles Lipsey focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, particularly patent infringement litigation. He has handled cases covering a diverse spectrum of mechanical, chemical, and electrical technologies, with an emphasis on cases involving biotechnology and pharmaceutical chemistry. Since joining Finnegan in 1978, Mr. Lipsey has amassed a wealth of experience in patent infringement litigation, patent arbitration proceedings, and patent interferences.


  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association


George Washington University, National Law Center
LL.M., Patent and Trademark Regulation Law, with highest honors, 1981
George Washington University Law School
J.D., high honors, 1977
Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1972

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IP boutique Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP fields a particularly active practice in the pharmaceuticals sector. Examples include the long-standing representation of multinational Biogen in contentious matters, such as the recently filed series of infringement suits against 26 generics companies seeking to market generic versions of blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera®; this marks the largest-ever set of Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) cases ever filed for a single drug. In addition to the pharmaceuticals sector, the group offers wide-ranging sector expertise. For PPC Broadband, the practice secured a Federal Circuit victory against Corning Optical Communications after a district court win affirming willful patent infringement of a patent covering coaxial cable connector technology, obtaining $61m in damages. The group also successfully appealed three inter partes review (IPR) decisions for Nestlé in Federal Circuit litigation against Steuben Foods regarding patents on food packaging. Managing partner Mark Sweet, chair James Monroe and the new head of the litigation practice Frank DeCosta, all based in Washington DC, and appellate head Erik Puknys in Palo Alto are key practitioners. Reston’s Charles Lipsey is also noted. Aliza Carrano and Jason RomrellCecilia Sanabria and Yanbin Xu in Washington DC, Daniel Cooley and Shana Cyr in Reston, and Jacob Schroeder in Palo Alto joined the partnership. Christine Lehman joined Reichman Jorgensen LLP. Other clients include medical device manufacturer Zimmer Holdings, construction equipment giant Caterpillar and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.