Sheila Swaroop > Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP > Irvine, United States > Lawyer Profile

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
IRVINE, CA 92614
United States
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For nearly two decades, Sheila Swaroop has served as a passionate advocate and formidable litigator representing businesses of all sizes, ranging from small, fast-growing companies to major, established brands and market leaders. Her industry experience and technological know-how is extensive, and includes life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical and dental devices, and consumer goods. A registered patent attorney, Sheila advises on pre-litigation strategy and enforcement, as well as the litigation of disputes through trial and appeal in district court, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Regardless of the size or complexity of the dispute, Sheila’s dedication to devising the right approach to problem-solving, either on attack or defense, has resulted in a favorable track record of success both in and out of court. Sheila understands how the court system works as both a litigator and having previously worked for a judge. She is personally committed to “the win,” and feels a sense of ownership in achieving the right result for her clients.

Tenacious and responsive, Sheila makes a point of knowing the facts and details of every claim in order to create an advantage for her clients. Because she has served as both plaintiff’s and defendant’s counsel, Sheila offers a holistic point of view when identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a case and then presenting the most effective argument. Because her client’s business objectives ultimately drive the litigation strategy, Sheila is reasonable, and her approach to advocacy and negotiation supports the settlement process if and when appropriate.

Sheila’s litigation skills are demonstrated by her tangible experience before the International Trade Commission (ITC). When representing the patent owner, Sheila was able to block an infringing competitor’s products from entering the U.S. for her client, one of the world’s largest dental implant manufacturers. On defense, Sheila helped to obtain dismissal of an ITC case prior to trial on behalf of a medical device client. Sheila’s ability to manage complex litigation issues on an expedited time frame are supported by her first-hand knowledge of the unique rules, regulations and procedural aspects of the ITC.

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United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

The patent litigation team at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP represents clients in litigation related to life sciences, spanning biotech, medical devices, and pharma, and electrical, semiconductor, and computer technology litigation, with a number of attorneys in the team with computer science or electrical engineering related degrees. Hatch-Waxman litigation is  a particular specialty of the firm, often advising the largest and most successful generic pharmaceutical companies including Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Masimo Corporation, and Edwards Lifesciences. Based in Irvine, Sheila Swaroop and Michael Friedland co-head the team, with experience spanning a wide range of industries. Based in Seattle, Carol Pitzel Cruz is another key figure in the team, highly skilled at representing generics in ANDA litigations under the Hatch-Waxman Act.