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McDermott Will & Emery LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20001-1531
United States
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Intellectual Property


Partner Nicole M. Jantzi is the leader of McDermott’s Global Intellectual Property Practice. A highly skilled litigator and registered patent attorney, Nicole offers clients comprehensive advice and service for their IP disputes. Nicole brings to bear focused insights based on her wide-ranging experience in every significant patent jurisdiction, including the District of Delaware, the Northern and Southern Districts of California, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of Texas, the International Trade Commission, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). With a degree in electrical engineering, Nicole frequently serves as lead counsel on matters relating to electronics and consumer products, computers, semiconductors, telematics, software, internet-based technology and telecommunications.

Nicole was among the first attorneys to recognize the need for skilled IP litigators to handle inter partes and covered business method review proceedings, filing three petitions for covered business method review on the first day those proceedings became available. That effort, along with seven additional petitions, resulted in the invalidation of all claims of five patents, with the results affirmed by the Federal Circuit.

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United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

The Silicon Valley-based McDermott Will & Emery LLP IP practice acts for clients across a range of industries including the technology, life sciences, manufacturing, financial services and entertainment sectors. The firm has experience in trade secret protection work, unfair competition issues, confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, preventing misuse or improper disclosure of former employers’ trade secrets, regulatory compliance work and defending against economic espionage. Judy Mohr, Nicole Jantzi and counsel Daniel Alberti are active in the area.

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

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, William Gaede in Silicon Valley took over the lead of the practice from the Washington DC-based Nicole Jantzi in July 2020. The group is primarily active in the technology, healthcare, food and beverage, automotive and consumer products sectors as well as in life sciences. The arrival of several new team members gave the practice a boost across different areas: in February 2020 pharmaceutical, software, medical device, ballistics and chemistry expert April Weisbruch, formerly at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP joined in Washington DC, March 2020 saw the arrival of former Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP practitioners Jeffrey Toney and counsels Ralph Gaskins and Jackie Toney in Atlanta, all three experts in pharmaceutical litigation, followed in September 2020 by the arrival of Shane Nichols from Alston & Bird LLP, a specialist in petroleum technology and medical devices with a degree in electrical engineering. With its federal court, appellate, PTAB and ITC practice and offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Orange County in addition to the already mentioned hubs in Washington DC and Silicon Valley, clients can rely on the practice as a one-stop-shop in US patent litigation. The firm’s international capabilities and particularly IP colleagues in France and Germany are another asset. Margaret Duncan retired in December 2019. Nicole Clouse joined Biogen in an in-house role in May 2020.