Mr Justin J Oliver > Venable LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Venable LLP
United States
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Work Department

Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution • PTO Contested Proceedings • Licensing and Transactions • Litigation • Due Diligence • Consumer Goods • Electronics, Computers & Software • Medical Devices • SemiConductor Technologies • Telecommunications & Networks.




Justin J. Oliver’s practice focuses on patent matters including prosecution, inter partes proceedings at the Patent and Trademark Office, reexaminations, reissues, licensing, opinions, and mergers and acquisitions. Some of the technologies he has worked with include medical devices, software applications, electronics, pharmaceuticals, semiconductor technologies, optics, image processing and reproduction devices, manufacturing systems, light emitting diodes, navigation systems and various household goods. Mr. Oliver performs IP due diligence reviews in connection with the mergers and acquisitions. He also advises clients on licensing matters and other agreements.


American Bar Association; Virginia Bar Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association.


J.D., magna cum laude, American University’s Washington College of Law, 1997 B.S., Neuroscience, Trinity College of Hartford, Connecticut, 1994.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Venable LLP acquired New York IP boutique Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto and now has particular strength in the electronics and life science sectors, with an especially busy practice for branded pharmaceutical companies. Michael Sandonato, who chairs the ITC litigation practice with Edmund Haughey, obtained a precedential PTAB decision for long-standing client Canon regarding five ultimately denied follow-on IPRs that General Plastic Industrial had filed. Nicholas Kallas successfully defended two Novartis patents covering the use of the drug Afinitor against invalidity claims brought forward by West-Ward Pharmaceuticals in the district court of Delaware. Washington DC’s Justin Oliver directs the PTAB practice, while Justin Pierce, also in Washington DC, chairs the intellectual property department with New York’s Dominick CondeScott Reed and Washington DC-based Megan Woodworth jointly head the intellectual property litigation practice. Christopher Borello in New York is also noted. Charlotte Jacobsen joined Ropes & Gray LLP before the merger, and Tamany Vinson Bentz joined DLA Piper LLP (US). Additional clients include biopharmaceutical player Alkermes, Sanofi and Allergan.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

Venable LLP merged with Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto in autumn 2018, combining Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto’s strength in patent prosecution with the acquiring firm’s wider geographical footprint and service offering. Instructions often come from life sciences clients, but the team is also adept at advising on electronics and technology patents. The group is primarily known for its PTAB practice, directed by Justin Oliver in the Washington DC office. For Canon, the group recently secured a precedential PTAB decision regarding follow-on IPR petitions, defeating petitioner General Plastic Industrial. Counsel Benjamin Pelletier joined the San Francisco office from Arnold & Porter. Former patent chair Michael Sartori joined Baker Botts L.L.P.. Steven Schwarz joined Johnson & Johnson as senior patent counsel.