Tamany Vinson Bentz > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Los Angeles (Century City), United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
2000 AVENUE OF THE STARS
SUITE 400 NORTH TOWER
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067-4704
United States

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology; Trademark and Copyright

Position

Partner

Career

Tamany Vinson Bentz focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, trade secrets, trademarks and copyright litigation. As a former federal law clerk, Tamany has particular experience in federal litigation. As a litigator she has appeared before various jurisdictions around the country, including federal district courts in California, New Jersey, New York and Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the International Trade Commission and has on numerous occasions represented clients in the District of Delaware. She also dedicates a substantial amount of her time to pro bono activities.

Education

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School; M.B.E., University of Pennsylvania; B.S., Arizona State University

Lawyer Rankings

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

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s patent litigation team is ‘an amazing group of exceptionally talented and hardworking lawyers.‘ The ‘great, dedicated and responsive‘ team has experience across the gamut of patent litigation, including matters in the district courts and the Federal Circuit, the PTAB and the ITC. Following the merger with Liner LLP on the West Coast in autumn 2017, the practice further bolstered its life sciences offering on the East Coast with the arrival of Michael Dougherty and Tony Pezzano in New York, both of whom joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP. Technology-related instructions remain a core focus for the group, with a major recent highlight including practice head Mark Fowler successfully defending Toshiba against Intellectual Ventures, averting infringement claims for ten patents covering semiconductor memory chips and consumer electronics. Clients also include Samsung Electronics, Nike and BASF. Other names to note are ‘outstanding strategist‘ John Guaragna in Austin, the ‘awesome‘ Steven Park in Atlanta, San Diego quartet Sean CunninghamErin GibsonRichard Mulloy and Stan PanikowskiStuart Pollack in New York, Carrie Williamson in Silicon Valley, Boston’s Larissa Bifano and Michael Strapp, and Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell in Chicago. Clayton Thompson and Jake Zolotorev joined in Silicon Valley from Feinberg Day LLP and Tamany Vinson Bentz joined the Los Angeles office from Venable LLP. Additionally, Eric Hagen arrived from McDermott Will & Emery LLPPatrick Park, also in Los Angeles, was promoted to of counsel, while former of counsel Vincent Crowley joined TiVo and John Garvey joined Noria Therapeutics. Lawrence McClure and Gerald Sekimura retired. Todd Paterson also left the firm.

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.