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Deborah Sterling, Ph.D.

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Deborah Sterling, Ph.D.

Director

 

Dr. Sterling is a Director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group. Her practice is focused in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, where she is involved in all areas of patent procurement, exploitation and enforcement. Dr. Sterling’s experience includes representing clients in over 70 inter partes review and covered business method proceedings, and in multiple patent interferences and reexaminations. Dr. Sterling’s practice also includes counseling clients on intellectual property strategy, including evaluating patent portfolios, e.g., for invalidity, non-infringement, freedom-to-operate and due diligence analyses, and she has assisted clients in devising design-around strategies for issued patents. She has also been involved in multiple pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent litigations, including those brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Dr. Sterling's intellectual property experience has been principally in technical areas such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, analytical instruments, agrochemicals and clean technology. She has been recognized by Corporate LiveWire and was named Biotechnology Lawyer of the Year, Washington, D.C. for her work.

Dr. Sterling is a contributing author of Patent Office Litigation, Second Edition, published in 2017, and the two-volume set Patent Office Litigation, published in 2012 by Thomson Reuters Westlaw. The first edition focuses on the new contested proceedings under the America Invents Act, while the second edition provides a fresh and comprehensive exploration of these proceedings. Both books examine how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, and deliver practical analysis and advice. She is also a contributing author on the “Patentability Challenges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office” chapter in the Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook, 4th ed. published by the ABA in 2015. 

Dr. Sterling is the Chairperson of the firm's Professional Development Committee. She is also an adjunct professor for patent law at George Mason School of Law, where she lectures on Patent Office Litigation.

District Court

Carestream Health, Inc. v. Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. – W.D.Wis. – (favorable settlement for our client Caliper)

Caliper Life Sciences, Inc., et al. v. Carestream Health, Inc. – N.D.Cal. – (favorable settlement for our client Caliper)

Jazz Pharmaceuticals v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals – D.N.J. – (ANDA case: Xyrem)

Reckitt Benckiser LLC, et al v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC – D. NJ. (ANDA case: Delsym)

International Trade Commission:

In re Lithium Silicate Materials and Products Containing the Same, ITC Investigation No 337-TA-911

Arbitration

Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. v. Fluidigm Corporation (arbitration)

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

15-1317: Appeal by Patent Owner of PTAB Final Written Decision in Inter Partes Review cancelling all claims; We represented Petitioner in the IPR; PTAB Decision affirmed

15-1824: Appeal by Patent Owner of PTAB Final Written Decision in Inter Partes Reexamination cancelling all claims; We represented Requester in the reexam; PTAB Decision affirmed

Post-Grant Proceedings

Petitioner:

IPR2016-01831: The Kingsford Products Company, LLC v. Creative Spark LLC
IPR2016-01608: BioEQ IP AG v. Genentech, Inc.
IPR2016-01582: Wockhardt Bio AG v. Janssen Oncology, Inc.
IPR2016-00678: IntelGenX Corp. v ICOS Corp.
IPR2016-00370: Wockhardt Bio AG. v. Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
IPR2015-01560: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
IPR2015-01558: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. RainDance Technologies, Inc.
IPR2015-01163: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
IPR2015-01162: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
IPR2015-01158: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
IPR2015-01157: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
IPR2015-01156: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
IPR2015-00547: Amneal Pharms. LLC, Par Pharms., Inc. v. Jazz Pharms., Inc.
IPR2015-00546: Amneal Pharms. LLC, Par Pharms., Inc. v. Jazz Pharms., Inc.
IPR2015-00545: Amneal Pharms. LLC, Par Pharms., Inc. v. Jazz Pharms., Inc.
IPR2015-00154: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Univ. Utah Research Found.
IPR2015-00152: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Univ. Utah Research Found.
IPR2014-01316: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Univ. Utah Research Found.
IPR2014-01315: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
IPR2014-01314: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
IPR2014-01313: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
IPR2014-01312: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
IPR2014-01311: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Univ. Utah Research Found.
IPR2014-01310: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
IPR2014-01301: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
IPR2014-01299: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
IPR2014-01298: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
IPR2014-01296: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
IPR2014-00876: Apotex Corp. v. VIIV Healthcare UK Limited
IPR2014-00581: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
IPR2014-00402: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
IPR2014-00250: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
IPR2014-00144: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
IPR2014-00143: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
IPR2014-00142: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
IPR2013-00539: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
IPR2013-00215: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
IPR2013-00214: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.

CBM2014-00150: Amneal Pharms. LLC, et al. v. Jazz Pharms., Inc.
CBM2014-00149: Amneal Pharms. LLC, et al. v. Jazz Pharms., Inc.

Patent Owner:

IPR2017-00066: Reckitt Benckiser LLC v. Ansell Healthcare Products LLC
IPR2017-00063: Reckitt Benckiser LLC v. Ansell Healthcare Products LLC
IPR2016-01893: Kaz USA, Inc. v. Brita LP
IPR2016-01530: Forty Seven Inc. v. Stichting Sanquin Bloedvoorziening
IPR2016-01529: Forty Seven Inc. v. Stichting Sanquin Bloedvoorziening
IPR2016-00441: Aerospace Comms. Holdings Co., Ltd. v. IDQ Operating, Inc.
IPR2016-00442: Aerospace Comms. Holdings Co., Ltd. v. IDQ Operating, Inc.
IPR2012-00022: Ariosa Diagnostics v. Isis Innovation Limited.

  • Representative Matters

      District Court

      Carestream Health, Inc. v. Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. – W.D.Wis. – (favorable settlement for our client Caliper)

      Caliper Life Sciences, Inc., et al. v. Carestream Health, Inc. – N.D.Cal. – (favorable settlement for our client Caliper)

      Jazz Pharmaceuticals v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals – D.N.J. – (ANDA case: Xyrem)

      Reckitt Benckiser LLC, et al v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC – D. NJ. (ANDA case: Delsym)

      International Trade Commission:

      In re Lithium Silicate Materials and Products Containing the Same, ITC Investigation No 337-TA-911

      Arbitration

      Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. v. Fluidigm Corporation (arbitration)

      Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

      15-1317: Appeal by Patent Owner of PTAB Final Written Decision in Inter Partes Review cancelling all claims; We represented Petitioner in the IPR; PTAB Decision affirmed

      15-1824: Appeal by Patent Owner of PTAB Final Written Decision in Inter Partes Reexamination cancelling all claims; We represented Requester in the reexam; PTAB Decision affirmed

      Post-Grant Proceedings

      Petitioner:

      IPR2016-01831: The Kingsford Products Company, LLC v. Creative Spark LLC
      IPR2016-01608: BioEQ IP AG v. Genentech, Inc.
      IPR2016-01582: Wockhardt Bio AG v. Janssen Oncology, Inc.
      IPR2016-00678: IntelGenX Corp. v ICOS Corp.
      IPR2016-00370: Wockhardt Bio AG. v. Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
      IPR2015-01560: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
      IPR2015-01558: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. RainDance Technologies, Inc.
      IPR2015-01163: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
      IPR2015-01162: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
      IPR2015-01158: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
      IPR2015-01157: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
      IPR2015-01156: 10X Genomics, Inc. v. The University of Chicago
      IPR2015-00547: Amneal Pharms. LLC, Par Pharms., Inc. v. Jazz Pharms., Inc.
      IPR2015-00546: Amneal Pharms. LLC, Par Pharms., Inc. v. Jazz Pharms., Inc.
      IPR2015-00545: Amneal Pharms. LLC, Par Pharms., Inc. v. Jazz Pharms., Inc.
      IPR2015-00154: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Univ. Utah Research Found.
      IPR2015-00152: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Univ. Utah Research Found.
      IPR2014-01316: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Univ. Utah Research Found.
      IPR2014-01315: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
      IPR2014-01314: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
      IPR2014-01313: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
      IPR2014-01312: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
      IPR2014-01311: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Univ. Utah Research Found.
      IPR2014-01310: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
      IPR2014-01301: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
      IPR2014-01299: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
      IPR2014-01298: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
      IPR2014-01296: BioReference Labs., Inc.; GeneDx, Inc. v. Myriad Genetics
      IPR2014-00876: Apotex Corp. v. VIIV Healthcare UK Limited
      IPR2014-00581: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
      IPR2014-00402: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
      IPR2014-00250: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
      IPR2014-00144: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
      IPR2014-00143: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
      IPR2014-00142: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
      IPR2013-00539: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
      IPR2013-00215: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.
      IPR2013-00214: Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC v. Gevo Inc.

      CBM2014-00150: Amneal Pharms. LLC, et al. v. Jazz Pharms., Inc.
      CBM2014-00149: Amneal Pharms. LLC, et al. v. Jazz Pharms., Inc.

      Patent Owner:

      IPR2017-00066: Reckitt Benckiser LLC v. Ansell Healthcare Products LLC
      IPR2017-00063: Reckitt Benckiser LLC v. Ansell Healthcare Products LLC
      IPR2016-01893: Kaz USA, Inc. v. Brita LP
      IPR2016-01530: Forty Seven Inc. v. Stichting Sanquin Bloedvoorziening
      IPR2016-01529: Forty Seven Inc. v. Stichting Sanquin Bloedvoorziening
      IPR2016-00441: Aerospace Comms. Holdings Co., Ltd. v. IDQ Operating, Inc.
      IPR2016-00442: Aerospace Comms. Holdings Co., Ltd. v. IDQ Operating, Inc.
      IPR2012-00022: Ariosa Diagnostics v. Isis Innovation Limited.

  • Admissions
      • New York

      • District of Columbia

      • United States Patent and Trademark Office

      • United States Supreme Court

      • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

      • United States District Court for the District of Columbia

  • Education
    • J.D., George Mason University

    • Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Physiology, University of Alberta

    • B.S., Biochemistry, Heriot-Watt University first class honours

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