Dorothy Whelan is a Senior Principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson P.C. and co-chair of the firm's Post-Grant Practice Group. Under her co-leadership, Fish's post-grant practice grew to become the most active at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and was the first to appear in at least 1,000 proceedings. She was one of the earliest attorneys to appear before the PTAB at the birth of the practice in 2012 and has been among its most prolific and successful practitioners ever since, having been involved in numerous landmark post-grant matters.
Dorothy's practice focuses primarily on post-grant proceedings at the PTAB, where she represents clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies on both the petitioner and patent owner sides. She has broad technical expertise in the life sciences and chemicals industries, including the technological fields of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and materials, polymer processing, batteries, and fuel cells. Her practice also encompasses patent counseling, due diligence, and patent portfolio management for both budding entrepreneurs and established companies. When the patents at issue are the subject of co-pending litigation, Dorothy works closely with Fish's litigation team to design and implement holistic strategies for success.
When clients come to Dorothy, she works with them to ensure that she understands their business objectives on a fundamental level and how their post-grant matter fits into the big picture. She develops strategies designed to help her clients meet their objectives by using post-grant matters to get them where they need to go. Clients trust her business-savvy approach and know that she will advise them on the overall best course of action for them, even if that means foregoing a post-grant matter.
Dorothy writes and speaks extensively on topics related to post-grant proceedings and is a recognized national thought leader in the field. She is a regular speaker at Fish's Post-Grant for Practitioners webinar series and a prolific contributor to the wider body of post-grant scholarship. By staying plugged in to the latest developments in post-grant jurisprudence, she keeps her clients one step ahead of the frequent changes in post-grant practice.
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