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Betsy M. Flanagan

Fish & Richardson P. C., Principal

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Betsy is the Office Managing Principal of the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson P.C. She is an experienced IP trial lawyer who represents some of the world's largest pharmaceutical and biotech companies in patent trials and appeals in federal court, inter partes and post-grant reviews before the Patent Trial and Review Board (PTAB), and Section 337 proceedings at the International Trade Commission (ITC). Among notable engagements, she has represented Gilead Sciences in actions involving its revolutionary Hepatitis C drugs Harvoni and Sovaldi; served on the legal team for Coherus BioSciences, which successfully invalidated three patents in the AbbVie blockbuster drug Humira® patent family; successfully defended a major diagnostic clinic against infringement claims by winning a high-profile ineligibility case; and successfully defeated institution of post-grant review for client Exela Pharma Sciences during co-pending Hatch-Waxman litigation. Betsy focuses her practice on complex patent litigation, including Hatch-Waxman cases, with an emphasis on the life sciences, biotechnology, and the pharmaceutical industry. Drawing on her degree in chemistry and her experience as a scientist at Merck, Betsy brings deep and broad technical acumen to cases requiring knowledge of small molecules, new chemicals, biologics, formulations, antibodies, fusion proteins, and other compounds that form the basis of her clients' products. Known for her record of success in complex, multijurisdictional life sciences cases, Betsy also is recognized for her strategic thinking, novel legal arguments, impressive written advocacy, and ability to collaborate with and lead teams of outside and in-house counsel. She works closely with subject-matter experts to develop and communicate an effective case in clear terms that resonate with judges and juries. Betsy advises clients in and handles all phases of litigation, including pre-filing due diligence, fact and expert discovery strategy, depositions, hearings, and settlement negotiations. She has led numerous briefings and arguments for claim construction and summary judgment, and routinely handles post-trial issues, including judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) motions. In addition to serving as lead and team counsel in bench and jury trials at the district court level, Betsy has also played significant roles in a number of Federal Circuit appeals. At the firm, Betsy serves as a mentor for early career attorneys, with a particular focus on advising women and individuals from diverse backgrounds who have traditionally been underrepresented in IP law. Among other activities, she led the summer associate program at Fish's Delaware office for several years and mentored a University of Minnesota law student as part of Fish's 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. As chairperson of Fish's Twin Cities EMPOWER women's initiative, Betsy helped launch programs that increased opportunities for female attorneys. She also maintains an active pro bono practice. On behalf of Immigration Equality, the nation's leading LGBTQ+ immigrant rights organization, she has represented individuals who face persecution and fear for their lives if they are forced to return to their home countries.

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