Jennifer Swize is an experienced appellate advocate, with particular focus on patent appeals before the Federal Circuit. Jennifer has argued Federal Circuit appeals and led and coauthored briefs. Her experience includes appeals from district court jury trials, Hatch-Waxman cases, and summary judgment, as well as appeals from Patent Office proceedings. She also has a wide of variety of experience in products and patented technologies, including software and satellite technologies and pharmaceuticals. Her practice also includes Supreme Court patent cases.
Jennifer leverages her patent experience at the trial level. She regularly represents parties in district court litigation, handling dispositive and other critical motions before, during, and after trial, and she also advises on Patent Office proceedings. Recently, Jennifer was a member of the team that achieved the record-breaking patent infringement verdict for Idenix Pharmaceuticals (a Merck & Co., Inc. subsidiary). After a two-week trial, the Delaware jury ordered Gilead Sciences to pay Idenix $2.54 billion for Gilead's sales of its infringing hepatitis C medicines, the largest infringement verdict in U.S. history.
Jennifer maintains an active pro bono practice. She led the team recognized by the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) for handling a complex child custody case, and she now serves on DV LEAP's board of directors. She also successfully argued a Fourth Circuit appeal that resulted in groundbreaking asylum law. Jennifer is involved in Firm recruiting and mentoring efforts, including serving on the Washington Office's Recruiting Committee.
U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari for Two Cases Having Important Consequences for Patent and Copyright Litigation
Federal Circuit's Unanimous En Banc Decision Focuses on "Attribution to a Single Entity" to Establish Divided-Infringement Liability
2010 Patent Law Decisions of the Federal Circuit: The Advent of "The Rader Court," 60 Am. U. L. Rev. 845
Transracial Adoption and the Unblinkable Difference: Racial Dissimilarity Serving the Interests of Adopted Children, 88 Va. L. Rev. 1079 (2002)
- August 4, 2011
Global Patent Trends in Life Sciences
- June 24, 2011
Stanford v. Roche and the Implications of the Decision
- University of Virginia (J.D. 2002; Order of the Coif; James C. Slaughter Honor Award to an outstanding graduating student; Roger and Madeleine Traynor Prize for writing); University of Notre Dame (B.A. in History with high honors 1993; Phi Beta Kappa)
- Maryland and District of Columbia
- Law Clerk: to the Honorable José A. Cabranes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2003-2004) and to the Honorable Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (2002-2003)