Jennifer Swize is an experienced appellate advocate, with a particular focus on patent appeals before the Federal Circuit. Jennifer regularly leads, briefs, and argues appeals before the Federal Circuit. Her experience includes a wide variety of patent-specific issues and doctrines, as well as administrative law and other interdisciplinary areas. She has handled appeals arising from jury trials, Hatch-Waxman bench trials, summary judgment, and Patent Office proceedings including IPRs (inter partes reviews) and PGRs (post-grant reviews), with a breadth of experience in claim construction, infringement, validity, and other liability and remedy issues, and for various industries, products, and patented technologies, including electronics, automotive, and pharmaceuticals. Jennifer's practice also includes Supreme Court patent cases.
Jennifer leverages her patent and appellate experience at courts and agencies of first instance. In district court litigation, she is regularly embedded on teams for strategy and to handle dispositive and other critical motions and issues before, during, and after trial.
Jennifer is actively involved in Firm recruiting and mentoring and serves on the Women in IP Committee and the Washington Office Recruiting Committee. She also sits on the board of directors for the nonprofit organization Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) and has represented domestic violence survivors on appeal. Her active pro bono practice also includes immigration appeals, including successfully arguing a Fourth Circuit appeal that resulted in groundbreaking asylum law.
Cutting Through the Redline: What Companies Need to Know About Proposed Amendments for Federal Circuit Arguments
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)
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