Brendan McLaughlin is an associate in the intellectual property litigation group. Brendan specializes primarily in patent litigation, and he represents clients that develop technologies across a broad range of fields, from semiconductor devices to genetic testing kits. Brendan has worked on litigation matters in federal district court, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the International Trade Commission.
During law school, Brendan interned as a law clerk for the International Trade Commission’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations. Brendan also interned as a law clerk for the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where he focused on patent and antitrust issues. Before joining Ropes & Gray, Brendan drafted and prosecuted patent applications at a boutique intellectual property law firm.
- Certain Networking Devices, Computers, and Components thereof and Systems Containing the Same, 337-TA-1298 (ITC): Successfully defended NetApp, Inc. against claims of infringement involving networking systems.
- Certain Electronic Devices, Including Streaming Players, Televisions, Set Top Boxes, Remote Controllers, and Components Thereof, 337-TA-1200 (ITC, CAFC): Defending Roku, Inc. against claims of infringement in a six-patent case involving remote control programming technology.
- WFR IP LLC v. GN Audio USA Inc. (D. Del.): Defending GN Audio USA Inc. against claims of infringement in a two-patent case involving headphone technology.
- GODO Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and GODO Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v. Nokia Corporation (E.D. Tex.): Representing GODO Kaisha IP Bridge 1 in two patent cases involving cellular technology.
- GN Audio A/S v. Snik LLC (N.D. Cal.): Represented GN Audio A/S in a declaratory judgment action involving six patents directed to headphone technology, and reached a successful settlement.
- Express Mobile v. SAP SE (N.D. Cal., PTAB): Representing SAP in a multi-patent suit brought by Express Mobile relating to database, user interface, and website generation technology.
- Natera, Inc. v. Genosity (D. Del.): Represented Genosity in a patent litigation case brought by Natera relating to genetic testing kits.
- Natera, Inc. v. ArcherDX, Inc. (D. Del.): Represented ArcherDX in patent infringement cases filed by Natera relating to methods of amplifying and sequencing cell-free DNA.
- A Global Leader in Medical Technology, Services, and Solutions (N.D. Cal.): Represented a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions in a trade secret, contract, and copyright case involving technologies for flow cytometers.
- Gayle v. Villamarin (S.D.N.Y.): Successfully defended a pro bono client against claims of copyright and trademark infringement.
- Roku, Inc. v. Universal Electronics Inc. (PTAB): Representing petitioner Roku, Inc. in multiple inter partes reviews.
- Supercell OY v. Gree, Inc. (PTAB): Successfully defended Gree, Inc. from a post-grant review petition challenging a patent on §§ 101, 102, 103, and 112 grounds.
- A Global Leader in Medical Technology, Services, and Solutions (PTAB, CAFC): Representing a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions in multiple IPRs relating to trans-catheter replacement heart valves.
- Represented a global pharmaceutical company in a pre-litigation investigation concerning multiple biologics patents under the BPCIA.
- Ropes & Gray LLP, D2021-0011 (UDRP): On behalf of the firm, secured a transfer of a domain name confusingly similar to Ropes & Gray’s trademark from cybersquatters.
- Co-author, “ITC Section 337 Investigations: 2022 Highlights and Horizon Issues,” Practical Law Intellectual Property & Technology (January 16, 2023)
- Co-author, “Potential Benefits of Adding Attorney Fee-Shifting at the ITC,” Law360 (September 12, 2022)
- Co-author, “A new era at the PTAB? Director Vidal issues new guidance on discretionary denials of institution,” Westlaw Today (July 22, 2022)
- Co-author, “Is Work From Home a U.S. Venue Work-Around? ” Kluwer Patent Blog (January 11, 2022)
- Co-author, “Patent Eligibility Is Becoming Increasingly Relevant At ITC,” Law360 (November 29, 2021)
- Co-author, “ITC Already Has Authority Offered By Trade Secret Misuse Bill,” Law360 (July 13, 2021)
- Profiled, “The ABCs of the ITC,” Law.com Skilled In the Art (May 21, 2021)
- Co-author, “Bill Curtailing NPE Suits At ITC Could Restructure Licensing,” Law360 (September 16, 2020)
- Co-author, “What if Gov’t Allows Patent Infringement for COVID-19 Drugs?” Law360 (April 1, 2020)
- Co-author, “ITC May Be Straying From Traditional Exclusion Order Test,” Law360 (December 17, 2019)
- Author, “Are ITC Cease and Desist Orders Overstepping Statutory Constraints?,” 42 337 Reporter 44 (2018)
- Contributor, 337 Reporter Monthly Round-Up (2020 – Present)
- JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2019
- BS (Biology), Syracuse University, 2014
Admissions / Qualifications
- District of Columbia, 2020
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Agent, 2017
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2022
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2021