Monica Ortel joined Ropes & Gray's intellectual property litigation group in 2017. During law school, Monica gained patent prosecution experience by interning at a patent prosecution firm and drafting a patent for a pro bono client through UCLA School of Law’s Patent Clinic. Prior to law school, Monica spent two summers interning at a medical device company where she developed and tested laparoscopic surgical instruments. While earning her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, her coursework involved a broad range of topics including polymeric drug delivery systems, digital signal processing, modeling of biomedical systems, medical device design, Java, and MATLAB.
Monica has worked with companies in a wide range of industries, including medical devices, computer software, wireless systems, lighting systems, telecommunications systems, and pharmaceuticals. While her practice mainly involves patent litigation, she also has experience with false advertising and trade secret litigation. Monica has worked on litigation in federal district court, the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. She has also been involved in several Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings.
Monica has an extensive pro bono practice and has drafted several amicus briefs for nonprofit organizations—including some briefs filed before the Supreme Court. Monica has also been involved in pro bono domestic violence proceedings and immigration work.
- Ropes & Gray LLP (UDRP) – On behalf of the firm, obtained domain names confusingly similar to Ropes & Gray’s trademark from cybersquatters.
- In the Matter of Certain Wireless Mesh Networking Products (ITC) – Represented Emerson Electric Co. in an International Trade Commission investigation involving wireless mesh network technologies.
- A Major Medical Devices Company – Conducted infringement analysis for competitors’ products and, additionally, negotiated with a non-practicing entity threatening to file a patent infringement lawsuit against our client.
- A Major Pharmaceutical Company (D.N.J.) – Represented a major pharmaceutical company in Lanham Act false advertising litigation regarding a competitor’s misleading representations about insurance coverage of our client’s products.
- Emerson Electric Co. v. SIPCO, LLC (PTAB) – Represented Emerson Electric Co. in multiple IPR proceedings involving wireless mesh network technologies.
- Samsung Electronics v. Advanced Touchscreen (CAFC) – Represented Samsung in appeals from inter partes review proceedings related to touchscreen technology.
- Arvest Bank v. RSA Security, Inc. (D. Mass) – Defended RSA and EMC in a breach-of-contract action regarding indemnification for a patent infringement suit.
- VIZIO, Inc. v. Nichia Corp. (PTAB) – Represented VIZIO in multiple IPR proceedings involving light-emitting diode technology.
- Hately v. Watts (4th Cir.) – Drafted an amicus brief for amici curiae The Center for Democracy & Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and New America’s Open Technology Institute arguing that emails should not lose protection under the Stored Communications Act once opened.
- Georgia v. PublicResource.Org, Inc. (Supreme Court) – Drafted an amicus brief for amici curiae The Center for Democracy and Technology and Cato Institute arguing that official state codes should not be granted copyright protection.
- Frank v. Gaos (Supreme Court) – Drafted an amicus brief for amici curiae The Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the National Consumers League highlighting the importance of cy pres awards for nonprofit organizations.
- Co-author, “U.S. District Court Adopts Expansive Definition of aBLA ‘Submitter’ ” Kluwer Patent Blog (September 20, 2021)
- JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2017; Staff Editor, Journal of Law and Technology; Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Law Association
- BSE (Biomedical Engineering), Case Western Reserve University, 2014
Admissions / Qualifications
- California, 2017
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2017