Gabrielle E. Higgins


  • JD, Fordham University Law School, 1989
  • BA, College of the Holy Cross, 1985


  • Connecticut
  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Vice Chair of the Diversity Committee, PTAB Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Programming Chair
  • Inn of Court, Master
  • International Trademark Association
  • The Recorder’s 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law (2014)
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence list (2013)

Gabrielle E. Higgins


Gabrielle Higgins is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s globally recognized IP litigation practice. Gaby represents industry-leading companies in complex patent matters at all stages of the proceedings.

Gaby’s client representations have spanned numerous industries, including telecommunications, semiconductors, software, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, LEDs, and the Internet of Things.

As a trial lawyer, Gaby has represented clients at trial in the Northern District of California, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Washington and the International Trade Commission. Gaby also has represented clients during pre-trial proceedings in various federal courts.

As a PTAB practitioner, Gaby has, to date, been counsel of record in over 90 Patent Office Inter Partes Review proceedings. She has argued at final oral hearings before the Board and has achieved victories for her clients in final written decisions finding all challenged claims unpatentable.


  • Google v. Fujinomaki (IPR2016-01522) – Representing a leading multinational technology company in inter partes review proceeding challenging patent generally related to a wireless security system for a mobile phone. Successfully obtained a final written decision finding all challenged claims of Fujinomaki’s ‘493 patent unpatentable.
  • Affinity Labs of Texas v. Samsung et al. (E.D. Tex., W.D. Tex., N.D. Cal.) – As litigation counsel for Samsung in patent infringement suits relating to systems and methods for communicating media content, successfully transferred cases from E.D. and W.D. Tex. to the N.D. Cal. and stayed them pending outcome of inter partes review and appeals.
  • A leading information technology company et al. v. MTel, (IPR2016-00768) – Represented a leading information technology company in inter partes review proceedings challenging MTel’s ‘891 patent related to multicarrier modulation. Successfully obtained a final written decision finding all challenged claims of MTel’s ‘891 patent unpatentable. 
  • VIZIO, Inc .v. Nichia, (IPR2017-001608, IPR2017-001623) – Representing VIZIO in IPRs challenging patents related to LED technology.
  • Samsung v. Affinity, (IPR2014-00212, IPR2014-00408, IPR2014-01181) – Successfully obtained final written decisions finding all challenged claims of the three communications patents unpatentable, and secured affirmance on all three patents by the Federal Circuit on appeal.
  • Samsung v. Advanced Touchscreen, (IPR2016-00252, IPR2016-00253, IPR2016-00254, IPR2016-00255) – Successfully obtained final written decisions finding all challenged claims of four patents unpatentable.
  • Clean Energy Management Solutions v. SmartThings, Inc. (E.D. Texas) – As litigation counsel for SmartThings, obtained early dismissal in an infringement suit on a patent asserted against IOT products.
  • In the Matter of Certain Gaming and Entertainment Consoles, Related Software, and Components Thereof, Investigation No. 337-TA-752 (ITC) – As trial counsel in the ITC for Motorola, obtained determination of infringement on two patents asserted against Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
  • Motorola v. Microsoft (W.D. Wisconsin/W.D. Washington) – As trial counsel in Seattle Washington for Motorola, litigated patent and FRAND actions involving the Xbox 360 and Windows.
  • Broadcom v. NXP Semiconductors N.V. (C.D. Cal.) – Defended a major semiconductor company in a patent infringement case involving analog circuit technologies, cryptography, and secure authentication.
  • Memory Integrity, LLC v. Fujitsu Ltd(D. Del.) – Representing Fujitsu in a case brought by Memory Integrity in a case related to computer memory.
  • Smart Memory Solutions v. Panasonic et al. (N.D. California) – As litigation counsel for Fujitsu, obtained early settlement in multi-defendant patent litigation involving microcontrollers with flash memory.
  • OPTi Inc. v. Advanced Micro Devices (E.D. Texas) – As trial counsel for AMD, defended litigation over patents relating to processors and chipsets. The case settled favorably for AMD, shortly before it would have been submitted to the jury.
  • Linear Technology Corp. v. Impala et al. (N.D. California) – Represented LTC in six-party litigation over patent related to switching voltage regulators in which LTC won settlement valued in excess of $100 million.
  • Linear Technology Corp. v. Micrel, Inc. (N.D. California) – Trial counsel for LTC in litigation over patent for transistor drive circuitry. Obtained judgment that LTC’s patent was valid, enforceable, and infringed.
  • Organon Teknika Corp. v. Becton Dickinson (M.D. N.C.) – Represented Becton Dickinson in patent infringement actions involving blood culture systems.
  • Schering-Plough Corp. v. Sterling Winthrop, Inc. (D. N.J.) – Represented Schering-Plough in patent infringement action relating to human interleukin-4.
  • Baxter Diagnostics v. AVL Scientific Corp. and Becton Dickinson (C.D. Cal.) – Represented Becton Dickinson in action for misappropriation of confidential information, unfair competition and copyright infringement.



  • Speaker, “The Evolution of PTAB Trial Practice,” Ropes & Gray Teleconference (September 28, 2017) 
  • Speaker, “10 Trends in Patent Litigation Worldwide,” LOT Network Bridge All Members Meeting (May 11, 2017)
  • Speaker, “The Recent PTAB Rule Changes: How Has It Impacted Proceedings?” Mid-Winter APILA Conference (February 3, 2017)
  • Speaker, “PTAB Trials: Tips and Strategies for Practitioners,” Managing IP International Women’s Leadership Forum (November 29, 2016)
  • Speaker, Managing Intellectual Property International Women’s Leadership Forum, “PTAB Strategy” (November 29, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Software Patent Litigation: An Update on Pre-filing Strategy and Trial Preparation and the Role of IPR and CBM in Software Patent Litigation,” AIPLA 2016 Annual Meeting (October 27, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Winning on Either Side of the “v.”: How to Succeed as a Patent Challenger or Defender,” Ropes & Gray and the ACC on Post-Grant Patent Challenges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Conference (January 13, 2016)
  • Panelist, “Looking Back to Move Forward: CBM and IPR Proceedings and their Intersection with Patent Litigation,” American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Spring Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (April 30, 2015)
  • Speaker, “Patent Challenges at the USPTO: Advanced Practice Tips for Making Effective Use of Invalidity Trial Proceedings,” ACC-SFBA’s 3rd Annual Institute for Advanced Corporate Counsel (iACC), San Francisco, CA (April 10, 2014)
  • Speaker, “Latest Developments in IP Litigation & More,” Institute for Advanced Corporate Counsel (iACC) 2.0 - Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Santa Clara, CA (May, 2013)
  • Speaker, “Ropes & Gray West Coast Lunchtime Legal Briefing Teleconference - Patent Litigation Before The ITC: Recent Developments And Trends,” March 2013
  • Speaker, “Year in Review: 2012 Patent Litigation Legal Landscape and Lessons Learned,” Association of Corporate Counsel - Bay Area Chapter (January 2013)
  • Speaker, “News from the IP Front: The Federal Circuit’s Akamai Opinion and Updates on the America Invents Act,” Ropes & Gray Asia Morning Briefing Teleconferences (September 2012)
  • Speaker, “News from the IP Front: The Federal Circuit’s Akamai Opinion and Updates on the America Invents Act,” Ropes & Gray CLE Seminar, Silicon Valley (September 2012)
  • Panelist, “What You Need To Know About Mobile Patent Wars,” Association of Corporate Counsel - Bay Area Chapter (July 2012)