TIA D. FENTON, a skilled patent litigation lawyer, is a partner in the firm's Litigation and ITC Litigation practice groups. With a background in chemistry, biochemistry and genetics, she has a deep understanding of the sciences and technologies involved in her clients’ chemical, biochemical, biomedical and pharmaceutical inventions.
In addition to litigating cases in district court and before the Federal Circuit, Ms. Fenton advises her clients on litigation procedure and strategies, litigation avoidance, and the overall protection of patent portfolios. Ms. Fenton also has experience in patent interference proceedings and prosecution-related matters in the chemical arts, including the revival of abandoned patent applications.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Fenton worked as a Forensic DNA Analyst at Cellmark Diagnostics, Inc., and as a Forensic DNA Examiner at the Department of Defense's Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory. She also served as an expert witness in DNA identification testing for approximately four years, testifying in at least 20 trials throughout the country. Ms. Fenton’s trial and testimony experience provides her with a unique perspective on litigation, including particular skill in preparing expert witnesses for depositions and trial.
Ms. Fenton also has experience lecturing scientists and graduate students on the presentation and effective use of scientific and technical evidence in the courtroom.