Jennifer Blackburn focuses her practice on intellectual property matters in the chemical industry, including USPTO post-grant proceedings, patent litigation, prosecution, and opinion work. Dr. Blackburn has experience in a wide range of technologies, including chemistry, polymer science and engineering, textiles, materials science and engineering, medical devices and coatings, agricultural chemicals and wood preservatives, and biotechnology. Dr. Blackburn is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Dr. Blackburn has substantial experience in USPTO post-grant proceedings, and subsequent appeals to the Federal Circuit, both successfully attacking the validity of patents on behalf of third-party requesters and defending patent validity on behalf of patent owners. She has been involved in ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings, as well as the new inter partes review proceedings. She regularly speaks on procedural and substantive aspects of inter partes review proceedings.
Dr. Blackburn works with in-house patent counsel, technical specialists, and inventors to understand inventions and their importance in the company’s overall business strategy. She performs validity and freedom to operate analyses. From these efforts, she counsels clients on patentability, validity, and infringement issues. She also regularly prepares and prosecutes patent applications.
Dr. Blackburn represents companies in patent infringement lawsuits. She has experience with all aspects of patent litigation, including preliminary invalidity and infringement investigations, fact and expert discovery, claim construction and summary judgment briefing and hearings, preparing witnesses for deposition and trial, and actively participating in trial, including examining and cross-examining fact and expert witnesses.
Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Blackburn worked as a patent agent, prosecuting patents in a variety of technical areas. During law school, Dr. Blackburn served on the Board of Directors of the Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society.
Professional & Community Activities
American Bar Association, Member
American Chemical Society, Member
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
Duke, Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society, Past Director of Speaker Relations
- Duke University School of Law, J.D. (2007)
- North Carolina State University, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry (2004)
- Georgetown College, B.S., Engineering Arts (1998)
- Georgia Institute of Technology, B.Che.E. (1998)
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2003)
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (2008)