Elizabeth Howard, an intellectual property partner in the Silicon Valley office, co-chairs Orrick’s life sciences practice. Dr. Howard focuses on patent infringement litigation, with an emphasis on the life sciences. Her practice also includes trade secrets disputes and handling anti-counterfeiting matters in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to litigating in numerous federal district courts and California state courts, Dr. Howard has appeared before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in interference proceedings, arbitrated before the International Chamber of Commerce, and litigated before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Dr. Howard has also served as a deputy district attorney in the county of Santa Clara.
Listed as a “leading lawyer” in PLC Which Lawyer? for her litigation successes in life sciences, and named to the Daily Journal’s list of “Top 75 IP Litigators in California” in 2013, Dr. Howard led the IP litigation team in securing, as the Daily Journal phrased it, “a huge win” for Tekmira in its multi-country patent and trade secrets dispute against Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dr. Howard also counsels clients in negotiation and drafting of agreements in licensing or other technology transactions.
Dr. Howard also speaks and publishes regularly on intellectual property matters affecting the life sciences industry. Selected publications and presentations include:
Dr. Howard’s scientific publications include the following:
Before law school, Dr. Howard was an NSF Plant Molecular Biology Postdoctoral Fellow at the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry in Canberra, Australia, and a Research Geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Howard obtained her doctorate with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn (2009 Nobel Laureate, Physiology or Medicine).
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