Jennifer H Burdman


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Jennifer Burdman

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Jennifer Burdman is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, where she practices in the Intellectual Property Group.  An experienced trial lawyer, she has successfully represented clients at the trial and appellate levels in complex, high-stakes litigations in patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and contractual matters involving IP rights, as well as before copyright tribunals in the United States.  With her background firmly rooted in science, she is able to quickly translate the technology from inventors to the jury in a clear and understandable way. 

Noteworthy wins include a jury verdict of patent infringement resulting in over $34 million in damages, a jury verdict of willful misappropriation of trade secrets with damages of over $900 million, and the successful defense of a university against a patent licensee seeking expanded rights relating to its sponsored research and license agreements.  She has also successfully litigated the allocation of  over $300 million in cable copyright royalties before the Copyright Royalty Board.

When not in the courtroom, Ms. Burdman regularly counsels clients on a broad range of matters relating to the acquisition, protection, licensing, and enforcement of intellectual property rights.  She invests considerable time on-site with clients, strategizing about IP-related matters and helping to implement those strategies in the business setting. 

Ms. Burdman was recently profiled as a “Law360 Rising Star” and has been named to Law360’s Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board (2016)

In 2015, The National Law Journal named Ms. Burdman a “Rising Star” in Washington, D.C.  

Ms. Burdman graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in biochemistry and molecular biology and received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Representative Experience

  • LifeNet Health v. LifeCell Corporation: No. 2:13-cv-00486 (E.D. Va.):  Represented LifeNet Health in patent infringement action involving the preservation of soft tissue grafts, securing jury verdict of infringement and over $34 million in damages. The verdict was featured by Law360 in an article on November 18, 2014 and was featured in Law360’s Weekly Verdict Legal Lions on November 20, 2014.     

  • Medivation v. The Regents of the University of California, et al., No. CGC-11-510715 (Cal. Superior Court, San Francisco):  Represented The Regents of the University of California and professor Dr. Michael Jung in a sponsored research and licensing dispute against Medivation relating to chemical compounds for the treatment of prostate cancer. Defeated all contract claims asserted by Medivation against The Regents and prevailed in court trial on behalf of The Regents, entitling it to $32 million in possible future payments pursuant to patent license. In jury trial successfully defended Dr. Jung against fraud claims for hundreds of millions of dollars regarding rights to patented compounds.

  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company v. Kolon Industries, Inc., et al., No. 3:09-cv-58 (E.D. Va.): Represented plaintiff DuPont in case alleging misappropriation of over 100 trade secrets relating to KEVLAR® fiber technology in one of the largest trade secret misappropriation cases in the United States. Obtained a $919 million verdict against Kolon for the theft of KEVLAR® technology after a seven-week jury trial held in Richmond, Virginia. This case recently received The American Lawyer’s 2015 Legal Award (Disputes:  U.S.).

  • Distribution of the 2000 - 2003 Cable Royalty Funds (Docket No. 2008-2 CRB CD 2000-2003).  Represented the U.S. commercial television industry in hearings before the Copyright Royalty Board to determine the allocation of cable copyright royalties.

  • Morris Reese v. AT&T, et al., Case No. 2:07-CV-219 (E.D. Tex.); Morris Reese v. AT&T California, CV-11-01934 (C.D. Cal.); Morris Reese v. AT&T California, et al., 2012-1048 (Fed. Cir.).  Represented defendant in multi-defendant patent litigation involving call waiting with caller ID telephony systems.

  • Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, et al. v. Haldex Brake Products, No. 1:09-CV-176 (N.D. Ohio). Represented plaintiffs in patent infringement action involving air disc brakes for commercial vehicles, securing jury verdict of willful infringement, as well as an award of attorneys' fees and permanent injunction.

Publications & Presentations

  • “Good or Bad? The Amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure’s Impact on Intellectual Property Litigation,” Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference, Panelist, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 17, 2016.

  • “The State of Patent Law:  The Interplay of Recent, Pending, and Proposed Changes,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 10 (October 2015).  Co-Authors:  Jennifer H. Burdman and William J. Sauers

  • “Debate on Patent Reform Legislation Continues:  What You Need to Know,” Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives, 155 DER B-1 (August 11, 2015).  Co-Authors:  J.C. Boggs, Jennifer H. Burdman, and William J. Sauers.

  • “Patent Pending:  The Outlook for Patent Legislation in the 114th Congress,” Client Alert (July 14, 2015).  Co-Authors:  J.C. Boggs, Jennifer Burdman, Lloyd Hand, William J. Sauers, and Jeffrey Telep.

  • “Patent Licensing Strategies and Litigation Avoidance in Light of Changing Patentability Standards,” Fourth Annual King & Spalding Patent Seminar, Speaker, Munich, Germany, May 6, 2015.

  • “Pharma Innovation and Litigation Avoidance Strategies” – Pharma U West, Speaker, San Francisco, California, March 2015.
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC)
Dartmouth Lawyers Association (DLA)
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

J.D., Fordham University School of Law
A.B., Dartmouth College

District of Columbia
New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office