The National Law Journal has named partners John G. Froemming and Tamera M. Weisser as 2018 Intellectual Property Trailblazers, and partner Danielle M. Varnell a 2018 Energy & Environmental Trailblazer. Through the various Trailblazers special supplements, the NLJ recognizes 25 lawyers that are "moving the needle" in their respective practice areas, showing deep passion and perseverance, and achieving significant success along the way.
John Froemming's practice has evolved from general litigation to patent and trade dress litigation with a focus on design, and he has been recognized as a 2018 IP Trailblazer for his work in the areas of 3-D printing and color disputes. In 2016, Mr. Froemming led the first successful challenge to an online platform offering digital designs for 3-D objects and other applications that infringe design patents and trade dress, and subsequently was asked to head the International Trademark Association's 3-D Printing Task Force. Additionally, enforcing trademark rights to uses of colors is becoming an increasingly active area of litigation, and Mr. Froemming is at the forefront of these issues.
Read John Froemming's 2018 Intellectual Property Trailblazer profile.
Danielle Varnell was featured as a 2018 Energy & Environmental Trailblazer for, among other considerations, her exceptional transactional energy practice, through which she has provided innovative solutions for clients that are both commercially sustainable and environmentally responsible. She recently represented Invenergy LLC in its Wind Catcher project pursuant to which Invenergy will develop, construct, operate and maintain for certain AEP subsidiaries the largest wind farm in North America. Ms. Varnell sees a return to greater certainty and increased activity in the energy industry in 2018.
Read Danielle Varnell's 2018 Energy & Environmental Trailblazer profile.
Tamera Weisser, who holds a Ph.D. in immunology and a B.S. in molecular biology, was recognized as a 2018 IP Trailblazer for her work helping companies protect their innovative research in the biologics industry. For example, she was highlighted for her work defending AbbVie in connection with numerous inter partes review (IPR) challenges to its patents by multiple competitors seeking to develop biosimilar (generic) versions of HUMIRA®, the top-selling drug in the world, and providing IP strategic counseling to AbbVie and other companies with respect to antibody and other protein therapeutics. As protecting biologic inventions has become more difficult over time, Dr. Weisser's unique ability to leverage her scientific background and successfully navigate landmines when obtaining and protecting IP in the biologics industry is a valuable asset to her clients.
Read Tamera Weisser's 2018 Intellectual Property Trailblazer profile.
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