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Sarah E. (Simmons) Spires


arah E. Spires is a registered patent attorney and focuses her practice on patent infringement litigation, inter partes reviews, adversarial licensing disputes, and intellectual property transactions, particularly in the life science and biotechnology areas. She has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict in jury trials, bench trials and arbitration proceedings involving pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, computer software, semiconductors, LCD technology and telecommunications devices. Sarah also represents clients in various types of complex commercial litigation matters, including trademark infringement, contractual and patent licensing disputes, aviation litigation, and antitrust and false claims act cases.

Sarah’s technical background includes conducting cell cycle research at MIT’s David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Prior to joining Skiermont Derby LLP, she was a senior associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in Dallas, and previously worked as an associate in the San Diego and Tokyo offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Representative Matters

Speaking Engagements, Presentations, and Publications

Isn’t it Too Obvious? Challenging Obviousness in PTAB Trials for Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patents, January 2017 (Presentation)

Pitfalls and Opportunities in ANDA Litigation, BioPharma/Tech Law Symposium at Indiana University McKinney School of Law(Presentation), March 2015 (Presentation)

Supreme Court Sets the Bar High: Requires Knowledge or Willful Blindness to Establish Inducing Infringement of a Patent, May 2011

Supreme Court to Decide Intent Standard for Inducing Patent Infringement, Feb. 2011

Wordtech and Employee Liability for Corporate Patent Infringement, Aug. 2010

Federal Circuit's recent decision in TS Tech looms large for patent, San Diego Daily Transcript, Jan. 2009

Scanner Tech. Corp. v. ICOS Vision Sys. Corp, July 2008 (Presentation)

Overcoming the ‘Presumption of Validity’ – Strategies for Invalidating a Patent, April 2008 (Presentation)

Awards & Accolades

  • Selected to the list of Texas “Rising Stars” (2016-2019)
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services (2009-2011)
  • Hon. J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court (2007-2009)
  • Contributor, Berkeley Technology Law Journal
  • Member, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
  • Member, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition NW Regional Championship Team
  • Judicial extern for Hon. Socrates Peter Manoukian, Superior Court of California
  • Moot Court Board
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