Dianne Elderkin Featured Among NLJ’s 2017 Intellectual Property Trailblazers

(Washington, D.C.) – The National Law Journal has chosen Akin Gump intellectual property partner Dianne Elderkin as one of its 2017 Intellectual Property Trailblazers, a recognition given to lawyers that have demonstrated “a deep passion and perseverance” in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law.

In its profile of Ms. Elderkin, NLJ highlighted her successful representation of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Ono Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd. in a patent litigation suit against Merck & Co., Inc., which resulted in one of the most substantial patent settlements in U.S. history. To read more about this victory, please click here.

Speaking on the challenges life sciences companies face when seeking to patent inventions, Ms. Elderkin commented, "It's scary for the life sciences companies that do much of the research that takes place. The trends in court decisions about what's patentable and proceedings under the America Invents Act in the Patent Office are troubling. We have to fix that.”

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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