Alaina J. Lakawicz

Associate

Philadelphia
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Overview

Alaina Lakawicz focuses her practice on IP and commercial litigation, including appeals before the Federal Circuit. Her engineering degree enables her to effectively understand complex technologies and assist clients in all aspects of litigation.

Alaina has represented clients in a multitude of cases pending in district court, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Using knowledge gained through her studies in mechanical engineering, she brings an in-depth understanding of industry protocols and procedures to her work.

Select Experience

  • Member of a patent litigation team that won an infringement verdict before a jury in the Northern District of Illinois and successfully defended against claims of invalidity at trial.
  • Member of a patent litigation team that appealed four PTAB decisions to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a Chicago-based software company. After the team successfully argued that the patents-at-issue were not covered business method review patents, all four decisions were vacated.
  • Member of a patent litigation team that represented a Fortune 100 company in district court and before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB). After successfully arguing for a stay pending inter partes review, the team convinced the PTAB to invalidate all of the claims asserted in the patent litigation.
  • Member of a patent litigation team that defended one of the nation's largest cable companies in litigation involving remote control technology. The team successfully convinced the district court to grant summary judgment of noninfringement in favor of the client.
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Experience

  • Member of a patent litigation team that won an infringement verdict before a jury in the Northern District of Illinois and successfully defended against claims of invalidity at trial.
  • Member of a patent litigation team that appealed four PTAB decisions to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a Chicago-based software company. After the team successfully argued that the patents-at-issue were not covered business method review patents, all four decisions were vacated.
  • Member of a patent litigation team that represented a Fortune 100 company in district court and before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB). After successfully arguing for a stay pending inter partes review, the team convinced the PTAB to invalidate all of the claims asserted in the patent litigation.
  • Member of a patent litigation team that defended one of the nation's largest cable companies in litigation involving remote control technology. The team successfully convinced the district court to grant summary judgment of noninfringement in favor of the client.
  • Representing multiple clients, including a Fortune 500 company and a Chicago-based software company, in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Participated in all aspects of the appeal process, from preparing the notice of appeal to filing the final appendix.
  • Member of a patent litigation team that represented a Fortune 500 company in litigation involving MP3 technology. The team successfully achieved a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Member of a patent litigation team representing a multinational company against an industry competitor.
  • Member of a patent litigation team representing a Fortune 500 company in a declaratory judgment action that was filed after defendants brought suit against the client’s customers. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2019 to 2022)

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association
  • ChIPs Network: Steering Committee Member

Prior Positions

  • U.S. Department of Defense
    • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Team
    • Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program
  • Legal Intern for The Honorable  U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 75,086
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 2014; magna cum laude; Executive Editor, Rutgers Law Journal
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, minor in Mathematics, Rutgers University, 2011, summa cum laude, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma

Blog

In The Blogs

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit Hears Case on Whether an AI-Generated Invention Is Patentable
By Alaina J. Lakawicz
June 7, 2022
On June 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held oral argument on the issue of whether an invention generated by artificial intelligence (AI) is patentable. The Patent Applications As described in a companion article...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Courts Rule That AI Inventorship Can Rust in Peace
By Alaina J. Lakawicz
October 6, 2021
By: Alaina J. Lakawicz On Sept. 2, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia addressed what it called a “core issue”—whether an artificial intelligence (AI) machine can be an “inventor” under the Patent Act. It...
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