Theresa M. Weisenberger

Associate

Atlanta
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Overview

Theresa Weisenberger focuses her practice on the intersection of technology, business, and the law and regularly advises technology clients on various aspects of intellectual property law.

Theresa practices all aspects patent law, including patent litigation and the preparation and prosecution of utility and design patent applications. In patent prosecution, Theresa strategically maximizes the strength of her clients’ portfolios to help them meet their legal and business goals. She has actively represented her clients in litigation before the U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Theresa also has experience challenging patentability at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including reexamination and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Theresa’s experience handling complex patent litigation issues includes developing claim construction, infringement and invalidity strategies; taking and defending depositions; coordinating expert testimony; and handling pre- and post-trial briefings. In addition, she has successfully coordinated ongoing patent litigation with related patentability challenges before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Theresa routinely advises clients on technology and intellectual property matters that arise in business transactions. She has seconded at a publicly traded regulated utility to facilitate establishment of an intellectual property program to assist the client in identifying and protecting the intellectual property developed by both internal and outside development teams. She reviews, analyzes, and negotiates agreements that directly and tangentially affect all types of intellectual property rights, including licenses and sales of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. She also conducts due diligence to facilitate the transfer of intellectual property rights, including as part of mergers and larger acquisitions.

Her technical experience includes all aspects of electrical and computer technologies, including software and mobile applications, automotive systems, control systems, robotics, communication systems, networking, cloud computing, cryptography, and wireless technologies. Her technical experience also includes apparel, mechanical equipment, residential and commercial appliances, and consumer products.

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  • Secondment at a large client to establish an intellectual property program.
  • Developed patent portfolio for vision-based adaptive control systems for automobiles.
  • Defended an automotive company in multiple patent infringement lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas involving automotive technologies and primary electronic systems.
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Experience

  • Secondment at a large client to establish an intellectual property program.
  • Developed patent portfolio for vision-based adaptive control systems for automobiles.
  • Defended an automotive company in multiple patent infringement lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas involving automotive technologies and primary electronic systems.
  • Defended a multinational electronic conglomerate in multiple patent infringement lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas involving electronic, software and mechanical technologies, as well as in arbitration issues before the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA).
  • Represented a German multinational engineering and electronics company in the defense of multiple patent infringement lawsuits related to various automotive technologies.
  • Represented a multinational electronics company in an ITC action involving mobile devices and home entertainment devices. Following trial, all four asserted patents were found not infringed and/or invalid.
  • Managed the intellectual property assets of a multimillion-dollar asset acquisition.
  • Managed an international patent portfolio for a range of baby products.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association (2011 to 2016)
  • U.S. Copyright Society of America
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, Post-Grant Patent Office Practice Committee (2014 to 2016)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (2011 to 2014)

Community

  • Global Women, Inc.: Executive Board of Directors (2015 to 2017)

Pro Bono

  • Represents an internationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to obtaining and preserving civil rights by protecting their legacy in business transactions and public events. 
  • Represented appellants before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
  • Represented a plaintiff in a Section 1983 litigation against a jail where the plaintiff was incarcerated.

Prior Positions

  • NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center, EI 51: Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 65,559
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2011; Articles Editor, Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law,; Dean's Scholar; Phi Delta Phi; Mock Trial Quarterfinalist; Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Award for Patents and Know-How
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2008, magna cum laude; Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate