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Jill M. Browning joined the firm in 1996 and became the first women partner in 2001. She is currently a co-managing partner of G&B, focusing on Contested Matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (AIA proceedings as well as interferences and ex parte reexaminations) and district court litigation.

Jill has significant experience representing clients in in all phases of patent disputes, and understands the importance of thinking outside the box to find common ground and reach amicable solutions to disputes when possible. And, when that is not possible, Jill is comfortable advancing the case to trial, whether before the PTAB, a judge or a jury.

She routinely represents patent owners or petitioners before the PTAB or in district court, and also advises clients on international portfolios and due diligence matters. Jill has considerable experience in counseling clients with respect to FTO opinions, based on infringement and/or validity, as well as counseling clients with respect to patentability analysis and preparing license and collaboration agreements.

Jill is also the head of the Trademark Department and handles district court trademark actions as well as oversees the trademark prosecution and opposition practice.

Before joining the firm, Jill was a law clerk with the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Rocket Docket”).

Notable

  • Co-Managing Partner of Firm
  • Lead and back up lead counsel in multiple interference proceedings and post-grant patent proceedings.
  • First and Second Chair jury and non-jury trial experience;
  • Argued multiple appeals to the U.S. PTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board; 
  • Travels extensively throughout Europe

Experience

  • Law clerk, U.S. District for the Eastern District of Virginia — 1993-1996
  • Partner with Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C., — 1996-2006
  • Shareholder with Ashe, PC – 2006-2009
  • Co-managing Partner and Equity Partner with Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C. — 2009-Present

Offices/Professional Activities

  • FICPI (2019- present)
  • Intellectual Property Owners – (Various Committees) (2007-present)
  • PTAB Bar Association, 2016-present
  • Various Positions With Association of Patent Law Firms (2001-2007)
  • Licensing Executive Association, 2001-present
  • Virginia State Bar Association

Representative Publications

  • Browning J., (October 2011). “Supreme Court Revisits Standard For Inducement to Infringe and Standard to Invalidate Patents.” 8 Journal of Generic Medicines 240-244
  • Bailey, N., Browning, J., (January 2010).  “What Does the Bilski Hearing Tell Us?” IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer.
  • Browning, J., (November 9, 2009).  “Supreme Court Hears Bilski v. Kappos,” Patently-O Patent Law Blog.
  • Browning, J., (2009).  “Local Patent Rules Becoming More of a Factor in Popular Patent Jurisdictions.”  6-4 Journal of Generic Medicines 379-86.
  • Browning, J., (February 8, 2008).  “Tafas v. Dudas: Summary Judgment Hearing,” Patently-O Patent Law Blog.
  • Browning, J., (October 31, 2007).  “PTO Continuation and Claim Rules Temporarily Blocked by District Court.”  Patently-O Patent Law Blog.
  • Stoner, B., Browning, J., (February 11, 2007).  “Deposition Do’s and Don’ts:  The Patent Interference Bar Is Warned.”  Patently-O Patent Law Blog.
  • Browning, J., (2006).  “When is the Confidential In-house Use of a Claimed Process a ‘Public Use’?”  3-2 Journal of Generic Medicines 161-64.

Languages

  • French (read)
  • German (read)