Overview

Described as "a great lawyer" (Chambers & Partners client interview, 2015) and "among the best and most knowledgeable patent practitioners in the United States” (IAM Patent 1000 2015), R. Danny Huntington is a former chemist for The Gillette Research Institute. He is involved in all phases of intellectual property law, including United States and foreign patent prosecution; litigation in the federal and state courts; licensing; and general client counseling. He has extensive patent interference experience, with particular experience in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Danny assisted with the planning of FICPI’s Joint Colloquia, and the 2019 event, “Joint Colloquium on Artificial Intelligence: A Focus on AI in Patent Procurement,” held in conjunction with the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), was built around Danny's idea. The 2019 colloquium is the sixth he has organized, the previous ones being “A Comprehensive Approach to Patent Quality” in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2007, “Patent Cooperation Treaty for the Americas” in Miami, Florida in 2008, “The Patent Offices Backlog Crisis” in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010, “Patent Application Quality” in Warsaw, Poland in 2012, and “Protection of Confidentiality in Intellectual Property” in Paris, France in 2013.

Experience

Enzo Therapeutics, Inc. v. Yeda Research & Dev. Co. (Eastern District of Virginia) - represented Yeda Research and Development Co. in a §146 Action involving interferon- 2.

N2IT Holding BV v. Native Instruments GmbH (Central District of California) - represented the patent owner N2IT in a patent infringement case concerning electronic systems for controlling the playback of digital music.

Ceravision, Limited V. Luxim Corporation (Northern District of California) - represented Ceravision in a §146 Action involving high-intensity light sources.

Yu et al (Human Genome Sciences, Inc.) v. Browning et al (Biogen Idec) - Interference No. 105,485 - Represented Human Genome Sciences in an interference proceeding relating to LymphoStat-B, a human monoclonal antibody that inhibits the biological activity of B-lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS), before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

Novozymes North America, Inc. v. Genencor International, Inc. - Patent Interference No. 105,155 - Represented Genencor in an interference proceeding relating to cellulase enzymes for detergents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

Novo Nordisk A/S v. Eli Lilly and Co. (District of Delaware) - represented Lilly in a declaratory judgment action by a competitor for non-infringement and invalidity of Lilly's patent on the rapid-acting human insulin analog formulation, insulin lispro [rDNA origin]), and the product Humalog®.

Eli Lilly and Company v. University of Washington - Represented Eli Lilly in an interference proceeding involving Protein C before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

BASF Corp. v. Eastman Chemical Co. (District of Delaware) - defended Eastman against charge of patent infringement concerning a catalytic process for making 2,5-dihydrofuran, a chemical intermediate.

Novo Nordisk of North America v. Eli Lilly and Company (District of New Jersey) - Defended Lilly against charge of patent infringement case involving Lilly's recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) and its product Humatrope®.

TV Interactive Data Corporation v. Microsoft Corporation (Northern District of California) - Defended Microsoft against charge of patent infringement involving its Windows technology.

Sturman Industries v. Caterpillar - Represented Sturman in an interference proceeding involving fuel injector valves before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

Short v. Patten, Interference No. 105,532 (methods and compositions for polypeptide engineering), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Howell v. Lentz, Interference No. 105,413 (methods of enhancing immune responses by removing sTNFR1), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

DeLucas (Fluidigm Corp.) v. Santarsiero (Takeda San Diego) - Interference No. 105,403 - Represented Fluidigm Corp. in an interference where the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences invalidated more than 400 claims from Takeda San Diego's patents.

Sehgal v. Revel, Interference No. 105,304 (interferon β-2, IL-6), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Sehgal v. Revel, Interference No. 105,303 (interferon β-2, IL-6), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Sehgal v. Revel, Interference No. 105,302 (interferon β-2, IL-6), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Sehgal v. Revel, Interference No. 105,293 (interferon β-2, IL-6), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Short v. Punnonen, Interference No. 105,188 (non-stochastic generation of genetic vaccines), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Wang v. Murakawa, Interference No. 105,055 (quantitative PCR), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Deen v. Ni, Interference No. 104,784 (TNF-1), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Noelle v. Lederman, Interference No. 104,415 (CD40CR monoclonal antibodies), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Talieh v. Demaray, Interference No. 103,629 (collimated plasma sputtering), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Dung v. Buehler, Interference No. 105,893 (analgesics), United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Honors & Recognitions

Chambers USA (2006-2009; 2012-2018)
Ranked in the area of intellectual property litigation in the District of Columbia

Intellectual Asset Management's (IAM) Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Professionals (2013-2021)
Ranked for Prosecution in the D.C. Metro Area; ranked for Post-Grant Proceedings nationwide

IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists (2013-2019)

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (2011-2022)

LMG Life Sciences (2012-2021)
Named a Life Sciences Star

The Best Lawyers in America© in Washington, D.C. (2007-2022)
Ranked in Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent; Patent Law

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP Stars (2016-2022)
Ranked as a Patent Star in the District of Columbia and in the U.S. (National)

Newsroom

News

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Transfer of property rights - getting what you bought," 2021 International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) World Congress Online (October 2021)

Panelist, "Priority Rights in the Paris Convention and the United States," Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) 18th Open Forum, Vienna, Austria (October 2019)

Panelist, “Antibody Biosimilars: Fears or Opportunities?” World Intellectual Property Forum (WIPF), New Delhi, India (November 2018)

Presenter, “PTAB Proposed New Practices and Procedures for Motions to Amend in AIA Trial Proceedings,” American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) PTAB Trial Committee Monthly Telephone Conference (November 15, 2018)

Panelist, “Breaking News - All the Latest Developments You Need to Know,” Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) World Congress, Toronto, Canada (June 2018)

Panelist, “Time Management: Staying in Control of Your Working Day (and Keeping Your Sanity!),” Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) 17th Open Forum, Venice, Italy (October 2017)

Moderator, “Non-Lawyer Ownership of IP Firms,” Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) 16th Open Forum, St. Petersburg, Russia (October 2016)

Moderator, “Patent Pendulum, product of changes in the position of the U.S. Supreme Court and its impact in our countries,” XIX Congress of ASIPI (Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property), Cartagena, Columbia (December 2015)

Moderator, “IP Offices,” Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa (April 2015)

Moderator, “The Internet as a practice development tool,” Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) 14th Open Forum, Sorrento, Italy (October 2013)

Moderator, “Offices Working Together and With Users For a Better IP World,” Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) World Congress, Melbourne, Australia (April 2012)

Moderator, “Start up companies, alternative fee arrangements: how can we help them?,” Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) 13th Open Forum, Rome, Italy (November 2011)

Moderator, “Expert Witnesses – the do’s and don’ts,” Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) 12th Open Forum, Munich, Germany (September 2010)

Moderator, “Patent Value,” Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) 10th Open Forum, Seville, Spain (November 2007)

Panelist, "Federal Rules and E-Discovery Overview in the U.S.," Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) 10th Open Forum, Seville, Spain (November 2007)

Panelist, "U.S. Model: Effect of Amendments; Estoppel; Scope of Protection; Equivalents; and Means-Plus-Function Claims," Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) China Symposium, Beijing, China (September 2007)

Panelist, "Business Method Patents and the Financial Services Industry," Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), New York, NY (February 2007)

Panelist, "Section 135(b) Anxiety – Is Copying Claims Enough to Keep You Out of 135(b) Trouble?," Boston Patent Law Association (December 2006)

Panelist, "Partnership Structures and Management," Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) 9th Open Forum, Lisbon, Portugal (November 2005)

Tutor and Panelist, "Patent Claim Drafting," Twelfth Work Sessions and Administrative Council meeting of the Asociacion Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI), Punta del Este, Uruguay (2005)

Panelist, "The Importance of IP Valuation in Intellectual Property Asset Management: A U.S. Viewpoint," Intellectual Property Valuation seminar sponsored by Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) and LES-AC, Dubai, UAE (2005) 

Moderator, “Searching in the Computer Age,” Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) 8th Open Forum, Venice, Italy (October 2004)

Publications

Co-author, "146 Actions: Tips for Obtaining the Best Second Bite at the Same Apple," 91 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 272 (2009)

Author, "Arrested Development: A Round-Up of the Developments in the Recognition and Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources," World Intellectual Property Review (March 2006)

Author, "Set Patent Rules by Industry?," Legal Times: IP Supplemental (March 15, 2003)

Co-author, "Database Protection in the U.K. and the USA: What, if Any, Protection Might Those Who Work So Hard Receive?" Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, Vol. 9, No. 3 (March 2003)

Co-author, "Transannular Alkylations of Cyclooctanones," Journal of Organic Chemistry, Vol. 37 (1972)

Community & Professional

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle, President of Honour; President, 2006-2009; Vice-President, 2003-2006; Biotechnology Committee, 1988-present

Education

J.D., The George Washington University Law School

B.S., Chemistry, Indiana University

Bar & Court Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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