Aydin H. Harston, Ph.D.
As a registered patent attorney, Dr. Aydin H. Harston concentrates his practice in intellectual property, focusing primarily on patent litigation, patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings and patent portfolio evaluations and opinions. Specifically, he routinely handles many aspects of patent prosecution, from pre-application
Since joining the firm in 2007, Dr. Harston has been involved in intellectual property matters covering an array of technological fields
Dr. Harston has prosecuted over a thousand patent applications in chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and mechanical fields and handled numerous IP
- Galderma Labs. LP v. Actavis Labs. UT, Inc., No. 1:15-cv- 00232 (D. Del.)
- Sunovion v. Watson Pharms., No. 1:12-cv- 00993 (D. Del.)
- Appeal No. 2018-005516 (Appl. No. 15/154,458)
- Appeal No. 2015-007342 (Appl. No. 13/219,394)
- Appeal No. 2013-006526 (Appl. No. 10/585,970)
- Reexamination Proceeding 90/009,946
- Reexamination Proceeding 90/009,947
Prior to joining Rothwell Figg, Dr. Harston researched protein structures, interactions, and dynamics using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and other biochemical techniques. He also investigated and used novel protein expression and purification techniques, particularly for increasing the purified yield of isotope-labeled proteins. Dr. Harston’s dissertation focused on the molecular structures and interactions of proteins involved in cellular protein degradation pathways. His research was published in high impact journals including Nature Structural Molecular Biology and Molecular Cell. Dr. Harston also served in scientific, marketing and business development capacities at a start-up biotechnology firm in Maryland.
Areas of Concentration
Publications & Presentations
Harston, A., “Key Takeaways from a Flurry of Precedential Decision Designations,” www.PTABLaw.com, April 11, 2019.
Harston, A. and Teigen, A.J., “Why the Disconnect? Federal Circuit Reverses Yet Another Inherent Obviousness Decision,” www.PTABLaw.com, March 22, 2019.
Harston, A., “Biosimilars Will Get Special Names – Suffixes are Here to Stay,” www.BiosimilarsIP.com, March 15, 2019.
Harston, A., “Two Asserted Lantus Patents Cancelled – Commercial Success Evidence Insufficient Because of Blocking Patents,” www.PTABLaw.com, January 8, 2019.
Harston, A., “USMCA Assailed as Exacerbating High Drug Prices,” www.BiosimilarsIP.com, November 15, 2018.
Harston, A. (panel member), “Roundtable: Trends in Biosimilars,” https://www.financierworldwide.com/roundtable-trends-in-biosimilars, October 2018.
Harston, A. and Allen, D.L., “Federal Circuit: No Tribal Sovereign Immunity,” www.PTABLaw.com, July 23, 2018.
Harston, A., “Ignore PTAB Precedent at Your Peril,” www.PTABLaw.com, May 30, 2018.
Harston, A., “Challenging Pharmaceutical Patents, New Arrows in the Quiver?” www.PTABLaw.com, April 10, 2018.
Harston, A., “A Rare Successful Challenge of a Patent for a Method of Manufacturing Biologic Drugs,” www.BiosimilarsIP.com, March 12, 2018.
Harston, A., “Federal Circuit Revives Polaris’ Claims After PTAB’s Obviousness Analysis Veers Off Course,” www.PTABLaw.com, February 23, 2018.
Harston, A., “Are Communications with Foreign Patent Agents and Attorneys Privileged in PTAB Proceedings?” www.PTABLaw.com, November 14, 2017.
Co-author, “Reissue Applications During Post Grant Proceedings: To Stay or Not To Stay?” www.PTABLaw.com, October 4, 2017.
Harston, A., “FDA Reauthorization Bill is Enacted–Changes Biosimilar User Fees and Review Model,” www.BiosimilarsIP.com, August 4, 2017.
Harston, A., “An Overview of Important Changes in BsUFA II,” www.BiosimilarsIP.com, June 27, 2017.
Co-author, "How the U.S. Compares to Europe on Biosimilar Approvals and Products in the Pipeline," www.BiosimilarsIP.com, April 25, 2017.
Co-author, Perturbing the Ubiquitin Pathway Reveals How Mitosis Is Hijacked to Denucleate and Regulate Cell Proliferation and Differentiation In Vivo, PLoS ONE, 5(10), (2010): e13331.
Co-Author, Structure of the S5a
Co-Author, Avid Interactions Underlie the K63-Linked Polyubiquitin Binding Specificities Observed for UBA Domains, Nature Struct. Mol. Biol. 16(8), (2009):883-889.
Haririnia, A. et al., Mutations in the Hydrophobic Core of Ubiquitin Differentially Affect its Recognition by Receptor Proteins, Journal of Molecular Biology 375, (2008):979-996.
Haririnia, A. et al., “Mapping the interactions between Lys48- and Lys63-linked di-ubiquitins and a ubiquitin-interacting motif of S5a” Journal of Molecular Biology 368, (2007):753-766.
Co-Author, “Personal Role Management: Overview and a Design Study of Email for University Students" Kaptelinin, V., Czerwinski, M. (Editors) Beyond the Desktop Metaphor, MIT Press, April 1, 2007.
Co-Author, “Solution conformation of Lys63-linked di-ubiquitin chain provides clues to
Professional Affiliations, Honors & Recognition
Washington, DC Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2017-2018)
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Intellectual Property Owners Association
American Bar Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association
PTAB Bar Association