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Jennifer P. Nock Member

Jennifer P. Nock is experienced in a variety of patent matters including litigation, prosecution, licensing, opinions, and counseling. While she has experience working with patents in a wide range of technical fields, her practice is particularly focused on pharmaceuticals and biosimilars. Ms. Nock has worked on numerous Hatch-Waxman litigations, both in district court and on appeal to the Federal Circuit, as well as patent interferences and IPRs involving small molecules and biological products. Her practice also includes due diligence studies of pharmaceutical and biological patents for potential acquisitions.

Ms. Nock began her career at Rothwell Figg as a summer associate in 2008, and joined the firm as an associate in 2010. From 2012-2013, Ms. Nock served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Ms. Nock graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2010, with highest honors. During law school, Ms. Nock was a member of the Moot Court Board and The George Washington Law Review, and won the Finnegan Prize for best essay in the area of intellectual property. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Nock worked in university technology licensing for six years. That experience provided her an opportunity to work at the intersection of law, business, and science by promoting and transferring nascent university inventions to investors and existing companies.

Ms. Nock holds undergraduate degrees in physics and chemistry from the University of Richmond. Ms. Nock also holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Harvard University, where she worked in the laboratory of George M. Whitesides on research involving surface chemistry, mesoscale self-assembly, and microfluidics.


Ms. Nock is experienced in a wide variety of patent law matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution, licensing, opinions, and counseling. Ms. Nock has experience litigating and prosecuting patents in a wide variety of technical fields, ranging from medical devices and chemical coatings to mechanical systems and apparel. Ms. Nock’s practice has particularly focused on pharmaceutical field. Ms. Nock has worked on several Hatch-Waxman litigations, both in district court and on appeal to the Federal Circuit, a patent interference involving crystalline states of a pharmaceutical product, and the international prosecution of a small drug company’s patent portfolio.

Representative matters include:

  • In re Copaxone 775 Patent Litigation, No. 16-1267-GMS (D. Del.)
  • Teva Pharms. USA, Inc. v. Synthon Pharms. Inc., et al., No. 14-1419-GMS (D. Del.)
  • Braintree Labs., Inc. v. Breckenridge Pharm., Inc., No. 12-6851-AJN (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Galderma Labs., L.P. v. Actavis Labs. UT, Inc., No. 15-232-LPS (D. Del.)
  • Sunovion Pharm.. Inc. v. Watson Pharms. Inc., No. 12-993-LPS (D. Del.)
  • Pfizer Inc. v. Cobalt Laboratories Inc., Civil Action No. 09-315-GMS (D. Del.)
  • Outdry Techs. Corp. v. Geox S.p.A., No. 16-1769 (CAFC)
  • K-Swiss Inc. v. Glide’n Lock GmbH, No. 13-1316 (CAFC)
Publications & Presentations

Panelist, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) IP Counsel Committee (IPCC) Spring Conference, From Allegation to Adjudication: Preparing for Patent Litigation (April 12, 2018).

Jennifer Nock & Sreekar Gadde, Raising the Bar for Nonobviousness:  An Empirical Study of Federal Circuit Case Law Following KSR, 20 Fed. Cir. B.J. 369 (2011).

Katerina Horska, Andrew J. Welz, Heather Filemyr, and Jennifer Nock, Past Performance: Protest or Dispute? The 2010 McKenna Long & Aldridge “Gilbert A. Cuneo” Government Contracts Moot Court Competition, 39 Pub. Cont. L.J. 947 (Summer 2010).

Thalladi VR, Schwartz A, Phend JN, Hutchinson JW, Whitesides GM. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 21; 124(33): 9912-7. “Simulation of indentation fracture in crystalline materials using mesoscale self-assembly.”

Sotzing GA, Phend JN, Grubbs RH, Lewis NS. Chemistry of Materials 2000, 12, 593-595. “Highly sensitive detection and discrimination of biogenicamines utilizing arrays of polyaniline/carbon black composite vapor detectors.”

Professional Affiliations, Honors & Recognition

Washington, DC Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2017-2021)

Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA)

American Bar Association (ABA)