Derek F. Dahlgren
Derek F. Dahlgren’s practice encompasses all aspects of patent law including patent litigation, patent prosecution, opinions and counseling. Mr. Dahlgren has litigated a variety of patent matters in district courts throughout the country, ranging from Hatch-Waxman cases involving pharmaceuticals to cases involving smartphones and mobile Internet technology. He has experience in pre-litigation counseling, motions practice, Markman and efficiently managing discovery. Mr. Dahlgren also has substantial experience with ex parte reexaminations and contested matters before the USPTO, including interferences and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Additionally, Mr. Dahlgren has experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO, and in overseeing the prosecution of foreign counterpart applications. His expertise also extends to opinion and counseling work, which includes preparing freedom to operate/clearance opinions, as well as counseling as to the scope, validity and enforceability of rights of existing patents.
Mr. Dahlgren’s practice covers a broad range of diverse technologies. He has worked on matters involving pharmaceuticals, material science, medical devices, petrochemical and industrial systems, laboratory and diagnostic equipment, dietary supplements, batteries, exhaust gas aftertreatment systems, insulation, and business methods. Mr. Dahlgren also has experience with computer software and Internet technologies such as those relating to firewalls, e-commerce platforms, Internet search methodologies, financial and investment systems, content management systems, and social networks.
Mr. Dahlgren first joined Rothwell Figg as a law clerk and worked full-time while attending the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Dahlgren later joined Rothwell Figg as an associate after graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown where his achievements placed him in the top 3% of his graduating class. Mr. Dahlgren left the firm from 2013-2014 to serve as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Dahlgren graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. While an undergraduate, he participated on the Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team, which won consecutive Patriot League Championships while he was there. After graduation, Mr. Dahlgren worked in the defense industry as an engineer responsible for developing a variety of chemical and biological detection systems. During that time, he also earned an M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Dahlgren is a member and officer of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court in Washington, DC, which is dedicated to fostering professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills in the area of intellectual property. Mr. Dahlgren is also a member of the District of Columbia Bar and Virginia State Bar.
Versata Development Group, Inc. v. Rea
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Actavis, Inc.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. et al.
Cyberfone Systems, LLC v. CNN Interactive Group, Inc.
Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC v. Fresenius Kabi Oncology plc
Cirrex Systems LLC v. InfraReDx, Inc.
Sigris Research Inc. v. bioMerieux SA et al.
Armacell Enterprises, GmbH et al. v. K-Flex USA, LLC et al.
Wireless Ink Corp. v. Facebook et al. (represented MySpace, Inc.)
Call, Inc. v. Advanced Health Media LLC
Dow Jones & Company, Inc. v. Ablaise, Ltd.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International v. Spear Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
ProteoTech, Inc. v. Unicity International Inc. et al. (represented Rexall Sundown, Inc.)
Reexamination No. 90/010,849
Reexamination No. 90/011,010
Reexamination No. 90/011,012
Reexamination No. 90/011,014
Reexamination No. 95/000,489
Reexamination No. 95/001,519
Reexamination No. 95/001,520
Areas of Concentration
Inter Partes Review, Reexamination, and Interference Practice
Publications & Presentations
Expert Analysis: Why High Court Should Take Samsung v. Apple, IP Law360, February 18, 2016.
Expert Analysis: The Dysfunctional Functional Standard For Design Patents, IP Law360, December 21, 2015.
Expert Analysis: Apple v. Samsung: Damages for a Canceled Patent?, IP Law360, October 27, 2015.
Expert Analysis: An Opportunity For Clarity In Design Patent Damages, IPWatchdog.com, January 6, 2015.
Expert Analysis: An Opportunity For Clarity In Design Patent Infringement, IP Law360, December 2, 2014.
Patent Eligibility Post-Alice, IPWatchdog, August 4, 2014.
The Proper Role for the Presumption of Validity, Patently-O, June 13, 2014.
The Role of Territoriality in Patent Exhaustion, IPWatchdog, December 18, 2012.
Expert Analysis: The Myth of First-to-File: AIA's First-to-Disclose Patent System, IP Law360, November 2, 2011.
Expert Analysis: Why Fujifilm Did Not End The Patent Exhaustion Debate, IP Law360, October 29, 2010.
Professional Affiliations, Honors & Recognition
Giles S. Rich Inn of Court
Washington, DC Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2018)