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Lynn Levine, Long-Time ITC OUII Director, Joins MoFo’s IP Practice in Washington, D.C.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Thirty-year career included oversight of more than 500 Section 337 patent-based investigations
Morrison & Foerster today announced that Lynn Levine, former director of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII), has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Group as senior of counsel in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Levine has more than three decades of experience working on matters related to Section 337 litigation. During her 25-year tenure as director of OUII, Ms. Levine supervised more than 500 Section 337 patent-based investigations, which frequently focused upon sophisticated technologies, particularly in the computer, information technology, and telecommunications fields. She has extensive experience across all phases of Section 337 litigation, including pre-filing complaint reviews, institution proceedings, and the discovery, trial, review, and remedy phases of Section 337 investigations.
“Lynn is an extraordinarily accomplished lawyer and an established authority on Section 337 matters,” said Rachel Krevans, chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. “We believe that the knowledge and insights she has gained from serving as one of the ITC’s top officials will enhance our ITC and intellectual property practices, bolstering our Section 337 litigation practice in particular. She will be an invaluable asset to our IP group and our clients, who will benefit greatly from her deep ITC experience.”
In addition to patent-based investigations, Ms. Levine worked on investigations involving other intellectual property rights and forms of unfair competition, including trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation. While at the ITC, Ms. Levine also participated in various rule-making proceedings regarding the conduct of Section 337 proceedings and provided technical advice pertaining to legislative developments and policy issues.
“I’m thrilled to have someone of Lynn’s stature in the Section 337 area join our IP Practice Group in Washington, D.C.,” said Brian Busey, leader of Morrison & Foerster’s ITC practice. “I believe Lynn’s wealth of knowledge of the ITC and Section 337 will greatly enhance our ability to serve our current and future IP clients.”
“I am excited to join MoFo. Given my ITC background, the firm’s D.C. office is the perfect fit for my practice.” said Ms. Levine. “MoFo already has one of the most active ITC practices of any firm and is one of the leading IP practices worldwide.”
Before becoming director of OUII, Ms. Levine worked as a supervisory attorney in that office for three years, where she supervised the day-to-day work of OUII’s staff attorneys on Section 337 investigations. Ms. Levine had also previously served as a staff attorney in both OUII and the ITC’s Office of General Counsel. Prior to joining the staff of the ITC, Ms. Levine practiced antitrust law with a large firm in D.C.
Ms. Levine received a Presidential Rank Award in 2008 for work in the intellectual property area. The award is given annually by the President of the United States and honors high-performing senior career employees for sustained extraordinary accomplishment. In addition, Ms. Levine was an inaugural inductee into the ChIPs Hall of Fame in 2013. She was honored for her outstanding contributions to the practice of intellectual property law and the advancement of women in patent and IP related fields. She earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School and her B.A. from Kirkland/Hamilton College. She is frequently a speaker on topics relating to Section 337 proceedings and is currently a member of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association.
Morrison & Foerster is consistently ranked as one of the top intellectual property practices in the world. Most recently, the firm’s IP litigation practice was named one of three “IP Litigation Powerhouses” by BTI Litigation Outlook 2014, the 2013 Chambers USA Intellectual Property Firm of the Year, and a 2012 Law360 Practice Group of the Year.
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