Foley attorneys have a pulse on IP litigation trends and are ready to discuss the implications of recent proceedings and trials. Beyond the standard summary of IP cases, we focus on providing practical insight that businesses, as well as both in-house and outside counsel, can readily apply to their day-to-day practice. IP Litigation Current provides input regarding litigation and discovery matters in the federal district courts, as well as the court of appeals, and will alert readers about the practical applications of legal proceedings.

Our Editors

Justin E. Gray
Justin E. Gray is senior counsel and a member of the firm’s IP Litigation Practice. Justin graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006), where he was a staff member and symposium editor for the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. Prior to that, Justin obtained a degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.S., with distinction, 2003). Justin also is a charter member of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he taught patent law. In 2011, he received the firm’s IP Founders award, recognizing his service to his clients, his colleagues, and the firm.

Ruben Rodrigues
Ruben Rodrigues is senior counsel and member of the firm’s IP Litigation and Electronics Practices, as well as the Emerging Technologies Industry Team. Ruben focuses his practice on patent litigation matters for technology companies of all sizes on cases involving software, semiconductors, medical devices, and biomedical research tools. He also represents a number of startup companies in patent acquisition and general IP strategy. Ruben earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School. Ruben also holds a masters degree concentrating in Science & Technology Policy from Northeastern University, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. Prior to joining Foley, Ruben interned at the Massachusetts Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Our Contributors

Matthew A. Ambros
Matthew A. Ambros is senior counsel and member of the firm’s IP Litigation and Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practices and the Life Sciences Industry Team. He focuses his practice on patent litigation and has also represented clients in the electrical, mechanical, and software-related industries. His experience includes cases involving data transmission cables, online backup, online recruiting software, data server management, machine vision and board game products. Prior to joining Foley, Matthew was an associate at Lando & Anastasi, LLP, and served as a law clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. He earned his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Matthew received his bachelor’s degree in genetics, cell and developmental biology from Dartmouth College.

Jean-Paul Ciardullo
Jean-Paul Ciardullo is senior counsel and member of the firm’s IP Litigation Practice. His experience includes patent litigation, general intellectual property advisement, and business litigation. He has assisted clients in a wide range of industries such as microprocessor fabrication, pharmaceuticals, satellite radio and industrial manufacturing. Prior to joining Foley, Jean-Paul was an associate with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in New York. He earned his law degree from Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 2006). Jean-Paul graduated from Princeton University, where he majored in civil engineering with minors in finance and materials science (B.S.E., 2003).


Kevin M. Littman
Kevin Littman is a partner and member of the IP Litigation Practice. Kevin has represented a diverse array of clients, including manufacturers of computer software and hardware, medical devices, and consumer products. Some examples of the subject matter of his litigation work has included online backup and storage, software and business methods for administering life insurance policies, machine vision technology, drug manufacturing, LED lighting, non-woven fabrics, safety devices for hypodermic needles, voice recognition software. Kevin has been involved in patent litigation proceedings before federal district courts across the country, as well as in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and before the International Trade Commission. He also has worked on trademark and copyright litigation, and complex litigation matters outside the field of intellectual property. 

R. Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes
R. Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes is senior counsel and member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. Prior to joining Foley, Jan practiced at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, in Boston, where she specialized in patent litigation matters involving software, chemical compositions, and medical devices for publicly traded companies. She received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, in 2004. During law school, Jan served as a member and business manager for the Connecticut Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University in 1996.

Cynthia J. Rigsby
Cynthia J. Rigsby is a partner, and former Vice Chair of the IP Litigation Practice, and former IP Department chair for the Milwaukee office. She also is a member of the International Practice and the firm’s Medical Device Initiative. Cynthia’s practice focuses on the resolution of patent, copyright, trade secret, and other complex commercial disputes. Her work involves various industries and technical areas, including pharmaceutical, medical device, telecommunications, media, entertainment, automotive, sports, Internet, semiconductors, and financial services. She is the former co-chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Milwaukee Bar Association, and a member of the Trade Secrets Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the American Society of Trial Consultants. Cynthia was honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of the Women in the Law 2013.

Lucas I. Silva
Lucas I. Silva is senior counsel and member of the IP Litigation Practice and the Life Sciences Industry Team. He focuses his practice on patent litigation and also handles matters involving claims of trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition. In addition, Lucas represents clients in patent re-examination and inter partes review proceedings before the USPTO. His patent litigation experience includes a wide range of cases involving technologies such as data transmission cables, online recruiting software, data backup, magnetic braking, sound reproduction systems, semiconductor packaging, online advertising, solar panel assemblies, and 3D printing. He obtained his law degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School, with a concentration in intellectual property law. Lucas earned his B.S. in biology and economics from Bates College.

Justin M. Sobaje
Justin Sobaje is special counsel and member of the Electronics and IP Litigation Practices. He has extensive experience litigating patent cases and has developed tactics for the efficient resolution of cases. Justin is well versed in the mechanics of pre-trial patent litigation, including the drafting of infringement contentions, invalidity contentions, claim construction briefs, summary judgment motions, and discovery requests and responses. Justin also counsels clients regarding patents and inventions. He works with clients to craft strategies for patent portfolios, including utility and design patent coverage, as well as patent coverage for foreign countries. He has years of experience in drafting patent applications and in communicating with the USPTO to seek allowance. Justin has additional experience in the preparation of re-examination requests, and in the identification and presentation of prior art as a means of forestalling litigation or for use as a bargaining chip in settlement and licensing negotiations.

Ellen Wong
Ellen Wong is an associate and member of the IP Litigation Practice. Prior to joining Foley, Ellen served as a summer associate with WilmerHale, where she assisted attorneys with writing memos for patent prosecution, patent litigation, antitrust litigation, and client investment inquiries. She also researched copyright issues regarding public digital registries as well as a private client case regarding undue diligence. Ellen earned her degree from Boston College Law School (J.D., 2012), where she served as managing editor of Environmental Affairs Law Review and was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she majored in electrical engineering and computer science (B.S., 2009) Ellen is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.