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Areas Of Expertise

Intellectual Property and Related Litigation

Our multiple-award-winning team has been recognized for its creativity, talent, and ability to resolve complex disputes quickly and efficiently. Gardella Grace P.A. is known for its innovative legal strategies involving patents, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and business litigation. Our lawyers have regularly notched victories for clients in bet-the-company matters having stakes ranging from millions to billions of dollars.

Intellectual Property Procurement and Transactions

Gardella Grace’s transactional group specializes in the procurement of patents, trademarks and copyrights on behalf of a wide array of clients, from major international corporations to tech start-ups. We have scores of years of collective experience prosecuting, or obtaining, intellectual property in the biotech, chemical, industrial, medical devices, financial, energy, materials, communication and technology sectors. Our team can handle virtually any technology. Our lawyers also architect, negotiate and draft agreements across these sectors.

Post-Grant and other Administrative Proceedings

Our team has handled some of the highest stakes post-grant matters ever adjudicated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, having served as lead counsel for both challengers and IP owners in well over one hundred proceedings. Gardella Grace’s breadth of experience across litigation and prosecution matters is a particularly valuable asset in these matters, which involve hybrid administrative proceedings that have aspects in common with both litigation and prosecution.

The Gardella Grace team combines uncommonly broad intellectual property expertise with unparalleled technical ability.


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Industry Accolades

Industry Recognition

"The 'phenomenal' Greg H. Gardella is 'extremely experienced in the post-grant space and a dynamic all-round patent consultant.'"

Legal Industry Survey and Peer Review Ranking | Quoting Client
"He is able to synthesise legal solutions for his clients from all angles – anyone who knows Greg knows he is wicked smart."

Legal Industry Survey and Peer Review Ranking | Quoting Client
"Greg H. Gardella has taken the lead on many of the higher-profile inter partes reviews. A former Irell, Fish and Oblon lawyer, he 'has real pedigree and an incredible depth of knowledge.'"

Legal Industry Survey and Peer Review Ranking | Quoting Client
"His intellect and working knowledge are phenomenal and it is a pleasure working with him." "He is a huge benefit to anyone who has him in their corner. His deep knowledge of post-grant USPTO trials is second to none."

Legal Industry Survey and Peer Review Ranking | Quoting Client
“Informed by well-rounded litigation, post-grant and prosecution expertise, Greg Gardella’s strategic advice is like gold dust. Hailed for his intellectual processing power, he can unravel a complex patent problem and solve it in the blink of an eye.”

Legal Industry Survey and Peer Review Ranking | 2021

News and Events

Gardella Grace Live/On-Demand CLE Webinar Series | Patentable Subject Matter: Seeking Certainty in Uncertain Times

Webinar date and time: Tuesday, October 25, 1:00PM – 2:00PM ET.   On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, please join Cook Alciati and Michael Dorfman for “Patentable Subject Matter: Seeking Certainty in Uncertain Times.”   Despite the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit offering guidance throughout the last decade since the Supreme Court’s Mayo decision, many parties and […]

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Cook Alciati Selected as Managing IP’s 2022 Rising Star in IP

This week, Managing IP released 2022’s Rising Stars in IP list that recognizes some of the best up-and-coming IP practitioners.  Congratulations to our Principal Cook Alciati for being selected this year.  Managing IP selects individuals that have contributed to the success of their firms and client and displays marked expertise in their field.   Mr. […]

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GG Live and On-Demand CLE Video Webinar Series | Willful Infringement and Enhanced Damages: Litigation Takeaways in an Evolving Landscape

Webinar date and time: Wednesday, August 24, 1:00PM – 2:00PM ET.   On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, please join Cook Alciati and Michael Dorfman for “Willful Infringement and Enhanced Damages: Litigation Takeaways in an Evolving Landscape.”   Parties often wonder what is required to form the basis for an allegation of willful infringement, including whether […]

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Gardella Grace and Firm Principals Greg Gardella, Cook Alciati and Natalie Grace Identified as Outstanding Firm and Individuals in IAM’s Patent 1000 Listings

Gardella Grace is recognized as a leading firm for patent prosecution in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) 2022 annual guide.  Gardella Grace lands among prominent patent law firms in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and according to IAM, has “taken the market by storm.”   The IAM Patent 1000 list recommends Gardella Grace principals, Greg Gardella, […]

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GG Live CLE Video Webinar Series | Indirect Infringement and the Life Sciences: Recent Litigation Takeaways and Insights for Patent Drafting

Webinar date and time:  Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm ET.   On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, please join Pat Halloran, Natalie Grace, Cook Alciati, and Michael Dorfman for “Indirect Infringement and the Life Sciences:  Recent Litigation Takeaways and Insights for Patent Drafting​.”   From “skinny-labeling” to the establishment of required intent for inducement, interesting, […]

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GG Live and On-Demand CLE Video Webinar Series | 2021 in Review: Significant Updates to Copyright and Trademark Law and Practice

Webinar date and time:  Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm ET.   On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, please join Chad Ziegler, Natalie Grace, Cook Alciati, and Michael Dorfman for “2021 in Review: Significant Updates to Copyright and Trademark Law and Practice.”    2021 included a number of notable trademark and copyright decisions from the various […]

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Greg Gardella Selected in the 2022 IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders Guide

We are pleased to announce Greg’s selection in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders guide for a second year. IAM stated that Greg is “best known for his PTAB prowess…” and “has a superlative track record defending companies’ most valuable patents.” They further commented that Greg is “not only one of the best when it comes to post-grant proceedings, he […]

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Gardella Grace Obtains Verdict of more than $38 million in Favor of Client

Gardella Grace P.A., led by Principal Cook Alciati, obtained a verdict of more than $38 million (plus an amount of prejudgment interest to be determined) in favor of its client Steuben Foods, Inc. following a week-long jury trial before Chief Judge Colm F. Connolly in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.

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IP Insights

PTAB Reverses Obviousness Rejections for Failure to Adequately Explain the Motivation to Combine References and that the Claimed Product Would Result from the Combination 

By Pat Halloran | November 23, 2022

The Applicant appealed the Examiner’s rejection of its claims to “[a]n aqueous dispersion comprising….a continuous phase” of “75% to 100% water” and “60% to 95% of a distributed phase” including “2% to 20% ethylcellulose polymer”, “70 to 97% food oil” and “1% to 10% dispersant, wherein the distributed phase comprises dispersed particles that are solid […]

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Supreme Court to Consider Patent Written Description Enablement

By Natalie Grace | November 16, 2022

Patent practitioners are intimately familiar with the requirement of 35 U.S.C. § 112 that the “written description of the invention, and of the manner and process of making and using it, [shall be presented] in such full, clear, concise, and exact terms as to enable any person skilled in the art to which it pertains, […]

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Federal Circuit Decision Provides a Reminder on the Potential Effects of Incorporation by Reference

By James Harris | November 9, 2022

The Federal Circuit recently reversed a summary judgment ruling that a patentee’s claims were indefinite based on a definition found in another patent that was incorporated by reference.   In Finjan LLC v. Eset, LLC, the claim term at issue was the term “downloadable.”  Finjan’s earliest priority application (the ‘639 application) included a common definition […]

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Federal Circuit Panel Splits in Evaluating Patent Eligibility of IBM’s Map Display and Layered Data Patents

By Michael Dorfman | November 1, 2022

In an October 17, 2022 precedential opinion in IBM v. Zillow Group (available here), the Federal Circuit affirmed the grant of a motion for judgment on the pleadings concluding that two of the asserted patents claimed ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Judge Stoll dissented-in-part with regard to two dependent claims for which […]

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