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Doris Johnson Hines

Doris Johnson Hines

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Doris Johnson Hines, Partner

Dori Hines practices all aspects of patent law, with a particular focus on U.S. district court and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation. She has been lead counsel on numerous cases from inception through trial in district courts, the ITC, and before arbitration panels. She has participated in claim construction and summary judgment hearings and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Hines has also represented clients in mediations and has assisted in licensing negotiations.

Ms. Hines spent the early years of her career involved primarily in patent application drafting and worldwide prosecution. Ms. Hines has experience in reissue and reexamination proceedings and appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent Trademark Office (PTAB) (formerly the U.S. Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences). She has lectured on patent issues, including claim construction, software patents, opinion drafting, litigation strategy, and has also taught several patent litigation workshops and courses.


  • In re Semiconductor Chips, 337-TA-753 (ITC). Represents Rambus against Broadcom and others, in an ITC action asserting infringement of two families of patents relating to memory controller and peripheral interface technology against 34 respondents.
  • In re Reduced Ignition Proclivity Cigarette Paper Wrappers, 337-TA-756 (ITC). Represents Schweitzer-Mauduit against Delfort and others, in an ITC action involving reduced ignition proclivity cigarette paper.
  • In re Semiconductor Chips Having Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory Controllers, 337-TA-661 (ITC, Fed. Cir.). Represented Rambus in a patent infringement case against nVidia and 16 other respondents seeking to exclude nVidia memory controllers from the United States. Three of Rambus's patents were found valid and infringed by the administrative law judge and the full ITC and an exclusion order was issued. The case is currently on appeal.
  • BarTex v. FedEx (E.D. Tex.). Represented FedEx in litigation relating to bar code technology. After a favorable claim construction, BarTex conceded summary judgment of invalidity. Argued the case on appeal and judgment for FedEx was summarily affirmed.
  • Represented Aventis in a patent infringement action against Baxter's Advate® product for treating hemophilia, ultimately successfully resolved through confidential arbitration. Also represented Aventis and CSL Behring in a similar action against Bayer's Kogenate® FS product, which settled on confidential terms.
  • Netac Technology Co. v. PNY Technologies (E.D. Tex.). Defended PNY against allegations of patent infringement by Netac relating to USB flash memory storage devices, obtaining a favorable claim construction ruling followed by a mediation that resulted in a favorable settlement.
  • Urologix, Inc. v. ProstaLund AB (E.D. Wis.). Represented Circon in a patent infringement action initiated by Urologix relating to the treatment of enlarged prostate. Following a bench trial successfully had one of the patents held invalid and achieved a favorable settlement.
  • Represented several claimants in the firm's veteran pro bono program, successfully briefing and arguing appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Served as leader of the firm's litigation section.
  • Worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO, 1986-1989.
  • Served as a law clerk to the Honorable Giles S. Rich at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1993-1995.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a leading patent litigator in the D.C. area by Intellectual Asset Management, 2013.
  • Recognized as an "IP Star" in Washington, DC, by Managing Intellectual Property, 2013.

Professional Activities

  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Bar Association of Virginia
  • Federal Circuit and American Bar Associations
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Select Publications

  • Coauthor. "The Continuing (R)evolution of Injunctive Relief in the District Courts and the International Trade Commission," IP Litigator, Jan./Feb. 2013.
  • Coauthor. "Intervention in ITC Investigations," 337 Reporter, Spring 2003.
  • Coauthor. "The Name of the Game is the Claim: Markman Five Years Later," Practicing Law Institute, July 2001.
  • Coauthor. "Growing Pains: Software Patents Come of Age," Advanced Computer Law Institute, March 1996.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Trial
  • ITC Section 337 Patent Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Patent Office Practice
  • Reexamination
  • Patent Transactions and Strategic Counseling
  • Opinions and Counseling
  • Industry Focus
  • Electrical and Computer Technology
  • Medical Device

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1991
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1986

Judicial Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


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