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Erika Harmon Arner

Erika Harmon Arner

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Reston, VA, USA


Erika Arner is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Reston, Virginia office. She chairs Finnegan's patent office practice. Ms. Arner focuses on patent office trials, patent prosecution management, client counseling, and litigation, with an emphasis on electronic technology, computer software, and the Internet. She helps clients of all sizes to establish and grow patent portfolios, align intellectual property strategy with business objectives, and adapt to the evolving legal landscape, including the America Invents Act.

Ms. Arner is a well-known authority in the area of business method patents and patent-eligibility jurisprudence. She represented the petitioners before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos, and has advised clients on issues related to patentable subject matter before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. district courts, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  She has particular experience with post-grant review proceedings, having served as lead counsel in the first oral arguments in a covered business method patent case before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Ms. Arner has provided opinions on patentability, infringement, and validity of patents, and drafted or overseen the drafting of more than 150 patent applications for business method, electrical, telecommunications, and software-based technologies.  She is a frequent author and lecturer on business method and computer-related patents.

Erika Harmon Arner is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters D. Brian Kacedon and Kevin D. Rodkey, Impression Products v. Lexmark Intl (October 3, 2017) - Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018, Thursday, January 25, 2018
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP Prosecution First Blog - Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018, Thursday, January 25, 2018
Elliot C. Cook, Daniel F. Klodowski and David C. Seastrunk, “Federal Circuit PTAB Appeal Statistics—September 1, 2017,” Finnegan AIA Blog (September 22, 2017), https://www.finnegan.com/en/insights/blogs/america-invents-act/federal-circuitptab-appeal-statistics-august-1-2017-copy.html - Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018, Thursday, January 25, 2018
Paula E. Miller, “Concerns Raised Regarding PTAB Rules on Joinder and Expanded Panels,” Finnegan Federal Circuit IP Blog (August 30, 2017), https://www.finnegan.com/en/insights/blogs/federal-circuit-ip/concernsraised-regarding-ptab-rules-on-joinder-and-expandedpanels.html - Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2018, Thursday, January 25, 2018
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