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John J. Molenda

John J. Molenda

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

New York City, NY, USA


John Molenda is co-chair of Steptoe's Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Practice, is head of the Intellectual Property Practice for the New York office, and has served on the firm's Executive Committee.  He focuses on patent litigation at the district court and appellate levels, opinions of counsel, due diligence, and post-grant proceedings, including inter partes reviews (IPRs) and reexaminations.  He represents clients across technologies, including biotherapeutics (biologics), pharmaceuticals (Hatch-Waxman), biochemical research tools, medical devices, semiconductors, and computer software.

Dr. Molenda's practice has a particular focus on biologics and biosimilars. He currently represents two pharmaceutical companies in a case involving blockbuster biologics to lower cholesterol and is coordinating pre-litigation strategy and counseling for a global biosimilars program involving high-value monoclonal antibody and cytokine products.  Dr. Molenda has also led biologics teams conducting transaction-related diligence and pre-petition diligence in advance of IPR filings. He has spoken on recent developments involving biologics and biosimilars for ACI, Knowledge Group, BIOTECanada, Canaccord Genuity, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA).

With respect to Dr. Molenda’s appellate practice, he litigates regularly in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including briefing, oral argument, and complex motion practice.  He has held substantial roles in 20 Federal Circuit appeals, including recently arguing one of the first pharmaceutical-related IPR appeals.  Dr. Molenda is active in the Federal Circuit community, currently serving as a Vice Chair of the FCBA’s Bench & Bar Planning Committee.  He has previously held leadership roles on the FCBA’s Patent Litigation, Legislation, and Rules Committees.  Prior to private practice, he served as a Federal Circuit law clerk for the Honorable Alan D. Lourie.

With respect to Dr. Molenda’s district court practice, he litigates in district courts across the United States, including playing substantial roles in several trials, managing all aspects of pre-trial proceedings, assuming leading roles in mediations and Markman proceedings, and managing complex discovery.  Dr. Molenda has served as co-chair of PLI’s Fundamentals of Patent Litigation program since 2014.

John J. Molenda is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2018
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case - Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2018, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The Ethical Implications of Attorney Collaborations with Accounting Experts (March 23, 2018) - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Thursday, May 17, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case - Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2018, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Opening Remarks and Introduction - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Anatomy of the Balance Sheet - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2018, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, New York, NY
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Friday, May 25, 2018, New York, NY
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case - Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows - Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys - Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Anatomy of the Balance Sheet - Anatomy of the Balance Sheet, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks - The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case - Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys - Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks - The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case - Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Anatomy of the Balance Sheet - Anatomy of the Balance Sheet, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys - Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks - The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows - Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2019, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, New York, NY
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2019, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2019, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, New York, NY
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2019 NY, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2019, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Cleveland, OH
Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2019, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Philadelphia, PA
Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2019, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Mechanicsburg, PA
Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2019, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Indianapolis, IN
Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2019, Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2019, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, New Brunswick , NJ
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2019, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Cleveland, OH
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