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John J. Molenda, Ph.D.

John J. Molenda, Ph.D.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

New York, NY, USA


John Molenda is co-chair of Steptoe's Healthcare & Life Sciences industry team and is based in Steptoe’s New York office. His practice focuses on patent litigation and counseling at the district court and appellate levels, as well as post-grant proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office. He represents clients across technologies, including biotherapeutics (biologics), pharmaceuticals (Hatch-Waxman), biochemical research tools, medical devices, computer software, genetically modified plants, polymers, and automotive parts.

Dr. Molenda's practice has recently focused  on the cutting-edge field of biologics litigation, including pre-litigation counseling and strategy concerning application of the Biologics Act to biotherapeutic development programs.  Dr. Molenda is currently coordinating the strategy for a global monoclonal antibody biosimilars program and previously co-led the legal aspects of an EPO biosimilars program. He speaks regularly on current issues impacting the Biologics Act, including appearances for Knowledge Congress, BIOTECanada, and Canaccord Genuity, and moderating webcasts for the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Dr. Molenda’s appellate practice concentrates on patent appeals before the Federal Circuit, and his experience includes substantial involvement in numerous such appeals. He routinely advises clients on Federal Circuit practice and procedure, and has guest lectured on these topics at Fordham University School of Law. Dr. Molenda is an active member of the Federal Circuit community, and he currently serves as co-chair of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Rules Committee. Prior to private practice, he served as a Federal Circuit law clerk with the Honorable Alan D. Lourie.

Dr. Molenda’s district court practice includes all aspects of pre-trial and trial proceedings. He has played substantial roles in several trials, successfully led a court-ordered mediation, participated in numerous Markman-related proceedings, and managed all aspects of discovery. Dr. Molenda speaks regularly about current legal issues in patent litigation, including serving as a co-chair of PLI’s Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2014 program and moderating webcasts for the FCBA. He has also authored several articles concerning the Federal Circuit’s evolving law of claim construction.

Professional Affiliations

Federal Circuit Bar Association

Co-Chair, Rules Committee (December 2011-October 2014) Co-Chair, Legislation Committee (October 2008-October 2011)

Co-Vice-Chair, Patent Litigation Committee (October 2005-October 2008)

New York Intellectual Property Law Association New York State Bar Association

Noteworthy

FCBA Legislation Committee Individual Leadership Award, 2011 FCBA Legislation Committee Leadership Award, 2011

Areas of Practice

Appellate & Supreme Court

Intellectual Property IP Litigation

Patent

Patent Litigation Patent Office Practice

Education

The University of Michigan Law School, JD, 1998

New York University, Postdoctoral Research, 1995; Biochemistry

Vanderbilt University, PhD, 1994; Chemistry

Vanderbilt University, MS, 1994; Chemistry

Vanderbilt University, 1991; Chemistry and History, cum laude, with Honors in the College of Arts & Science

Bar & Court Admissions

New York

US Supreme Court

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US Patent and Trademark Office

John J. Molenda, Ph.D. is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2017
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2017: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case (PowerPoint slides) - Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2017, Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case - Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2017, Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know 2017, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Anatomy of the Balance Sheet - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know 2017, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know 2017, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys - Basics of Accounting for Lawyers: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know 2017, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case - Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows - Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Anatomy of the Balance Sheet - Anatomy of the Balance Sheet, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys - Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks - The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case - Anatomy and Timeline for a District Court Patent Infringement Case, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows - Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Anatomy of the Balance Sheet - Anatomy of the Balance Sheet, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys - Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks - The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys - Current Topics in Professional Ethics for Accountants and Attorneys, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks - The Accounting Cycle and Comparative Accounting: GAAP, IFRS and Accounting Frameworks, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Anatomy of the Balance Sheet - Anatomy of the Balance Sheet, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows - Insights from the Statement of Cash Flows, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2017, Saturday, March 25, 2017, New York, NY
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know 2017, Friday, May 26, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2018, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, New York, NY
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Thursday, May 17, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2018, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, New York, NY
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Thursday, May 17, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2018, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2018, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Fundamentals of Patent Litigation 2018, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Thursday, May 17, 2018, Nashville, TN
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Thursday, May 17, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Basics of Accounting for Lawyers 2018, Thursday, May 17, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
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