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Lauren A. Degnan

Lauren A. Degnan

Fish & Richardson PC

Washington, DC, USA

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Patent Litigation
  • ITC Litigation

  • Financial/Business Services
  • Internet
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Devices
  • Semiconductors
  • Software
  • Telecommunications

Lauren A. Degnan is a Principal in the Washington, DC, of Fish & Richardson. She leads high-stakes, high-risk litigation where hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. A trial attorney experienced in all phases of patent litigation, Ms. Degnan has argued in the Markman and summary judgment contexts in numerous federal district courts, including the District of Delaware, and has argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Her litigation experience includes handling antitrust claims and counterclaims arising in connection with intellectual property disputes. She has handled a variety of cases before the United States International Trade Commission, including utility patent, design patent, registered trademark, trade dress, and trade secret cases. She is also an appellate and briefing specialist, with an impressive record of summary judgment and appellate wins. Ms. Degnan performs strategic counseling for her clients on avoiding and resolving litigation, IP strategy, pre-suit investigations, appellate arguments, due diligence, opinion work, and post grant procedures, including reexaminations and inter partes review.

Ms. Degnan specializes in high technology litigation and has litigated cases involving computer software, networks, and peripherals, microprocessors, telecommunications equipment, smartphones, LCDs and plasma displays, security and encryption technologies, GPS devices, flash memory, internet applications, business methods, document imaging and storage systems, and various mechanical inventions. Before joining Fish, she served as a judicial clerk to then Chief Judge Haldane Robert Mayer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1997-1999).


  • BS, Cornell University 1992
    Mechanical Engineering
  • JD, Vanderbilt University Law School 1995
    Order of the Coif
    Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


  • District of Columbia 1996
  • Massachusetts 1996
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 1997
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin


The Honorable H. Robert Mayer, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1997 - 1999

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Amicus Committee; Vice Chair, Federal Circuit Bar Association,
    Pro Bono Committee; Member, Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Advisory Board; Member,
    Intellectual Property Owners Association; Member, International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers

Other Distinctions

Federal Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono Leadership Award (2012)
Washington, DC, Super Lawyer (2013)

Moderator, "Determining Best in Class Strategies for Avoiding and Managing Patent Litigation,” Patents for Financial Services Summit (2012)

Panelist, “Trends in ITC Practice,” PLI’s Patent Litigation (2012)

Co-author, "Sealed with a Click: Forming Enforceable On-Line Agreements," 17 Licensing Journal 13 (1997).

Co-author, "Rev'd on Other Grounds: The Supreme Court Decides Hilton Davis," Intellectual Property
(April 1997).

Co-author, "Responding to Hardball Tactics and Questionable Ethics in Litigation," 10 Inside Litigation 7

Author, "Does U.S. Patent Law Comply with TRIPS Articles 3 and 27 with Respect to the Treatment of Inventive Activity?" 78 Journal of the Patent Office Society 108 (1996).


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