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Trenton A. Ward

Trenton A. Ward

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Atlanta, GA, USA


As a former Lead Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), Trenton Ward was on the front lines of the nascent post-grant review proceedings that have evolved into a prominent position in litigation and business strategies. He draws from his experience on the bench and as a practitioner to provide the highest level of counsel to clients in services ranging from litigation to prosecution and counseling.

In his prior position, Trenton adjudicated more than 250 America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM) patent review, and post-grant review (PGR) proceedings. He served on the panel for more than 275 Decisions on Institution and Final Written Decisions, authoring many of those decisions.  Additionally, Trenton adjudicated over 100 ex parte appeals, authoring the majority of those decisions. In his role as a Lead Judge, Trenton assisted the Chief Judge in the management of the PTAB, including formulating and executing policy for AIA trials and PTAB operations.

Trenton’s practice focuses on patent litigation, including trials before the PTAB, district court trials, and appeals before the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court.  His practice also covers patent prosecution management and client counseling across an array of technologies, including telecommunications, semiconductor devices, medical devices, carbon nanotube devices, and sporting equipment.
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