Linda Thayer is a blend of an experienced litigator and patent portfolio strategist, with deep knowledge in both patent law and multiple complex technologies. She excels at guiding high tech clients in developing strong intellectual property portfolios and defending their patent assets before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and in federal courts.
Linda’s wide range of knowledge and experience allows her to offer clients skilled guidance on a multitude of IP issues. She has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management as a leading patent litigator and a leading patent prosecutor in Massachusetts. As a litigator, she has successfully defended clients in district court patent litigations and in the related PTAB proceeding to challenge the validity of the patent. By understanding the nuances of both fora, she can tailor cost-effective defenses for clients. Linda also excels behind the scenes, working to help clients avoid litigation by conducting freedom-to-operate and validity analyses, and issuing defensible opinions detailing her analysis or advising on administrative procedures before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to request review of patentability.
And because “the best defense is a good offense,” Linda works with clients to develop strong patent portfolios to protect key technologies. Defensible patents begin with a detailed, well-written patent application that adequately describes the invention and alternatives. Strategic, focused prosecution results in strong patents that provide important value to startups and established companies alike. Linda also assists clients in building their global patent asset portfolios by conducting due diligence investigations for investments and mergers and acquisitions, and advising clients on worldwide patent portfolio development, patent licensing and sales.
Linda regularly engages in pro bono representation of veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the Federal Circuit. She also represents domestic abuse victims for the Family Law Project of the Women’s Bar Foundation.