Meredith Addy, co-founder of AddyHart P.C., is a deeply experienced intellectual property litigator who specializes in cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in the federal district courts, and at the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Addy has led 30 federal district court cases and more than 40 appeals to the Federal Circuit. Experienced in protecting and monetizing corporate intellectual asset portfolios, Addy in 2015 earned her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago's Booth School.
Addy has spent her career counseling high-profile companies in the software, technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries. She focuses on developing and executing strategies to achieve the most efficient approach to realizing her clients' IP goals. Her clients describe her as "an exceptionally skilled lawyer" and a "key figure, who knows the courts inside and out," adding that she is "extremely pro-business. She really understands business and how it's run." (Chambers USA)
Practicing in today’s highly complex technical environment, Addy has an innate ability to explain complex legal and technical issues to jurists and laypeople alike—an ability that in part depends on her training as an electrical engineer. Former Chief Judge Paul Michel, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, remarked,
"When you ask Addy a difficult question, as we often do in oral arguments, she fires right back with a very crisp, clear answer that is totally responsive to the question. And it's factual and accurate and fair. The contrast with other attorneys is stark. Most other attorneys duck the questions. Addy answers them head-on."
Addy has held high management positions at AmLaw100 firms and IP Boutiques, including serving as office managing partner of the Chicago office of an AmLaw100 firm; serving as chair of the national patent litigation practice at another AmLaw100 firm; and serving as chair of the national appellate practice at one of the nation's largest IP law firms. She has also served on firms’ Executive Committees and Boards of Directors.
Addy was a co-founder and the first president of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, directed to intellectual property. She also served as chair and co-chair of the Amicus Committees for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC).
During her 25+-year career in IP law, Addy has assisted district courts in handling various aspects of complex patent cases about technologies ranging from encryption to guided vehicles to medical devices, advising courts on all aspects of the discovery process; claim construction briefing, argument, and decision; summary judgment proceedings; pre-trial proceedings, and trial.
Addy has been appointed as a Special Master under F.R.C.P. §706, and as a Court-Appointed Expert under F.R.C.P. §53. Duties have included preparing reports and recommendations on infringement and validity, attending hearings, and preparing draft Markman rulings and summary judgment decisions.
Addy created and writes the blog Business De Novo, to generate conversations around the business of innovation. She is a perennial editor of Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit, a publication of West LegalWorks, is a frequent speaker at legal and industry events, has taught CLE-credit courses on patent litigation, and has written numerous articles and publications.
Awards & Honors
Best Lawyers in America
- Patent Litigation and Patent Law, 2007 – 2018
- Chambers USA Band I, 2006 – 2016
- Shortlisted – Intellectual Property Woman of the Year, 2011
- Top 10 Super Lawyers in Illinois 2008, 2015, 2016
- Top 50 Female Super Lawyers in Illinois, 2005–2018
- Top 100 Super Lawyers in Illinois 2005, 2008, 2010, 2014–2018
- Patent Litigation 1000 (2014–2018)
- Patent Litigation 250 (2011, 2013)
- Top 20 Federal Circuit Practitioner
- Top 15 Illinois Patent Litigator, 2011
- Leading Patent Litigator, 2011
- The 20 Most Influential Women in IP Law, 2014
- Female Powerbrokers, 2014
- 40 Attorneys Under 40 Hall of Fame, 2014
- 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch, 2004
Leading Lawyers Network
- Top 10 Leading Women Intellectual Property Lawyers, 2015
- Top 10 Intellectual Property Lawyers, 2014
- Top 100 Women Lawyers, 2015
- Top 100 Women Business Lawyers, 2014–2015
- Top 250 Leading Business Lawyers, 2014
Legal 500, 2007–2008
Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)
- Top 250 Women in IP, 2013–2014
- IP Stars. 2013–2016
- Life Science Star – Patent Litigation, 2012
- Life Science Star – Hatch-Waxman Litigation, 2012
- Life Science Star – Patent Strategy & Management, 2012
U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"
- TDR law firm ranked Tier 3 in Patent Litigation nationally
- TDR law firm ranked Tier 2 for Patent Litigation in Chicago (2017)
Representative Cases: U.S. Supreme Ct. and Federal Circuit
- TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (S. Ct. 2017). Represented American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) as amicus curiae on writ of certiorari about proper interpretation of patent venue statute 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b).
- RecogniCorp, LLC. v. Nintendo CO., Ltd. (S. Ct. 2017). Represented Raymond A. Mercado Ph.D. and Inventor Groups as amicus curiae on petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case about the proper application of 35 U.S.C. § 101.
- Evolutionary Intelligence v. Sprint Nextel, et al. (Fed. Cir. 2017). Represented patentee on petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in case about the scope of analysis when determining patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.
- Synopsys v. Mentor Graphics (S. Ct. 2017). Represented Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago as amicus curiae on petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in case about the scope of analysis when determining patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.
- Elbit Sys. Am. v. Thales Visionix, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017). Represented defense contractor-patentee Thales Visionix as appellee on appeal from a favorable decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board holding that specific claims of its patents were not invalid based on prior art.
- In re Openings dba Total Door (Fed. Cir. 2017). Represented appellant manufacturer of industrial doors on appeal of an adverse decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that its proposed mark is functional.
- Thales Visionix, Inc. v. Elbit Systems, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017). Represented appellant defense contractor on successful appeal reversing the decision from the Court of Federal Claims that its patent was not valid as covering patent-ineligible subject-matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.
- HTC v. IPCom (Fed. Cir. 2016). Represented patentee on appeal of an adverse decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that its mobile technology patent is not valid.
- Zoltek Corp. v. U.S. (Fed. Cir. 2016). Represented materials company on successful appeal of an adverse decision of the Court of Claims that its patent on carbon fiber was not valid.
- Continental Automotive Systems U.S., Inc. v. Schrader-Bridgeport International, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014). Represented international automotive company on appeal from adverse decision of the PTAB.
- Industrial Technology Research v. ITC (Fed. Cir. 2013). Represented international electronics company on appeal from final determination of the U.S. International Trade Commission that patents are not infringed. Case was affirmed.
- Allergan, Inc. v. Apotex (Fed. Cir. 2013). Represented an international pharmaceutical company in appealing a district court decision finding infringement and validity of patents covering Latisse® treatment for thinning eyelashes.
- AstraZeneca v. Sandoz (Fed. Cir. 2013). Represented international pharmaceutical company in appeal of trial court determination that patents on Pulmicort Respules®, generic budesonide, are either invalid or not infringed.
- Randall Mfg. v. Rea (Fed. Cir. 2013). Represented manufacturing company in successful reversal of adverse reexamination determination by USPTO.
- Iris Corporation v. Japan Airlines Int'l Co., Ltd. (Fed. Cir. 2014). Represented international airline as appellee from judgment of noninfringement involving method for manufacturing e-passports. Case decided favorably for client.
Representative Cases in the Trial Courts
- Thales Visionix, Inc. v. United States and Elbit Systems of America (C.F.C. pending). Represent defense contractor-plaintiff patentee before the Court of Federal Claims in litigation about technology supporting the inertial navigation system in the pilot helmets in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
- Apex Pharmacuticals, Inc. v. Pack Pharmaceuticals, LLC and Rising Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty. 2017). Represent pharmaceutical company in breach of contract action on several products.
- Synopsys, Inc. v. RPost holdings Inc. (N.D. Cal. pending), Trend Micro, Inc. v. RPost holdings Inc. (N.D. Cal. pending). Represent provider of proprietary messaging platforms in asserting its patent against competitors who filed declaratory judgments.
- Watlow v. Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. (E.D. Mo. 2016). Represented automotive supplier as defendant in patent litigation related to temperature sensors.
- Cascades v. CCH, a Wolters Kluwer Company (N.D. Ill. 2015). Represent publishing company as defendant in patent litigation on web page linking technology.
- Eli Lilly v. Sun Pharma (D. Ind. 2013). Represented a pharmaceutical company in district court litigation on a drug for treating certain types of cancer.
- APP Pharma v. Navinta (D.N.J. 2012). Represented a pharmaceutical company in patent litigation through preliminary injunction hearing related to Naropin® and generic ropivacaine hydrochloride.
- Allergan v. Apotex, et al. (M.D.N.C. 2012). Represented international pharmaceutical company in patent litigation through trial under the Hatch-Waxman Act related to bimatoprost, sold by Allergan as Latisse® for hypotrichosis.
- Pfizer v. Sandoz Inc. (D.N.J. 2011). Represented international pharmaceutical company in patent litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act related to pregabalin, sold by Pfizer as Lyrica®. Case settled during trial.
- Allergan v. Sandoz Inc. (D. Del. 2011). Represented international pharmaceutical company in patent litigation through trial under the Hatch-Waxman Act related to bimatoprost, sold by Allergan as Lumigan® for glaucoma.
- Novo Nordisk Inc., et al. v. Sandoz Inc. (D.N.J. 2011) and Sandoz Inc. v. Novo Nordisk, Incorporated, et al. (E.D. Mich. 2011). Represented international pharmaceutical company in two successive patent infringement cases over the generic drug repaglinide, used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and sold by Novo Nordisk under the brand name Prandin®.
Representative PTAB Litigations
- Successfully defended respondent in inter partes review before USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on a patent for inertial navigation system.
- Defended respondent after grant of inter partes review by the PTAB on a patent for direct audio capture and identification of said captured audio.
- Represented requester, an S&P 500 manager of high-quality retail properties throughout the United States, in a PTAB challenge of a patent for a map navigation and display system.
- Represented requester, a multinational electronics and ceramics manufacturer, in a PTAB challenge of a patent for a mobile communicator.
- Represented requester, a provider of supply-chain execution solutions, in challenging a patent for a portable communicator.
- Represented an inventor in appealing a rejected application for a patent for an optical network.
- Represent an international automotive company in inter partes reexamination directed to a tire-pressure monitoring patent. Examiner rejected all claims at issue; case is on appeal before the PTAB.
Court Appointments as Expert or Special Master
- Nuance Commn's, Inc. v. ABBYY Software House, Lexmark and eCopy, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2014). Court-appointed special master in connection with preparing reports and recommendations (R&Rs) on order, claims and terms to be adjudicated in litigation involving multiple patents related to optical character recognition (OCR) technology. Prepared R&Rs on scheduling orders and submission of late prior art.
- Protegrity v. Ingrian Networks, Inc. (D. Conn. 2013). Appointed technical advisor in database security case to assist court in decisions relating to litigation, including but not limited to discovery; claim construction; dispositive motions; explaining technologies at issue and the scope and content of asserted patents; prior art; procedures before the USPTO; and, explaining the function and operation of accused products. Case was dismissed before trial.
- Urologix, Inc. v. Prostalund AB,). Appointed assistant to the district court to prepare recommendations with respect to patent claim construction and summary judgment in patent litigation concerning a medical device. 227 F. Supp. 2d 1033 (E.D. Wis. 2002). Reconsideration of the patent was denied, 256 F. Supp. 2d 911 (E.D. Wis. 2003).
- Omega Mfg. Corp. v. Valley Tissue Pkg. Court-appointed special master in connection with patent claim construction hearing. Prepared claim construction decision and recommendations adopted by the district court on discovery motions in patent litigation relating to packaging of paper products. (E.D. Wis. 2002). Case was dismissed.
- Microelectronic Modules v. Maxim Integrated Prods. (E.D. Wis., filed 2001). Court-appointed expert in connection with the preparation of patent claim construction recommendations and summary judgment recommendations to the district court in patent litigation concerning electrical circuitry.
- Allen-Bradley Co. v. DataLink Techs. (E.D. Wis. filed 1997). Court-appointed assistant to the district court in connection with preparation of recommendations regarding patent claim construction and summary judgment in complex patent litigation involving patents relating to programmable controllers for integrating multiple computer systems.
- HK Systems, Inc. v. Mannesmann Dematic Rapistan Corp. (E.D. Wis. filed 2000). Court-appointed expert assistant on claim construction issues and summary judgment motions on patents for automatic guided vehicles. Prepared recommendations on claim construction and multiple summary judgment motions.
Articles & Presentations
- Addy, Meredith Martin. "Alice at Age Four: Time to Grow Up." IP Watchdog 18 Sep 2018.
- Addy, Meredith Martin, Bob Steinberg and John A. Dragseth, panelists. "PTAB Endgame: The Final Written Decision, Rehearing and Appeals to the CAFC." A program of the Practising Law Institute. USPTO Post-Grant Patent Trials 2018. 16 May 2018 and 28 Sep 2018.
- Addy, Meredith Martin. "Is There a Light at the End of the Alice Tunnel?" IP Watchdog 18 Feb 2018.
- Addy, Meredith Martin. "A Surreal Endeavor: Asserting Patent Rights in the U.S." IP Watchdog 15 Feb 2018.
- Addy, Meredith Martin. "For a Trial Court Peering through the Looking Glass, Everything Appears Abstract." IP Watchdog 26 Oct 2017.
- Addy, Meredith Martin. "Confessions of a Frustrated Patent Attorney: The Telephone Call." IP Watchdog 1 Oct 2017.
- Addy, Meredith Martin. "Request for Amicus Support at Federal Circuit in Evolutionary Intelligence v. Sprint Nextel Corp.," IP Watchdog 31 March 2017.
- Hattenbach, Benjamin and Rosalyn Kautz. "A Recurring Problem In Patentability of Computer Software." Law360 22 Feb 2018.
- Schaffer, Robert and Joseph Robinson. "CAFC says PTAB Entitled to Weigh the Credibility of Experts, Ignore Attorney Argument." IP Watchdog 18 Feb 2018.
- Brachman, Steve. "Federal Circuit Upholds Thales Motion-Tracking Patent Asserted against U.S. Government for Second Time." IP Watchdog 13 Feb 2018.
- Penton, Kevin. "Federal Circ. Upholds Validity of Motion Tracking IP." Law360 6 Feb 2018.
- Marsh, Richard and Braden Katterheinrich. "New Fed. Circ. Guidance for Patenting Software Inventions." Law360 26 Jan 2018.
- Ashery, Lawrence E. "The Hottest Patent Law Issues of 2017." Law360 2 Jan 2018.
- Schecter, Manny. "Through the Looking Glass: Recent Federal Circuit Decisions Do Not Change the Need for Action on Alice." IP Watchdog 11 May 2017.
- "Heads Up! That’s Patentable Subject Matter: Thales Visionix Inc. v. U.S." National Law Review 1 May 2017.
- "Federal Circuit reverses fighter jet patent suit against US." World IP Review (WIPR) 9 Mar 2017.
- McDermott, Will & Emery. (Analysis). "Federal Circuit Reverses Fighter Jet Patent Suit Against US." Defense-Aerospace.com 9 Mar 2017.
- Davis, Ryan. "Fed. Circ. Reverses Alice Win for US in F-35 Helmet Case." Law360 8 Mar 2017.
- Borella, Michael. "Thales Visionix Inc. v. U.S. Fed. Circ. 2017): Federal Circuit Finds Motion Tracking System to be Patent-Eligible." PatentDocs 9 Mar 2017.
- "Patent Litigator and Appellate Attorney Meredith Martin Addy Jumps to Litigation Boutique Tabet DiVito & Rothstein." EconoTimes 4 May 2016.
- Hoover, Jimmy. "F-35 Helmet Tech Not Invalid Under Alice, Fed. Circ. Hears." Law360 2 Nov 2016.
- Hoover, Jimmy. "DOD, Elbit Accused of Distorting Alice Test on Tracker System." Law360 1 Jun 2016.
- Hoover, Jimmy. "DOD Urges Fed. Cir. to Uphold Toss of F-35 Patent Suit." Law360 2 May 2016.
- DiMora, Alfred J. "The Case of Evolutionary Intelligence, LLC vs. Apple, Facebook, Sprint, Yelp, Twitter, et al." LinkedIn Pulse 9 May 2017.
- "Improved Computer Functionality Argument Fails 101 Eligibility Test in Evolutionary Intelligence." Patent213.
- Griffis, Kelcee. "Fed. Circ. Urged to Rehear Apple, Facebook IP Suit." Law360 20 Apr 2017.
- Daniels, Melissa. "Fed. Circ. Won’t Rehear Apple, Facebook IP Suit." Law360 24 May 2017.
- Mealey's [source]. "Trademark Applicant Tells Federal Circuit Design Is Not Functional." Lexis Legal News 15 Sep 2017.
Faculty & CLE Instruction
- Featured faculty member in ongoing series at the Practising Law Institute on patent litigation, 2014–2018.
- Featured faculty member in Patent Masters series sponsored by IP Watchdog, 2019.