ChIPs Accelerators with Venable
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    Panelists highlight the latest trends in patent litigation, including the most active judges and districts, the PTAB, litigation funding, NPEs and more. Join Moderator Kaitlyn Rodnick and Panelists Amanda Dittmar, Megan Woodworth, and Sarah Brooks for this interactive discussion.


    • Kaitlyn Rodnick, Venable
    • Amanda Dittmar, Viavi Solutions
    • Megan Woodworth, Venable
    • Sarah Brooks, Venable


    • Litigation funding trends, including Judge-specific standing orders aimed at disclosure of litigation funding agreements
    • NPE suits in WDTX in the wake of new local orders aimed at curbing judge-shopping
    • IPR’s – where the PTAB is going in 2023
      Supreme court IP decisions in 2023 – Is the supreme court going to take a 101 case this term?

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    Kaitlyn Rodnick
    Kaitlyn Rodnick practices intellectual property (IP) law with an emphasis on the life sciences industry. Kaitlyn’s experience includes patent and trade secret litigation in federal courts and Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Her background in cellular and molecular biology positions her to effectively represent clients in an array of technologies, including biologics, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. In law school, Kaitlyn served as editor-in-chief of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and externed for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

    Amanda J. Dittmar
    Amanda J. Dittmar is an intellectual property attorney with extensive experience in all areas of intellectual property law, including litigating, prosecuting, counseling, and licensing on patent, copyright, and trademark law for clients in a variety of technical fields, including software, electronics, mechanical devices, medical devices, and chemical technologies. Amanda currently heads the patent department for Viavi Solutions’ optical security and performance products division (“OSP”). The division specializes in a wide-range of technologies, including miniature spectrometers, optical filters, custom color solutions, security pigments for currency in over 100 nations, brand protection, and security threads. She develops and implements strategies for the patent portfolios of each of these subdivisions. She also advises on mergers, acquisitions, and investment transactions.

    Megan Woodworth
    Megan Woodworth is co-chair of Venable’s IP Litigation – Technology Group. Megan focuses her practice on patent litigation and appeals and has helped clients resolve complex patent disputes involving sophisticated technologies, such as medical devices, software, telecommunications, and automotive technologies. She has represented clients before the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and various district courts. Megan has also argued several cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and has authored and co-authored dozens of appellate briefs.

    Sarah Brooks
    Sarah Brooks counsels a broad range of large and small technology companies, including consumer product, wireless technology, mechanical device, computer science, biotech, medical device, toy, and sporting goods companies, on brand protection, trademark, and patent rights. Sarah strives to obtain favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of her clients. She also serves as hiring partner for Venable’s Los Angeles office.

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Amanda J. Dittmar Amanda J. Dittmar
Megan Woodworth Megan Woodworth
Sarah Brooks Sarah Brooks