Jeffrey D. Blake

Partner
Atlanta
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3800
Atlanta, GA 30303
D: 404.954.5040
Contact My Assistant
Peggy Smothers
D: 404.954.5045

Education

University of Virginia School of Law
J.D., 2000

University of Alabama
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1997

Bar and Court Admissions

Georgia State Bar, 2008
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, 2008
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2004
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2003
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2003
New York State Bar, 2001

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
    Patent Litigation Committee
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property section
Corporate Intellectual Property Institute, Atlanta,GA
    Vice Chair

Awards & Recognition

Selected for Inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers, 2016-2017

IP Stars by Managing IP, 2013-2014

Publications & Speaking

Moderator, IP Litigation Strategies: TC Heartland, Halo and the New Federal Rules, Atlanta Bar Association IP SpringPosium, April 28, 2017

Speaker and Moderator, What's Your Opinion? The Landscape of Willful Infringement After Halo, in the Strategies & Best Practices for Corporate IP Counsel: The Big Picture Merchant & Gould CLE, March 6, 2017

Moderator, Strategic Considerations in Inter Partes Review, GSU Corporate Intellectual Property Institute, October 25, 2016

Speaker, Section 101: Rule 12(b)(6) and Other Defensive Strategies, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, Fall 2015 Seminar, Nov. 13, 2015

Moderator, Analyzing the Patent Dispute Options – The Courts vs. The PTO, GSU Corporate Intellectual Property Institute, Oct. 27, 2014

Moderator, Patent Ethics Issues Facing In-House Counsel, GSU Corporate Intellectual Property Institute, Nov. 4, 2013

Moderator, Managing an IP Budget in Small and Big Companies, GSU Corporate Intellectual Property Institute, Oct. 27, 2015

Moderator, Inter Partes Review; Strategies for Success, Atlanta Bar Association IP SpringPosium, April 10, 2015

Jeff is a partner in the Atlanta office, where his practice involves all aspects of intellectual property litigation and counseling. His experience includes representation of clients in the pharmaceutical and electrical arts at trial and on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Jeff is also actively involved in representing clients in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings.

Jeff works hard to add value to his clients' businesses by avoiding unnecessary expenses in litigation and identifying opportunities to bring in additional revenue via monetization of intellectual property assets. He enjoys establishing a strong relationship with his clients, getting to know what drives them, and working to make their lives easier.

An experienced trial attorney, Jeff has represented major pharmaceutical companies in numerous litigations brought under the Hatch-Waxman Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and in Section 337 actions before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He also has represented electronics companies in patent infringement litigation involving semiconductor circuitry, telephony, microprocessor hardware and software, network security, and automotive airbag deployment software.

In addition, Jeff has litigated multiple copyright infringement actions, negotiated the licensing of patent portfolios, and gained experience in misuse of internet domain names under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Jeff formerly practiced with Fish & Neave, a boutique intellectual property law firm in New York. He represents several clients pro bono through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys playing golf, watching Alabama football, and spending time with his family.

Representative Cases

Huber Engineered Woods LLC v. Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC (Western District of North Carolina) - Represented manufacturer of engineered wood products in patent and unfair competition litigation relating to innovating structural roof and wall sheathing systems.

Crown Labs, Inc. v. PureTek Corp. et al. (Eastern District of Tennessee) - Representing producer of pharmaceutical and personal care products in Lanham Act and unfair competition litigation relating to sale of packaged medical products.

Chiesi USA, Inc., et al. v. Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC, et al. (District of Delaware) – Represented major pharmaceutical company in a Hatch-Waxman case relating to the drug nicardipine.

Antennatech LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company (District of Delaware) – Represented world’s largest drink manufacturer in patent litigation relating to near-field communication electronics technology.   

MPHJ Tech. Investments, LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company (District of Delaware) – Represented world’s largest drink manufacturer in patent litigation relating to copy machine technology.

Grayhawk Homes, Inc. v. Woodruff Contracting Co., LLC (Middle District of Georgia) – Represented one of the nation’s largest home builders in copyright litigation enforcing copyrights of unique architectural home designs.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Xellia Pharmaceuticals ApS and Xellia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (District of Delaware) – Represented major pharmaceutical company in the trial of a Hatch-Waxman case relating to the drug caspofungin acetate.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals, et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, et al. (District of Delaware) – Represented one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in the trial of a Hatch-Waxman case relating to the drug lansoprazole, which has an annual market of more than $3 billion.

Brigham & Women’s Hospital, et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, et al. (District of Delaware) – Represented one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in the trial of a Hatch-Waxman case relating to the drug cinacalcet, which has an annual market of more than $400 million.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals, et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals, et al. (Southern District of New York) – Represented one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in a Hatch-Waxman case relating to the drug pioglitazone, which has an annual market of more than $2.5 billion.

Teva Pharmaceuticals v. AstraZeneca L.P., et al. (Eastern District of Pennsylvania) – Represented one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in enforcement of patent relating to the drug rosuvastatin.  Representation included oral argument on behalf of client at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

In the Matter of Certain Alendronate Salts and Products Containing Same (U.S.I.T.C.) – Represented the defendant manufacturer of an active pharmaceutical ingredient in drugs used to treat osteoporosis in a Section 337 action before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Texas Instruments v. Linear Technology Corp. (Eastern District of Texas) – Represented semiconductor manufacturer in patent infringement litigation relating to manufacture of semiconductor circuitry.

Premier Networks v. Lucent Technologies and AT&T  (Northern District of Illinois) – Represented leading telephone companies in patent infringement litigation relating to telephone circuitry.

Via Technologies, et al. v. Intel (Western District of Texas) – Represented microprocessor manufacturer in patent infringement action relating to microprocessor hardware and software.


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Events
3/6/17
Strategies & Best Practices for Corporate IP Counsel: The Big Picture
Strategies & Best Practices for Corporate IP Counsel: The Big PictureYou're invited to the second annual Merchant & Gould In-House Strategies Updates and Panel on March 6 at the Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta. Join us for updates and tactics ...
Press Releases
10/28/16
Kyle Bass Organization, Merchant & Gould Client, Nabs First Win in Post Grant Review of Gattex® Drug Patent
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that its clients, Hayman Capital and the Coalition for Affordable Drugs (CFAD), secured an unprecedented win on Oct. 21, when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found most claims in U.S. Patent No. 7,056,886 ...
Events
2/22/16
IPR CLE in Atlanta
Staying Current in Inter Partes Review –  Developments, Hot Topics, and What's Next?Since its inception as a provision under the America Invents Act, the inter partes review process has continued to evolve before the Patent Trial and Appeal ...
Events
11/13/15
Jeffrey Blake to speak on Section 101 Invalidity Claims at Nashville seminar
Merchant & Gould attorney Jeffrey Blake will be a featured speaker at the Fall 2015 CLE Seminar presented by the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association on November 13, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff's presentation, scheduled for 3 p.m., ...
Events
10/27/15
Jeffrey Blake to moderate panel at GSU Corporate IP Institute
Merchant & Gould attorney Jeffrey Blake is participating in the GSU Corporate Intellectual Property Institute on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Jeff will moderate a lunch hour session entitled "Managing an IP Budget in Small and Big ...
Press Releases
10/26/15
Merchant & Gould's Atlanta office relocates
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm, announced today that its Atlanta, Georgia office has relocated. Effective October 26, 2015, Merchant & Gould has moved to a different floor in One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, occupying Suite ...
Events
9/17/15
Jeff Blake speaks at Georgia 2015 IP Law Institute
The Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia announces its 23rd Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute, scheduled for Sept. 17-19, 2015 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida.Merchant & Gould partner Jeffrey Blake will be ...
Articles
1/21/15
M&G Team Secures IPR Win For Medtronic Against Bosch.
On January 15, 2015, Merchant & Gould secured three significant victories for Medtronic Inc., at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “PTAB” or “Board”) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In the three inter partes review ...
News Alerts
10/26/11
Merchant & Gould Adds Jeffrey D. Blake as Partner Veteran Litigator to Lead Firm's Atlanta Litigation Practice
Merchant & Gould, a leading national IP law firm, today announced that Jeffrey D. Blake has joined its Atlanta office as partner. Blake focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation, especially within the pharmaceutical, electrical engineering ...