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Monica Grewal

Partner

Grewal, Monica

Monica Grewal’s practice focuses on helping clients identify and protect their intellectual property with an emphasis on strategically building their patent portfolios and intellectual property litigation. She is an experienced attorney who has represented a variety of technology clients, particularly those in the technical and medical fields. Over the course of her career, she has advised on all aspects of intellectual property and has represented clients in patent litigation in Federal Courts and before the International Trade Commission. Ms. Grewal serves as co-chair of WilmerHale’s Diversity Committee.

With respect to patent advice and prosecution, Ms. Grewal has written patent applications in a wide range of technology areas including: medical devices and procedures, imaging technologies for surgical and diagnostic applications, spectroscopic applications, semi-conductor fabrication, gas turbine engine applications, optics, control systems, computer networking, signal processing, business methods, and other software and telecommunications based technologies.

Ms. Grewal has experience with patent litigation in the International Trade Commission (ITC) and in the Federal Courts, involving various aspects of digital camera technology, computer software and hardware, GPS technology, signal processing, electronic devices and wireless communications technology. She has represented clients such as Eastman Kodak Company, Broadcom and Intel in a variety of jurisdictions.

Her recent experience includes being part of the teams that:

  • Successfully represented a multinational software company in a patent infringement case against a non-practicing entity and frequent litigator in the Eastern District of Texas on the ground that the asserted claim was unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (2013)
  • Obtained a summary judgment of non-infringement on behalf of an international financial services group in an action brought by an application hosting and online accounting company in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (2012)
  • Successfully represented three multinational technology companies in a Section 337 proceeding brought by a company that develops passive component solutions for the electronics industry. The ITC issued a final determination terminating the investigation with a finding of no violation (2012).
  • Successfully represented a semiconductor manufacturer of analog circuitry in a patent infringement case against a competing semiconductor manufacturer in the District of Massachusetts (2010)
  • Successfully represented a digital camera technology company in an action filed against two cellular handset manufacturers resulting in a finding of a violation based on infringement of two patents in a Section 337 proceeding before the ITC. A corresponding patent infringement action was withdrawn prior to the final hearing in Dusseldorf, Germany. Kodak v. Samsung/LG (2009).
  • Successfully represented a manufacturer of GPS chips in an action against a competing GPS chip company resulting in a finding of a violation based on infringement of six patents in a Section 337 proceeding before the ITC. Broadcom v. SIRF (2008).
  • Obtained a summary judgment of non-infringement on behalf of a camera manufacturer in an action brought by a non-practicing entity in the District of Delaware and a summary affirmance by the Federal Circuit of a patent relating to electronic image storage systems. Successful in having a related ITC litigation withdrawn in favor of the client.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Grewal was a partner at a local general practice firm, where she co-founded the intellectual property group. Ms. Grewal also worked at two intellectual property boutique firms and served as an in-house intellectual property attorney at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Additionally, Ms. Grewal was a former engineer at United Technologies Corporation, Hamilton Standard Division, where she was involved in a variety of United States space programs, including the advanced testing of the NASA spacesuit and shuttle environmental control systems.

Ms. Grewal is the recipient of the several honors and awards including: Recognition of Exemplary Contribution—NASA JSC Crew & Thermal Systems Division (1995) and NASA Group Achievement Award—STS 61 Hubble Telescope Repair Mission (1994).

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for her intellectual property litigation and patent practices
  • Recognized as a 2014 Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" for her intellectual property practice

Publications & News

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August 15, 2014

Estoppel as Applied to and From Patent Office Post-Grant Proceedings

An article by Monica Grewal and Richard Crudo published in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Vol. 88, No. 1020.

June 12, 2014

Diversity Committee Hosts Event With Local SABA Chapter

On May 28, the Boston Diversity Committee hosted “Speaking with Poise and Professionalism,” a discussion with Partner Mark Fleming and Counsel Kevin Prussia.

June 9, 2014

WilmerHale Representing Analog Devices in Pending Acquisition of Hittite Microwave Corporation

WilmerHale is representing its longtime client Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, in its proposed acquisition of Hittite Microwave Corporation.

May 13, 2014

Success at the Federal Circuit: WilmerHale Earns Five Victories in One Week

WilmerHale has just completed an extremely successful week at the Federal Circuit, receiving favorable decisions in five out of six patent cases concerning various legal issues.

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry.

January 24, 2013

Planning for March 16, 2013: Implementation of First-Inventor-to-File Standard

The final stages of the America Invents Act (AIA) go into effect on March 16, 2013. This alert highlights some of the upcoming changes and provides suggestions for patent owners to prepare for the date.

February 1, 2009

Gaining a Competitive Edge by Protecting IP Effectively in Foreign Markets

An article by Monica Grewal appearing in Inside the Minds International IP Issues and Strategies.

November 13, 2007

WilmerHale Names New Partners and Counsel for 2008

November 1, 2006

Kodak Wins Summary Judgment in Patent Suit Filed by Ampex

June 21, 2005

Business Method Patent Decision Addresses Inducement and Permanent Injunctions

Professional Activities

Ms. Grewal serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Governors of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) and is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Boston Bar Association (BBA), the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). She is also an active member of the Engineering Advisory Committee at Trinity College (1992–1998, 2008–present).

Ms. Grewal was a member of the Technological Advancements and Law Panel presenting Patent Protection for Medical Methods/Devices, on November 6–8, 2002, at the LawTech 2002, 3rd International Conference on Law and Technology, sponsored by the International Society for Law and Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ms. Grewal also represented WilmerHale and introduced the “Mobile 2.0: Tools and Technologies” panel in the Technology Track at TiECON on June 15, 2007.

Practices

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Education

JD, University of Connecticut, 1997

MS, Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1988

BS, Engineering, Trinity College, 1987, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Connecticut

District of Columbia

Illinois

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Languages

Hindi

Punjabi