Nancy Schroeder focuses her practice on complex intellectual property matters, and has represented clients in patent disputes in a variety of technological areas, including pharmaceuticals and biologics, medical diagnostics, biotechnology research tools, wireless communications and educational software. Her practice spans the litigation process, from pre-suit investigations and license and patent portfolio reviews, to pleadings, fact discovery, expert discovery and reports, depositions, motion practice, summary judgment, and trial, with recent bench and jury trials in District of New Jersey and Northern District of California. She has also worked on inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Ms. Schroeder is strongly committed to pro bono work. She recently obtained T-1 visa status for a trafficking victim and his wife and two children. She represents a victim and testifying witness in a criminal trial under the federal “sex tourism” statute (18 U.S.C. § 2423), which resulted in conviction of the defendant on all counts.
Ms. Schroeder is admitted to practice in the State of California, as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, the Western District of Wisconsin, and the District of Delaware.
Ms. Schroeder volunteers with the Constitutional Rights Foundation to judge annual middle and high school student mock trials. She is an active member of the SoCal MIT Club and mentors students from MIT and BU Law.
In law school, Ms. Schroeder was Managing Editor of the Boston University Law Review and a Legal Writing Fellow. She also participated in the Edward C. Stone Moot Court and Homer Albers Prize Moot Court Competitions.
Prior to law school, Ms. Schroeder was a research scientist at U.S. Genomics, where she worked with a multidisciplinary team to build a system to detect airborne biological threats using a DNA “barcoding” technology, and adapted that system for medical diagnostic use. Before that, she worked in drug and assay development at IPSEN/ Beauford Research Institute and Minerva Biotechnologies.
Ms. Schroeder received undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology at MIT. During her studies, Ms. Schroeder was a research assistant to Dr. Anthony Sinskey, with whom she studied metabolic engineering and bioconversion in bacterial strains used for industrial and pharmaceutical manufacture. She was also a research assistant to Dr. Sandra Gaston at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, studying biomarkers related to urological cancers.
Ms. Schroeder serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles IP Law Association (LAIPLA) and is a member of the Associates Advisory Board for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). She is also an active member of ChIPs, a national organization for women in IP, and serves on its Training & Education Committee.
Ms. Schroeder co-chairs the Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) in the firm's Los Angeles office. Los Angeles WLI members have provided resume advice and mock interview practice for women in the Dress for Success Going Places Network, mentoring and program support for a local charter school through the Constitutional Rights Foundation Diversity Pipeline, and mentoring to several middle and high school teams participating in the LA Fund's Girls Build LA Competition.
Ms. Schroeder previously served on the editorial board of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) LA Lawyer publication.
- Representing two medical device defendants in district court patent litigation relating to DNA/RNA diagnostics and testing technologies
- Represented pharmaceutical company against multiple follow-on generic filers in Hatch-Waxman litigation and inter partes review proceedings related to antibiotic patent family, obtaining stays of litigation pending appeal
- Represented patentee in three week jury trial in N.D. Cal., obtaining JMOL of infringement on one of three semiconductor component patents before reaching favorable global settlement of all active litigation on eve of closing arguments
- Represented pharmaceutical company in five day Hatch-Waxman bench trial in D.N.J. related to injectable blood thinner, maintaining validity of asserted patent
- Represented a major networking components manufacturer in district court litigation and multiple inter partes review proceedings relating to VoIP technology, obtaining early dismissal of claims in N.D. Cal.
- Obtained favorable settlement of patent infringement claims and covenant not to sue for a major data management and cloud computing company related to educational software and group learning technology
- Represented university in patent infringement litigation in W.D. Wisc. involving groundbreaking DNA sequencing technology
- Obtained dismissal of various contract, fraud, and business tort claims against corporate and individual clients following successful removal of case to C.D. Cal.
- Representing a victim and key testifying witness in a criminal prosecution under the federal “sex tourism” statute (18 U.S.C. § 2423). During the course of the case, which resulted in the defendant's conviction on all counts, Ms. Schroeder worked with the US Attorney's Office to prepare client for trial. She successfully persuaded the court to reject, on the basis of the victim's speedy trial rights, the defendant's repeated requests for trial continuances after five years of delay. She also drafted and argued evidentiary motions under the rape shield and attorney-client and counseling privileges, successfully precluding defendant's reliance on documents detailing the victim's prior abuse and treatment.
- Successfully obtained T-1 visa status for a trafficking victim, as well as derivative status for his wife and two children, reuniting the family after more than six years apart.
- Drafted and filed a Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of Heal the Bay in support of respondents in Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council and Santa Monica Baykeeper, addressing responsibility under the CWA for reducing stormwater discharge, and measures, such as green infrastructure, available to municipalities for controlling urban runoff pollution.
- Assisted families in Los Angeles Family Court with foster adoption finalization through Alliance for Children's Rights.
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JD, Boston University School of Law, 2011cum laude Managing Editor, Boston University Law Review, Legal Writing Fellow, G. Joseph Tauro Scholar
BS, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
United States Patent and Trademark Office