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, before the International Trade Commission and in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. 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 also represented financial industry clients in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. 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).