Petruzzi, Heather M.

Heather M. Petruzzi

Heather M. Petruzzi is a partner who focuses her practice on complex intellectual property matters for life sciences and medical device clients. Ms. Petruzzi represents clients before the USPTO, in district courts and at the Federal Circuit.

Ms. Petruzzi represents clients across a variety of technologies in strategic post-grant proceedings before the USPTO, including inter partes review and ex parte reexaminations. She also prosecutes strategic patent portfolios for startup and large companies.

Ms. Petruzzi counsels clients on freedom to operate matters and drafts invalidity and non-infringement opinions. She also counsels clients on licensing issues, IP sales and acquisitions, and performs due diligence analyses.

In addition, Ms. Petruzzi represents pharmaceutical companies in ANDA litigation and medical device clients in district court. She handles pre-litigation investigations, discovery, claim construction, expert discovery, expert reports and depositions. She has experience coordinating global litigation and foreign opposition strategies for both pharmaceutical and medical device clients. She also drafts briefs and prepares for oral argument before the Federal Circuit in appeals from the district court and the USPTO.

Community Involvement

Since joining WilmerHale, Ms. Petruzzi has tutored with the Maya Angelou Public Charter School and co-organized a community service day sponsored by DC Cares.

Ms. Petruzzi is a member of the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association and Women in Bio.

Past Experience

During law school, Ms. Petruzzi completed legal internships for the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Office of the Attorney General for Washington, DC and a real estate attorney in New Jersey. Representative experience includes performing legal research and writing regarding nuclear nonproliferation issues and nuclear weapons for the Department of Energy, assisting in civil litigation and drafting client letters.

During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Petruzzi was a research assistant in the Chemistry Department at The University of Richmond. She presented and contributed to the publication of laboratory research focused on the synthesis of compounds for their application as anti-tumor agents. Ms. Petruzzi also presented her senior project on the Yucca Mountain Project and the transportation of nuclear waste in water-saturated tuff. She was awarded the American Chemical Society Analytical Chemistry Award for her studies.

Ms. Petruzzi has also written and presented on the European Union and the use of democracy to promote stability. She interned for the International Hospital for Children in 2004, translating documents and conversations for patients from Latin America as they sought medical treatment in the United States.

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