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Devon C. Beane

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+1.312.807.4436
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Devon Beane is an intellectual property lawyer concentrating her practice on patent litigation, appellate litigation, post-grant practice at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, patent licensing, and client counseling. She has a bachelor of science in chemistry. Ms. Beane recently played a lead role in the pretrial and trial efforts that led to a significant reduction in recoverable damages, including drafting and arguing motions for summary judgment and Daubert motions, as well as direct and cross examination of fact and expert witnesses at trial.

Ms. Beane is experienced in all phases of patent litigation, including fact and expert discovery, witness preparation, discovery and dispositive motion practice, claim construction practice, and trial and post-trial proceedings. Ms. Beane is also experienced in all phases of Federal Circuit appeals, including initial filings, motion practice, substantive briefs, en banc proceedings, and hearing preparation.

Ms. Beane’s patent litigation matters include cases in district courts across the country, in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in the International Trade Commission, both supporting and in defense of charges of patent infringement. Ms. Beane’s patent litigation experience spans a diverse set of technologies, including in the fields of train control systems, medical devices, chemical processes, stem cell technology, wireless services, vehicle tracking devices, oil and gas, automotive parts, and pharmaceuticals.

Ms. Beane also has experience with complex patent licensing agreements, unfair competition and Lanham Act litigation, breach of contract claims, and employment restrictive covenant disputes.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Beane served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Franklin U. Valderrama, the Honorable Sebastian T. Patti, and the Honorable William O. Maki in the General Chancery Division of the Cook County Circuit Court. As a judicial clerk, Ms. Beane drafted written opinions and bench memoranda on complex litigation matters, including temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, class actions, and declaratory judgment actions. She also worked as an intellectual property research associate for the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Economic Sciences.

During law school, Ms. Beane was a member of the Patent Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law. As a member of the Patent Clinic, Ms. Beane reviewed invention disclosures, performed patentability searches and drafted a patent application for University of Illinois student inventors. Ms. Beane received the CALI Award for the highest grade in the Patent Clinic.

Additionally, she conducted several trials as a Senior Law Student Licensed under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 with the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law (Programming Committee)
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association (Member)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (Member)

Additional Information

Publications
  • “Whose Right Is It Anyway? The Evisceration of an Infringer’s Seventh Amendment Right in Patent Litigation,” University of Illinois Law Review, October 2011
  • Counsel for company related to generator brush technology in Western District of Pennsylvania after successful transfer from the District of Minnesota. Case is pending summary judgment and Daubert rulings.
  • Trial counsel for positive train control company in two-week jury trial on eight patents. Favorable pre-trial damages rulings significantly limited potential exposure. Case is ongoing.
  • Trial counsel for medical company in Southern District of California case and corresponding Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings involving pharmacy technology. Case is ongoing.
  • Trial counsel for defendant stem cell company in a three-day bench trial on the issue of standing in the District of Maryland, resulting in the complete dismissal of the case.
  • Trial counsel for defendant Sigma International in a two-week jury trial in the Southern District of California resulting in a verdict of non-infringement of a patent relating to large-volume infusion pump technology. The plaintiff sought over $170,000,000.00 in damages and a permanent injunction.
  • Counsel for BISSELL and Matsutek in International Trade Commission Investigation regarding robotic vacuums, resulting in successful settlement allowing continued US operations for client.
  • Trial counsel for medical company in Eastern District of Pennsylvania case involving continuous renal replacement therapy machines. US case resolved favorably, but litigation is on-going in Europe on related patents.
  • Counsel for Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Baxter Healthcare SA, Baxalta Inc., Baxalta U.S. Inc., and Baxalta GmbH in International Trade Commission Investigation related to recombinant Factor VIII technology.
  • Appellate counsel in the Federal Circuit defending PTAB decision in an inter partes review related to USB flash drives, resulting in Rule 36 affirmance.
  • Appellate counsel in the Federal Circuit defending PTAB decisions in three inter partes reviews related to generator brush technology.
  • Appellate counsel in the Federal Circuit for medical device manufacturer related to interplay between district court judgments and PTO decisions.
  • Counsel for PeopleScout, Inc. in restrictive covenant suit against a former employee and competitor. Obtained a temporary restraining order, resulting in a favorable settlement for client.
  • Counsel for Nalco Co. in defending against a patent infringement suit relating to papermaking processes. Case settled favorably for client.