Stacie Ropka, JD, PhD

Stacie Ropka, JD, PhD, is a partner at Axinn. Her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, due diligence, and client counseling, with an emphasis on the life sciences. Ropka’s experience includes extensive counseling for product development efforts relating to biologics and reconstructive biomaterials, including products that utilize adult stem cells. Prior to attending law school, she held a faculty position at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and she also spent many years as a research scientist in the fields of neurology, virology, and immunology.
  Drew Hillier, JD, is an associate at Axinn. He litigates patent cases and high-stakes commercial disputes. His experience includes advising follow-on biologic manufacturers on product development and litigation strategy. As a former federal law clerk, Hillier has litigated patent-related cases in some of the highest-profile districts in the country, including the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of Texas.
  Gabriella Mahan, JD, is an associate at Axinn’s Washington, DC office. At the time of this writing, her admission to the Washington, DC Bar is pending.
The Federal Circuit, in Arthrex, Inc v Smith & Nephew, Inc, ruled that the appointment of Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) violated the Appointments Clause of the US Constitution, and held that APJs could be removed from office without cause. Absent a dramatic ideological shift in the PTAB, however, this decision likely will have little impact on how follow-on biologics developers use inter partes review (IPR).
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