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Ashley Kwon concentrates her practice in various areas of intellectual property law, including strategic patent counseling, patent litigation, and intellectual property policy and law reform. She advises life sciences clients on patent validity and infringement, conducts due diligence investigations, and serves as a consultant on patent issues in corporate transactions. Ms. Kwon also has experience representing a wide variety of clients in high-stakes patent litigation actions, from pre-litigation case assessment through trial.

Before joining Covington, Ms. Kwon worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

  • Performing due diligence investigations of patent portfolios for major pharmaceutical companies.
  • Advising pioneer pharmaceutical companies regarding Orange Book patent listing issues.
  • Advising major pharmaceutical lobby groups on various patent matters, including subject matter eligibility.
  • Representing a pioneer pharmaceutical company in patent litigation and preliminary injunction proceedings against multiple generic drug companies in district court and federal court. The dispute was related to the company's billion dollar product for the treatment of opioid addiction.
  • Representing a major pharmaceutical company against several generic manufacturers in Hatch-Waxman litigation relating to a purified omega-3 fatty acid drug indicated to reduce triglyceride levels in adult patients with severe (≥ 500 mg/dL) hypertriglyceridemia.
  • Representing a leading pharmaceutical company against numerous generic drug companies in Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving a drug indicated to reduce the risk of COPD exacerbations.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of multiple low-income clients in family court to help obtain custody of children as part of a six-month pro bono rotation at the Children’s Law Center.
  • Providing utility and design patent strategy for a fashion design student.

Previous Experience

  • Ms. Kwon was a patent examiner in the United State Patent & Trademark Office from 2008-2010, where she examined patent applications in the areas of fuel cells and batteries.