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Overview

Femi pairs his detail-oriented background in the chemistry lab with a passion for protecting client innovations.

Femi represents clients in multidisciplinary complex litigation, focusing his practice on patent infringement, particularly the Hatch-Waxman Act. He also has experience litigating Section 337 cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He defends and advocates for a vast array of clients across industries, including those in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, technology and telecommunications sectors. Femi has served on legal teams before federal courts in California, Delaware, Missouri, New Jersey and Illinois. He works closely with clients at all phases of litigation from pre-litigation, initial filings, through fact and expert discovery, depositions, claim construction, pre-trial, trial and post-trial.

Understanding that compliance is often the best defense, Femi also counsels clients on a wide range of proactive measures and provides transactional drafting for issues of data privacy and security, data breach preparedness, open source policies, trade secret matters and licensing.

Drawing from his experience as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Femi also drafts and analyzes a wide range of new technology patent applications, providing clients the broadest scope of coverage available under intellectual property law to protect their ideas and developments. Although he works with businesses at all stages of growth and innovation on this and other matters, he is experienced in assisting early-stage startups and entrepreneurs, offering the support and counseling necessary to launch and grow their companies.

Clients appreciate Femi’s industry knowledge as a former Quality Control Chemist at a global food and agriculture manufacturer, and as an undergraduate chemistry researcher.


Services

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School
    • Sidney B. Williams Intellectual Property Scholarship Recipient
    • Giles Rich Moot Court, Intellectual Property
  • B.S. , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Chemistry

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, Associate Board Member, 2016-present
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), Fellow and Associate Member, 2015-present
  • American Bar Association, 2011-present
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, 2011-present
Experience
  • Drafted and prosecuted patent applications directed to wireless telecommunication technology, medical devices and biotechnology.
  • Led comprehensive regulatory and data privacy compliance analysis (HIPAA, COPA, COPPA, PCI) for complex pharmaceutical and wireless telecommunication organization with multifaceted outreach/eCommerce programs, resulting in comprehensive and integrated compliance program.
  • Review and analyze chemical and pharmacological data for purpose of assessing noninfringement or invalidity positions, including single crystal X-ray diffraction, NMR and IR data.
  • Deposed FRCP 30(b)(6) witness of global pharmaceutical company; defended technical expert witness in patent infringement litigation; second chaired litigation depositions.
  • Research state and federal case law pertaining to Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and conduct document review and analysis for purposes of assisting in preparation of witnesses for deposition in Hatch-Waxman Paragraph IV litigation.
  • Developed discovery strategy and document review protocol, and managed all aspects of discovery and document production in connection with complex patent infringement matter, involving damages claims in excess of $1 billion.
Outside the Office

Femi and his sister are avid runners. She often registers him and herself for races in Chicago, including the annual Shamrock Shuffle celebration and the Hot Chocolate 5K.

Community Leadership

Femi says he’ll never forget his first pro bono case.

He obtained a more than 70 percent reduction in fees for a single mother renter in a landlord-tenant bench trial. That his legal skills could impact someone’s life so dramatically was rewarding, and he looks forward to similar casework. He also volunteers annually for the Cook County Bar Association Job Fair.