McLean, VA – August 15— Patton Boggs LLP continues to add top talent to its growing intellectual property practice, hiring two new partners in the firm’s Northern Virginia office, Mark R. Shanks and Toni-Junell Herbert. Mr. Shanks and Ms. Herbert were founding partners of the IP firm Shanks & Herbert, where they provided counsel to clients on intellectual property and patent litigation, auditing and due diligence, licensing and technology transfer, and corporate issues related to pharmaceutical drug development.
“We are pleased that Toni and Mark have joined our expanding IP group,” noted Scott Chambers, Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property department. “I've had the pleasure of working closely with them in the past; their combined experience handling a broad range of complex matters compliments our present expertise and enhances our ability to more effectively serve our clients.”
Ms. Herbert will assist clients in identifying and developing intellectual property (IP) protection strategies, overseeing the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and serving as lead counsel in Interference Proceedings and trial counsel in patent infringement actions. Her litigation background has provided her with extensive experience for advising clients during all phases of the discovery process, including drafting/filing and responding to document requests and interrogatories, preparing and filing discovery motions, deposing witnesses, defending witnesses, and selecting, deposing, and preparing experts.
Before practicing law, Ms. Herbert worked in the fields of biochemistry and physics, receiving a B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1981. She conducted post graduate biochemical research studying cellular protein mechanisms as the Senior Research Technician at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard, participated in the development of diagnostic histochemical profiles for breast cancer at New England Medical Center/Tufts, and carried out experiments in high-energy physics at the University of Colorado Cyclotron. She attended the University of Baltimore School of Law, earning a J.D. in 1990, and interned/clerked for the Hon. Phillip Baldwin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1989.
Mr. Shanks’ practice focuses on representing parties involved in IP litigation, including the representation of branded pharmaceutical manufacturers in patent infringement actions brought against generic drug-makers. His work in this area involves case management and strategy development, expert preparation and analysis of expert theories and reports, supervision of discovery request and response preparation, drafting of discovery and dispositive motions, deposition defense, and settlement negotiations. In addition, Mr. Shanks counsels clients on IP matters as they affect mergers and acquisitions and other commercial and technology-related transactions, including due diligence and contract drafting and review.
After co-founding Shanks & Herbert, he was later a partner at one of the world’s 15 largest full-service law firms, while earlier in his career he served as an associate at a leading IP law firm and patent counsel at a prominent Fortune 500 diversified technology corporation. He has represented domestic and international clients in nearly every aspect of patent acquisition and enforcement before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and numerous U.S. courts.
Mr. Shanks graduated with a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, with distinction, in 1987 and earned a B.S. from Iowa State University in Chemical Engineering in 1985.