"Q & A With McDermott’s Sarah Chapin Columbia"
Law360, September 13, 2010
Sarah Chapin Columbia, spoke about key trends in infringement litigation. Noting efforts to "reform" the litigation process, she stated: "I don't think we need reform or legislation; rather, we need clear guidance from the Federal Circuit to help the district court judges and the parties gain some predictability around patent litigation cases. I would also be in favor of greater deference to the district courts on issues of claim construction." Ms. Columbia, in assessing future litigation trends, predicted a "wave" of life sciences cases "resulting from the follow-on biologics -- either as a result of legislative changes or not. In the electrical/mechanical fields, the next wave will be the plethora of cases that are yet to be filed by the growing number of very sophisticated patent-holding companies around the country."