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Dennis Duchene

holds the position of VP, Senior IP Counsel at WiLAN, Inc., and is active there in patent prosecution, acquisitions, licensing and enforcement. Mr. Duchene has over 20 years of experience as an intellectual property lawyer, and has significant experience in various technology fields including wireless communication, medical devices, social networks, software, aerospace, networking, cloud computing, semiconductors, memory, imaging and displays. Mr. Duchene was previously a partner at McDermott Will & Emery before joining WiLAN in 2013.

Recent Articles by Dennis Duchene

TC Heartland Requires Standardized Local Rules and Demand Letter Reform

In their recent TC Heartland decision, SCOTUS created unequal protection against patent infringers based on geographical incorporation decisions. They added uncertainty in time, cost, and outcome in patent litigation. Standardized local rules and demand letter reform at the federal level would help mitigate this unfortunate situation… Unless Congress acts to change venue laws, patent owners are now severely restricted in the choice of venue. And, if proposed legislation like S.2733 and the corresponding portion of H.R.9 are any indication, action by Congress may not change much regarding venue. So for now, patent owners must live with the restrictions resulting from TC Heartland.