is registered patent attorney at Womble Carlyle, in their Raleigh, NC office. Alison helps clients with patent prosecution, primarily focusing on companies in the chemical/bio/pharma industries. Her current matters involve evaluating intellectual property portfolios and devising strategies to protect intellectual property rights. Alison is proficient in Spanish.
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Although the patent prosecution process is adversarial in nature, patent practitioners must be keenly aware of their duty to maintain the integrity of any subsequently issued patent by supplying the patent examiner with all prior art that is believed to be relevant and also avoiding any misrepresentations of the prior art. Patent litigators have long been aware of the potential pitfall of having a patent invalidated based on inequitable conduct due to activities of a patent prosecutor carried out months or years prior to the litigation proceedings. In light of a recent decision by the Federal Circuit in Regeneron Pharmaceuticals v. Merus, however, it now appears that inequitable conduct by a patent prosecutor may be inferred due to activities of a patent litigator carried out month or years after patent prosecution has concluded.