Amy Proctor helps clients manage and resolve patent infringement disputes across a wide range of technologies, including computer architecture, signal transmission, power electronics, and pharmaceuticals. She handles patent litigation and contested patent office proceedings, particularly inter partes reviews, from pre-litigation through trial and appeal.

Amy earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, where she served as a teaching assistant and helped edit the sixth edition of Examples & Explanations: Federal Income Taxation.

As an undergraduate, Amy worked as a research assistant in the University of Florida Chan Physics Lab, where she helped implement a method for measuring the Casimir force. Her research focused on refining the lab's lithography, etching, and deposition techniques to improve the performance of microelectromechanical systems. Amy also completed an REU program at the University of California, Los Angeles Physics Department, where she assisted with high-speed tracking of membrane proteins.

Experience

  • Intel Corp. v. Future Link Systems, LLC (D. Del.). Represented Future Link in a declaratory judgment action originally brought by Intel seeking relief with respect to nine patents. Counterclaimed for infringement of 15 patents—including patents relating to on-chip interconnect architectures, integrated circuit thermal monitoring systems, computer security, power saving techniques and processing performance optimization—and obtained favorable claim construction and summary judgment outcomes. The case settled shortly before trial.
  • Santarus Inc. v. Par Pharmaceutical Inc. (D. Del.). Obtained a $100 million settlement for Santarus, an innovative pharmaceutical company based in San Diego, in this case involving Santarus's drug Zegerid, which is used to treat disorders relating to excess stomach acid. After winning at the district court level, Par launched a generic version of Zegerid at risk. On appeal, the Federal Circuit found for Santarus, leading Par to voluntarily withdraw its infringing generic from the market in 2012. The case was remanded to determine Santarus’s damages for Par’s two years of infringing sales and settled shortly before trial.
  • Rockstar Consortium v. Cisco Systems (D. Del.). Represented Rockstar Consortium in a set of infringement and declaratory relief actions involving dozens of telecommunications patents acquired by five of the world’s largest technology companies from the estate of Nortel Networks.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology v. Vizio Corporation (D. Mass.). Represented MIT in a patent infringement lawsuit involving its portfolio of fundamental patents in digital television technologies developed in the early 1990s and adopted by the industry. Obtained a successful resolution prior to completion of discovery or claim construction.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to the Southern California Rising Stars list (2017-2018)

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • "Beyond the District Court: Patent Litigation at the ITC and Federal Circuit," University of California, Los Angeles (March 21, 2018)
  • "Strategies for Long-Term Success," University of Southern California (March 5, 2018)
  • "Insights on Clerking," University of Southern California (February 18, 2016)
  • "Women in Tech," University of Southern California (February 24, 2015)

Community Involvement

  • Co-chair of Business Development, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Board of Governors
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division Advisory Committee of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Education

USC Gould School of Law (J.D.); Order of the Coif; Arthur Manella Scholarship; Malcolm Lucas Award; Member, Southern California Law Review

University of Florida (B.S., Physics), cum laude; National Merit Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Clerkships

  • Hon. John A. Kronstadt, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
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