Practice areas

Education

  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (J.D.) Order of the Coif; Arthur Manella Scholarship; Malcolm Lucas Award
  • University of Florida (B.S., Physics) cum laude; National Merit Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa

Clerkships

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

Ms. Proctor specializes in helping clients manage and resolve patent infringement disputes across a wide range of technologies, including computer architecture, signal transmission, power electronics, and pharmaceuticals. Ms. Proctor handles patent litigation and contested patent office proceedings, particularly inter partes reviews (IPRs), through all phases including pre-litigation, trial, and appeal. In 2017, Ms. Proctor was named to the Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.

Before joining Irell, Ms. Proctor served as a law clerk to the Honorable John A. Kronstadt of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Proctor earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law where she received the Malcolm Lucas Award. During law school, she served as a teaching assistant and helped edit the sixth edition of Examples & Explanations: Federal Income Taxation. She was also a member of the Southern California Law Review.

Ms. Proctor earned her B.S. in Physics from the University of Florida. While completing her degree, Ms. Proctor 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. She also completed an REU program at the University of California, Los Angeles Physics Department, where she assisted with high-speed tracking of membrane proteins.

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Representative Matters

  • 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 fifteen 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.
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation v. Apple Inc. (W.D. Wis.). Secured a $506 million judgment for WARF, the patent management foundation for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, against Apple for infringing a computer microarchitecture patent. Focused on developing WARF’s damages case and played an active role during the October 2015 trial, which resulted in a jury finding all asserted patent claims valid and infringed and awarding damages exceeding $234 million at a royalty rate of $1.61 per unit. The Court then more than doubled the judgment post-trial by awarding WARF supplemental damages, interest, costs, and ongoing royalties at the increased rate of $2.74 per unit due to Apple's post-judgment infringement. Now representing WARF on appeal, as well as in a subsequent related lawsuit concerning Apple's A9, A9X, and A10 processors.
  • 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. But 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.
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Publications

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Seminars & 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
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Community Involvement

  • Co-Chair of Business Development, Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division Advisory Committee of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office