Jeffrey P Kushan is a partner with Sidley Austin LLP. He serves as practice group chair for the patent group in the firm's DC office.
Mr Kushan focuses his practice in Hatch-Waxman patent litigation, patent appeals, and complex patent administrative proceedings, including patent re-examination and reissue proceedings. He performs patent portfolio reviews for clients, both for pre-litigation purposes and incidental to licensing or acquisitions. He also represents clients, including trade associations, on domestic and international patent policy matters, including patent law reform, the Hatch-Waxman system, and legislation concerning follow-on biological products.
Before entering private practice, Mr Kushan worked in government for over a decade. In the patent and trademark office, he served as a patent examiner specialising in recombinant proteins and monoclonal antibodies, and later as an attorney adviser in the PTO Office of Legislative and International Affairs. In Geneva, Switzerland, he was assigned to the office of the United States Trade Representative.
Mr Kushan has testified numerous times before Congress on patent law reform and is a frequent lecturer on domestic and international patent issues. He is a member of the George Washington University intellectual property advisory board, serves on the executive committee of AIPPI-US and is a member of the industry functional advisory committee (intellectual property) of the Department of Commerce.
Mr Kushan received his BS in chemistry from the College of William & Mary, his MA in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his JD, with honors, from the National Law Center of the George Washington University.
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