Christine Dudzik is special counsel in the firm’s Chicago office. She has legal experience representing companies in patent litigation involving a number of technical fields including pharmaceuticals, recombinant DNA, protein purification, immunology, diagnostics, agricultural chemicals, microencapsulation, surfactants and electrochemical processes. She has participated in all aspects of litigation and arbitrations including discovery, dispositive motions, depositions, Markman hearings, Hatch-Waxman litigation, and bench and jury trials, as well as appeals to the Federal Circuit. In addition, Ms. Dudzik has experience in infringement and invalidity opinion work including freedom to operate and due diligence. Prior to earning her law degree, Ms. Dudzik worked as a patent agent.
Kelley Drye’s Patent practice group was named winner of the 2015 Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award: Patent Infringement Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Illinois.
Represented generic drug manufacturers in patent litigation actions under 35 USC Section 271(e)(2) involving Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) and other Hatch-Waxman related issues.
Successful defense of patent infringement case on behalf of a leading manufacturer of agricultural chemicals where invalidity and inequitable conduct positions developed during discovery lead to the grant of a world-wide license on the eve of trial.
Represented pharmaceutical company in patent infringement case involving biodegradable polymer and its use in controlled release drug delivery systems. Case favorably settled for client 2 days into jury trial.
Represented client in arbitration proceeding for breach of contract involving patents directed to HPV technology for use in diagnostic gene-based assays useful in the diagnosis of cervical cancer.
Represents medical supply companies in patent infringement actions and providing counseling with respect to other patent related matters including due diligence, invalidity and noninfringement opinions.
Experience in patent prosecution primarily in the chemical and biotechnology arts and has participated in Interferences and Opposition Proceedings and Appeals in the European Patent Office.
Memberships & Associations
American Bar Association
Chicago Intellectual Property Association
Trial Bar of Northern District of Illinois
Leading Lawyers Network
Honors & Awards
The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Patent Law, 2015-2017.
Selected as a 2014 “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.