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Michelle M. Ovanesian

Michelle Ovanesian is an associate in the Litigation Department, where she focuses on intellectual property and life sciences. Michelle has worked on a range of matters in federal district courts, including serving on the trial team in the Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi remand.

In addition to intellectual property and life sciences, Michelle's practice has encompassed a variety of other legal matters, including pro bono veterans services, commercial disputes and bankruptcy.

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COVID-19 “Not a Golden Ticket” to Avoid Discovery Obligations

The COVID-19 pandemic has unquestionably had a massive effect on nearly all aspects of American life.  However, now that COVID-19 is and continues to be a known risk, parties should carefully consider when and to what extent it can be invoked to obtain an extension or continuance with respect to discovery obligations.… Continue Reading

COVID-19 and Immunity from Liability

Millions of people across the country are waiting to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  For businesses, immunity is sought not against the virus but against liability, and, in some cases, businesses have been successful in invoking COVID-19 as a means to do so.  Recently, the Southern District of New York held that the pandemic immunized a … Continue Reading

Are Antitrust Claims Against Licensors of Standard Essential Patents Dead On Arrival?

If the September 2020 Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. opinion is any indicator, the answer seems to be “yes,” at least where an alleged violation of fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (“FRAND”) terms and conditions is concerned. Following on the heels of F.T.C. v. Qualcomm Inc., the Northern District of Texas dismissed a complaint in which Continental … Continue Reading
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