Aleksander J. Goranin: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Aleksander J. Goranin

Phone215 979 1868

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Practice Areas

  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing
Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1868
Fax: 215 754 4683
University University of Maryland, B.A., summa cum laude, 1997; Order of the Coif
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2000; Managing Board, Virginia Law Review
Admitted2000, Virginia; District of Columbia; Pennsylvania, New Jersey; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

•Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Villanova University School of Law - Trade Secrets Law
•American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Co-Chair, Patent Litigation and America Invents Act Subcommittee
- Member, Model Patent Jury Instruction Subcommittee
- Trade Secrets Subcommittee
•Temple Academy of Advocacy
- Fellow


Aleksander J. Goranin litigates patent, trade secret, copyright, and trade secret cases. His matters involve software, life sciences, medical device, and manufacturing technologies, from programming tools to databases, biomaterials to antibodies, chemical remediation systems to publishing platforms. Mr. Goranin regularly represents one of the world's largest enterprise software companies in patent, copyright, and intellectual property disputes and served as one of Microsoft's lead lawyers in a multi-patent dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission over the Nook e-reader software platform. In addition to trial work, Mr. Goranin represents clients in the federal Courts of Appeal, including the Third Circuit and Federal Circuit. Mr. Goranin also teaches the Trade Secret Law course at the Villanova University School of Law.

Mr. Goranin has been recognized by Chambers USA as an Up and Coming partner in intellectual property litigation, and by Best Lawyers in America as a Best Lawyer for patent litigation. Chambers USA client sources called him a fabulous lawyer and a really smart guy.

Mr. Goranin is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. He earned his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was on the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. He earned his B.A. in Economics and Government & Politics in 1997, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland. He attended college as a Francis Scott Key scholar on full scholarship. After law school, Goranin served as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2013-present
•Woodcock Washburn LLP
- Partner 2006-2013
•Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
- Associate, 2004-2006
•Williams & Connolly
- Associate, 2001-2004
•U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Becker, 2000-2001

Honors & Awards

•Listed in Best Lawyers Greater Philadelphia, 2016
•Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
•Listed in Best Lawyers in America
•Named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property Litigation
•Listed in the IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2013 for Patent Litigation

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
- Volunteer
•Pig Iron Theatre Company
- Board of Directors

Selected Speaking Engagements

• Interrelationships Between Intellectual Property Doctrines, Rutgers Law School - Camden, November 2015
Bio Bilski: The SDNY's ACLU v. Myriad Genetics Decision, presentation and paper to the 26th Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar, New York City, April 29, 2010

Selected Publications

•Author, Words Matter: IP Licensing in Changed Circumstances, IPLaw360, June 4, 2010
•Co-author, Phillips v. AWH: The Federal Circuit's Missed Opportunity, The Legal Intelligencer, September 14, 2005

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Currently defending pharmaceutical consulting company in a multimillion dollar trade secret and copyright case concerning incentive compensation reports used in the pharmaceutical industry, pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.; Currently defending biomedical device start-up company in trade secret litigation over extracellular matrix technology, pending in New Jersey Superior Court.; Currently defending large financial services company in a copyright infringement litigation arising out of a software license to a runtime system, pending in the Southern District of New York.; Defended leading enterprise software company in a four-patent case concerning software development platforms and decision-support software, filed in the Eastern District of Texas. Case successfully settled at an early stage.; Defended leading enterprise software company and its decision-support software against a patent relating to object-oriented programming and relational database technology, in the Southern District of New York. Following a favorable claim construction, summary judgment of non-infringement was entered and affirmed by the Federal Circuit on appeal.; Defended leading enterprise software company in a copyright infringement dispute involving multimillion claims over the use of sales training materials, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Case settled at the end of discovery on favorable terms.; Defended large networking company in a patent infringement case concerning server caching technology, pending in the District of Delaware. Secured early dismissal with prejudice of all claims.; Yellow Pages Photos, Inc. v. Ziplocal LP and Yellow Pages Group, LLC, 11th Circuit. Represented Yellow Pages Group, LLC on successful appeal to the 11th Circuit on the definition of works for purposes of calculating statutory damages under the Copyright Act. Opinion is reported at 795 F.3d 1255 (11th Cir. 2015).; In the Matter of Certain Handheld Electronic Computing Devices, Related Software, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-769 (2011-2012), U.S. International Trade Commission. Served as one of complainant Microsoft Corporation's lead lawyers in a multi-patent infringement proceeding against Barnes & Noble and its Nook e-reader software platform, resulting in a successful settlement after a one-week hearing.; NuVasive, Inc. and Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. v. Orthofix International N.V., et al. and Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Civ. No. 10-01995 (2010-2011), District of New Jersey. Defended medical device company Orthofix and tissue bank Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation in a patent dispute over orthobiologic tissues containing viable stem cells and osteoprogenitor cells, resulting in a successful settlement.; Porex Surgical, Inc. and Porex Corporation v. Synthes USA Sales, LLC and Synthes, Inc., Civ. No. 10-00023 (2010), Northern District of Georgia. Defended medical device company Synthes in a patent infringement dispute involving polyethylene-titanium surgical implants, resulting in a successful settlement.; Centocor Ortho Biotech, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. and City of Hope National Medical Center, Civ. No. 08-03573 (2008-2009), Central District of California. Represented biotechnology company Centocor in a patent infringement and licensing dispute involving recombinant monoclonal antibody technology.; Crown Packaging Technology, Inc. and Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc. v. Rexam Beverage Can Co., Civ. No. 05-608 (2005-2009), District of Delaware. Represented packaging company Crown in a patent infringement dispute involving container and packaging technology, resulting in favorable settlement to Crown. Crown's successful appeal to the Federal Circuit isreported at 559 F.3d 1308 (Fed. Cir. 2009).; Crown Packaging Technology, Inc. and Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc. v. Ball Metal Beverage Container Corporation, Civ. No. 05-281 (2005- ), Southern District of Ohio. Ongoing representation of Crown in a patent infringement dispute involving container and packaging technology. Crown's successful appeal to the Federal Circuit is reported at 635 F.3d 1373 (Fed.Cir. 2011); Dr. Juan Carlos Parodi v. Cordis Corporation, No. 50 133 T 00108 06 (2007-2009), AAA International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Successfully defended medical device company Cordis Corporation in an arbitration involving cardiovascular medical device technology.; The Graham Company v. Thomas P. Haughey and USI MidAtlantic, Inc., Civ. No. 05-612 (2005-2011), Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Represented commercial insurance broker The Graham Company in a copyright infringement action in which The Graham Company secured an $18.9 million jury verdict in June 2006, and then successfully defended thatverdict as well as the award of prejudgment interest in two appeals to the Third Circuit, reported at 568 F.3d 425 (3d Cir. 2009) and 646 F.3d 138 (3d Cir. 2011).
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Aleksander J. Goranin

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103-7396


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