Aleksander J. Goranin litigates patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases. His matters involve software, life sciences and manufacturing technologies, from operating system interfaces, object-oriented programming tools and relational databases to recombinant monoclonal antibodies, medical devices and container manufacturing processes. Mr. Goranin recently served as one of Microsoft's lead lawyers in a multi-patent dispute with Barnes & Noble before the U.S. International Trade Commission over the Nook e-reader software platform. In addition to trial work, Mr. Goranin has represented clients at the appellate level before the Third Circuit and the Federal Circuit.
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 the District of Columbia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 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.
Areas of Practice
· Intellectual Property
· Patent Litigation
· Copyright Litigation
· Trademark and Unfair Competition Litigation
· SAP AG and SAP America, Inc. v. DataTern, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. v. DataTern, Inc., Civ. Nos. 11-cv-2365, 11-cv-2648 (2011-), Southern District of New York. Currently defending leading enterprise software company SAP and its BusinessObjects decision support software against a patent relating to object-oriented programming and relational database technology.
· 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 is reported 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 that verdict 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).
· InfoMentis, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc. and SAP Global Marketing, Inc., Civ. No. 08-2416 (2008-2010), Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Defended leading enterprise software company SAP in a copyright infringement dispute involving multimillion dollar claims over the use of sales training materials, resulting in a favorable settlement to SAP.
· 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
· American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Co-Chair, Patent Litigation and America Invents Act Subcommittee
- Member, Model Patent Jury Instruction Subcommittee
· Temple Academy of Advocacy
Honors and Awards
· 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
· Pig Iron Theatre Company
- Board of Directors
· 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
Selected Speaking Engagements
· " 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