Ann G. Fort: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Ann G. Fort

Phone404.853.8493

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Non-Practicing Entity (NPE) Defense
  • Energy & Clean Technology
  • IP Licensing & Transfers
  • ITC Section 337 Litigation
  • Patents
  • Media & Telecommunications Transactions
  • Computers
  • Software & Electronics
  • Trade Secrets
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Digital Economy
  • Technology
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8493
Fax: 404-853-8806
http://www.sutherland.com/People/Ann-G-Fort
 
University Georgetown University, B.A.
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
 
Admitted1991, Georgia
 
Memberships 

Professional Activities

Patent Strategy & Management, Board of Editors
Southern Center for Human Rights, Board of Directors
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Woman Advocate Committee
State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Section, Litigation Committee
State Bar of Georgia, Post-Conviction Representation Committee
Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Master of the Bench
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Women in IP Committee
International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
Women in Technology, Board of Directors
TurningPoint Women's Healthcare, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Hagar's House, Decatur Cooperative Ministries, Volunteer

 
BornEast Orange, New Jersey, June 11, 1963
 
Biography

A seasoned litigator with a background in complex civil matters, Ann Fort oversees and protects the intellectual property rights of clients in the United States and abroad. Her practice encompasses patent infringement, licensing disputes, trade secret protection and unfair competition. She tries cases in both federal and state courts and represents clients in alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation. Her recent experiences include defending claims brought by non-practicing entities, also known as patent holding companies or patent assertion entities.

Many of Ann's clients are in the technology industry. Her technology cases range from loan and deposit pricing software, Internet-based information management systems and ground fault circuit interrupters, to power management unit chips, interactive television program guides, computer network security protection systems and medical information systems. She also counsels businesses in complex multiparty litigation. In the pharmaceutical industry, for example, Ann represents both patent owners in licensing disputes and accused infringers of formulation patents, including in Hatch-Waxman litigation. Ann's clients vary from large corporations and start-up businesses to universities and research institutes.

An active leader in Sutherland's pro bono program, Ann achieved clemency for a client on death row, representing him for more than 11 years before he was granted clemency just hours before his scheduled execution. She serves on American Bar Association and Georgia Bar committees charged with considering capital defense representation and related policy issues.

Selected Experience

Sutherland successfully defends IT firm against a non-practicing entity.

Sutherland prevails in three-front patent litigation for international electronics manufacturer.

Sutherland successfully settles trade secret matter for Z-Line Designs, Inc.

Awards and Rankings

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of litigation - intellectual property (2013-2015)

Intellectual Property Community Service Award (2010)

Named among the Legal Elite by Georgia Trend magazine (2006, 2007)

Recipient of Sutherland's first annual Charles T. Lester Pro Bono Award (2009)

 
ISLN901406857
 

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It Takes One to Infringe: Akamai Ruling Holds That Induced Infringement Requires Direct Infringement by a Single Party
Ann G. Fort,Srikant Viswanadham,William L. Warren, June 6, 2014
On June 2, 2014, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. that direct infringement by a single party is a prerequisite to a finding of induced infringement. In doing so, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...

The Hare Loses Steam - Patent Litigation Reform Law Unlikely This Year
Ann G. Fort, June 6, 2014
Efforts by the U.S. Senate to pass an alternative to the Innovation Act, which aims to reform abusive patent litigation, have stalled. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is leading the effort, has announced that his committee is tabling that work until the interested parties reach a bipartisan compromise....

What Do You Mean? Nautilus Ruling Holds That a Patent Claim Must Convey with Reasonable Certainty the Scope of the Invention
Ann G. Fort,Jeremy D. Spier, June 6, 2014
On June 2, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc. that a patent claim may be found indefinite if it fails to convey the scope of the invention “with reasonable certainty” to a person skilled in the art. No. 13-369, 2014 WL 2440536 (U.S. June 2,...

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Ann G. Fort

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996




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