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Chelsea A. Loughran

Chelsea Loughran assists the firm in the areas of trademark, trade dress, patent, and copyright litigation. She also works on post-grant patent matters, including inter partes review proceedings.

Representative Matters
  • Lead Associate representing client BTG International Inc. in an International Trade Commission investigation relating to antibody-based snake antivenom compositions. Over the course of the ten-month litigation Chelsea managed e-discovery, drafted multiple summary judgment and claim construction briefs, participated in oral argument at the Markman hearing, took and defended over a dozen fact and expert depositions and worked closely with client’s clinical expert to analyze clinical data and regulatory documents.
  • Played an integral role in the strategic development, prior art searching, and petition drafting of multiple inter partes review petitions against patents covering biologic therapies for chronic disease and patents directed to medical devices and medical device packaging.
  • Served as the primary drafter of over a dozen substantive and procedural motions filed over the course in a successful interference proceeding relating to patents covering yeast cell antibody display technology.
  • Served as lead associate representing Keurig, Incorporated in multiple patent, design patent and trademark infringement cases. Drafted summary judgment briefing, took over ten fact and expert depositions and assisted in pre-trial preparation including oral argument and preparation of fact and expert witness testimony. Primary drafter of Keurig’s appellate briefing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in two separate appeals; assisted in preparation for appellate oral argument.
  • Served as lead associate representing The Jackson Laboratory in patent litigation on transgenic mice. Chelsea provided the Court with a Markman technology tutorial on relevant concepts in immunology, genetics and mouse nomenclature. She then successfully argued claim construction for one of the patents-in-suit, securing Jackson’s requested constructions on key disputed claim terms. Subsequently, in May 2010, Chelsea argued and won Jackson’s summary judgment motion, obtaining a ruling from the Court that Jackson does not infringe the plaintiff’s patent.
  • Member of trial team representing Plaintiff Cordance Corporation against in patent infringement suit relating to one-click purchasing technology. Chelsea assisted in drafting summary judgment briefing and in pre-trial preparation including preparation of damages expert witness testimony. She was also the primary drafter of Cordance’s appellate briefing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Pro Bono: Maintained an ongoing docket of pro bono cases and pro bono program development initiatives.
  • Successfully represented (through trial and post-trial motions) a terminally ill victim of domestic violence in securing a divorce and favorable division of marital assets for estate planning purposes.
  • Successfully represented ten pro bono clients referred from the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association in securing favorable decisions in their unemployment compensation appeals.
  • Presently working to create and launch a Greater Boston Patent Pro Bono Program as collaborative effort between Boston Patent Law Association and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
  • Collaborated with the MA ACLU on investigation into potential First Amendment violation.
Previous Experience

Chelsea interned with Wolf Greenfield during law school. Her other co-op internships included a judicial internship for the Honorable Margaret Hinkle and an internship with the Office of General Counsel at Partner’s HealthCare System, where she assisted with drafting IP licensing agreements and developing hospital research conflict of interest policies.

Chelsea was awarded funding by the Northeastern University Alumni Association to do a co-operative internship at the AIDS Law Project in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she completed legal and public health research on access to essential medicines as well as the development of South African national infection control guidelines.

While completing her Masters at Tufts University, Chelsea did research for the Institute of Technology Assessment at Massachusetts General Hospital, looking at the behavioral effects of policy changes in the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplant Network.

Professional and Civic Activities
  • Legal Advocacy Resource Center, Member, Board of Directors
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Volunteer Lawyers’ Project of the Boston Bar Association, Member Women’s Bar Association, Member Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member
  • Public Services Committee, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, Member
  • Greater Boston Legal Services Associates Drive, Co-Chair (2011-2014); Firm Captain (2009-2014); Recognition of Outstanding Contribution by Firm and Firm Captain (2011-2013)
  • Greater Boston Legal Services Strategic Resource Development Planning Group, Member
  • Association for University Technology Managers, Member
  • MA American Civil Liberties Union, Amicus Committee Member
  • Boston Patent Law Association; Co-chair, Boston Patent Law Association Pro Bono Committee
Honors and Awards

In 2015, Chelsea was recognized for “Excellence in Pro Bono” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Chelsea was named a 2014 Rising Star (list of 40 outstanding lawyers in the Boston area, age 40 or younger) by The National Law Journal.

Chelsea was awarded the Volunteer Attorney Award for Winter 2013 by the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project.

Chelsea was named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” for 2013 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She is also named one of Massachusetts Super Lawyers’  top 100 Women Attorneys.

Chelsea was named one of four finalists named to IP Magazine’s 2011 Young IP Lawyer of the Year Award.

Also Noteworthy

Chelsea was a contributing researcher for the Public Health Advocacy Institute’s publication, A Guide for Plaintiffs’ Attorneys: Using Findings and Resources from USA v. Philip Morris USA Inc., et al. in Future Claims Against Big Tobacco.

While at Brown University, Chelsea was a member of the 2002 ECAC Championship Women’s Ice Hockey Team.

Recent Articles and Presentations

April 15, 2015 - Don't Forget To Request PTAB Authorization For Motions

March 2014 - CRISPR/Cas-9: An Exciting Addition to Genomic Editing

February 2014 - To Predict How the Board Will Decide Issues in Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Look to Prior Board Decisions in Contested Cases


Brown University, B.S., Biology

Tufts University School of Medicine, M.P.H.

Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.

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