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Antigone Peyton

Antigone leads the Intellectual Property and Technology Law practice at Protorae Law. Antigone focuses on intellectual property litigation and IP portfolio management and growth strategies involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. Her litigation and counseling practices also include unfair competition, DMCA violations, computer fraud, and technology law issues including social media, IoT, cybersecurity, and cloud computing. Antigone has acted as lead trial counsel and appellate counsel in federal civil lawsuits across the United States and has a significant litigation practice in the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Rocket Docket”). Additionally, Antigone has represented clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Antigone’s clients range from technology start-ups to international corporations. She has represented companies involved in high stakes intellectual property litigation over technologies that range from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to Internet, software, cyber security, telecommunication, and aerospace technologies. Antigone has significant experience involving e-discovery related technologies and practices. She has also helped consumer products companies manage and grow brand-related assets, including companies focused on fitness, food, cosmetics, and apparel products.

Having worked for former Chief Administrative Law Judge Paul Luckern at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Honorable Kimberly Moore at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit), Antigone brings a practical perspective to her litigation and client counseling practice.

Before she joined Protorae Law Antigone founded Cloudigy Law, an intellectual property boutique firm. Previously, Antigone was a litigator at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, in Washington, DC and managed the firm’s electronic litigation group focused on e-discovery. Before law school, Antigone conducted scientific research involving clinical and pre-clinical biophysics and magnetic resonance studies at a large university medical center. All of these experiences sharpened her focus on business needs and the practical aspects of innovation efforts when crafting legal solutions—a perspective often missing in the legal field.

Representative Matters

  • Offensive and defensive patent and copyright litigations involving between $20 million and $4 billion in damages
  • Represented a large commercial general contractor and real estate developer in an architectural copyright infringement lawsuit
  • Represented retail and e-commerce company in trademark infringement litigation and TTAB proceedings involving apparel and accessories
  • Represented Ferring B.V. at the Supreme Court in a case involving a patent covering hormone deficiency treatment
  • Represented a national technology company in a copyright, unfair competition, and trade secret dispute involving a software program
  • Represented Netscape in a patent infringement suit involving Web cookies technology
  • Defended Eli Lilly in a suit filed by Pfizer related to the ED drug Cialis®
  • Conducted an analysis of a biologic patent portfolio for a large pharmaceutical company
  • Represented Abbott in a patent suit involving assays used in pregnancy tests
  • Represented United Technologies Corporation in a patent suit involving jet engine technologies
  • Represented Aventis in a patent suit involving a biologic hemophilia product
  • Provided strategic patent and trademark portfolio management counseling to multi-national luxury goods company
  • Developed trade secret protection processes and employee training materials for defense contractor and cyber security technology company
  • Conducted IP portfolio audit and facilitated asset sale for dormant portions of technology company’s patent portfolio (over 200 patents)

Speaking Engagements

  • Practical Guidance for Protection of Client Data in the Age of Cybercrime, ACEDS Event (Mar. 2017)
  • Presentations involving legal issues relating to IoT and digital discovery requests from the Government, ABA TechShow Conference, Chicago, IL (Mar. 2017)
  • Phase I National Science Foundation Presentation, SBIR/STTR Grantee Workshop (Mar. 2017)
  • “Creative Upstarts and Startups: How IP Creates Opportunities and Open Doors” Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Fourth Annual Fall Conference (Oct. 2016)
  • “Faster, Bigger, Better eDiscovery: Leveraging TAR Technology” and “Spanning the Gap: Discovery Counsel and Project Management” The Masters Conference (Oct. 2016)
  • “Demystifying Mobile Discovery” DC Bar, eDiscovery and Information Governance Group (Sept. 2016)
  • “A Litigator’s Guide to the Internet of Things (IoT)” JOLT Symposium (Feb. 2016)
  • “How Should We Practice in the Cloud? Understanding Privacy & Confidentiality Concerns,” (Oct. 2015)
  • “Kill the Dinosaurs, and Other Tips for Achieving Technical Competence in Your Law Practice,” JOLT Symposium (Feb. 2015)
  • “Protect That IP! Or the Art of Doing Business with the Government if You Sell Products in the Commercial Market,” Fairfax Government Contracts Bar (May 2015)
  • “So What’s This Big Data and Cloud Computing Stuff?” Shandong Cable Interactive Services (Sept. 2014)
  • “Using Life Lessons to Rock Your SBIR Phase II Preview Panel,” NSF SBIR Grantee Workshop (Sept. 2013)
  • EmeraldPlanet TV, “Intellectual Property, the Environment, and Big Data,” Washington, DC (July 2013)
  • “Digital Evidence” Lecture for Information Policy, Computer Security & Information Assurance Program, George Washington University (April 2, 2013)

Honors and Awards

  • 2017, 2016 Super Lawyer – Intellectual Property, Super Lawyers, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • 2016, 2014, 2012 Virginia Legal Elite – Intellectual Property, Virginia Business
  • 2014 Influential Women of Virginia, Virginia Lawyers Media