Alan White, Ph.D.

Associate

whiteda@ballardspahr.com
Tel 678.420.9406
Fax 678.420.9301
Atlanta

Alan White is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Group, where his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling for national and global clients in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and retail industries. Alan prosecutes and defends patent and trademark litigation cases before United States District Courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the International Trade Commission. He has experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including pre-trial investigation, discovery management, claim construction and Markman proceedings, expert reports, fact and expert depositions, trial proceedings, and pre-and post-trial briefing.

Alan also assists clients with advice and counseling on licensing, due diligence, and freedom to operate questions. He reviews and drafts patent and trademark agreements, and provides opinions and advice pertaining to infringement and validity of molecular biology, pharmaceutical, and computer science patents.

Alan's legal experiences are complemented by his scientific background as a PhD student and postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida, where his research involved the development of recombinant adeno-associated viruses as gene delivery vectors to aid in the study and treatment of inherited retinal diseases.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a leading Japanese food and chemical corporation in an ITC investigation involving patents on genetically-modified organisms used for the commercial manufacture of feed additives, and in related district court litigation and inter partes review proceedings. The client's patents were ultimately found both not invalid and infringed, and the ITC issued limited exclusion/cease-and-desist orders to halt the respondents' importation and sale of infringing products in the U.S.
  • Represented a major biotechnology company in an interference proceeding involving a blockbuster drug patent, in which the client ultimately prevailed after the opponent's claims were found not patentable due to lack of written description
  • Defended a global specialty biopharmaceutical company in Hatch-Waxman drug patent litigation in the District of Delaware, in which a settlement was reached on mutually-agreeable terms
  • Defended a national retail and outdoor recreation services corporation against a non-practicing entity's infringement claims in a multi-defendant CSE patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas, in which a mutually-agreeable settlement was reached to dispose of infringement claims relating to certain retail website features

Pro Bono Experience

Alan has represented veterans in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and local clients in landlord-tenant disputes through the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Steve C. Jones, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2014-2015 

Professional Activities

State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Section, Communications Chair

Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court, Pupilage Group Co-Chair

Publications

Co-author, "Expert Evidence in the Eleventh Circuit," 9 SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE REVIEW 393, ABA Section of Science & Technology Law, 2013

Co-author, "Biphasic Photoreceptor Degeneration Induced by Light in a T17M Rhodopsin Mouse Model of Cone Bystander Damage," 50 INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE 2956, 2009

Co-author, "Increased Sensitivity to Light-Induced Damage in a Mouse Model of Autosomal Dominant Retinal Disease," 48 INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE 1942, 2007

Emory University School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2011)
Executive Notes and Comments Editor, Emory Law Journal; Class of 2011 ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law; Top 10% Oralist Award, TI:GER Program Top 10% Award

University of Florida (Ph.D., Medical Sciences–Genetics, 2005)

University of Georgia (B.S. 1996)
National Merit Scholarship

Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Supreme Court of Georgia

Superior Court of Dekalb County, Georgia

Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims