Speaker Details

Nicholas Groombridge
Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

A partner in the Litigation Department, Nicholas Groombridge focuses exclusively on intellectual property litigation matters. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Groombridge has been extensively involved in all aspects of patent litigation, including trials (both bench and jury). He has been lead counsel in numerous patent infringement actions in federal district courts, and has successfully argued many cases in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Groombridge has litigated patents in a wide variety of technical areas. In the area of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, he has handled numerous litigation and other matters involving assays, biologics, bioinformatics, diagnostics, drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter), drug delivery systems, and research tools. His patent litigation experience also extends to a wide range of other technologies, including consumer products, specialty chemicals, automotive parts, financial services, GPS receivers and medical devices. He specializes in cases that are both factually and procedurally complex - he has frequently been responsible for coordinating parallel litigations in multiple jurisdictions both within the US and abroad, and is adept at dealing with the complex and dynamic interplay of issues that arise when a client is both asserting its own patent rights and defending against charges of infringement.

Mr. Groombridge is a frequent speaker on developments in patent law, particularly issues relating to the life sciences field as well as on the interplay between patent and competition law. He currently co-teaches courses on patent litigation at Columbia Law School and on pharmaceutical patent law at Rutgers Law School. He has been quoted on intellectual property law issues in leading business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and the Financial Times, as well as trade publications such as Scrip and the Pink Sheet.

Mr. Groombridge has received many professional accolades. Chambers 2011 noted that he has been lead counsel for some of the most prominent companies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and added that clients appreciate his incredible courtroom skills. Legal 500 2011 described him as brilliant, practical, terrific in front of a jury, and a nice person to boot. He also received top rankings in the national, local, and life sciences categories in Managing Intellectual Property magazine 2011. He was named a leader in the field of Intellectual Property by Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2010, one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in the US, and an expert in patent law in Guide to the World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2009. He is also active in several professional societies including the Federal Circuit Bar Association, in which he serves as a member of the organizing committee for the annual Bench and Bar conference.