Mr. Figg is co-founder and a member in the Washington, DC law firm of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C. He specializes in intellectual property law, primarily involving the chemical, pharmaceutical, healthcare and biotechnology industries. His practice focuses on patent litigation and interferences, reexaminations, patent procurement, intellectual property licensing and related contract matters, opinions and counseling.
Mr. Figg has severed as lead counsel in a large number of complex patent litigations in federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, as well as in appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He litigated some of the first cases arising out of the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 (the "so-called" Hatch-Waxman amendments) and continues to handle a large number of such cases.
Mr. Figg has served as chair of the Section of Intellectual Property Law (IPL) of the American Bar Association (ABA), the largest organization of patent attorneys in the world. He also served a four-year term on the IPL Section's Council and has chaired several of its divisions and committees. He notably chaired the IPL Section's Patent Law Reform Task Force for several years. He also has served on the ABA's Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs and is a former member of the ABA's Coordinating Committee on Bioethics. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Executive Committee of AIPPI United States, the District of Columbia Bar and its Intellectual Property Law Section, and the Licensing Executives Society. Mr. Figg has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Mr. Figg has been ranked in the IAM Patent 1000 (2013-2016) for the DC Metro Area and listed in the "Washington DC Super Lawyers" list (2007-2016) for several years, and named D.C. Lawyer of the Year for intellectual property law by The Best Lawyers in America 2011. He is included on the Super Lawyers Top 100 list, and named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP). Mr. Figg has also been selected as a leading practitioner in the specialty of intellectual property law in Best Lawyers in America, and has been listed in Washingtonian Magazine's review of top Washington lawyers. Mr. Figg was also selected for The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers (2010-2016). Mr. Figg was listed in the Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Patent Law (2011), IAM Life Sciences 250 list of leading life sciences patent litigators (2013-2015), and Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners (2011).
Mr. Figg received a J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law and a B.S. in Chemistry from Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology). He is admitted to practice before the Bar of the District of Columbia, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the US Supreme Court. Mr. Figg is also registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.