Sapna W. Palla


Sapna W. Palla
office New York
phone 212-551-2844
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As a Partner in the firm's Litigation Department and Intellectual Property Practice Group. Sapna counsels a variety of U. S. and international clients regarding U. S. intellectual property law by providing them with infringement, validity, enforceability, and clearance opinions and by advising them in licensing and antitrust matters. She also has conducted intellectual property due diligence investigations in connection with acquisitions and licensing deals, and she has represented clients in proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office. Sapna also counsels clients about patent law in Asia, including China and India.

  • Successfully defended and obtained favorable settlement in a patent infringement challenge involving biotechnology research tools. Genovis AB et al. v. Promega Corporation (W. D. Wis).
  • Successfully defeated an ANDA challenge in the U. S. District Court for the District of Delaware for pharmaceutical clients concerning Tarceva® for treating non-small-cell lung cancer. After a five-day bench trial, the court ruled that the two patents covering Tarceva and its use were not invalid. OSI Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. (D. Del.).
  • Secured a favorable jury verdict for a French multinational pharmaceutical company in a suit against a pharmaceutical company, in the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The jury confirmed the validity of the Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH patent for Tarka and awarded $16 million in damages. Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH et al. v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc. USA et al. (D. N.J.).
  • Represented The Taunton Press Inc. in a trademark infringement and preliminary injunction action. MacDonald et al. v. WGBH Educational Foundation, The Taunton Press, Inc. et al. (D. Mass.)
  • Obtained favorable settlement for the defendant in a trade dress infringement and preliminary injunction action against General Mills involving its LĂ„RABAR packaging design. General Mills, Inc. v. Rawbite APS et al. (D. Minn).

Sapna has spent nearly two decades representing clients in patent, copyright, and complex commercial matters, including successfully litigating disputes in a range of jurisdictions. They include the Federal Circuit and federal courts in Delaware, the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Eastern District of Texas, the Southern District of New York, the Southern District of Florida, the Northern District of California, the District of Maryland, the District of Minnesota, and the Western District of Wisconsin. She also has extensive experience with alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

Sapna's patent experience covers a broad array of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, drug delivery systems and medical devices, mechanical devices, batteries, software, and agrochemicals. Outside the patent area, Sapna has represented clients in trademark, trade dress, and copyright litigation as well as in counseling clients on trademark and copyright registration, strategy, and licensing. Sapna has also handled a number of complex commercial disputes involving complex contractual matters in the oil, renewable energy, construction, and food services industries.

Sapna frequently writes and speaks on a range of topics, including developments in litigation, e-discovery, patent law, patent reform, intellectual property law in Asia, pharmaceuticals, biosimilars, biotechnology, and medical devices. Her programs have been presented by the Practicing Law Institute and WestLegal Ed, and she has been published and quoted in leading publications, including Practicing Law Institute, Forbes, ABA Litigation Journal, IP Law360, New York Law Journal, Corporate Counsel Connect, Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst, and Bloomberg/BNA.

She is an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law, addressing antitrust and patent topics. She clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert J. Hurley of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Sapna is committed to pro bono legal services. In 2008, she was honored by the Pennsylvania Capital Representative Project for extraordinary efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania's death row inmates. In 2001, she received the Legal Aid Society award for Outstanding Pro Bono Representation.

Sapna is on the board of directors of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the AABANY Leadership Development Institute. Previously she was a Co-chair of its Women's Committee. Sapna is an inaugural member of Judge Janet Bond Arterton's Intellectual Property American Inns of Court and is also a member of the New York Intellectual Property Association and its Litigation and Legislative Action Committees.

Sapna received her J.D. summa cum laude from Pace University School of Law, where she was Notes and Comments Editor at the Pace Environmental Law Review. She received her B.B.A. magna cum laude in international management with pre-medical concentration from Pace University, where she received the Medal for Distinction in University Honors Program and a Medal for Outstanding Scholarship in International Management.

Sapna has lived and studied in both India and Tanzania. She is fluent in Hindi and Marathi and conversant in French.


  • Intellectual Property Organization
    • Asia Practice Group
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Asian Bar Association of New York
    • Intellectual Property
    • Litigation
  • National Association of Pacific American Bar Association


03.12.2018Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law
12.15.2017Intellectual Property Group Practice Update & Recent Happenings
06.01.2017U.S. Supreme Court Broadens the Patent Exhaustion Doctrine in Impression Products v. Lexmark Int'l, Inc.
05.22.2017Supreme Court Drastically Limits Venue for Patent Cases
03.23.2017U.S. Supreme Court Eliminates Defense of Laches In Patent Infringement Cases
02.28.2017Extraterritoriality of United States Patent Laws: Limited Infringement Liability
01.24.2017The Year In Intellectual Property: A Look Back at 2016 and a Look Ahead to 2017
12.06.2016Supreme Court Decision Regarding Damages for Design Patent Infringement
06.29.2016Busy Supreme Court Docket in Intellectual Property Highlighted by Cases on Enhanced Damages, Attorney's Fees, Claim Construction Standard in IPRs, and Extraterritoriality
01.29.2016Intellectual Property 2015 Year In Review
01.22.2015Supreme Court Changes Appellate Review Standard for Claim Construction
01.12.2015Intellectual Property 2014 Year in Review
06.20.2014Abstract Ideas Require Something More than Implementation on Generic Computer to be Patent Eligible
04.14.2014Licensing In the European Union: The European Commission Adopts New Regulations and Guidelines for Applying EU Competition Law To Technology Transfer Agreements

Published Works

07.11.2018The Patent Eligibility Battle for Life Sciences Companies in a Changing Landscape The National Law Review
08.04.2017What To Watch As FDA Begins To Fight Rising Drug PricesLaw360, New York
07.17.2017How to Shift Your Litigation Strategies For the New IP LandscapeNew York Law Journal
09.01.2016Global IP Trends: A Guide to Recent International Considerations for Patent RightsCorporate Counsel Connect
02.04.2016The New Biosimilars FrontierAmerican Bar Association
03.01.2013Devising a Patent Strategy to Protect The Intellectual Property of Biologics in Light of Ambiguities, Loopholes, and Pitfalls in The Regulatory SchemePharm Pat. Analyst
11.01.2012Best Mode, Chapter for Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent LawPracticing Law Institute
09.01.2012Patent Invalidity Rates in JapanWhite Paper, Intellectual Property Organization
09.01.2012Patent Invalidity Rates in ChinaWhite Paper, Intellectual Property Organization
01.23.2012Should the Federal Circuit's Model E-Discovery Order Change the Way you Conduct E-Discovery for Patent Litigation?Bloomberg Law
05.01.2009Understanding the voluntary Carbon Market: Why Companies Buy Carbon Credits, Why the Voluntary Market Will Coexist with Future Mandatory Regulation, and Why Contracts Should Allocate Carbon Credit OwnershipBloomberg Law Reports - Sustainable Energy


07.26.2018ACI's 5th Annual Conference on Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law
04.06.2018Patent Law Institute 2018: Critical Issues & Best Practices
"Musical Chairs in Patent Venue: The Practical Implications of TC Heartland"
11.21.2017Pathways to Commercial Success in Life Sciences and Medical Devices
11.02.2017Biosimilars in the United States: Unraveling the Path Forward and Lessons Learned from Europe (Part II)
06.28.2017Biosimilars in the United States: Unraveling the Path Forward and Lessons Learned from Europe
07.08.2014Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law
02.06.2014The Impact of the AIA on Patent Litigation and Licensing
11.08.2013Bright Lights, Big Pharma
06.27.2013FTC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals: Analysis of U.S. Supreme Court Decision
06.25.2013AMP v. Myriad Genetics: Analysis of the United States Supreme Court Decision
04.02.2013The Androgel Pharmaceutical Patent Settlement: Analysis of Oral Arguments before U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 for FTC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals
01.22.2013Impact of the America Invest Act, Panelist
12.20.2012Expansion of the Hatch-Waxman Safe Harbor Momenta v. Amphastar: Where do we go from here?
11.15.2012The Impact of the America Invents Act on Pharma and Biotech Practice
10.09.2012Impact of the America Invents Act on Patent Litigation and Strategy
09.12.2012Pitfalls and Redflags in Indian Patent Law
06.07.2012Caraco v. NovoNordisk - Outcome Analysis and In-Depth Case Review
06.02.2012Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law in the United States, China and India
03.07.2012The Federal Circuit's Model Order on E-Discovery, Impact on Patent Cases and Beyond
05.21.2008Proposed U.S. Cap and Trade Legislation and Carbon Credit Trading Schemes at U.S. Based Exchanges

office New York
phone 212-551-2844
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  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1998, summa cum laude
  • Pace University, B.B.A., 1995, magna cum laude


  • New York


  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)

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