Ms. Davies counsels clients on both intellectual property litigation and transactions. She has served as lead trial counsel in both jury and bench trials; in patent infringement cases; and in trials for related litigation, including Hatch-Waxman matters and patent-based contractual disputes. Ms. Davies also counsels clients on strategic intellectual property-driven acquisitions and divestitures; patent portfolio development and management; licensing and forming strategic partnerships; rendering freedom to operate opinions; and other transactions that optimize intellectual property value to the client.
Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in litigation – intellectual property, litigation – patent, patent law, and biotechnology law (2008-2015), Ms. Davies advises clients with respect to a wide array of technologies, including, for example, virtual machine technology, data compression, telecommunication systems, mechanical devices, and automotive devices. In the life science arena, Ms. Davies has experience advising clients in areas such as transgenic plants and animals, pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery, stem cells, homologous recombination, protein therapies, tissue engineering, gene discovery, recombinant industrial enzymes, coated nanoparticles, and software programs for health care delivery, telemedicine and medical devices. Her scientific experience is in toxicology research, where she has studied the role of aldehyde dehydrogenases in fetal metabolism and the toxic effects of pesticides.
Before joining Gibson Dunn in 2012, Ms. Davies was a partner at Vinson & Elkins, where she was a member of the Executive Management Committee and leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Technology and Life Science practices.
Ms. Davies received her J.D. cum laude from University of Minnesota in 1997, where she served as an Editor of theMinnesota Journal of Global Trade. She also holds her M.P.H. in toxicology from the University of Minnesota. In 1989, Ms. Davies graduated with her B.A. in biology with honors from the University of Tennessee, and she holds a B.A. in philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit, in Leuven, Belgium.
Ms. Davies is admitted to practice in Texas and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as various United States District Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.