Erika Arner Esq.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Arner, Erika

Erika Arner chairs Finnegan's patent office practice. She focuses on patent office trials, patent prosecution management, client counseling, and litigation, with an emphasis on electronic technology, computer software, and the Internet. Ms. Arner helps clients of all sizes to establish and grow patent portfolios, align intellectual property strategy with business objectives, and adapt to the evolving legal landscape, including the America Invents Act.

Ms. Arner is a well-known authority in the area of business method patents and patent-eligibility jurisprudence. She represented the petitioners before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos, and has advised clients on issues related to patentable subject matter before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. district courts, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She has also served as lead counsel before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTAB) in more than 20 post-grant review and inter partes review proceedings.

Ms. Arner has provided opinions on patent ability, infringement, and validity of patents, and drafted or overseen the drafting of hundreds of patent applications for business method, electrical, telecommunications, and software-based technologies. She is a frequent author and lecturer on business method and computer-related patents and practice before the PTAB.

Ms. Arner received her B.S. from College of William and Mary and her J.D., cum laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law.