Liane M. Peterson is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a vice chair of the firm’s IP Litigation Practice and member of the Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice. She is also a member of the Life Sciences Industry Team.

Liane is a first chair trial litigator with extensive experience handling patent litigation in U.S. District Courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. She focuses her practice on complex litigation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields, with a particular focus on Hatch-Waxman litigation. Liane also has significant experience handling Section 337 patent litigation for clients at the U.S. International Trade Commission as well as in handling patent litigation matters for clients in the medical device, electronics, semiconductor, financial services, flat glass, automotive, and communications industries.

Liane previously worked as a law clerk at the U.S. International Trade Commission in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations dealing with Section 337 investigations of unfair trade practices involving intellectual property rights. Prior to law school she served as a researcher at The Institute for Genomic Research in Rockville, Md.


Liane received her J.D., magna cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law (2003), where she was editor-in-chief of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. She also graduated magna cum laude from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S., biology, 1997).

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Liane is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Association, the ITC Trial Lawyers Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Hot Topics on Patent Litigation,” 2019 Tokyo IP Conference, October 16, 2019
  • “Assessing Secondary Considerations in Light of Blocking Patents Post-Acorda,” ACI Paragraph IV Disputes, New York, April 29-30, 2019
  • “Latest Patent Litigation and IPR Considerations for Japanese Companies” and “USITC As Successful Venue for Patent Owners,” 2018 Tokyo IP Conference, October 11, 2018
  • “Deciphering the Business Implications of the On-Sale Bar,” ACI Paragraph IV Disputes, New York, April 23-24, 2018
  • “Hatch-Waxman Year-in-Review Panel,” ABA IP Law Section Annual Conference, April 7, 2016
  • “e-Discovery in U.S. Patent Litigation,” Advanced U.S. Patent Litigation Seminar Series, Osaka, Japan and Tokyo, Japan, January 27-28, 2016
  • “Beginning the Litigation: Initial Considerations and Strategies,” U.S. Patent Litigation Seminar Series, Osaka, Japan, May 15, 2014
  • Hatch-Waxman Litigation Seminar, Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association IP Committee, Tokyo, Japan, May 12, 2014
  • “Expert Discovery, Markman Hearings & Preparing for Trial,” U.S. Patent Litigation Seminar Series, Tokyo, Japan, November 14, 2013
  • “Motions for Summary Judgment, Attorney-Client Privilege and ITC Practice,” U.S. Patent Litigation Seminar Series, Tokyo, Japan, September 12, 2013
  • “Managing E-Discovery in U.S. Patent Litigation," AIPPI Journal in Japan, Vol. 54, No. 10, 2009
  • "Duty of Disclosure Requirements: Best Practice for Handling and Managing Disclosure Requirements," TACPI D.C. Round Table Seminar, December 18, 2009
  • "Practical Steps to Address E-Discovery: New Battleground in U.S. IP Litigation," TACPI D.C. Round Table Seminar, August 27, 2009
  • "Strategic Document Management for Corporate IP Practitioners," presented to NGB and clients in Japan, May 19, 2009
  • "Proper Scope of ITC Remedies After Qualcomm," IP Law360, October 22, 2008

Representative Hatch-Waxman, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Cases

  • Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Actavis Laboratories UT, Inc., 1:18-cv-758 (D. Del.)
  • Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals, 1:18-cv-699 (D. Del.)
  • NuGEN Technologies, Inc. v. Keygene NV, No. 4-18-cv-525 (N.D. Cal.)
  • Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Alovgen Pine Brook LLC, 1:17-cv-1429 (D. Del.)
  • Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Mylan Technologies Inc., et al., No. 1:15-cv-328 (D. Del.)
  • Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Actavis Laboratories UT, Inc., No. 1:15-cv-249 (D. Del.)
  • Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC, et al. v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 1:15-cv-1120 (D. Del.)
  • Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC, et al. v. Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA, No. 1:15-cv-904 (D. Del.)
  • AstraZeneca LP, et al. v. HEC Pharm Co., Ltd., No. 1:15-cv-1041 (D. Del.)
  • Actavis Laboratories UT, Inc. v. Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., No. 1:15-cv-886 (D. Del.)
  • Sebela Pharmaceuticals v. Prinston Pharmaceutical, No. 2:14-cv-07400 (D.N.J.)
  • Sebela Pharmaceuticals v. Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc., No. 2:14-cv-06414 (D.N.J.)
  • Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. v. GlaxoSmithKline LLC and Aptalis Pharma, No. 1:14-cv-6627 (E.D. Pa.)
  • AstraZeneca v. Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd., No. 1:14-cv-03547 (D.N.J.)
  • Lyne Laboratories, Inc., et al. v. Lupin Ltd., No. 1:14-cv-10153 (D. Mass.)
  • Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC, et al. v. Perrigo Co., et al., No. 1:13-cv-236 (D. Del.)
  • Boehringer Ingelheim et al. v. Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc., No. 1:13-cv-01580 (D.N.J.)
  • Keygene NV v. Floragenex Inc., 3:11-CV-803 (D. Or.)
  • Pfizer Inc. et al. v. Kremers Urban, LLC, et al. (D. Del.)
  • Sepracor Inc. et al. v. Pharmaceutical Associates, Inc. (D.N.J.)
  • Schering Corp. v. Geopharma, Inc. (D.N.J.)
  • Sanofi-Aventis v. Ebewe Pharma (D.N.J.)

Representative ITC Cases

  • Certain Semiconductor Devices, Semiconductor Device Packages, and Products Containing Same, 337-TA-1010
  • Certain Computing or Graphics Systems, Components Thereof, and Vehicles Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-984
  • Certain Dental Implants, Inv. No. 337-TA-934
  • Certain Integrated Circuits and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-920
  • Certain Optoelectronic Devices for Fiber Optic Communications, Inv. No. 337-TA-860
  • Certain Motion Sensitive Sound Effects Devices and Image Display Devices and Components and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-773
  • Certain Buffer Systems and Components Thereof Used in Container Processing Lines, Inv. No. 337-TA-609
  • Certain Lighting Control Devices Including Dimmer Switches and/or Switches and Parts Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-599
  • Certain Shirts with Pucker-Free Seams and Methods of Producing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-517