Harold C. Wegner

Retired Partner


Harold C. Wegner is a retired partner and intellectual property lawyer in the international law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, where he engaged in cutting edge domestic and international patent issues. Prof. Wegner focused upon appellate patent issues as well as reexamination and other complex matters at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Prof. Wegner is the former director of the Intellectual Property Law Program at the George Washington University Law School, where he had been a professor of law. He has been a visiting professor at Tokyo University and spent several years as a Mitarbeiter at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Munich followed by service as a Kenshuin at the Kyoto University Law Faculty.


He was recognized among IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2016). In 2013, Prof. Wegner was recognized by the Washingtonian in their list of Washington’s Top Lawyers.


Prof. Wegner holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.) and the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.). He started his career as a patent examiner. In 1980 he founded his own law firm; in 1994 he merged his practice into the Foley firm.

Representative Matters

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Represented a global pharmaceutical company in a successful precedential 2-1 decision before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit remanding a double patenting rejection arising from patent reexamination (all claims confirmed to be patentable upon remand to the Patent Office). The patent covered multiple approved pharmaceutical products and had great commercial significance.
Reexamination of two patents in parallel litigation covering a pharmaceutical company with $1.5 billion in sales per year. Obtained decision confirming patentability of all claims in under a year.