Sara "Macy" Skulman

Sara "Macy" Skulman

Associate

Macy Skulman practices primarily in the area of intellectual property litigation. Her practice includes patent, trademark, and copyright litigation in federal courts throughout the country. Macy has researched and drafted briefs for a preliminary injunction in a patent case; presented oral arguments in district court at Markman hearings and summary judgment hearings; drafted briefs for summary judgment, claim construction, invalidity contentions and infringement contentions; developed arguments and worked with experts on invalidity, infringement, and damages issues; taken and defended fact and expert depositions; and performed direct and cross examinations in district court and at the International Trade Commission.

Macy also has experience in handling matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She has experience in AIA post-grant challenges to patent validity at the USPTO, including drafting inter partes review (IPR) petitions and patent owner responses to IPRs. She also has experience drafting patent applications.

She has a background in electrical engineering with a focus on signal and image processing. In the patent field, Macy’s technological experience is diverse, including technologies such as advanced automotive safety systems based on image processing, power supply controller chips, networking and communication systems, banking products and services, computer architecture, software and information security systems, bag-in-box and pouch packaging, compact tool carriers and power tools, elevated water tanks, women’s apparel, and electrical components in fitness machines.

Concentrations

  • Patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation
  • Inter partes review and other post grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Section 337 investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Patent prosecution
  • Intellectual property transactions, including licensing agreements and analysis for IP due diligence matters
  • Client counseling in all areas of intellectual property
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Won a preliminary injunction against a competitor in a patent infringement matter in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.°
  • Won a finding of “no violation” by the defendant in a Section 337 ITC investigation where a competitor had asserted four patents.°
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction in a software copyright matter in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.°

° The above representations were handled by Ms. Skulman prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2016-2019
  • Recipient, Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2018
  • Member, Order of the Engineer
  • Member, Society of Women Engineers
  • Member, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, George Mason University School of Law, 2013
    • Specialty Certificate, Patent Law Track
    • Winner, Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Western Regionals “Best Advocate”
  • B.E., Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
    • Focus, Signal and Image Processing
Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan