April Abele Isaacson has over 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer and is a registered United States patent attorney. Her practice focuses on pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, medical device and medical technology patent litigation, particularly Hatch-Waxman cases on behalf of drug innovators. April has tried cases in several federal district courts throughout the United States, as well as appeals before the Federal Circuit, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. April also provides counseling on patent and related regulatory issues faced by the biopharma industry, including patent portfolio strategy, litigation preparation and strategy, licensing, patent term extension strategy, and Orange Book patent listing and Use Code strategy, and provides opinions on issues of patentability/validity, freedom-to-operate, and loss of exclusivity.
April previously served for nearly five years as in-house counsel at a public specialty pharmaceutical company where she provided broad intellectual property and regulatory strategic counseling during all stages of product development and managed numerous Hatch-Waxman litigations. She also served as a partner at a major international law firm and at a predecessor firm to Kilpatrick Townsend.
April began her legal career as a U.S. Navy JAG Corps prosecutor where she won several high profile jury cases and earned multiple achievement medals and letters of commendation for superior service and leadership. Prior to attending law school, she was an HIV/AIDS research scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Representing a pharmaceutical company in Hatch-Waxman litigations concerning a drug for treatment of opioid-induced constipation.
Representing a pharmaceutical company in an adversarial patent action with a non-practicing patent holder.
Trial counsel for medical device innovator in patent infringement litigation concerning spinal deformity repair devices.
Representing radiosurgery device innovator.
*Counseled a pharmaceutical company in preparation for Hatch-Waxman litigations concerning a drug for early onset childhood epilepsy.
*Counseled a pre-commercial biopharmaceutical company on portfolio strategy and development partnerships.
*Represented a pharmaceutical company as in-house counsel in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning a nasal spray product.
*Represented a pharmaceutical company as in-house counsel in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning a drug for Parkinson's disease.
*Represented a pharmaceutical company in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning a drug for treating diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.
*Represented a leading agricultural chemical company and a specialty pest control chemical manufacturer in a patent infringement action concerning patents relating to the pesticide fipronil.
*Represented a pharmaceutical company in a Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning a synthetic vitamin drug.
*Represented a manufacturer of biological and pharmaceutical products for animals in patent infringement litigation actions brought by an animal health company on patents related to vaccines, vaccine components, and recombinant DNA techniques for making vaccines.
*Represented leading portfolio medical technology company.
*Represented developer of innovative rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests and diabetes self-monitoring products.
*Represented designer and manufacturer of laser vision correction systems.
*Experience gained by attorney prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend
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Mount Holyoke College A.B. Biological Sciences, cum laude
The University of Chicago M.S. Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences, Committee on Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Vanderbilt University School of Law J.D.
District of Columbia (1997)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
MEMO|Medicine & Molecules, The Kilpatrick Townsend Biopharma Industry Blog, Co-Editor-in-Chief
U.S. Navy, Prosecutor/Officer-in-Charge, Criminal Defense and Legal Assistance Attorney (1995-1999 Active Duty; 1999-2003 Reserve)
CalVet Women Veterans Division, Member
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
Federal Circuit Bar Association, Member
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