One of my favorite things about writing this column is the ability it affords me to discuss interesting IP issues from a variety of angles. That effort is even more rewarding when I have a chance to follow up with people who have made a direct contribution to our thinking on one of those issues. Back in April, I discussed an upcoming Alabama Law Review article, called “ The Secret World of Design Patents ,” hailing its contribution to our understanding how design patent litigation actually works in America. In particular, I lauded the article for how it provides the IP community with “answers … to a number of basic questions about design patent enforcement.” Sorely needed information, especially when we consider the growing importance of design patents in the modern IP ecosystem.

Besides for the value of the article’s content, I was happy to see that the article was a product of law professor/law student collaboration. The article was co-authored by Northwestern Law’s David Schwartz, together with our interview subject (a current Kirkland IP litigation associate), Xaviere Giroud . I am pleased that Xavi has graciously agreed to discuss her work on the article, while also sharing her personal path toward practicing IP law. While I have had the privilege of interviewing leading IP academics on these pages before, a written interview with a published law student turned IP practitioner had eluded me. Until now.

By way of background, Giroud is an intellectual property litigation associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Prior to graduating from law school, Xavi was a Summer Associate at Knobbe Martens in the Orange County office and at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the Chicago office. She was also a Public Interest Law Initiative Graduate Fellow at Equip for Equality in Chicago where she advocated for special education students. In the first installment of our two-part interview, Xavi shares how her undergraduate studies in engineering, coupled with exposure to certain aspects […]

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