Irina Oberman Khagi joined Smith Anderson in 2016. She practices in the areas of Intellectual Property, Technology Contracting and Licensing, and Data Use, Privacy and Security. Irina has experience advising clients in partnering, patent and technology licensing, research and development collaborations, and other strategic transactions. As part of her intellectual property practice, she also assists clients with protecting their intellectual property by prosecuting trademark registration applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Irina was an associate attorney in a large Boston-based law firm. Prior to that, Irina was a law clerk to the honorable Judge Timothy Tymkovich, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado.
Honors & Awards
- Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Volume 36
- Online Digest Contributor and Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, 2010-2011
- Advised an international health care group in an agreement to acquire worldwide patent rights and related intellectual property for two cardiovascular drugs from a world leader in biopharmaceutical business.
- Defended a pharmaceutical company against contract claims related to a licensing agreement.
- Defended a pharmaceutical company and affiliates in patent infringement litigation.
- Defended a pharmaceutical company in litigation arising from claimed antitrust violations.
- Defended a pharmaceutical company in inter partes review proceeding before Patent Trial and Appeals Board.
- Represented an internet content delivery network provider in patent infringement litigation.
- Defended a majority shareholder in closely held corporation in shareholder dispute.
- Advised a private materials and recycling technology company in an agreement to acquire assets from a leading supplier of high performance catalysts for $27 million in cash plus potential additional amounts via an earnout.
- Advised a publicly traded, global tobacco company on its $50 billion merger with another major publicly traded tobacco company.
- Advised a U.S. subsidiary of an international health care group in an agreement to acquire rights to certain intellectual property and know-how relating to a cardiovascular therapeutic product.
News & Publications
- My Company Can be Sued Where?: Supreme Court Resolves Some Questions of Where Businesses May Be Sued for Patent Infringement but Leaves Others Unsettled08.28.2017
- The Death of Merger Litigation Part II – The North Carolina Business Court Puts a Nail in the Coffin12.06.2016
- Co-Author, "DTSA’s Promise of Uniformity Remains Unfilfilled," Law36006.15.2016
- Co-Author, "The Slants’ Trademark Battle Plays On," Law36004.05.2016
- Co-Author, "Ariosa v. Sequenom Signals Trouble Ahead for Life Sciences," Law36011.03.2015
- Author, "Maintaining the Clear and Convincing Evidence Standard for Patent Invalidity Challenges in Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership, 131 S. Ct. 2238 (2011)," HARV. J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 439 (2012)2012
Bar & Court Admissions
- North Carolina
- Eastern District of North Carolina
- Middle District of North Carolina
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
- District of Massachusetts
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 2013
- Stanford University, B.A., International Relations, with distinction, 2009
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Firestone Medal for honors thesis
- Chambers of Judge Timothy Tymkovich, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit