Allen M. Sokal
Allen Sokal practices patent litigation, with a particular concentration in appellate practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Although Allen’s district court litigation has focused on the pharmaceutical and chemical fields, throughout his career Allen has handled appellate cases in an array of technologies. He has briefed and argued numerous cases at the Federal Circuit and other regional circuits.
Allen received a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Georgetown University. After serving as a patent examiner for five years and clerking for Judge Jack Miller on the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals for two years, Allen entered private practice at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner in 1976, where he remained for 39 years and was for many years leader of the firm’s appellate section.
He has been retained as a patent law expert witness in infringement suits and has lectured throughout the world on patent law, licensing, and legal ethics issues for bar organizations and clients, as well as on chemical patent practice for the Patent Resources Group and C5. Allen is also on the American Arbitration Association’s list of neutrals.