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Mr. Lionel M. Lavenue

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP
Regular Member
Two Freedom Square
11955 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Phone: 571-203-2750
Fax: 202-408-4400
Web Site:

Law School: George Washington University National Law Center (LL.M. 1994); American University (J.D. 1992) (1992)
Foreign Languages: German

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Mr. Lavenue has been active in Republican Party politics for more than 25 years. In 1987-88, he worked for the George H. W. Bush for President and later for the Victory '88 Campaign. In 1988, he served as Political Assistant to the Tennessee Republican Party. He is currently a member of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett and Dunner's Electrical and Computer Technology Practice Group. Mr. Lavenue specializes in trial litigation and creating and managing large patent portfolios.

Lionel Lavenue’s practice focuses on patent trial litigation and on creating and managing large patent portfolios. With experience in more than 160 patent cases, he has managed or served as first chair in numerous district court litigations, including more than 60 cases in the E.D. Texas, patent infringement cases under Section 1498(a) in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, disputes under Section 337 before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and arbitrations. Mr. Lavenue has argued dozens of Markman hearings. He has directed the discovery for numerous complex cases and disputes, and he has taken or defended nearly 200 depositions. He also has experience with patent/IP appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

With experience in the preparation of over 1,000 patent applications, Mr. Lavenue also oversees the creation and management of large corporate patent portfolios. He has organized and managed numerous large domestic and foreign patent portfolios.

Mr. Lavenue’s practice includes litigation, patent applications, and opinion work related to business methods, computers, software, and electrical and mechanical devices (including medical devices, especially medical device software applications). He has also directed numerous ex parte and inter partes patent reexamination proceedings, including more than 75 “defensive reexaminations” used during litigations. As one of the first to challenge a patent via the inter partes review (IPR) procedure, he has led the filing of more than 75 IPR petitions and covered business method (CBM) petitions.

Mr. Lavenue has a particular expertise with patent disputes involving Government contracts, including patent infringement claims under 28 U.S.C. § 1498, with extensive experience with numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Mr. Lavenue routinely lectures to bar associations and aviation groups on patent law issues related to aircraft, rotorcraft, soaring, skydiving, and lighter-than-air technologies. He is an active and current airplane and helicopter pilot (and occasional glider and balloon pilot), and he counsels many aviation and aerospace companies on IP issues. Mr. Lavenue also has extensive experience with drone, UAV, and UAS technologies.

Mr. Lavenue and his wife are alpine mountaineers, skydivers, and adventurers. Of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks of the seven continents), they have summited six (Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa in 1999; Mt. Elbrus in Russia in 2002; Mt. Aconcagua in South America in 2002; Mt. McKinley in North America and Mt. Vinson in Antarctica in 2004; and Mt. Kosciuszko in Oceania in 2007) and plan expeditions to Mt. Cho Oyu in 2018 and to Mt. Everest in 2020. Mr. Lavenue holds several formation skydiving world records. He and his wife are scheduled on an early commercial space flight in 2019.

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