Cadwalader’s Dorothy Auth, Danielle Tully and Michael Sebba Win 2020 Burton Legal Writing Award

February 21, 2020

Cadwalader’s Dorothy Auth, Danielle Tully and Michael Sebba have been recognized with a 2020 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for their article, “How Fed. Circ. May Defer To PTAB In Facebook Case,” published in November of 2019 by Law360.

The Cadwalader team’s article examines Facebook Inc. v. Windy City Innovations LLC, a cross-appeal of six separate inter partes reviews filed against four patents directed to internet chat room technology. The issues raised by the appeal present an opportunity for the Federal Circuit to provide clarity on the appropriate level of deference to be afforded Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s holdings and may even provide a chance for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in.

Dorothy Auth, head of Cadwalader's Intellectual Property Practice, has more than 25 years of experience in complex patent litigation, as well as licensing, patent procurement and intellectual property counseling in the United States and abroad. Special counsel Danielle Tully handles complex patent litigations for clients in a wide range of technology areas, including pharmaceutical, medical device, computer hardware and software, digital television and telecommunications. Michael Sebba is an associate who focuses his practice in the area of patent litigation.

The Burton Awards, established in 1999, are funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to rewarding excellence in the legal profession. The annual Burton Awards for Distinguished Legal Writing recognize authors of legal articles that demonstrate creativity, knowledge and know-how. The winners “display a true understanding and mastery of the law and their writing must be clear, cogent and concise.”