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Dara M. Kurlancheek

Dara M. Kurlancheek

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Dara Kurlancheek is an Intellectual Property partner in Mayer Brown's Washington DC office. She is a registered patent attorney whose practice focuses on complex patent litigation. Her experience encompasses all stages of litigation, from pretrial investigation through trial. Dara has participated in jury trials, claim construction hearings, and is experienced in managing pretrial discovery such as depositions and motion practice. Dara works closely with clients to provide critical strategic advice and frequently takes a leading role in coordinating joint defenses in multiple-defendant litigations.

Having received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Dara has technical and legal experience across a wide range of technologies and industries, including electronic banking and payment systems, computer memory systems, customer service and payment acceptance technologies, video analytics, complex computer systems and software, website design software, sonar imaging systems, computer systems for backup of internet-based data processing, electronic billing information delivery systems, customer live-chat website features, and video indexing systems.

Dara also has extensive arbitration experience in domestic and international disputes, from arbitrator selection through hearing, award, and enforcement.  She has second chaired multiple complex commercial arbitration hearings and conducted direct and cross-examinations of fact and expert witnesses. Her arbitration and mediation experience includes a wide range of issues, including patent licensing disputes, software service contract disputes, and breach of contract claims related to a distributorship agreement.

In 2015, 2016, and 2017 Dara was selected as a Washington, DC “Rising Star” in intellectual property by Super Lawyers Magazine.

While at The Pennsylvania State University, Dara worked at the Penn State Intellectual Property Office evaluating inventions for patentability and potential licensing opportunities. During law school, Dara was quarterfinalist in the J. Braxton Craven Constitutional Law National Moot Court competition.

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