Elaine Herrmann Blais

Elaine Herrmann Blais

Partner Boston Litigation Leader
Elaine Herrmann Blais

Elaine Blais, head of the Litigation Department in Goodwin’s Boston office, focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, particularly with respect to patent litigation. Ms. Blais has handled numerous patent infringement lawsuits in federal courts nationwide. She joined Goodwin in 2001 and serves on the Associate Review Committee. She is the former co-chair of the Boston Women's Initiative Council. Ms. Blais has also served at various times on the firm's Hiring, Partner Integration, Alternative Billing Strategies, Renovations and Big Think Committees.

Professional Activities

In 2013, at the selection of firm leadership, Ms. Blais participated in Harvard Business School’s “Leading Professional Service Firms” executive education program. This selective program focuses on how professional service firms should approach client retention and client service, among other critical issues facing professional service firms.

In 2011, Ms. Blais was selected by the firm to participate in LEAD Boston, a year-long program focused on leadership and social justice.

Ms. Blais is a member of the American Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Blais was an associate at Jones Day, where she concentrated her practice on patent, trademark and copyright litigation.


In 2012, Ms. Blais and a client were selected as a recipient of the Project for Attorney Retention’s 2012 PAR Flex Success Award. The award recognizes attorney-client relationships exemplifying how, with client and firm support, attorneys can work on flexible schedules, deliver exceptional legal services and enjoy extraordinarily successful careers.

In 2009, Ms. Blais was awarded the Mentor Award from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project for her work on behalf of human rights and immigrant advocacy. Ms. Blais continues to dedicate pro bono time to the representation of immigrants seeking asylum, refugee status or special immigrant juvenile status in the United States. While attending law school, Ms. Blais was an associate editor of The Ohio State Law Journal.

Areas of Practice


Ms. Blais has been litigating patent cases for two decades. She has advised clients and participated in all phases of patent litigation, from initial counseling up through trial and appeal. Ms. Blais has worked on patent cases involving diverse areas of technology, including pharmaceutical products (Teva Pharmaceuticals, Fresenius Kabi, Hikma), stem cell technology (ViaCell, Inc.), secure financial transactions (Fidelity), prepaid wireless technology (Freedom Wireless), the Internet (Lycos, Inc.), email tracking systems (Eloqua), semiconductor manufacturing tools (Applied Materials), consumer products (P&G), automatic transmission shift cables, software for reducing artifacts in MRI images, gaming devices and methods, glider designs, steel processing lines and spinal implants.

She has also represented clients in cases involving copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition and patent-related antitrust issues. Ms. Blais has also filed amicus briefs on behalf of firm clients in a number of significant patent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit sitting en banc, including Therasense v. Becton Dickinson, Microsoft v. i4i, and Caraco v. Novo Nordisk.

Ms. Blais has devoted a significant amount of her practice to counseling clients and advocating to Congress on behalf of clients regarding patent policy. In this capacity, she has worked on various pieces of legislation impacting the pharmaceutical industry, including the Biologics Price Competition & Innovation Act and the America Invents Act. Ms. Blais has been involved in drafting proposed legislation and has made numerous presentations before Congressional members and staff.

Additionally, Ms. Blais has an active pro bono practice. For the last five years, she has represented unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings through Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). Since 2008, Ms. Blais has represented Ugandan lesbians through Immigration Equality, which provides legal counsel to the LGBT and HIV-positive immigrant community.



J.D., 1995
OSU College of Law

(with honors, Order of the Coif)

B.A., 1991
Allegheny College





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