Emily Rapalino, a partner in Goodwin’s IP Litigation group, is a member of the firm’s Life Sciences Disputes group and focuses her litigation practice on intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent litigation, particularly in the areas of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology and combines scientific technical knowledge and expertise with litigation strategy. She has advised clients on a broad range of pre-litigation and litigation matters. Emily has also represented both petitioners and patent owners in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. She is currently a co-chair of both Goodwin’s Pro Bono Committee and Attorney Engagement Committee. Emily is a former National Hiring Partner for the firm, former co-chair of the Boston Council of Goodwin’s Women’s Initiative, and the former Boston Litigation Hiring Partner.
Emily’s recent engagements include:
- Concert Pharmaceuticals in inter partes review proceedings
- Fresenius Kabi USA LLC and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. in a patent infringement suit in the District of New Jersey and before the Federal Circuit in connection with the prostate cancer drug, Jevtana (cabazitaxel)
- Lupin Limited in a patent infringement suit in District of Delaware in connection with Antara, an anti-cholesterol fenofibrate product
- Lupin Limited in a patent infringement suit in District of New Jersey in connection with Prolensa, an ophthalmic anti-inflammatory drug
- Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. in a patent infringement suit in District of Delaware in connection with a generic version of Genzyme’s stem cell mobilizing agent, Mozobil (plerixafor)
- Cephalon Inc. in a patent infringement suit in District of Delaware in connection with Treanda, an anti-cancer drug. After trial against five defendants, Cephalon prevailed in the district court on its claims of infringement against all defendants
- Fresenius Kabi USA LLC and Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc. in a patent infringement suit in the Southern District of Indiana in connection with Alimta, an anti-cancer drug
- Teva Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement suit in District of New Jersey in connection with Prezista, an anti-HIV drug. Emily was involved in negotiating settlement of that case during trial
- Teva Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement suit in connection with Lovenox, a blood thinning drug. Teva won summary judgment of non-infringement on two separate bases in Massachusetts District Court
- Teva Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement suit in connection with Eloxatin, a colon cancer drug. After winning summary judgment of non-infringement in the New Jersey District Court, Teva prevailed in litigations in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, clearing the way for the launch of its generic version of Eloxatin
- Supervision of pro bono Summer Associate Research Project for the Anti Defamation League
- Pro bono representation of the Joyful Heart Foundation in connection with its end-the-rape-kit-backlog initiative
Areas of Practice
Prior to joining Goodwin, Emily was an associate at Fish & Neave, where her practice concentrated on patent litigation, prosecution and counseling in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology fields.
Columbia Law School
Weizmann Institute of Science
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Recognition & Awards
Emily was recognized by LMG Life Sciences as a “Life Sciences Star” in 2022.
Emily has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers for her work in Litigation - Patent 2022-2023.
Emily is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2022 for her work in Patent Litigation.
Emily was a 2021 recommended lawyer for Patent litigation: full coverage by The Legal 500.
Emily was named to the 2021 The Best Lawyers in America.
While attending law school, Emily was a member of the Columbia Law Review and a James Kent Scholar. Emily was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2013.
Emily co-authored an article on the fundamentals of patent opinion writing entitled, “Patent Opinion Basics” which appeared in a PLI course handbook for the program on Patent Basics for the Non-Specialist. She is also an editor of the Goodwin PTAB Trial Tracker monthly newsletter and a contributor to Big Molecule Watch, Goodwin’s biosimilar blog. Emily also contributed to Guide to Biosimilars Litigation and Regulation in the U.S., 2019-2020 ed., published by Thomson Reuters, in November 2019. Emily was also a contributor to Guide to Biosimilars Litigation and Regulation in the U.S., 2022-2023 ed., published by Thomson Reuters, in December 2022.