Cynthia Lambert Hardman, a partner in Goodwin's IP Litigation Group and co-chair of the firm’s PTAB Practice, has over 15 years of experience litigating complex intellectual property cases in U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). A registered patent attorney, Ms. Hardman also litigates before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in post-grant proceedings such as inter partes reviews (IPRs).

Ms. Hardman represents clients in the pharmaceutical, biosimilar, medical device, nutritional supplement, and consumer product industries. She has significant experience with ANDA patent litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act, and also litigates cases involving a wide range of products such as spinal fixation devices, home pregnancy tests, and video content analysis systems and software.

Ms. Hardman's practice also extends to pre-litigation counseling, including rendering opinions relating to patentability, infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate issues. She has also conducted due diligence in connection with acquisitions of patent estates.

Ms. Hardman co-founded and co-authors Goodwin’s monthly publication, Keeping Tabs on the PTAB, which provides updates to clients about PTAB, district court, and Federal Circuit decisions that impact post-grant review proceedings. Ms. Hardman is also an editor and regular contributor to the firm’s Big Molecule Watch blog.




Her recent work includes representing:

  • A pharmaceutical company defending its patents in IPRs before the PTAB.
  • Several pharmaceutical companies as petitioners in various IPRs before the PTAB.
  • Trial counsel for a pharmaceutical company in various ongoing ANDA cases regarding patents for ADHD and schizophrenia products.
  • A nutritional supplements company in a patent infringement action in the ITC concerning krill oil supplements. The representation also extended to an IPR and ongoing Federal Circuit appeal.
  • A pharmaceutical company concerning the client’s proposed generic version of a transdermal patch for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The representation also extended to related IPR petitions.
  • A patent licensee in a patent infringement suit in the Western District of Pennsylvania concerning mobile video technology used by spectators at sporting events.
  • Trial counsel for a respondent in an ITC proceeding concerning patent infringement allegations in the area of video analytics technology.
  • A pharmaceutical company in a jury trial, defending against a multi-billion dollar damages claim in a case relating to an epilepsy drug. Defendants succeeded in barring several expert witnesses from testifying at trial. The 10-year-old dispute settled two weeks into an expected seven-week jury trial.
  • A pharmaceutical company in an ANDA bench trial regarding patents for treatment of overactive bladder. Succeeded in invalidating all five asserted patents, in a decision that was affirmed on appeal.
  • A pharmaceutical company in an action involving patents for an extended release formulation of an antibiotic. Helped overturn a preliminary injunction, allowing client to market its generic equivalent of the drug.
Professional Activities

Ms. Hardman is a contributor to the firm’s Biosimilars Reference Guide, Guide to the Biosimilars Patent Dance, and Big Molecule Watch blog.

She is a member of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Bar Association and the William C. Conner Inn of Court.

Ms. Hardman’s recent pro bono work includes assisting a student in obtaining special education services.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2014, Ms. Hardman was a partner at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP in New York City, where her practice focused on patent litigation and counseling matters.


Ms. Hardman has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers New York (2012-2014). In law school, she served as articles editor for the Journal of Science & Technology Law. In college, she received the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award.

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J.D., 2001
Boston University School of Law
B.S., Molecular Biology, 1996
University of Pittsburgh
(cum laude)



New York
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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