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Pauline M. Pelletier

Pauline M. Pelletier

Pauline M. Pelletier is an associate in Sterne Kessler’s Trial & Appellate Practice Group. She focuses her practice on patent litigation before the federal courts and the International Trade Commission, as well as post-grant trial and reexamination practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Pauline also represents clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has drafted briefs, assisted with oral argument preparation, and maintains a focus on appellate procedure, handling complex motions, and providing counseling on the Court's rules of practice.

Pauline re-joined the firm after clerking for the Hon. Randall R. Rader, then chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before her clerkship, Pauline used her technical background in bioinformatics to prepare and prosecute patent applications as well as represent clients in patent litigation, inter partes review, covered business method review, and reexamination proceedings in a variety of technology areas. Prior to law school, Pauline worked as an Internet applications developer for a notable medical institution where she developed online systems for clinical trial management and biomedical research.

Pauline was an articles editor for the Journal of Business and Technology Law and was awarded Best Appellant Brief in the Northeast Region at the 2012 Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. She is also a co-author of Chapter 35 of the ABA's Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook (4th Ed. 2015) published by Bloomberg BNA, which addresses post-grant patentability challenges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is also a contributing author of Patent Office Litigation, Second Edition, published in 2017 by Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the book provides a fresh and comprehensive exploration of patent office litigation proceedings, including how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, while delivering practical analysis and advice. Pauline is a member of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program.

Pauline received her J.D. in Intellectual Property, cum laude, from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She earned her M.S. in biotechnology and bioinformatics from The Johns Hopkins University, and her B.A., magna cum laude, also from The Johns Hopkins University where she was a Bloomberg Scholar.

Technical Publications

  • Bronner L, Kazanzides P, Mashariki A, Domingo P, Pelletier P, Thomas T. Using an object-oriented paradigm to organize, manage and present scientific information for researchers. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (May 2006)
  • Ellerhorst JA, Naderi AA, Johnson MK, Pelletier P, Prieto VG, Diwan AH, Johnson MM, Gunn DC, Yekell S, Grimm EA. Expression of thyrotropin-releasing hormone by human melanoma and nevi. Clin. Cancer Res. 2004 Aug 15;10(16):5531-6, PMID: 15328193.


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Intellectual Property
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
cum laude
Biotechnology, Bioinformatics
The Johns Hopkins University
Pre-Medical Studies
The Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg Scholar, magna cum laude


District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit