Jeanne M. Tanner

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Jeanne is a skilled patent attorney, with significant prosecution, litigation and in-house experience.

Prior to joining McCormick, Paulding & Huber, Jeanne was the Intellectual Property Counsel at Cytonome, where she advised senior management and supervised outside counsel on all intellectual property matters. Jeanne was instrumental in strategically growing and aligning Cytonome’s worldwide patent portfolio with their business goals, in negotiating licenses and research collaboration agreements, and in developing litigation strategies.

Jeanne’s prosecution experience includes drafting and prosecuting a large variety of foreign and domestic mechanical, fluidic, optical, electrical and material patent applications, including precision microfluidic instruments, optics and optical metrology, controls, printers, hydraulic machinery, gear-making machinery, diesel engines and controls, composite molding technology, HVAC, endoscopic and arthroscopic medical devices, semiconductor devices, including organic light emitting diodes, aerogels, fuel cells, golf clubs and shoes. She enjoys counseling clients and is skilled at providing clearance, validity, and non-infringement opinions.

Jeanne developed her litigation skills as the lead associate successfully asserting patent infringement against foreign defendants. Her in-the-trenches litigating experience includes developing the case, managing the litigation on a daily basis, filing pleadings and motions, conducting discovery, working closely with expert witnesses, preparing summary judgment and Markman hearing submissions, advising foreign counsel on associated European prosecutions, and assisting with settlement negotiations.

Prior to practicing patent law, Jeanne worked for more than a decade as an engineer and manager in the field of spacecraft structural design and analysis. While at MIT, she was the recipient of a Hughes Aircraft Fellowship. While at George Mason, Jeanne interned with J. Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was an editor for the George Mason Law Review.


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S., Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
J.D., George Mason University School of Law


District of Columbia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
California Professional Engineer