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IP Attorney Brian Pandya Honored with the FCBA's 2011 Pro Bono Advocacy Award

July 19, 2011

Brian Pandya, an attorney in Wiley Rein’s Intellectual Property Practice, received a 2011 Pro Bono Advocacy Award from the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) for his work on veterans’ appeals. The FCBA sponsors a program that allows patent attorneys to represent pro bono disabled veterans that are attempting to obtain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The FCBA forms groups of attorneys to screen potential cases to take on appeal from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims up to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The FCBA then provides representation to veterans at the Federal Circuit. Since 2009, Mr. Pandya has participated in multiple screening groups and has also represented veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals and Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.     

Mr. Pandya represents a variety of clients in matters relating to the enforcement and procurement of intellectual property rights, with particular focus on patent litigation and counseling.

The Federal Circuit Bar Association is a national organization for the bar of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Leadership of the Association comes from all areas of the country and represents all areas of the legal community of the Federal Circuit. The Association was organized to unite the different groups who practice within the legal community of the Federal Circuit. It seeks to strengthen and serve the Court through its Committees. The Association offers a forum for common concerns and dialogue between bar and court, government counsel and private practitioner, litigator, and corporate counsel. Periodically it sponsors regional seminars reviewing current practice in the Court.