Sharon Hwang is a Shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., a Chicago-based patent law boutique firm. She practices in all areas of intellectual property law with particular emphasis on patent litigation. She helps her clients maximize the value of their intellectual property and protect their investments in research and development. She has extensive experience in a range of technologies, including medical devices, electronics, and cellular telephony.
First, and foremost, Sharon is a hands-on courtroom advocate who has tried and litigated dozens of cases and has briefed and argued numerous appeals. For more than twenty-five years, she has successfully represented parties in high-stakes patent litigation in federal district courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Sharon has also successfully briefed and argued numerous inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. In a recent, high-profile patent case that went up to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sharon and a team of McAndrews attorneys secured a $254 million judgment in favor of a medical device client—one of the largest enhanced damages awards in patent history.
Sharon has been awarded numerous accolades, including being listed in the IAM Patent 1000 as one of the world’s leading patent professionals, selection as an Illinois Super Lawyer and IP Star every year since 2015, selection as a Life Sciences Star in 2019, and selection by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association earlier in her career as one of its “Best Lawyers Under 40.” She was recently recognized in the World Intellectual Property Review’s Influential Women in IP 2020 and Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in Law 2020. Sharon has also received the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (2018) and both the Justice Laura C. Liu Lifetime Achievement Award (2018) and the Vanguard Award (2016) from the Chinese American Bar Association.
Current as of 2020.