Gary E. Hood is a shareholder in the Chicago office of Polsinelli PC. He is the Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation Group, and leads the firm's Hatch-Waxman generics litigation practice. Gary is a proven, effective trial lawyer. His 20 years of courtroom experience trying cases involving a range of legal issues have given Gary perspective and insight on judge and jury persuasion for which clients seek him out. This experience has enabled him to develop a unique case preparation method that identifies strategic direction early, which Gary uses to lead his teams efficiently and effectively. Rejecting the conventional "no stone unturned" approach that many employ in complex intellectual property cases, Gary's approach is targeted and precise. He firmly believes that the key to success is strategic and detailed early case evaluation, coupled with relentless focus on identified objectives.
Gary has experience in a broad array of civil and criminal matters, and now focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation. He is particularly experienced in pharmaceutical/Hatch-Waxman patent litigation. In fact, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) recently recommended Gary for "his pragmatic approach to patent litigation," quoting one observer as stating about Gary that "you won't meet a better person, or a smarter litigator." IAM's recommendation went on to note that, "he handles a variety of patent cases, but is especially coming to the fore on Hatch-Waxman matters."
Gary has extensive experience in:
- Representing major generic pharmaceutical manufacturers in Paragraph IV Hatch-Waxman lawsuits.
- Leading major patent litigation matters through case and strategy evaluation, Markman proceedings, trial, and appeal.
- Strategically counseling companies with a variety of patent, trademark, copyright and related issues across a broad array of industries and technologies.
Gary regularly appears in courtrooms throughout the United States. He has been named a Chicago Leading Lawyer in various areas of intellectual property law, including Patent Law as well as opyright & Trademark Law, since 2013. Gary was named in Intellectual Asset Management IAM Patent 1000 as recommended for patent litigation in Illinois in 2014 and 2015, and honored by Managing Intellectual Property magazine as an IP Star each year since 2013.
He writes and speaks at various conferences and seminars on topics related to intellectual property, including in the pharmaceuticals and biotech industries. Gary graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Gonzaga Law Review and on the regional champion and national qualifying National Moot Court Team. Gary earned his bachelors of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a former United States Naval Officer and the recipient of a number of military medals and awards. A lifelong competitive swimmer, Gary is an avid outdoorsman and with his family enjoys, among other pursuits, swimming, surfing, skiing and powerboating.