Cynthia Vreeland

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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Boston 02109 MA US

Cynthia D. Vreeland is a partner in the Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Vreeland focuses her practice on patent and trade secret litigation.

She has represented clients in a variety of jurisdictions across the country, and has successfully tried cases in federal district courts and the US International Trade Commission in technologies ranging from wireless devices, semiconductor chips and computer storage, to medical devices, pharmaceuticals and superconducting materials.

Ms. Vreeland was one of two IP litigators selected by Law360for its inaugural list of Top Female Trial Attorneys. She has also been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America, Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000  and Boston Magazine for her work in the area of intellectual property litigation.

Experience :

  • Cree v. SemiLEDs: Represented Cree in related suits in the District of Delaware alleging infringement of eight Cree patents relating to LED chips. We secured a settlement including an agreed injunction prohibiting the importation and sale of SemiLEDs’ accused products in the United States and a payment for past damages.
  • Delano Farms v. California Table Grape Commission: Represented the California Table Grape Commission in a trial in the Eastern District of California relating to patents covering two of the Commission’s top selling grape varieties. The court upheld the validity of both of our client’s patents.
  • Medtronic v. Globus: Represented Medtronic in a three-week jury trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania relating to minimally invasive spinal surgery. The jury found that each of the two patents asserted by our client was valid and infringed.
  • Fonten v. Ocean Spray: Represented Ocean Spray in a two-week jury trial in the District of Massachusetts relating to the marketing of fruit juice products. The jury agreed that our client did not breach a contract between the parties.
  • Schwarz-Pharma v. Braintree: Represented Braintree in a two-week trial in the District of Delaware relating to gastrointestinal product. The court rejected IP-related antitrust claims against our client.
  • American Superconductor v. MIT: Represented American Superconductor in the trial of a “patent interference” proceeding relating to high-temperature superconducting materials. The Patent Office intervened in the suit to defend its decision. We successfully reversed the Patent Office’s finding that a patent owned by our client, and a patent application exclusively licensed to it, “interfered.”


  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1990
  • BA, Baylor University, 1987

ADMISSIONS : Texas, Massachusetts

CLERKSHIPS : The Hon. Patrick Higginbotham, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1990 – 1991


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