W. Blake Coblentz

Chair, Hatch-Waxman & Biologics Litigation

Washington, D.C.

(202) 912-4837

(202) 861-1905

Blake will be speaking at an upcoming event:

Motions to Dismiss in Hatch-Waxman and Biosimilars Litigations: Key Considerations

Webinar 06/09/2021

Blake Coblentz and Aaron Lukas will be presenting a webinar on recent overall trends in the filing and disposition of Motions to Dismiss under Rules 12(b)(6) and 12(c).

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Blake focuses his practice on patent litigation and counseling for clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

A registered patent attorney, Blake has deep subject-matter knowledge in the areas of biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, gene synthesis, recombinant DNA technology, immunology, pharmaceuticals, therapeutic methods, diagnostic assays, and vaccines.

He counsels pharmaceutical companies in the areas of Paragraph IV design strategies, Hatch-Waxman litigation, and biosimilar market opportunities. Blake’s broader experience includes preparing patentability, infringement, and invalidity opinions; prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications; developing patent portfolios; advising on complex IP licensing and transactional due diligence; and counselling on trade secret protection, litigation avoidance, and risk management. Blake represents patent owners and challengers in inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Blake is not just a litigator; he’s a trial lawyer. His ability to bring clarity to complex issues through effective depositions and examinations of witnesses have led to significant victories for his clients. Blake’s notable trial wins in the pharmaceutical sector include a favorable decision of non-infringement in the first ever case to go to trial under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act and the only successful defense to date of patents on a transdermal testosterone product. 

In addition to his patent practice, Blake represents clients in trademark and trade secret litigation. He has represented a major river cruise company in trademark and breach of contract litigation and a group of major league baseball teams in trade secret litigation over methods for pitching a baseball.

Blake graduated from DePaul University College of Law. He earned a master’s degree in molecular cell biology from Washington University in St. Louis and his bachelor’s degree in biology, cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College.

Outside of his legal practice, Blake enjoys volunteering as a baseball coach. He takes great pride in mentoring kids and teaching them the right way to play sports, and has taken several of his baseball teams to play in tournaments up and down the East Coast.

Experience

News

How the rise of PTAB discretionary denials impacts Hatch-Waxman strategies

February 11, 2021

Blake Coblentz was quoted in IAM discussing how the recent denial of a Mylan IPR petition suggests that some pharma patents may be insulated from controversial administrative challenges, with serious implications for generic litigation strategies.

Rush for Generic Go-Ahead on Novel Drugs Roils Pharma Industry

June 19, 2020

Blake Coblentz was quoted in Bloomberg Law discussing how generic drugmakers are increasingly lining up to bring competing versions of brand-name products to the market at the earliest possible date.

Lawyering Through Covid-19: What We’ve Heard From the Practices

May 28, 2020

Blake Coblentz was quoted in Bloomberg Law about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting a cross-section of practice groups and industries.

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys

May 15, 2018

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor attorneys have been named 2018 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine Washington, D.C. edition, published by Thomson Reuters.

11 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 15, 2017

Selection to Super Lawyers is based on peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Cozen O’Connor Names Seven New Shareholders

July 29, 2016

Cozen O’Connor promoted seven members to shareholder of the firm: David Barron (Houston), Melissa Brill (New York), Bryan Campbell (Seattle), W. Blake Coblentz (Washington, D.C.), Martin Gusy (New York), James Schultz (Philadelphia) and Matthew Weinstein (Philadelphia).

Eleven Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 27, 2015

Washington, D.C., April 27, 2015 – The 2015 Washington, D.C., edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 11 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its annual list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Nine Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 01, 2014

Washington, D.C., May 1, 2014 – The 2014 Washington, D.C., edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named nine Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Cozen O’Connor Continues Growth of IP Litigation Practice with Seven Partners, Two Associates from Duane Morris

April 16, 2012

Cozen O’Connor Continues Growth of IP Litigation Practice with Seven Partners, Two Associates from Duane Morris

Publications

Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA Cases and Trends to Watch in 2021 [IPWatchdog]

January 25, 2021

Blake Coblentz and Aaron Lukas co-authored an article about two major cases in 2021 that could have long-lasting effects on where and how Hatch-Waxman and Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) cases are litigated.

The PTAB Puts Hatch-Waxman Defendants on Notice: File IPRs Early or Risk Fintiv Discretionary Denial [IPWatchdog]

October 29, 2020

Blake Coblentz, Aaron Lukas, and Keri Schaubert wrote about the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denying the institution of Mylan Labs Ltd.’s petition for IPR of U.S. Patent No. 9,439,906 (“the ’906 patent”) in IPR2020-00440.

Maybe Biosimilar Applicants Should Dance After All [Biosimilar Development]

June 30, 2020

Blake Coblentz and Aaron Lukas wrote an article about the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act and the issues applicants face whether to go through the patent dance.

Will the Supreme Court choose to weigh in (again) on prosecution history estoppel? [Westlaw]

May 29, 2020

Blake Coblentz and Aaron Lukas speculate over the possibility of the Supreme Court revisiting patent prosecution history estoppel principles.

Summary and Analysis of Key Provisions of the CARES Act

March 28, 2020

Members of Cozen O'Connor's Coronavirus Task Force provide analysis of the CARES Act and how it will impact small businesses, distressed industries, employers and employees, taxes, and the health care, real estates, and energy industries.

FDA Issues Final Guidance on “Labeling for Biosimilar Products” [Alert]

October 18, 2018

The guidance emphasizes biosimilarity while recognizing key differences between biosimilar and reference products.

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2005
  • Washington University in St. Louis, M.A., 2002
  • Birmingham-Southern College, B.S., cum laude, 1998

Awards & Honors

Biotech Patents Attorney of the Year in Washington, DC - Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award 2014-2015

Washington, DC Super Lawyers - Rising Star, Intellectual Property Litigation - 2014-2015

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court