President and CEO
Wendy Verlander is a founding member of Blackbird Technologies. She has more than 20 years of experience working with technology-focused companies at all stages of development and growth, from start-ups to well established corporations.
She has successfully litigated cases in a wide range of technologies, including electronics, optoelectronics, semiconductor manufacturing, MEMs, medical devices, wireless communications technology and standards, mobile devices and applications, microprocessor technology, television transmission systems and standards, engines and business methods.
She was most recently a partner at WilmerHale, a global firm renowned for its patent litigation practice. At WilmerHale, she litigated cases for some of the largest technology companies in the world in federal district courts and at the International Trade Commission (ITC). While Ms. Verlander was there, WilmerHale was consistently recognized as a top patent litigation firm and received numerous accolades, including “IP Litigation Department of the Year” by the American Lawyer, “Patent Contentious Firm of the Year” by Managing IP, “IP Group of the Year” by IPLaw360, as well as consistent high rankings in legal publications such as Chambers and Partners. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Verlander practiced patent litigation and counseling at the patent-focused firm Pennie & Edmonds for seven years.
Ms. Verlander received a law degree from Columbia University, where she was president of the Society for Law, Science and Technology, as well as a three-year Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She received both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, Ms. Verlander was a member of the engineering honor society and president of the MIT chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Ms. Verlander is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars and has represented clients in district courts around the country. She is admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the First Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the Northern District of California and the Eastern District of Texas.
Ms. Verlander has been registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office for more than 25 years. She has presented and published on many aspects of patent law.