Irah H. Donner

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Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in New York, NY

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
 | 7 Times Square, New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-790-4650
Fax: 212-790-4545
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property (60%),
  • Technology Transactions (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Irah H. Donner is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, in New York, New York. Mr. Donner practices in the area of intellectual property law and handles matters involving intellectual property transactional due diligence, patent prosecution, technology audits and a variety of other transactional work involving licensing and development agreements, litigation support and more.

    Mr. Donner graduated with high honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, with a degree in systems engineering and earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. While attending law school, Mr. Donner served as contributing editor of Case Western Reserve Law Review. He also holds a master’s degree in systems engineering from Case Western Reserve University Case School of Engineering. He has been admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    Mr. Donner’s diverse background allows him to advise his clients on a wide range of intellectual property-related matters, including those involving hardware and software technology. Before his role at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, he spent time working as part of the technical staff in software development at Bell Communications Research (currently Telcordia Technologies a subsidiary of Ericsson) and also designed software used at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Hospital.

    Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Donner regularly speaks at conferences and seminars and has been mentioned in various intellectual property-related articles. He has also authored two books focusing on the area of patent law and been interviewed by the World Intellectual Property Review.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Intellectual Property
    • 20%Technology Transactions
    • 20%Intellectual Property Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law, Internet, Science and Technology Law


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    About Irah Donner

    Admitted: 1992, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • New York Super Lawyer, Intellectual Property, 2006-2007, 2013-2017
    • Recognized by The New York Times in “Top Attorneys in the New York Metro Area” profile
    • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, magna cum laude

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Ex Parte Appeals Sub-Committee
    • Washington, D.C.  
    • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
    • New Jersey Bar
    • New York

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Benefit Kitchen, Crisis Text Line, Gehl Institute, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, People’s Theatre Project, Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation.
    • Lawyers Alliance for NewYork; Start Small Think Big Inc.; Houses on the Moon Theater Company    

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, “Patent Best Practices: Prosecuting Under the New Guidelines,” Patents for Financial Services Industry, WRG Research, Inc., July 28, 2011
    • Speaker, “Patent Reissue: Benefits, Limitations and Strategies: Leveraging the Reissue Process to Correct Defects and Protect IP Rights,” Strafford July 12, 2011
    • Speaker, “Third-Party Challenges Under the America Invents Act: Litigation Strategies,” Bloomberg BNA, September 12, 2012
    • "Auditing Assets Regularly Is Vital to a Company's Health," BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, August 3, 2012, Vol. 84, No. 2075.
    • "USPTO Amends Final Rules to Simplify Ex Parte Appeals to the Board and to Reduce Backlog," The BNA Books Monitor, April 2012
    • Supreme Court Holds That Isolated DNA Is Not Patent Eligible, But Complimentary DNA (cDNA) Is Patent Eligible, Bloomberg BNA’s Books Monitor
    • Co-author, “Patentability of Business Methods: Decoding the Federal Circuit’s CLS and Bancorp Decisions,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, February 2013, Vol. 25, No. 2.
    • Speaker, “Understanding Intellectual Property Rights and Protecting Your Ideas,” hosted by the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project and City Bar Justice Center, Long Island City, NY, March 22, 2017
    • Speaker, “Top 10 Events in Patent Law and Prosecution in 2012,” Bloomberg BNA Webinar, January 22, 2013
    • Moderator, “Investing in Intellectual Property Assets and Enforcement—Latest Changes in the Law and at the Patent Office Affecting Patent Value,” Berkeley Research Group (BRG), New York, NY, March 22, 2012
    • Speaker, “Patent Law Update—Regulatory, Legislative, and Judicial Developments,” Patent Law Symposium for Financial Institutions, Securities Industry and Financial Market Association, New York, NY, February 27, 2007
    • Annual speaker, “Inventorship, Ownership, Assignment, Representation and Allowance,” Patent Resources Group, 2001-2008
    • Adjunct professor of law at the American University, Washington College of Law, Patent Prosecution course, 2001-2004
    • Article, “Patents for Computer Applications, Not Medical Diagnostics?” Law360, October 11, 2016.
    • Article, “The Federal Circuit Allows Petitioners to Submit New Evidence After the Start of an Inter Partes Review,” Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property, September 8, 2016
    • “Fiduciary Duties of Directors When Managing Intellectual Property,” 14 Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 203 (2016)
    • “Supreme Court Holds That Isolated DNA Is Not Patent Eligible, But Complementary DNA (cDNA) Is Patent Eligible,” Bloomberg BNA, Summer 2013, Vol. V, Issue 3
    • Co-author, “Obviousness-Type Double Patenting Can Apply Without Common Ownership,” Law Journal Newsletters: Intellectual Property Strategist, April 1, 2013
    • Co-author, “Centocor v. Abbott Labs: Must You Only Preach What You Practice?” Intellectual Property Strategist, April 2011
    • “Transforming the Machine-or-Transformation Test Under In re Bilski,” The BNA Books Monitor, September 2009
    • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Contributing Editor, Case Western Reserve Law Review
    • Constructing and Deconstructing Patents, Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Books
    • Speaker, Securities Industry and Financial Market Association, Patent Law Symposium For Financial Institutions – February 27, 2007
    • “Trade-Offs in Defending Willful Infringement Charge,” New York Law Journal, Special Section on Intellectual Property, April 23, 2007
    • Book: Patent Prosecution: Law, Practice and Procedure,10th Edition, published by Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Book Division


    • Patent infringement action representing Rosco, Inc.'s patented MOR-Vision® Mirror/Monitor Combo Backup Camera System technology against competitor. The action settled with the competitor agreeing to no longer offer or sell the product at issue. The case has now been dismissed.

    Educational Background:

    • Case Western Reserve University, B.S., with high honors, Systems Engineering  
    • Case Western Reserve University, Case School of Engineering, M.S., Systems Engineering

    Industry Groups

    • Communications
    • Financial
    • Information Technology
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    New York, NY 10036

    Phone: 212-790-4650

    Fax: 212-790-4545

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