Angela Oliver is an appellate and intellectual property attorney who focuses her practice on appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, federal district court litigation, and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. After clerking at the Federal Circuit and in the Eastern District of Texas, Angela understands how to develop effective, long-term case strategies for her clients.

Angela has argued a variety of appeals before the Federal Circuit, including successfully obtaining reversal in a case that clarified important issues in design patent law. Angela was recently recognized in Patexia’s 2023 CAFC Intelligence Report as being in the top five best performing attorneys at the Federal Circuit, and in the top 30 most active attorneys before that court.

Angela regularly prepares briefs in federal courts of appeals and federal district courts across the United States. She has also assisted with merits briefing in three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as with certiorari-stage briefing. Angela’s experience includes a variety of appeals, including from the Court of International Trade, federal district court litigation, bankruptcy court litigation, the Court of Federal Claims, inter partes reviews, and other agency matters, including appeals from patent prosecution.

Combining her technical experience with her passion for persuasive writing, Angela also regularly appears in post-grant proceedings before the USPTO. She has assisted clients throughout inter partes review proceedings, from drafting petitions and patent owner responses to presenting oral argument. She also recently assisted a client with a successful petition for rehearing of a PTAB final written decision. Angela also assists with critical issues in patent infringement litigation, including dispositive motion practice, appellate preservation, and development of the jury charge. Additionally, she previously prosecuted patent applications in various technical fields.  

Angela’s technical experience includes a wide array of technologies, including medical devices, surgical tools, computer hardware and software, wireless communications, computer networks, High Efficiency Video Coding, oil and gas drilling, and business methods. Her background in bioinformatics equipped her with a foundational understanding of both the technology industry and the life sciences industry, as well as the emerging crossover between those fields.

In addition to her regular practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Angela also has experience before other federal administrative agencies, including in employment, maritime, antitrust, and immigration matters.

Angela maintains an active pro bono docket, having been included in the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2021 and 2022, and in the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas from 2021–2023.

Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Angela served as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and to now-Chief Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

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  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
    • PTAB/TTAB Committee, Vice Chair
    • Mock Argument/Pitch Committee
  • Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court
    • Programming Committee, 2023-2024
    • Pupilage Group Leader, 2022-2023
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board Bar Association
  • Included in the "Ones to Watch" category of The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2022-2024
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Patent Law Year in Review, co-presenter, January 2023.
  • "From the PTAB to the Federal Circuit," speaker, University of Texas Law, 27th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, October 2022.
  • “Options for Avoiding Non-Party Estoppel Based on Prior RPI Determinations,” presenter, University of Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal Symposium, Austin, Texas, March 4, 2022.
  • “Strategies for Addressing Fintiv Challenges Before the PTAB,” speaker, Virtual Patent Gateway webinar, February 23, 2022.
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Patent Law Year in Review, co-presenter (Feb. 2022).
  • "Data Points from Federal Circuit Administrative Procedure Act Decisions,” co-author, 2021 Appellate Year in Review, PTAB Bar Association (Jan. 2022).
  • “Design Patents – Latest from Federal Circuit on Claim Scope and its Effects,” co-speaker, DBA Intellectual Property Section CLE, December 2, 2021.
  • “Drawing the Line: Appealability of Issues in PTAB Institution Decisions,” co-author, IP & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 33 No. 5, May 2021.
  • “How Artificial Intelligence Tools Impact the Legal Practice: What every attorney needs to know,” speaker, myLawCLE Webinar, October 29, 2020.
  • “Ringing the Changes,” co-author, Intell. Prop. Mag. 41-43 (October 2020).
  • “Judge or jury?,” co-author, Intell. Prop. Mag. 41-43, (October 2020).
  • “Brave New World: How AI Tools Are Used in the Legal Sector,” co-author, LegalTech News, August 12, 2020.
  • “Navigating A New Realm: AI and Patent Law,” co-author, LegalTech News, July 16, 2020.
  • “Know Your Limits,” co-author, Intell. Prop. Mag. 54-56 (June 2020).
  • “Navigating a New Realm: AI and Law,” presenter, Haynes and Boone LLP Patent Prosecution and Patent Trials Grp. Mtg., Chicago, IL (Apr. 21, 2020).
  • “Recent Developments in Practice Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” panelist, Advanced Patent Law Institute, Alexandria, VA, March 13, 2020.
  • “Juries in FRAND Setting,” co-author, Intell. Prop. Mag. 53-54, Mar. 2020 (analysis of how FRAND rate findings will be handled following the Federal Circuit’s TCL Commc’n Tech. Holdings Ltd. v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson decision).
  • “PTAB Purgatory? A Look at the Uncertainty Surrounding APJs and the Appointments Clause,” co-Speaker, American Bar Association Webinar, December 9, 2019.
  • “Chevron Deference and the USPTO’s Determination of Applicant Delay in the Calculation of Patent Term Adjustment,” Author, IP Beacon: Patent Law Review, October 14, 2019.
  • Note, Enforcement of Patent Rights: Expanding the Potential for Patent Owners to Face Antitrust Liability, author, 68 SMU L. Rev. 291 (2015)
  • Comment, Personalized Medicine in the Information Age: Myriad’s De Facto Monopoly on Breast Cancer Research, author, 68 SMU L. Rev. 537 (2015)


J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2016, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Order of Barristers; Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, National Champion in 2015 and 2016; Lead Articles Editor, SMU Law Review

B.S.I., Bioinformatics, Minor in Chemistry, Baylor University, 2012


Law Clerk to the Honorable Sharon Prost, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2017-2019

Law Clerk to the Honorable Rodney Gilstrap, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2016-2017


District of Columbia


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Press Release
Haynes Boone Team Secures Appellate Victory in Federal Circuit
January 13, 2022

A Hayne Boone team led by Partner Stephanie Sivinski persuaded the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a rare defense judgment the firm won in an IP jury trial in the Eastern District of Texas. The Federal Circuit also reversed a smaller breach-of-contract judgment against our client, resulting in a complete defense victory in this bet-the-company case.   After a weeklong trial before Chief [...]