Fish & Richardson principal Jacqueline Tio has been selected for the “On the Rise” award from the Daily Report, which is given annually to 20 lawyers under age 40 who have wielded influence in their practice areas in Georgia and beyond. Tio was chosen for her strong leadership qualities, litigation expertise and civic contributions. She will be honored at an event in Atlanta on June 28, 2018.
In 2017, Tio was a key member of the team that won the first defense verdict in a patent jury trial in the Middle District of Georgia since 2001. The win for Velcro Companies capped four years of patent litigation against YKK Corp., the company’s primary rival in the transportation and automotive segment of the hook and loop fastener business. The jury delivered a complete verdict in Velcro’s favor, finding no infringement of YKK’s patent.
Tio was also on the team that scored a high-profile jury trial win for a Fortune 10 technology company against GPNE (a non-practicing entity), with the jury finding no infringement of patents covering wireless data communication in pagers that GPNE claimed were infringed. GPNE had asked for $94 million in damages.
A pro bono leader, Tio has worked with the Georgia Innocence Project to represent a Georgia inmate, arguing on his behalf before the Georgia Supreme Court. She is currently working on cases for inmates on death row in Arizona.
Since 2011, Tio has led Fish’s Space Camp Scholarship Program in Atlanta. The program was developed to get middle school students from economically disadvantaged areas excited about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Fish sends 33 students and their chaperones to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama each year, and has sent almost 500 students to Space Camp on full scholarships since the program was launched in 1999.