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Georgia’s experience includes representing clients in infringement matters concerning a wide variety of technological fields including pharmaceuticals, medical products, mobile devices, payment and authentication systems, and consumer products. She regularly assists in freedom to practice projects and counsels clients as to licensing and portfolio strategy.

Georgia has led all aspects of the litigation process, including the preparation of initial pleadings and joint defense agreements, fact development and depositions, Markman hearings, written and oral motion practice, negotiation of settlements, and trial planning.

Georgia is recognized for her work in Intellectual Property by Chambers USA. Chambers USA researchers recognize Georgia for her considerable expertise in advising clients on an array of complex patent and trademark strategy and litigation.

In 2019, sources told Chambers USA researchers “[Georgia Yanchar] is very smart, very creative and works for her clients.” A client added “Our experience has been fantastic; she has great availability and is lovely to work with."

In 2019, Georgia was elected President of the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA), an organization with nearly 400 active members. 

She previously was an attorney with Jones Day, Cleveland and New York, and with Goodwin Procter of New York. She joined Calfee in 2005, was elected Partner in 2009 and a member of the Executive Committee in 2016. Georgia began serving as Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property practice group in 2020.

Honors & Recognitions

Chambers USA, Intellectual Property, 2019

The Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2020

WTR 1000 – Definitive Guide to Trademark Professionals, 2018-2020


J.D., summa cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1999

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, 1996



  • Lead counsel for two global pharmaceutical companies as plaintiffs in a patent infringement case involving a billion-dollar Alzheimer’s drug, which resulted in a settlement on the day before trial. Obtained favorable claim constructions and prevailed in several dispositive disputes.
  • Lead counsel for global software company in case involving copyright and trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation. Promptly obtained entry of preliminary injunction on behalf of the plaintiff. The case was favorably resolved on terms that required the defendants to stop providing all services related to the plaintiff’s software and pay a settlement fee. 
  • Lead counsel for global manufacturer of pigments and dyes in case involving trademark infringement and dilution. Promptly obtained defendants’ cessation of infringing conduct.
  • Defended global software company in high-stakes patent infringement claim, resulting in jury verdict of non-infringement.
  • Represented medical device company in enforcement of patents and defense of antitrust claims, resulting in prompt and favorable settlement.
  • Drafted successful summary judgment and appeal briefs in multi-million-dollar case involving medical device.
  • In numerous cases filed by non-practicing entities, successfully extricated clients from litigation, often at a fraction of the cost of other defendants, and at a fraction of what the plaintiff initially sought.
  • Drafted and negotiated multi-million-dollar software license on behalf of national bank. 

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA), 2019-2020 President

Copyright Committee for the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA), Former Chair

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA)

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Trademark Law, 2006-2007

InMotion, Board Member (non-profit organization offering evidence-based exercise, arts, support and educational programs to help people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers feel better every day).

Mentioned & Quoted

Mentioned & Quoted

  • WTR 1000 – World Trademark Reporter 2016: “Enforcement doyenne Georgia Yanchar cuts a dash in sectors ranging from financial services to luxury goods.”
  • WTR 1000 – World Trademark Reporter 2018: "...Pillar of the practice, Georgia Yanchar has a flair for all facets of intellectual property, excelling in filing and opposition briefs.”

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Licensed In

  • New York
  • Ohio
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

“Georgia Yanchar is very smart, very creative and works for her clients. Our experience has been fantastic; she has great availability and is lovely to work with."

Chambers USA 

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