Firms To Watch: Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

Bartkowski PLLC draws heavily on the experience and expertise of its founder, Paul Bartkowski, who applies his experience litigating IP cases in district courts and the ITC, as well as his experience working at the latter forum, to client matters.
Crowell & Moring LLP houses a solid team comprised of experienced ITC litigators, who offer a combination of IP litigation and international trade experience. Katie Clune, Josh Pond, and Lyle Vander Schaaf co-head the practice. 
Husch Blackwell LLP´s practice is led by dual-officed attorney (Kansas City and Washington DC) Beau Jackson. The group operates as part and parcel of the firm´s larger international trade team, and spans a variety of industries and a diversity of company sizes. 

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) in United States


The distinguished ITC powerhouse changed its brand to AMS Trade LLP in January 2022, following the departure of founding partner Tom Schaumberg. The firm is renowned for its outstanding track record and exceptional ‘in-depth expertise’ in ITC investigations, hailed by some as ‘goto-law firm for Section 337 investigations’. The sizable Washington DC-based practice comprises some of the market’s most experienced names, including founding partner Louis Mastriani and managing partner Deanna Tanner Okun, who served two terms as chairman of the International Trade Commission. Regularly acting for plaintiffs and defendants and operating both as stand-alone counsel or in collaboration with other firms, the group represents clients from a wide variety of sectors, mainly technology, life sciences and consumer products. The practice is further strengthened by a ‘highly competent’ second line of experts composed of partners Lauren Peterson and Daniel Smith. Paul Bartkowski left in January 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Peterson; Daniel Smith


‘Compared with other law firms working on 337 cases, the firm is the most experienced and efficient one.’

‘Since 337 investigations often involve complex technology, lawyers need to work with experts and law firms with different background. AMS lawyers are very cooperative with various teams that we worked together. More importantly, AMS charges reasonably.’

They are the go-to-law firm for Section 337 investigations, having been directly involved in almost one-third of all Section 337 cases filed before the International Trade Commission.’

I have worked directly with Deanna Okun, Daniel Smith, and Lauren Peterson and found each of them to be highly competent and great to work with.’

Great team with in-depth expertise on ITC litigation.’

Key clients





Fujian Fran Optics


LG Chem

Motion Picture Association



The NOCO Company


Work highlights

  • Along with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, representing complainant NOCO in a patent and trade mark Section 337 action regarding portable lithium ion battery jump starters.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

A true force to be reckoned with, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's practice impresses with an excellent track record acting in ITC investigations, having secured several precedent-setting rulings. Washington DC duo Gregg LoCascio and Paul Brinkman and New York’s Gregory Arovas stand out as the key experts of the group, which continues handling ITC cases across a wide range of technologies. Additionally the group manages appeals and the enforcement of exclusion orders with US Customs and Border Protection. Christopher Mizzo, who is also based in Washington DC, is another name to note. Helena Kiepura left in June 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Gregg LoCascio; Paul Brinkman; Gregory Arovas; Christopher Mizzo

Key clients

AutoStore Technology

CertainTeed Corporation

Dell Technologies Inc.; Lenovo Group Ltd.; LG Electronics, Inc.

iRobot Corporation

Intel Corporation

Kapsch TrafficCom/EZPass

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Porsche Cars North America; Porsche AG

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

SimpliSafe, Inc.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Well established as one of the strongest ITC practices in the country, Latham & Watkins LLP‘s ‘top notch team’ counts talented and respected practitioners such as Washington DC’s Bert Reiser and Jamie Underwood, both praised for being ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’, among its ranks. The practice has scored wins for notable clients from a variety of sectors, including the technology and automotive sectors. The team is also well regarded for its solid capabilities handling proceeding before US Customs and Border Protection, including inter partes arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Bert Reiser


Top-notch team.’

Bert Reiser and Jamie Underwood are absolutely top tier. Each is exceptionally knowledgeable, and each provides very thoughtful, but pragmatic counsel.’

Key clients

LG Energy Solution


Overhead Doors

LG Display

LG Electronics


Jaguar Land Rover

Altria Client Services LLC

Philip Morris USA, Inc.; Altria Group, Inc.; Philip Morris International Inc.; Philip Morris Products S.A.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Hailed as ‘the go-to expert consultant for any issue related to the ITC’, Washington DC’s Lisa Kattan directs the practice at Baker Botts L.L.P., which garners additional plaudit for its ‘experience, diversity, efficiency, and collaboration’. Kattan’s former role as senior investigative attorney at the ITC has provided her with a ‘great insight to the inner workings of the ITC’ and with excellent capabilities to assist both respondents and complainants across all phases of ITC mandates. The group also boasts strong knowledge of customs enforcement, showing a particular prowess handling inter partes proceedings. Katharine Burke, also in Washington DC, is another key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Burke


‘Baker Botts is doing a great job. They are very familiar with the inner workings of the ITC and have kept us on top of its aggressive schedule.’

‘Lisa Kattan brings great insight to the inner workings of the ITC.’

Lisa Kattan is my go-to expert consultant for any issue related to the ITC. She has patiently, efficiently, clearly and quickly provided answers to every question I have ever had on any issue related to ITC actions. Her expertise and experience in this unique area of law are impressive.’

Key clients

Brother Industries Ltd.

CMC Materials, Inc.

Kiss Nail Products, Inc., CVS Health Corporation, Ulta Beauty, Inc. and Walmart Inc.


FUJIFILM Corporation

Oxford Nanopore Technologies



DISH Network

Motorola Solutions


Work highlights

  • Obtained an ITC initial determination in a patent infringement case against DuPont de Nemours.
  • Representing KISS Nail Products in a multi-patent action in the ITC in a case brought by Lashify, Inc.
  • Filed an ITC case for Brother Industries against a group of respondents regarding certain toner cartridges and their components.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

Growing in depth, breath and caliber, the practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) continues to attract well-known clients, particularly from the automotive and technology sectors, maintaining its place among the busiest firms in the ITC sphere. Additionally, the group impresses with a solid track record handling matters requiring district court and appellate expertise. A trio comprised of Palo Alto’s Mark Fowler, who acts as vice chair of the IPT practice; Sean Cunningham, who serves as chair of the US patent litigation practice; and Erin Gibson, who was named chair of the ITC practice in 2021, are the stand-out names of the department. The latter two are based in San Diego. The team’s capabilities in the Washington DC office were increased in June 2021 with the arrival of Helena Kiepura from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Helena Kiepura; Nandan Padmanabhan

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Toshiba Corporation

Samsung Corporation

Nike, Inc.

HP Inc.

Lenovo Group Ltd. and Lenovo (United States) Inc.

Motorola Mobility

Belkin, Inc.

ResMed, Inc.


Toyota Motor Corporation

Hyundai/Kia Motors


Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft and HP, and acting as co-counsel for Dell, in a four-patent, multi-respondent ITC case and eight-patent non-overlapping series of Western District of Texas cases involving touchscreen technology.
  • Representing Microsoft and HP and acting as co-counsel for LG Electronics and ASUS in a second series of lawsuits filed by Neodron in the ITC involving four additional patents related to touchscreen technology.  
  • Obtained a victory for Allergan (now AbbVie) before the International Trade Commission.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

IP mega-boutique, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, is home to a phenomenal group of practitioners, widely recognized as a top-notch practice when it comes to ITC proceedings, frequently representing both plaintiffs and defendants in cases that often involve a parallel district court litigation or post-grant proceeding at the PTAB. The group, which is jointly led by Smith Brittingham and Elizabeth Niemeyer, has played a key role in some of the most significant investigations in recent years, covering a wide range of sectors.The practice is also well-known for its ITC work involving Asian clients, often drawing resources from its own offices in the continent. Mareesa Frederick is another key contact of the team. All the lawyers mentioned are based in the firm’s headquarters in Washington DC.

Other key lawyers:

Mareesa Frederick

Key clients

BMW Group

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

Gamevice, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc.

MediaTek Inc.

REC Americas LLC


Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Inc.

Swedish Match North Europe AB

US Synthetic

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Wuhan Healthgen Biotechnology Corp.

Work highlights

  • Representing Wuhan Healthgen Biotechnology Corp. in an ITC investigation related to plant-derived recombinant human serum albumins.
  • Acting as lead counsel for SharkNinja in an ITC Section 337 investigation, district court case, and related inter partes and post-grant reviews involving smart robot vacuum cleaner technology.
  • Achieved a Commission opinion finding no infringement, handing the client, REC Solar, a complete victory on summary determination.

Levi Snotherly & Schaumberg, PLLC

Following the arrival of Tom Schaumberg, formerly at AMS Trade LLP, in January 2022, the Washington DC boutique updated its brand to Levi Snotherly & Schaumberg, PLLC. Schaumberg's addition as principal was a another major step forward for the firm which has been on an upward trajectory since it opened its doors in 2018. His decades of ITC expertise are the perfect complement to the accumulated 15 years experience as senior investigative staff attorneys of founding partners Rett Snotherly and Benjamin Levi, who also bring to bear, respectively, five years of in-house experience as the senior patent counsel at a large international electronics company and over fifteen years of private practice in litigation, specifically ITC litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rett SnotherlyBenjamin Levi

Other key lawyers:

Tom Schaumberg


Levi & Snotherly works quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.’

I really appreciate Rett Snotherly’s approach – he’s expedient, mindful of client’s budget and endeavors to provide sound strategic advice that is practical.

Key clients

Genuine Parts Co.

Dish Network

SkyBell Technologies, Inc.

EyeTalk 365, LLC

Enel Green Power


Lumien Lighting

Bastian Solutions, Inc.

Timothy Saeger

Epilay, Inc.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Alex Lasher, a seasoned litigator with a wealth of experience practicing before the ITC and a large number of investigations under his belt representing plaintiffs, defendants and third parties, is in charge of leading the practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP‘s Washington DC office. The group remains a go-to firm for international technology giants and impresses with its strong cross-border capabilities. Other notable attorneys include Kevin Johnson in Silicon Valley, Sean Pak in San Francisco and Kevin Chu in Washington DC, made partner at the beginning of 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Chu; Michael Doman

Key clients

MediaTek Inc.

Juul Labs, Inc.

Google LLC

Cree Inc.

Cree Lighting

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung Austin Semiconductor, Inc.

Zebra Technologies Corporation and Symbol Technologies, Inc.

Verkada, Inc.

HQC Rock River Solar Holdings, Hanwha Energy USA Holdings Corp., Hanwha Q CELLS, Hanwha Solutions Corporation

AliveCor, Inc

King & Spalding LLP

Regarded by some as ‘one of the smartest ITC practitioners in the industry’ and with over 25 years experience under his belt, Jeffrey Telep is in charge of steering the practice at King & Spalding LLP. The group continues to expand its IT practice from Washington DC, with Chris Campbell and senior associate Brian Hill as key contacts. Britton Davis in Denver is also noted. Technology mandates make up the bulk of the group’s workload, although the team continues to gain traction with clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Telep


‘A strength of K&S is the diverse expertise at the firm. When we need a particular expertise, there is usually someone at K&S that has that skill.’

‘The ITC team is uniquely qualified given that the level of experience and expertise they have is so high.’

‘Jeff Telep is one of the smartest ITC practitioners in the industry.’

Key clients

Amtech Systems LLC

EMD Serono

Advanced Silicon Group Technologies LLC

Criterion Technology, Inc.

F5 Networks

Causam Enterprises


Amarin Pharmaceuticals

Automotive Data Solutions/Firstech

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster offers a well-established, ‘very smart and strategic’ ITC practice which garners plaudit for its ‘good knowledge of the peculiarities of this forum. The group maintains a busy caseload of complex investigations, acting both for plaintiffs and defendants, covering a wide range of technologies, including software, LED lighting and semiconductors. Mark Whitaker in Washington DC and San Francisco’s Stefani Shanberg, who appeals to clients for being ‘whip-smart, dedicated, determined, and knowledgeable’, act as co-heads of the team. DC’s Brian Busey has extensive ITC experience. Of counsel Veronica Ascarrunz is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark WhitakerStefani Shanberg

Other key lawyers:

Brian BuseyVeronica Ascarrunz


MoFo has a strong and well-known ITC team. I have found their team knowledgeable and well prepared.’

This is a very smart and strategic ITC team. Lots of ITC teams overpromise and underdeliver, but this team does not. Good knowledge of the peculiarities of the forum.’

Stefani Shanberg is the ITC lawyer you want: whip-smart, dedicated, determined, and knowledgeable. She’s going to maintain credibility and professionalism and correctly position your matter before the ITC.’

Stefani Shanberg is laser-sharp, creative and communicative.’

The legal advice is precise like an accurate watch. Highly experienced team with broad knowledge of law.’

Key clients



Renesas Electronics

Advance Auto Parts, Inc.



Work highlights

  • Representing Renesas Electronics Corp. and Renesas Electronics America Inc. in an ITC investigation related to a complaint filed by NPE, Neodron Ltd. of Ireland.
  • Defended JOLED against Samsung Display in a patent infringement matter involving JOLED’s OLED displays incorporated into ASUS monitors.
  • Represented Amazon in two actions at the ITC seeking to exclude its Amazon Fire Tablets against Neodron.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s practice continues to expand the volume and significance of its work, steadily improving its profile in the ITC forum. With a particular focus on the automotive, technologies and consumer electronic industries, the practice knows how to efficiently guide plaintiffs, defendants, and third parties towards positive results, not only in patent-related cases, but also in trademark investigations. Jared Bobrow and Sten Jensen, in Silicon Valley and Washington DC respectively, are in charge of leading the firm’s IP business unit. ITC expertise in the DC office comes from Steven Routh and Jordan Coyle.

Practice head(s):

Jared BobrowSten Jensen

Other key lawyers:

Steven RouthJordan Coyle

Key clients

Sonos, Inc.

Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

Hisense Corp.

Funai Electric Co., Ltd.

BIC Corporation

Panasonic Corp.

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Loeffler Randall, Inc.


Work highlights

  • Secured a victory for Sonos against Google. The ITC’s Chief ALJ found all five Sonos patents valid and infringed and recommended the exact remedies Sonos requested.
  • Obtained an Initial Determination finding no violation by client Realtek, in a technical investigation involving data transmission security protocols used for movies and television shows.
  • Defended Hisense and Funai, forcing the complainant to abandon its claims against the client on the eve of trial without requiring any settlement at all.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP‘s practice garners praise for being ‘highly client-oriented, prompt, efficient and practical’. The group is noted for its extensive ITC experience as well as for its prowess in handling multi-forum cases, and expertise in recognizing the unique issues raised by parallel ITC and PTAB proceedings. Recent work highlights include successfully representing Emerson Electric at the ITC as part of its long-running international dispute against SIPCO concerning Emerson’s Smart Wireless products. Heading the team is Washington DC’s Matthew Rizzolo, who has a focus on technology companies and is well-versed in all facets of litigation, from pre-suit investigation through trial, post-trial proceedings, and appeals. Over in the Silicon Valley office, Andrew Thomases, who leads the wider IP practice, and James Batchelder, are the key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

James Batchelder


‘Highly client-oriented, prompt, efficient and practical.’

‘Matthew Rizzolo stands out in the DC office.’

Key clients

Roku, Inc.

Emerson Electric Co.

RAB Lighting, Inc.

TiVo Corporation

Walker Edison Furniture Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Roku in its ITC investigation against Universal Electronics.
  • Represented Walker Edison in an ITC investigation and federal district court copyright infringement action filed by Toppan Interamerica, achieving a favorable settlement.
  • Achieved wins for TiVo in its IP battle at the ITC against Comcast, achieving two exclusion orders for TiVo.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Clients seek out Steptoe & Johnson LLP‘s practice for its decades-long track record litigating before the ITC, for its deep understanding across a variety of technologies, as well as for its prowess and ability to handle large cases, often involving multiple defendants. In addition to ITC investigations, Federal Circuit appeals and PTAB proceedings are also part of the group’s caseload. John Caracappa, who co-chairs the firm’s IP group and helms the Section 337 practice; and Matthew Bathon, who has served as a senior investigative attorney in the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations, are the main contacts of the practice.

Practice head(s):

John Caracappa

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Bathon

Key clients

Qingdao Hollyren Cosmetics Co., Ltd

Qingdao LashBeauty Cosmetic Co., Ltd

The Solaria Corporation

Leedarson Lighting Co. Ltd.

Autel Robotics

SF Diamond Co., Ltd and SF Diamond USA

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

Hisense Group

Panduit Corporation

Broadcom Corporation

Work highlights

  • Secured ITC trial victory for The Solaria Corporation in asserting three patents related to solar panels resulting in the effective exclusion of the respondent’s entire product line of shingled solar modules from import into the United States.
  • Secured an ITC trial victory for Qingdao Hollyren Cosmetics Co., Ltd and Qingdao LashBeauty Cosmetic Co., Ltd. against allegations of infringement of four patents related to eyelash extension systems.
  • Secured an appellate victory for Leedarson Lighting Co., Ltd. at the CAFC, which dismissed appellants’ appeals, thus affirming Leedarson’s complete victory at the ITC.  

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‘s ITC practice operates as an integral part of the firm’s wider patent litigation service, making the group an interesting choice for clients seeking one-stop-shop representation. The group is able to secure favorable verdicts and appellate wins at the ITC, PTAB as well as in federal court. Its bench of practitioners offers technical and scientific backgrounds which keep attracting renowned players from the technology, manufacturing and electronics sectors. The firm’s main ITC experts are Washington DC duo Cono Carrano and David Vondle.

Practice head(s):

Steven Maslowski; Cono Carrano

Other key lawyers:

David Vondle

Key clients

3M Company

Green Tank Technologies Corp.

PMI Global Services

Synaptics Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Representing 3M as a third party in an ITC Investigation
  • Assisting Phillip Morris International as a respondent in an ITC investigation in briefing to the Commission and the Presidential Review Period.
  • Representing Greentank Technologies Corporation, who was named as a respondent in a Section 337 complaint filed at the ITC by Shenzhen Smoore Technology Limited.

Jones Day

Jones Day stands out for its particular prowess handling ITC investigations with multi-forum and cross-border components. The practice, which includes practitioners with degrees covering key scientific fields to handle technology and life sciences matters, offers solid experience handling investigations in a wide range of industries such as semiconductors, software, automotive, manufacturing, and consumer products, both for domestic and foreign companies. Blaney Harper and  David Maiorana act as practice co-heads from Washington DC and Cleveland respectively. Other key attorneys include DC's Vishal Khatri and associate Yuri Kalish, and Rita Yoon in Chicago.

Other key lawyers:

Vishal KhatriYuri KalishRita Yoon

Key clients

NXP Semiconductors N.V.

Owens Corning

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company

SK Innovation Co. Ltd.

The Home Depot

Velodyne Lidar USA, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory at the ITC representing R.J. Reynolds against Philip Morris International and Altria.
  • Advised SK Innovation in the settlement of a global patent infringement dispute with LG Chem Ltd. involving lithium-ion battery technology used in electric vehicles, following a favorable Initial Determination by the International Trade Commission in one of the related cases.
  • Represented Owens Corning in multi-venue litigation relating to synthetic roof underlayment patents asserted by Kirsch.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's practice counts several former lawyers from regulatory and enforcement authorities among its ranks, making the group a safe choice when in-depth, comprehensive experience in ITC investigations is needed. Jay Reiziss in Washington DC, who brings to bear his 12 years serving in the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of a former chairman, and the Office of Unfair Import Investigations at the ITC, is the key contact of the group. As part of the firm's wider patent litigation team, the practice is also adept at handling disputes involving an ITC component and federal court litigation. Chicago's Charles McMahon is another name to note. William Gaede in Silicon Valley heads the global IP practice group.

Practice head(s):

William Gaede

Other key lawyers:

Jay Reiziss; Charles McMahon 

Key clients

Traeger Pellet Grills LLC

Feit Electric Company, Inc.

ZTE Corporation and ZTE (USA) Inc.

RoboSense (Suteng Innovation Technology, Co., Ltd.)

Work highlights

  • Filed a complaint on behalf of Traeger with the ITC alleging that competitor GMG Products has engaged in the unlawful importation and sale of grills that infringe Traeger’s patents related to cloud-connected grill technology.
  • Secured an ITC victory on behalf of ZTE, in a matter involving five patents related to cellular communication technology.
  • Represented RoboSense in an investigation related to LiDAR technology at ITC.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. appeals to clients thanks to its broad IP division headed by Boston’s Michael Renaud . The practice is particularly popular among plaintiffs. In addition to its ITC strength the group is also well known for its IPR practice. Technology patent disputes remain as the core of the caseload.

Practice head(s):

Michael Renaud

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP impresses with its successful track record at the ITC. Its skilled technical bench and seasoned trial lawyers position the firm as a solid choice for ITC cases in a wide variety of technologies and industries. The group’s ‘excellent combination of attorneys’ is spearheaded by Washington DC’s Eric Namrow, whose expertise in representing companies in ITC-related proceedings before the Federal Circuit, the PTAB, Customs and Border Protection, and the Court of International Trade, enhance the firm’s offering in this space. Also based in Washington DC, versatile senior associate Stephanie Roberts has experience representing plaintiffs, defendants, and third-parties in investigations involving a wide array of technologies.

Practice head(s):

Eric Namrow

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Roberts


‘The team is an excellent combination of attorneys across offices. We had the pleasure of working with the DC-based ITC team, true experts in the area.’

Key clients

General Electric Company and Consumer Lighting (US), LLC (d/b/a GE Lighting, LLC)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Aruba Networks, Inc.

Netgear, Inc.

CommScope, Inc.

CommScope Holding Co. Inc.,

Arris US Holdings, Inc.

Ruckus Wireless, Inc.

One World Technologies

Iljin Diamond

Zebra Technologies Corporation


Work highlights

  • Representing seven large router and network controller companies (Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Aruba Networks, Inc., Netgear, Inc., CommScope, Inc., CommScope Holding Co., Inc., Arris US Holdings, Inc., and Ruckus Wireless, Inc.) in a multi-patent investigation involving complex wireless communications technology.
  • Representing General Electric Company and GE Lighting jointly in a multi-patent investigation involving light emitting diode technology.
  • Secured a win for One World Technologies, a division of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd., that helped preserve its abilities to import its garage door openers to the United States.

Paul Hastings LLP

Renowned clients, including major technology companies, continue to rely on Paul Hastings LLP for assistance with their matters before the ITC. The practice was bolstered at the end of 2021 with the arrival of Kecia Reynolds, formerly a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, who joined the Washington DC office. The remainder of the team, led by Palo Alto’s Yar Chaikovsky, includes key practitioners Phillip Ou, also in Palo Alto, and Tom Counts in San Francisco, all of whom are experienced in assisting both plaintiffs and defendants, either in a standalone ITC cases or in conjunction with co-pending patent litigation matters.

Other key lawyers:

Kecia ReynoldsPhillip OuTom Counts

Key clients

Align Technology Inc.

Stanley Black and Decker


Work highlights

  • Represented HTC in numerous cases against Innovation Sciences, including district court cases and an ITC investigation, securing an end of the global dispute following two victories of HTC Corporation over Innovation Sciences in district court cases ahead of an evidentiary hearing at the ITC.
  • Represented Fitbit in a multi-venue patent dispute filed by international conglomerate Koninklijke Philips N.V., centered on allegations of infringement of patents relating to fitness tracking devices and accompanying software applications.
  • Representing IKEA in an ITC investigation based on a complaint filed by The Regents of the University of California of Oakland.

Winston & Strawn LLP

The fact that there are those who consider Tom Jarvis, head of the practice at Winston & Strawn LLP, to be ‘one of the most experienced attorneys in the ITC practice’ is hardly surprising. Not only does Jarvis have a decades-long ITC track record under his belt, but he also served for many years as senior investigative attorney at the ITC before jumping back into the private practice. The technology, electronics and telecoms sectors make up the bulk of the group’s caseload. The team garners additional praise for its ‘outstanding technical and patent skills’ as well as for its ‘unparalleled communication and trial’ capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Tom Jarvis


‘The go-to firm for bet-the-company ITC/337 litigation.’

‘Tom Jarvis has an exceptional understanding of the many procedural and substantive nuances of ITC/337 practice, outstanding technical and patent skills, unparalleled communication and trial skills, and a solid, well-respected client-relationship rapport practice.’

‘This practice depends on the combination of knowledge of intellectual property rights law (especially patent law), understanding of the technologies most often at issue, strong litigation skills, and mastery of the special rules and procedures for ITC investigations. The team excels in each of these areas.’

‘The key individual in this team is Tom Jarvis, a former official at the USITC who understands the legal and technical issues, the different areas of law, and the special requirements for ITC litigation.’ 

‘Tom Jarvis is one of the most experienced attorneys in the ITC practice, having served with the ITC for many years, before going into private practice. He is a top litigator.’

Key clients

Ericsson, Inc., Ericsson AB, and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Comcast Corporation

Olympus Corporation

Walmart Inc.

GoVision LLC

The Chamberlain Group

Work highlights

  • Represented complainant Ericsson in a four-patent ITC litigation against five Samsung companies.
  • Defended Ericsson against Samsung’s four-patent litigation involving tower-side electronics used in cellular systems.