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Background

Adam Shartzer is a Principal in the Washington, D.C., office of Fish & Richardson. His practice focuses on complex district court and USITC patent litigation across a number of technologies including computer hardware and software, microprocessors, televisions, mobile communication devices, set-top boxes, compression technology, GPS technology, oil industry technology and semiconductor manufacturing processes. Mr. Shartzer litigates cases across the country including the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of California, the District of Delaware, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States International Trade Commission. Additionally, he advises clients regarding post-grant review strategy and litigates Inter Partes Review proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Shartzer’s experience includes argument and taking witnesses at numerous trial and post-grant proceedings, appellate briefing and argument, all aspects of discovery and formulation of claim construction and litigation strategies.

Mr. Shartzer also devotes time to representing veterans seeking disability benefits before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Mr. Shartzer was previously a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Sharon Prost at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2010-2011). In addition, he served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Richard Linn at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2007-2008), as well as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Robert L. Barton, Jr., at the United States International Trade Commission (2007). Mr. Shartzer was previously a Summer Associate with Fish & Richardson (2007) and worked as an engineer for Solers, Inc. (2003-2005).

Education

J.D., George Washington University Law School 2008
with honors


B.S., University of Virginia 2003
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science minor

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2005
  • Georgia 2008
  • District of Columbia 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • Georgia Supreme Court

Clerkships

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Sharon Prost, 2010 - 2011

Memberships & Affiliations

Associate Secretary/Treasurer, Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Executive Managing Editor, American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal
George Washington University Law School Moot Court Board​

Other Distinctions

Accolades
Selected as a Washington D.C. Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, 2015
ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law
Marcus B. Finnegan Writing Competition, First Prize

Publications
"9 Common Pitfalls With Post-Grant Proceedings," Law360 (2014).

Patent Litigation 101: Empirical Support for the Patent Pilot Program’s Solution to Increase Judicial Experience in Patent Law, 18 Fed. Cir. B.J. 191 (2009).

Speaking Engagements
"How the Use of Discovery is Evolving in Inter Partes Review Proceedings," Fish Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar Series, June 12, 2013.

"The New Age of Enforcement: Post-Grant. How to Avoid Being the Victim When Asserting Your Patents," The IP Strategy Summit: Enforcement, Washington, DC, May 29, 2013.

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