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Background

Ahmed J. Davis is a Principal in the Washington, DC, office of Fish & Richardson, a member of the Firm’s Compensation Committee, and National Chair of the F&R Diversity Initiative. His practice focuses on complex patent litigation in a range of technical areas, including chemistry, biotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical and electrical engineering. A trial attorney experienced in all phases of litigation, Mr. Davis has been lead counsel in the International Trade Commission and federal district court, has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and has litigated cases before the United States Court of Federal Claims. He has particular expertise and is the Firm’s leading attorney for matters in the “rocket docket” that is the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Davis regularly speaks and lectures on issues relevant to the patent bar. Since 2008, he has been a faculty member at the ALI-ABA Conference “Trial Of A Patent Case” and, since 2010, a faculty member at the annual PLI Conference on Patent Litigation. He has spoken or been a guest lecturer on patent issues at Howard University Law School, Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Temple Law School, and Fordham Law School. He has presented on patent law at numerous Bar conferences; is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Patent Damages and Royalties (WG9) and the Working Group on Patent Litigation Best Practices (WG10).  He is also an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).  Mr. Davis also is committed to giving back to the legal community through the development of young lawyers and by increasing diversity within the profession. He is the former pro bono coordinator for the firm’s DC office, and he regularly speaks to law students about opportunities in patent law and the importance of judicial clerkships.

Mr. Davis has received numerous accolades and awards for his work.  In March 2015, Savoy magazine named him a “Most Influential Black Attorney of 2015.”   In February 2015, Davis was featured as a Minority Power Broker by Law360, and he was also named one of Profiles in Diversity’s Diversity Leaders for 2015.  In February 2011, the Washington Business Journal named Davis One of the Top Minority Business Leaders of 2011. In October 2010 The Root, an online publication of the Washington Post, identified Davis as part of the next generation of African-American leaders. In June 2010, Mr. Davis was named a “2010 Nation’s Best Advocate: 40 Lawyers under 40,” by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. And in July 2009, Mr. Davis was named one of the “40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars” by The National Law Journal and an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property in 2015.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Davis was a law clerk for the Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema in the Alexandria Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (1999-2000). He also was a law clerk for the Honorable Paul R. Michel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2001-2002).

Mr. Davis is on the Board of Directors of D.C. Legendary Musicians, Inc. and on the Board of Directors for the Living Classrooms Foundation in Washington, DC, and is a Deacon at Montgomery Baptist Church in Gaithersburg, MD.

Education

JD, Georgetown University Law Center 1999


MS, Emory University 1996
Chemistry


BS, Morehouse College 1994
Chemistry
cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Clerkships

The Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema, 1999 - 2000

The Honorable Paul R. Michel, 2001 - 2002

Other Distinctions

Publications

  1. Ahmed Davis and Jack Brennan, “Timing of PTO Disclosures – A Trap for the Unwary,” Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor, December 20, 2013.
  2. Ahmed Davis, guest blogger for NITA’s The Legal Advocate blog, launches the February series on “Diversity in the Courtroom.” Read his first post, “Diversity in the Courtroom Part 1 – Jury Pool Biases.” (February 6, 2013)
  3. Ahmed Davis and Karolina Jesien. “The Balance of Power in Patent Law: Moving Towards Effectiveness in addressing Troll Concerns.” Fordham Intellectual Property Media & Entertainment Law Journal Vol. 22 (2012): 835-850.
  4. Davis, Ahmed. “Stand by me: Subsidiary patent assignments and their impact on damages and constitutional standing,” National Bar Association Corporate Newsletter, February 2012.
  5. International Intellectual Property Institute, Study on Specialized Intellectual Property Courts, January 2012.

Speaking Engagements/Lectures

  1. National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference (Naples, FL, February 2015 (“Leveraging IP”)
  2. ABA Litigation Roundtable Weebinar (Washington, DC February 2015) (Reasonable Royalties and Damages)
  3. The 15th Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation (New Orleans, LA, November 2014)
  4. Association of Corporate Patent Counsel Summer Meeting (Chicago, June 2014) (“Hot Topics In Patent Law”)
  5. The 14th Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation (Del Mar, CA, October 2013)
  6. National Bar Association 88th Annual Convention (Miami, July 2013) (scheduled)
  7. American Law Institute-American Bar Association Conference: “Trial Of A Patent Case” (New York, May 2013)
  8. 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute (Colorado, May 2013) (“Practice Before The ITC”)
  9. Patent Law Institute: Patent Litigation 2012 (Chicago, October 2012) (“Trends In ITC Practice”)
  10. National Disability Rights Network Annual Convention (Baltimore, June 2012) (instructor, NITA deposition skills training course)
  11. ABA Litigation Section Meeting (Washington, April 2012)(“Litigating in the Digital Age: Tech Tips To Propel Your Case To Success”)
  12. National Society of Black Engineers, Annual Conference (Pittsburgh, March 2012) (“Careers In IP Law”)
  13. Federal Circuit Bar Association, Webcast (Washington, February 2012) (“E-Discovery Model Order: A Practitioner’s Perspective”)
  14. International Intellectual Property Institute: Seminar on Specialized IP Rights Courts (Virginia, January 2012) (“Bring in the Experts: The Role of Judges and Court-Appointed Experts With Technical Knowledge”)
  15. Guest Lecturer on Patent Litigation, Catholic University Columbus School of Law (November 2011)
  16. Fordham Law School Symposium “IP Bullying Or Proactive Enforcement?” (New York, November 2011) (“The Balance of Power In Patent Law”)
  17. Patent Law Institute: Patent Litigation 2011 (Chicago, October 2011) (“Trends In ITC Practice”)
  18. American Law Institute-American Bar Association Conference: “Trial Of A Patent Case” (Chicago, October 2011)
  19. United States Patent and Trademark Office, Senior Executive Service Council Meeting (Virginia, April 2011) (The Importance of Diversity in IP Law)
  20. American Law Institute-American Bar Association Conference: “Trial Of A Patent Case” (New York, October 2010)
  21. PLI: Patent Litigation 2010 (Northern Virginia, October 2010) (“Pre-litigation and litigation strategies against NPEs”)
  22. Howard University Law School IP Empowerment Summit (Washington, DC November 2010) (IP pro bono programs in underserved communities)
  23. National Bar Association, Annual Conference (New Orleans, August 2010) (Improving Pitch Skills)
  24. ABA Litigation Section Meeting (New York, April 2010)(“Keep It Simple: Presenting IP Cases to a Jury”)
  25. Temple Law School symposium “The Greening of Intellectual Property” (March 2010) (measuring the impact of In re Bilski)
  26. National Bar Association, Annual Conference (San Diego, August 2009) (Post-Trial Damages)
  27. American Law Institute-American Bar Association Conference: “Trial Of A Patent Case” (Phoenix, February 2008)
  28. Minnesota Bar CLE seminar “Patent Enforcement and Defense” (Minneapolis, May 2008)(written description and enablement)
  29. IP Law and Business: Innovations in IP Litigation Conference (Washington, DC November 2006) (the effective use of reexamination proceedings)

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