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Background

Ruffin Cordell is a Principal of Fish & Richardson in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. A member of the award-winning intellectual property litigation group, his practice emphasizes all aspects of intellectual property litigation. He appears regularly as lead counsel before federal district courts throughout the country, and has extensive experience before the ITC in Section 337 proceedings.

In 2012, Mr. Cordell was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.   Over his career, he has handled hundreds of patent and trade secret cases involving a wide variety of highly complex products and services.  Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, Mr. Cordell served as a Patent Examiner in computer interface device technology at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Cordell was recognized as one of the industry’s leading litigators in Intellectual Asset Magazine’s international listing of the "Patent Litigation 250″ (2011). He has also been named one of The Best Lawyers in America (2006 to 2015), among the "Top 50 Under 45″ attorneys in IP Law & Business (May 2008), and one of the Legal Times’ "Leading IP Lawyers in D.C." (October 2003).

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center 1989
magna cum laude, Order of the Coif


B.S., Louisiana State University 1985
Electrical Engineering
Tau Beta Pi

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1989
  • Texas 1989
  • Virginia 1993
  • District of Columbia 1995

Memberships & Affiliations

​Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

Other Distinctions

Accolades

  • Selected for inclusion as "top patent practitioners" in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012, 2016)​
  • ​IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property (2013-2016)​
  • Named Local Litigation Star for DC and National Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2013-2015)​
  • ​Selected as a Leader in the IP practice area (2012, 2015) by Chambers USA
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2015)
  • Inducted as a Fellow into American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America
  • Ranked in "Band 1″ for Intellectual Property Litigation and International Trade: Intellectual Property Litigation by Chambers USA (2013, 2014)
  • Recognized as one of the industry’s leading litigators in Intellectual Asset Magazine‘s "Patent Litigation 250" (2011)
  • The Lawdragon Leading Lawyers in America (2010)
  • Among the "Top 50 Under 45" attorneys in IP Law & Business (2008)
  • One of the Legal Times’ "Leading IP Lawyers in D.C." (2003)

Selected Publications

Menell, Peter S., Busey, George Brian, Cordell, Ruffin, Davis, Mark G., Powers, Matthew D. and Sobin, Sturgis, Section 337 Patent Investigation Management Guide. UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1603330. May 2010.

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