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Thad C. Kodish



Thad C. Kodish is Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson's Atlanta office. His practice emphasizes patent litigation and intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. He appears regularly before Georgia, Texas, and California courts and throughout the country, where he has led numerous litigation teams through patent and trademark disputes from pre-suit due diligence to final and favorable resolution. Mr. Kodish has testified as a patent law expert for one of the country’s largest consumer products companies. Mr. Kodish is also active in PTO practice, including the preparation of Inter Partes Review petitions. Finally, Mr. Kodish also advises clients on whether to license or purchase patents and patent portfolios, and is skilled and experienced in negotiating such licenses and acquisitions.

Mr. Kodish has handled patent cases, and performed due diligence assessments, in matters involving microprocessors, Ethernet and wireless network communications, operating system software, product activation software, telecommunications systems, computer storage devices, point-of-sale software and hardware, computer-aided design, as well as textile and laminate flooring technologies. 

Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, he was a chemical engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft responsible for chemical plating technologies for engine parts, particularly cubic-boron nitride applications.


  • Georgia 2000
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 2003
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Memberships and Affiliations

President, Emory Law Alumni Association & Emory Law Alumni Board
Board of Directors, Conexx (f/k/a American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region)

Member, Atlanta IP Inn of Court
Member, State Bar of Georgia
Office Pro Bono Principal (2008-2011)

Other Distinctions

  • Selected by his peers to the Super Lawyers list for IP litigation in 2014

  • Recognized as a Georgia Top 40 under 40 attorney “On the Rise” by the Daily Report in 2013 

  • Selected by his peers as a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" every year from 2007 - 2013 for IP litigation
  • Recognized as a 2013 and 2014 "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property
  • Named a leader in IP law by Chambers USA every year since 2011

Mr. Kodish was also featured in Emory Lawyer Fall 2013 as the new Law Alumni Board President and was recently quoted on the topic of diversity at Emory School of Law and law firms.


  • BS, University of Michigan 1996
    Chemical Engineering
    cum laude
  • JD, Emory University School of Law 2000
    Notes and Comments Editor, Emory Law Journal