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Background

Kevin Wheeler is a Principal in the Washington, DC office of Fish & Richardson and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice.  He is recognized as a rising star in intellectual property and most recently was named a “D.C. Rising Star” by the National Law Journal.  The list “recognizes the region’s 40 most promising lawyers age 40 and under who have wielded great influence in their practice areas in the D.C. area and beyond.

Mr. Wheeler’s practice focuses on leading and trying patent infringement, trade secret, and related antitrust actions in Federal courts throughout the country, as well as in the International Trade Commission.  Mr. Wheeler has the honor of representing some of the world’s most well-known technology and chemical companies, often in their most important, high stake patent infringement disputes, most of which encompass numerous jurisdictions and causes of action.  He serves his clients by getting to know their business, developing creative and effective solutions, and conducting litigations with uncompromising efficiency.

Over the course of helping to successfully resolve more than a dozen competitor patent disputes, Mr. Wheeler has litigated over 40 patent cases and tried 7 trials—including delivering winning opening arguments and examining more than a dozen expert and fact witnesses—for clients such as LG, Hyosung, InvenSense, Samsung, Microsoft, and Umicore, to name a few. Most recently, Mr. Wheeler led the teams that obtained multiple trial wins at the ITC for client Hyosung against competitor Diebold in a dispute that implicates a significant portion of the multi-billion dollar ATM industry in the U.S. (Hyosung Wins Preliminary ITC Ruling as Administrative Law Judge Rules Diebold Infringed Key Patented Technology; Hyosung Comes Out On Top Against Diebold in a Preliminary Ruling from the ITC).  Before that, on behalf of client LG Chem, Mr. Wheeler led the team that after a multi-year battle successfully defeated former supplier Celgard and its claims of patent infringement and breach of contract that threatened LG Chem’s multi-billion dollar battery business and implicated some of the world’s largest consumer electronics and electric vehicle companies (Celgard Can’t Salvage Battery Patent Claims At Fed. Circ.).

Mr. Wheeler also devotes a portion of his professional time to pro bono matters, including working with the Children’s Law Center to help foster parents secure guardianship over their at-risk foster children.  Most recently, Mr. Wheeler successfully tried a guardianship case in D.C. Superior Court.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Wheeler obtained hands-on engineering experience working on the F-22 Jet while at Northrop Grumman Corporation.  He also has lectured at the University of Maryland MBA program regarding intellectual property.

Education

J.D., George Washington University Law School


B.S., University of Maryland
Electrical Engineering

University Honors

Admissions

  • California 2008
  • District of Columbia 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Memberships & Affiliations

​Member: ITC Trial Lawyers Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Other Distinctions

Publications

Quoted in “ITC Finds Diebold ATMs Infringe Hyosung Patent,” by Law360, July 19, 2017.

Diebold gets a win — though not quite a victory — in its ATM patent battle,” interview with ATM Marketplace, June 9, 2017.

Awards
D.C. Rising Star, National Law Journal (2017)
Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2014-2017)

Experience

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