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).
Recent District Court Cases
Marvell Semiconductor et al v. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Eastern District of Texas, 6:07-cv-00204-LED.) Represent Marvell Semiconductor.
Progressive Semiconductor Solutions LLC v. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. et al (Central District of California, 8:14-cv-00330-ODW-JEM.) Represent Marvell Semiconductor.
Lake Cherokee Hard Drive Technologies, LLC v. Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. et al (Eastern District of Texas, 2:13-cv-00762-JRG.) Represent Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
Lake Cherokee Hard Drive Technologies, LLC v. Marvell Asia Pte., Ltd et al (Eastern District of Texas, 2:13-cv-00695-JRG). Represent Marvell Asia Pte. Ltd.
Ericsson Inc. et al v Samsung Electronics Co., LTD., et al (Eastern District of Texas, 6:12-cv-895-LED). Represented Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLP. Case settled favorably.
Advanced Processor Technologies LLC v. Marvell Semiconductor Inc. (Eastern District of Texas, 2:12cv155). Represented Marvell Semiconductor.
Advanced Processor Technologies LLC v. Atmel Corp. (Eastern District of Texas, 2:12cv152). Represented Marvell.
Ericsson Inc., et al. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al. (Eastern District of Texas, 6:13cv364). Represented Samsung. Stayed. Dismissed.
Virtual Solutions LLC v. Microsoft Corp. (Federal Circuit, 2013-1250). Appealed from Southern New York. Represented Microsoft. Federal Circuit affirmed.
Ericsson Inc., et al. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al. (Eastern District of Texas, 6:12cv894). Represented Samsung in a series of highly contested and much-publicized patent and licensing disputes in the Eastern District of Texas and the ITC. The cases involve 24 patents covering software and hardware for mobile devices, including phones and tablets. Dismissed.
GPNE Corp. v. Amazon.com Inc., et al. (Northern District of California, 4:12cv3055). Represented Barnes & Noble. Docket is complicated. Barnes & Noble may have been severed, leaving only Amazon. Markman order issued 8/13/13. Amazon dismissed 9/3/13.
Brandywine Communications Technologies LLC v. Shoretel Inc. (Northern District of California, 3:12cv2036). Represented Shoretel. Transferred from Middle Florida.
Klausner Technologies, Inc. v. Zeacom, Inc. (Eastern District of Texas, 6:12cv185). Represented Zeacom. Dismissed without prejudice.
Virtual Solutions LLC v. Microsoft Corp. (Southern District of New York, 1:12cv1118). Represented Microsoft. Court granted Microsoft’s motion for summary judgment.
Intel Corp. v. Negotiated Data Solutions LLC (Eastern District of Texas, 2:11cv247). Represented Intel in motion to sever claims. Appealed to Federal Circuit, 2011-1448. Federal Circuit affirmed.
SECTION 337 PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
In the Matter of Certain Set-Top Boxes, gateways, Bridges, and Adapters and Components Thereof; Inv. No. 337-TA-915 (2014). Represent Complainants ViXs Systems, Inc. and ViXs USA, Inc.
Certain Electronic Devices, Including Certain Wireless Communication Devices, Tablet Computers, Media Players, and Televisions, and Components Thereof; Inv. No. 337-TA-862 (2013). Represented Respondents Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America LLC, and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Case settled favorably.
Certain Unified Communications Systems, Products and Components Thereof — 377 TA 598 (2008). Represented Microsoft in patent litigation against Alcatel-Lucent. The Administrative Law Judge found infringement and no invalidity of one of the asserted patents and recommended an exclusion order.
Certain Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same — 337-TA-600 (2007). Represented complainant 3M Company, 3M Innovative Properties Company. Case settled favorably.
Certain Dynamic Random Access Memory Devices and Products Containing Same — 337-TA-595 (2007). Representing respondent Samsung Electronic Co., Ltd.; Samsung Electronics America, Inc. Case tried before Administrative Law Judge, decision pending.
Certain NAND Flash Memory Devices and Components Thereof — 337-TA-592 (2007). Represented respondent Hynix Semiconductor, Inc., case settled.
Certain Inkjet Ink Supplies — 337-TA-581 (2006). Represented complainant Hewlett-Packard in an investigation against Ninestar Technology Co. Case settled favorably.
Certain Peripheral Devices — 337-TA-580 (2006). Represented complainant Microsoft. Case settled favorably.
Certain Flash Memory Devices and Components Thereof, and Products Containing Such Devices and Components — 337-TA-552 (2005). Represented respondent Hynix Semiconductors, Inc. The Administrative Law Judge found no violation after full hearing on the merits, and that decision was affirmed by the full Commission.
Certain Disc Drivers, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same — 337-TA-516 (2004). Represented complainant Seagate Technology.
Certain Signature Capture Transaction Devices and Components Thereof — 337-TA-504 (2004). Represented respondent SMTC Corporation.
Certain Digital Display Controllers and Products Containing Same — 337-TA-491 (2003). Prosecuted patent infringement case on behalf of Genesis Microchip against MStar Electronics and other parties involving digital scaling and multiple display format controller chips. Case won after full hearing on the merits, exclusion order issued barring all accused products from entry into the United States.
Certain Digital Display Controllers and Products Containing Same — 337-TA-481 (2002). Prosecuted patent infringement case on behalf of Genesis Microchip against MRT Electronics and Trumpion Microelectronics involving flat panel controller chips. Case won after full hearing on the merits and review by the Commission, exclusion order issued barring all accused products from entry into the United States.
Certain Video Game Systems, Accessories and Components Thereof — 337-TA-473 (2002). Successfully prosecuted patent infringement case on video game system on behalf of Microsoft Corporation. Case ended with the ITC issuing an exclusion order barring all accused products.
Certain Digital Display Receivers and Digital Display Controllers and Products Containing Same — 337-TA-458 (2001). Successfully defended Genesis Microchip in patent infringement case involving phase-locked loop high speed data communications circuits. Case dismissed.
Certain Video Graphics Display Controllers and Products Containing Same — 337-TA-412 (1999). Defended ATI Technologies, Inc. against patent infringement claims brought by Cirrus Logic, Inc. ATI prevailed against all claims after full hearing on the merits. The ALJ’s decision was affirmed by the full Commission and Cirrus did not appeal.
March 29, 2017
Fish & Richardson Wins “Case of the Year” Award and “U.S. Specialty IP Firm of the Year” Award by Managing Intellectual Property
June 15, 2016
Fish & Richardson Announces Juanita Brooks and Ruffin Cordell Named to “Intellectual Property Trailblazers” List by The National Law Journal
June 8, 2016
Fish & Richardson Named to NLJ’s “2016 Intellectual Property Hot List” for Fifth Straight Year
March 17, 2016
Fish & Richardson Named Top PTAB Law Firm for 2015 by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
June 29, 2016
Fish Receives Top Tier 1 National Rankings in Patent Prosecution and Patent Litigation from The Legal 500
June 15, 2016
Fish & Richardson Named to IAM Patent 1000 for National Patent Litigation and Prosecution Practices
June 8, 2016
Fish Receives Top “Band 1” National Rankings for Intellectual Property and ITC Practices in Chambers USA 2016
June 2, 2016
Fish & Richardson Announces 36 Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
April 21, 2016
Law360 Trial Pros: Fish & Richardson's Ruffin Cordell
May 27th, 2015 | 8:00 am EDT
IPO Damages & Injunctions Committee Conference "Patent Damages Law: Are Changes Needed?"
March 19th, 2010 | 8:30 am EDT
TJSTEL Annual Spring Symposium: The Greening of Intellectual Property
February 27th, 2011
ITC Litigation & Enforcement