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  • Exceptional knowledge and experience in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Outstanding rapport and communication skills before judges and diverse, layperson juries.
  • Tireless advocate for and mentor to diverse attorneys, as well as devotion to training the next generation of IP litigators.

About Ahmed

Ahmed is an intellectual property trial lawyer with 20 years’ experience serving clients who need a practical, forthright counselor to handle complex patent litigation matters within highly technical industries, such as chemistry, biotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical and electrical engineering.

Ahmed is the firm’s go-to attorney for litigation matters in the “rocket docket” that is the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he has unmatched expertise and intimate knowledge of that court system—and where he has earned a respected reputation as a skillful advocate who excels at explaining complex technologies to jurors. Additionally, he has been lead trial counsel in numerous U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Ahmed also has significant experience before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, arguing more IP cases before the court than any other African-American private practitioner.

While Ahmed is experienced at bench trials, his forte is jury trials—and his value in the courtroom extends beyond his eloquence and commanding presence as a litigator. Clients praise him for being a great team leader who positions each member of the trial team to maximize their individual strengths. And his real-world experiences and awareness provide invaluable insight into the psyche of increasingly diverse juries. He is known for his effective, clear and understandable communication in front of diverse, layperson juries, as well as with court staff and judges. While his chemistry background allows him to “speak the language” of science and technology, Ahmed never lets technology override the human element in every case.

His talents have been repeatedly recognized by the legal industry and his peers. He has been named an “IP Star” multiple times by Managing Intellectual Property and Savoy magazine named him a “Most Influential Black Attorney of 2015.” He was also featured as a “Minority Power Broker” by Law360, and he was named one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Black Leaders Worth Watching” for 2020.

Speaking Truth to Power

As the national chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative and the firm’s first Black full-equity principal, Ahmed is a vocal and influential advocate behind Fish’s longstanding commitment to building a more diverse workforce through recruiting and developing the careers of diverse attorneys.

He is also a prolific speaker and lecturer on issues relevant to diversity and the patent bar. He is a long-time instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Ahmed also has been a faculty member, guest lecturer and presenter at Howard University Law School, Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Temple Law School, Fordham Law School, and numerous seminars and conferences.


  • Celebrating Black Inventors on World IP Day,” National Law Journal (April 2021)
  • “How Globalization has Shifted the Paradigm of Diversity Inclusion in Intellectual Property Law,” Landslide Magazine (October 2015)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Black Voices in IP,” UNH Franklin Pierce Black Law School Student Association, Diversity Coalition, and Student Intellectual Property Association (February 16, 2022)
  • Diversity: A Focus on Practical Benefits of Diversity,” Federal Circuit Bar Association 2021 Bench & Bar® Conference (June 23, 2021)
  • “Constitution Day: Protests and Freedom of Speech,” American Bar Association Virtual Meeting (September 2020)
  • “Effective Communication between In-House and Outside Counsel – Teaming for Success,” IPO Annual Meeting (September 2020)
  • “Patent Litigation 2018: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices,” Practising Law Institute, Chicago, Illinois (October 2018)
  • “Diversity in Practice,” 1L LCLD Scholars Summit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (May 2018)
  • “Live Demonstrations: Delivering an Effective Opening Statement in Patent Cases,” PLI’s Patent Litigation 2017: Advanced Techniques and Best Practices, Chicago, Illinois (October 2017)
  • “Leveraging IP,” National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference, Naples, Florida (February 2015)
  • “Reasonable Royalties and Damages” ABA Litigation Roundtable Webinar, Washington, D.C. (February 2015)
  • The 15th Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2014)
  • “Hot Topics In Patent Law,” Association of Corporate Patent Counsel Summer Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (June 2014)

Media Mentions

Representative Cases

Asghari-Kamrani v. United Services Automobile Association (E.D. Va.) — Co-lead trial counsel for defendant USAA in case related to centralized authentication computer systems.

Commonwealth Scientific Industrial & Research Organisation et al. v. BASF Plant Science LP and Cargill, Incorporated (E.D. Va.) — Lead trial counsel for defendant Cargill Incorporated in case relating to transgenic canola containing increased omega-3 fatty acids.

Kaufman v. Microsoft Corp. (S.D.N.Y.) — Lead trial counsel for defendant Microsoft in case relating to relational database management systems.

In re Certain InkJet Ink Cartridges (U.S.I.T.C.) — Lead trial counsel for complainants Hewlett-Packard Co. and Hewlett-Packard Development Co. in investigation related to thermal inkjet print cartridges.

In re Certain UV Curable Coatings for Optical Fibers (U.S.I.T.C.) — Co-lead trial counsel for respondent Momentive UV Coatings in investigation related to UV-cured optical fiber coatings.

Paice LLC v. Hyundai Motor Corp. et al. (D. Md.) — Lead trial counsel for plaintiff Paice LLC in case related to control systems and methods for hybrid-electric vehicles.

Plastipak Packaging, Inc. v. Niagara Bottling, LLC (E.D. Va.) — Counsel for plaintiff Plastipak in 11-patent case related to lightweighting plastic water bottles.

Previvo Genetics, Inc. v. Pagidas (D.R.I.) — Lead counsel for declaratory judgment plaintiff Previvo in inventorship dispute related to systems and techniques for uterine lavage.

Signal IP, Inc. v. American Honda Motor Co., et al. (C.D. Cal.) — Lead counsel for defendant Honda in case relating to automotive radar and object range-sensing technology.

“Making important contributions to Fish’s success in life sciences litigations—as well as in medical devices and electrical cases—is Ahmed Davis… He is integral to broader firm life, too, being a member of the management committee and diversity leader.”—2019 IAM Patent 1000

Focus Areas

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (1999)

M.S., Chemistry, Emory University (1996)

B.S. cum laude, Chemistry, Morehouse College (1994)

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, The Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema, 1999 - 2000

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Paul R. Michel, 2001 - 2002

Memberships & Affiliations

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America.

Board of Visitors, National Judicial College.

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