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Background

Andrew Kopsidas, a Principal in the Washington, D.C. office, leads and tries intellectual property cases and offers strategic counseling to clients.

A lead trial lawyer recognized for producing positive results for his clients, Andrew serves his clients by getting to know their business, developing creative and effective solutions, and conducting litigations with uncompromising efficiency. His clients are among the most prominent U.S., Korean, and European companies. He is described by one client as “a unique strategic mind with real courtroom chops.”

Andrew has handled patent and intellectual property matters in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, federal district courts in dozens of states, and arbitrations in a variety of forums. With a background in aerospace and electrical engineering, Andrew has litigated cases involving microprocessors, acoustic devices, DRAM and flash memory devices, mobile phones, telecommunications networks and standards, digital signal processing, internet applications, GPS devices, and various software, mechanical and chemical inventions. He regularly speaks, writes, and advises clients on trade secrets and litigation before the International Trade Commission (“ITC”).

Andrew is at the forefront of Fish’s ITC and Trade Secret practices. He has first-chaired ITC trials, litigated dozens of cases in that venue, and is a regular speaker on ITC practice and procedure, including the strategic use of ITC litigation in parallel with district court litigation. He has been recognized as a “Leading ITC Lawyer” by The Legal 500.

When he’s not helping clients achieve their business goals, Andrew takes pride in training junior lawyers and donating his time to pro bono causes. Andrew is an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”) courses on trial and deposition skills. He also dedicates a significant portion of his time to matters for the Veterans Consortium, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and The Human Trafficking Legal Center. In 2019, The Human Trafficking Legal Center honored Fish with its “Litigation Firm of the Year” award for Andrew’s successful trial securing a victim of human trafficking a $1.5 million judgment—one of the largest awards ever achieved in this type of case.

Before going to law school, Andrew worked at NASA for approximately five years. During that time, he worked on several Space Shuttle missions as a Flight Controller and Systems Engineer.  He also worked as an Aerospace Design Engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, where he worked on the design of a small, chine-body drone aircraft that would have the radar cross-section of a full-sized aircraft to enemy radar.

Education

George Washington University Law School 1999
J.D.
with honors


University of Maryland 1992
Aerospace Engineering, B.S.

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1998
  • Maryland 1999
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims 2000
  • District of Columbia 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland 2004
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 2018

Memberships & Affiliations

Member:  American Bar Association (Section on Intellectual Property Law), American Intellectual Property Law Association, ITC Trial Lawyers Association

Other Distinctions

ITC Leader, Fish Litigation Blog

Recognition

“Leading ITC Lawyers” by The Legal 500

Publications

INSIGHT: SCOTUS Decision on Computer Fraud Act Could Impact Trade Secrets, Bloomberg Law, July 7, 2020.

The ITC Punts on Whether the Presumption of Validity Applies to § 101 ChallengesFish Litigation Blog, April 7, 2016.

Judge Pender Allows Supplementation of Prior Art Record For Good CauseFish Litigation Blog, April 29, 2015.

ITC Says it Has the Power to Stop Infringing Transmissions of Digital MaterialsFish Litigation Blog, March 13, 2015.

Judge Essex Recommends General Exclusion Order for Counterfeit Loom KitsFish Litigation Blog, March 4, 2015.

Federal Circuit Judges Seem Divided During En Banc Argument in Suprema v. ITC, Fish Litigation Blog, February 10, 2015.

Judge Bullock Strikes Portions of Complainant’s Case For Inadequate Contentions and Failure to Produce Expert Test Results During DiscoveryFish Litigation Blog, February 5, 2015.

Second Thoughts on Spoliation Sanction: ITC to Review Final Initial Determination Imposing $1.9M SanctionFish Litigation Blog, January 28, 2015.

Is the ITC Taking a Closer Look at Standing?Fish Litigation Blog, January 16, 2015.

Recent Presentations

“Trade Secret Practice in the U.S.,” Speaker (May 2020)

“The Section 101 Landscape,” Speaker (October 2019)

“Trade Secret Practice in the U.S.,” Speaker (November 2019)

“Patent Prosecution Tips from a Litigator,” Speaker (April 2019)

“Legal Challenges for Autonomous Vehicles,” Speaker (October 2018)

“Patent Litigation in the International Trade Commission,” Speaker (June 2018)

“Claim Drafting from a Litigation Relief Perspective,” Co-Speaker (March 2018)

“Enforcing Non-Patent Intellectual Property Rights at the ITC,” Co-Speaker (November 2017)

“Best Practices for Trade Secrets & Cybersecurity,” Co-Speaker (June 2017)

“The New Landscape for Trade Secrets in the U.S.,” Co-Speaker (October 2016)

“ITC Practice and Procedure,” Co-Speaker (October 2016)

“Patent Litigation in the International Trade Commission,” Speaker (June 2016)

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January 21, 2020
Fish Named Law360 International Trade Group of the Year
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May 3, 2019
Fish & Richardson Wins $1.43 Million For Sex Trafficking Survivor in Pro Bono Civil Suit
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Fish Litigation Blog
August 6, 2020
From WarGames to Terms of Service: How the Supreme Court’s Review of Computer Fraud Abuse Act Will Impact Your Trade Secrets
Authors: Eda Stark, Andrew R. Kopsidas
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July 7, 2020
Fish Attorneys Author Article in Bloomberg Law, "INSIGHT: SCOTUS Decision on Computer Fraud Act Could Impact Trade Secrets"
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May 6, 2020
Fish & Richardson Named to The National Law Journal’s 2020 Pro Bono Hot List
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October 18, 2019
Fish & Richardson Receives 2019 Human Trafficking Litigation Firm of the Year Award
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February 15, 2019
Fish & Richardson and Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs Win Landmark Decision in Gender Discrimination Case
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Fish Litigation Blog
January 17, 2019
Sufficiency of ITC Complaint Established By Commission Institution
Authors: Thomas "Monty" Fusco, Andrew R. Kopsidas
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June 13, 2018
Andrew Kopsidas Quoted in Managing Intellectual Property, "How the New ITC Rules Change Litigation Strategy"
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September 7, 2016
Fish & Richardson Wins $12.5 Million Jury Award and Willful Infringement for CH2O in Patent Infringement Case
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INSIGHTS Webinar: Practical Considerations for Accessing the ITC
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Fish Litigation Webinar Series: INSIGHTS - Injunctive Relief for Standard-Essential Patents
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