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Thad Kodish is Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Atlanta Office.  In addition, Mr. Kodish is a patent trial lawyer and leads cases in venues across the United States.  An experienced courtroom lawyer, Mr. Kodish has first-chaired for some of the firm’s largest clients, including at Markman and at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Recently, Mr. Kodish and his fellow Fish partner, Christopher Green, tried and won the first patent jury verdict in the Middle District of Georgia since 2001. YKK Corporation et al v. Velcro Companies USA Inc. (M.D. Ga., November 17, 2017). The Fish & Richardson trial team won on all counts for their clients, the Velcro Companies, fending off the plaintiffs’ accusations levied against VELCRO® Brand hook and loop fasteners for the transportation industry. Read more about this competitor case win in the news.

Mr. Kodish’s successful argument at the Federal Circuit in Shaw Industries Group Inc. v. Automated Creel Systems Inc., has been hailed by Law 360 as one of the Top AIA-Related Decisions of 2016” and the “Top Patent Cases of 2016.”  The holding in Shaw that limits the scope of estoppel stemming from IPR proceedings, has been widely cited by the Federal Circuit and numerous Federal District Courts.

Mr. Kodish argued successfully as first chair for Samsung Electronics in Synchrome LLC v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc. et al., which led to the plaintiff’s later stipulation of non-infringement and favorable settlement.  His hands-on approach includes a deep understanding of his clients’ business, and business objectives, allowing him to quickly provide clients with targeted guidance on vital issues and opportunities that arise during the course of litigation.

His cases span a wide range of electrical, computer software, chemical and mechanical technologies, 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, wearable software and hardware, as well as textile and laminate flooring technologies.

As a result of his many longstanding client relationships, Mr. Kodish routinely provides counsel and guidance at all stages of a legal dispute.  Thus, clients frequently consult with him before a lawsuit is filed to work on sensitive and highly confidential pre-suit matters, including offensive and defensive strategies for litigation avoidance.

Since the 2011 enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), Mr. Kodish has broadened his practice to integrate strategies that incorporate post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR). He has successfully litigated IPRs for both the patent owner and the patent challenger, in diverse fields ranging from computer software to manufacturing.

In addition to his patent litigation practice, Mr. Kodish has extensive involvement at the Emory School of Law. Mr. Kodish was the Adjunct Professor of Law teaching the course on Patent Litigation in the 2016 spring semester.  Mr. Kodish has also been a member of the Law School Alumni Board for nearly ten years, including his two-year term as Alumni Board and Alumni Association President (2013-2015).

Mr. Kodish has been actively involved in numerous pro bono causes.  Mr. Kodish obtained oral argument and argued before the Georgia Supreme Court in a long-running habeas corpus petition, trial, and appeal.  Mr. Kodish has also obtained Temporary Protective Orders for women subject to domestic abuse for the Safe Families Project at Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.

Prior to joining Fish, he was a chemical engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft responsible for chemical technologies for jet engines.


Emory University School of Law 2000
Emory Law Journal

University of Michigan 1996
Chemical Engineering, B.S.
cum laude


  • Georgia 2000
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Memberships & Affiliations

​Adjunct Professor, Emory School of Law, teaching Patent Litigation (2016)
President, Emory Law Alumni Association (2013-2015)
Member, Emory Law Alumni Board (2006-2016)

Other Distinctions


  • Named to Best Lawyers Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2018-2021
  • Received 2017 Distinguished Leaders Award by ALM’s Daily Report
  • Recognized as a 2013-2020 “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property
  • Recognized as one of “The World’s Leading Patent Professionals” by IAM Patent 1000 in 2020
  • Received the Emory Law Young Alumni Award in 2015
  • Selected by his peers to the Super Lawyers list for IP Litigation in 2014-2020
  • 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
  • Named a leader in IP law by Chambers USA every year since 2011


Mr. Kodish has also been featured in several issues of Emory Lawyer Magazine as the Law School Alumni Board President. (Fall 2013 p. 26-27, Summer 2014 p. 18, Winter 2015 p. 25)

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, Willful Patent Infringement, Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (October 2019).

Panelist, IP Chat Channel webinar on IPR Estoppel in District Courts, Intellectual Property Owners Association (“IPO”) (March 29, 2017).

Guest Professor, International Patent Law and Policy, Emory School of Law (March 14, 2017)

Panelist on the importance of diversity at law firms at GAPABA (The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association) April 2016 meeting.

“Making Sense of Inter Partes Review Proceedings,” Cantor Fitzgerald’s Inaugural Healthcare Conference, Keynote Speaker (July 8, 2015).

Columbia Insurance Company 4th Annual IP Conference, Speaker (June 4, 2015).

“Post-Grant Patent Practice and Legislative Developments,” Korean Intellectual Property Protection Association Lecture, Speaker (March 9, 2014).

“Patent Litigation and Legislative Developments,” Seoul National University Law School Lecture, Speaker (March 7, 2014).

“Joint Infringement – Recent Updates and Practical Impact,” Association of Corporate Patent Counsel 2014 Winter Meeting, Speaker (January 26, 2014).

“Hot Topics in Intellectual Property,” Daily Report’s In-House Counsel CLE Seminar, Speaker (July 25, 2013).

“Claim Construction Re-Set,” 24th Annual All Hands Meeting, Speaker (December 6, 2012).

“Indirect and Divided Infringement in the Wake of CAFC’s Akami and McKesson Rulings,” Emory Law Alumni Intellectual Property Society, Moderator (November 15, 2012).

“Understanding New Proceeding for Patent Review,” Litigation Patent Disputes Conference, Moderator (November 14, 2012).

“Valuation of Intellectual Property from an Enforcement Perspective,” What Israel Companies Really Need to Know About IP Protection and Enforcement in the U.S., Speaker (January 2, 2011).


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“He’s trustworthy and knowledgeable. We know we are getting the best advice possible when we reach out. He is a team lawyer with us.”
Client testimonial, Chambers and Partners 2019

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