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.
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