Speakers / Authors:
Kenneth R. Adamo
Kenneth Adamo is a partner in the Intellectual Property group in Kirkland & Ellis' Chicago and New York offices. His practice focuses on all areas of intellectual property law, particularly including patent, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets, and related antitrust matters. He has extensive trial experience as lead counsel in jury and nonjury cases before state and federal courts and before the United States International Trade Commission, as well as ex parte and inter partes experience in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has had substantial experience as lead counsel in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He also actively practices before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, having appeared in 35 appeals to date.
Mr. Adamo has written and lectured on many areas of intellectual property law including U.S. permanent injunction/eBay practice, U.S. discovery practice (including e-discovery), International Trade Commission proceedings, cyberart, the doctrine of equivalents/prosecution history estoppel, exhaustion, internet jurisdiction, effects of non-U.S. adjudications on U.S. litigation, and AIA post-grant USPTO proceedings.
In 2011, Mr. Adamo was named to Intellectual Asset Management's IAM Patent Litigation 250 - The World's Leading Patent Litigators and ranked as a top attorney in the "Individuals - U.S. International Trade Commission," and as a Band 1 lawyer in "Individuals – Illinois" and "Individuals – National" categories. In 2012, in IAM's The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 1000, he was again named a top attorney in Individuals - US International Trade Commission, and was named to Gold Band Individuals - Litigation in Illinois. In 2013, he continued in the IAM 1000 publication as a Gold Band Individual - Litigation in Illinois and as a recommended attorney in "Individuals - US ITC". In 2014, he maintained those rankings. The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers: Patent 2013 named him one of its Most Highly Regarded Individuals and Who's Who Legal Patents 2014, again named him as one of its Most Highly Regarded Individuals. The 2014 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranked him in Band 1 in Illinois for the fourth consecutive year. In 2010, Chambers ranked him as a Star Performer in Ohio and Band 1 in Texas. In 2014, he was named as Patent Litigation (Chicago) Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.
Mr. Adamo received his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University in 1975, his LL.M. from The John Marshall School of Law in 1989, and his B.S. from Rensselaer Institute of Technology in 1972.
William P. Atkins
William Atkins is a Partner in the law firm of Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP. He is the leader of the law firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation team. He is a trial and appellate lawyer with over 20 years of experience. He is a registered patent attorney who has won jury verdicts and decisions on both sides of the courtroom. Some of his most recent courtroom victories include (1) getting two university co-inventors added to NIH-owned cancer drug patents which have had annual sales of approximately $2B, (2) getting a jury verdict of infringement for a consumer product against their major competitor, and (3) getting a jury verdict for a client in defense of $200M+ patent infringement and related allegations. He takes pride in crafting the very best solution for each client's situation, from both a legal and business perspective.
Mr. Atkins has been lead counsel in over 100 intellectual property litigations and has extensive experience in patent, trademark, trade secret, Lanham Act, unfair competition and copyright matters. Over the course of his career, Mr. Atkins has been in trial and appellate courts, the International Trade Commission or ITC, arbitrations, mediations, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office many times.
Mr. Atkins has recently been appointed as a Co-Editor for BNA’s Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook, for which he has written two chapters over the past three editions. He is a Past President of the Foundation of the Bar Association of D.C. (2007-2009) and has been President of the Bar Association of D.C. (2005-06), a member of the ABA's House of Delegates, and chaired numerous bar committees. He is a prolific writer having recently published a primer on ITC procedure in English, Japanese, and Chinese. The primer was judged as one of the ten best law review articles related to patent law when it was published by the editor of West's Intellectual Property Law Review (2011).
Mr. Atkins has also been a member of Pillsbury’s Managing Board, co-leader of the firm's IP section, Managing Partner of the Northern Virginia office, and a member of the firm's Compensation Committee.
Mr. Atkins received his J.D/M.B.A. in 1992 from the University of Baltimore School of Law, his LL.M. in 1996 from The George Washington University Law School, and his B.S. in 1986 form the University of Maryland, College Park.
Faith Shapiro Hochberg
Faith Shapiro Hochberg is a United States District Judge for The District of New Jersey, confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn into office in 1999. Judge Hochberg has been designated to serve as a judge in the Patent Pilot program established by statute, and she is a frequent speaker at national conferences on Intellectual Property Law; resolution of complex litigation through Mediation and Arbitration; and Multidistrict Litigation in the Federal Courts.
Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Hochberg served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1994 to 1999, where she supervised all federal civil and criminal litigation in one of the busiest United States Attorney’s Offices in the Country. She was selected to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. From 1993 through 1994, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Treasury, where her responsibilities included the oversight of the law enforcement agencies of the Treasury, as well as the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the anti-money laundering programs. Previous to her service at the U.S. Treasury, Judge Hochberg was senior deputy chief counsel for the Office of Thrift Supervision where her responsibilities included banking litigation and regulation. Judge Hochberg has also had positions as a partner in the private practice of law; as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and an assistant United States Attorney.
She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Spottswood Robinson III. She has served as a Director of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and the New Jersey Women’s Forum. Judge Hochberg is especially proud of the over 25 law clerks she has trained who are now making their own contributions to the legal profession.
Judge Hochberg graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University, and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.