Adam Hess is a seasoned Intellectual Property litigator and counselor with a robust and eclectic background, who seeks out creative, cost effective solutions for the issues facing his clients. His experience spans many industries and he has served as lead counsel in a variety of domestic and international venues.
Adam has extensive experience as lead counsel in Federal District Court litigation and Section 337 investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He has also represented numerous parties in defending against subpoenas issued from ITC investigations and related actions. He works with Customs and Border Protection on issues concerning the enforcement of Exclusion Orders issued by the ITC. In addition, Adam has served as lead counsel in major arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce in Europe, as well as before several U.S. arbitration bodies.
In addition to litigation, Adam counsels various U.S., European, and Asian clients on all types of IP matters including portfolio management, licensing, due diligence, opinions, and patent prosecution in a vast range of industries, including: general chemistry, polymers, catalysts, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, nuclear and alternative energy sources, electrical/computer technologies, automotive parts, office furniture and manufacturing processes. Adam has also handled several Inter PartesReview (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
Adam is a member of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association, and frequently writes and speaks on matters relating to Section 337 investigations at the ITC. In 2011, he was part of a group from the association that made presentations in numerous Chinese cities on conducting Section 337 investigations at the ITC. Adam is also a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s ITC Committee, and speaks annually at the ITC Committee’s Advanced Practice Seminar.
One of Adam’s most outstanding victories came as a vital team member managing an intricate patent infringement litigation case involving movable electrified office panels. The team secured a damages award of $211.5 million for their client against the most prominent office furniture manufacturer in the world. At the time, this was believed to be the second highest damages award in patent litigation history.
In addition to his intellectual property practice, Adam represent veterans, pro bono, before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Previously, he was a partner at another AmLaw 100 law firm where he served as a Local Office Managing Partner, Hiring Partner, and IP Litigation Group Leader.
Prior to entering law school, Adam spent several years working on processes to improve production of nitrocellulose at Hercules Chemicals, supervising the production of ABS plastic materials at Borg Warner Chemicals, and overseeing production of organic herbicides and insecticides at FMC Corporation.