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Ken Adamo is a partner in the Intellectual Property group in Kirkland's Chicago and New York offices. Ken 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 PTAB 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, and actively practices before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, having appeared in 45 appeals to date.
In the 2012 edition of IAM's The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 1000, Ken was named a top attorney in Individuals – US International Trade Commission, and ranked in the "Gold Band Individuals – Litigation in Illinois" – - a position he retained in the 2013 edition, where he was also named a a recommended attorney in the "Individuals – US ITC" category. He was described as a 'brash and bold winner' who secures superb results for clients." In 2014 and 2015, Ken maintained those rankings, with IAM describing him as a "nationally renowned trial lawyer . . . [who] has a tremendous amount of energy and is a commanding presence in the courtroom" and "is a polished trial lawyer with extensive district court, ITC, appellate, alternative forum and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) experience." In 2016, IAM noted that "You can't be too dazzled by the depth and strength of the firm's bench of first-chair trial lawyers. Ken Adamo is another big name in the group; he litigates high-stakes cases across the IP spectrum and excels at all levels and in all forums, including the ITC and PTAB". Who's Who Legal Patents [2013-16] named Ken one of its 'Most Highly Regarded' individuals, calling him "'unparalleled' in patent litigation," and widely acknowledged as a 'frontrunner' of US patent litigation. He regularly appears as lead counsel before state and federal courts and before the International Trade Commission, and recently acted in high-profile infringement cases for clients including IBM [and] Samsung."
The 2016 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, ranked Ken in Band 1 in Illinois for the sixth consecutive year, noting that he "brings an…understanding of the law and a depth of experience that few, if any, other practitioners can offer," and that he's "incredibly seasoned, very experienced and has an encyclopedic knowledge of patent law."
In the 2017 edition of Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Ken is ranked in Band 2, being highly regarded for his IP trial experience before the ITC, Federal Circuit and district courts; the guide's sources say Ken "brings an incredible understanding of the law and a depth of experience that few, if any, other practitioners can offer", and that he's "incredibly seasoned, very experienced and has an encyclopedic knowledge of patent law." Chambers Global (2011) noted that Ken is "revered for his powerful courtroom presence." In 2010, Chambers ranked Ken as a "star performer" in Ohio and ranked him in Band 1 in Texas, with clients remarking that he "has unparalleled stature as a patent litigator and is 'incredibly smart with a strong presence that makes him very persuasive to a judge and jury'," adding that he "enjoys national recognition for his IP practice, which encompasses patent, trademark and copyright issues". Another source stated, "He's got the energy, the eye for detail and the courtroom presence; he just a superb trial lawyer."
Recent major representations in intellectual property litigation as lead counsel include US federal court and ITC cases for Citibank, CQG, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, MediaTek, Procter & Gamble, Otter Products, Samsung, TEL, Texas Instruments, TSMC, and Xilinx.