Theodore (Ted) R. Essex

Theodore (Ted) R. Essex

Senior Counsel, Washington, D.C.

Email theodore.essex@​

Phone +1 202 637 5435

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupIntellectual Property

Having served as a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge for a decade, Theodore (Ted) Essex brings a wealth of knowledge to our intellectual property practice and clients around the globe. He has been hailed as an unofficial ambassador to intellectual property lawyers and judges throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, and has handled some of the most important Section 337 intellectual property infringement proceedings involving the world's most valuable and renowned companies.

Ted is the only individual who has served as the president for both the Pauline Newman and Giles S. Rich American Inns of Court, which focus on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the most significant intellectual property issues. Before joining the ITC, he gained experience as a trial lawyer for the U.S. Air Force and as a trial attorney and public defender in Ohio.

In addition, Ted is a professional lecturer in law at the George Washington University Law School and co-authored a chapter on ITC Mediation in the American Bar Association's (ABA) book about alternative dispute resolution. He is also a registered solicitor in England and Wales. Ted's appointments as co-moderator on multiple panels, including the ABA International Section Annual Meeting, are a testament to his sought-after judicial perspective. In addition to acting as a panelist at the esteemed 62nd Annual IP Conference at John Marshall Law School, Ted has been personally invited by the Director of the center and Professor Daryl Lim and Senior Advisor Don Dunner, to sit on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Intellectual Property Information and Privacy Law.

Education and admissions


J.D., The Ohio State University, 1980

B.A., Miami University, 1977

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Representative experience

Handled scores of Sec. 337 proceedings involving the world's most valuable and renowned companies.*

Only person to have served as the president of both the Pauline Newman and Giles S. Rich IP American Inns of Court.*

Taught as a professional lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School.*

Traveled around the world as a speaker on IP issues in connection with the American Intellectual Property Law Association and other groups.*

Co-author of a chapter on ITC Mediation in one of the ABA's foremost books on alternative dispute resolution.*

Served as a trial lawyer with the U.S. Air Force, and was a trial attorney and public defender in Ohio.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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