U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Theodore R. Essex Joins IP Litigation Practice at Hogan Lovells

Washington, D.C. 28 August 2017 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells announced today that former U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Administrative Law Judge Theodore R. Essex has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice in Washington, D.C.

Appointed to the ITC bench in October 2007, Judge Essex has been at the forefront of intellectual property law issues for ten years, handling scores of Sec. 337 proceedings involving the world’s most valuable and renowned companies. He is the only person to have served as the President of 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. Judge Essex also teaches and speaks extensively on intellectual property issues across the globe for such organizations as the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, ChIPs (dedicated to the advancing of women in technology law and policy), the Korean Judicial Conference, the Beijing Taipei Conference, the International Judges Conference in Brussels, and the National Taiwan University, among many others. Judge Essex is a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School, and a co-author of a chapter on ITC Mediation in one of the ABA’s foremost books on alternative dispute resolution.

Prior to his time on the bench, Judge Essex held several positions as a trial lawyer with the U.S. Air Force, and was a trial attorney and public defender in Ohio.

“Judge Essex has been one of the most well-known and respected judges at the ITC, not only for his judicial work, but also for regularly sharing his intellectual property insights with lawyers, judges, and scholars around the world,” said Celine Crowson, head of Hogan Lovells’ Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology practice in the Americas. “The ITC is an important forum for IP litigation for our clients both within and outside the U.S. Continuing to grow our ITC litigation practice is a logical step for our IPMT Group and the firm. Judge Essex is a natural fit for this practice, and our clients will certainly benefit from his unique perspective and experiences as a former judge.”

Commenting on his move, Judge Essex said, “The Hogan Lovells brand is internationally recognized for its deep bench of strong lawyers and its long history of experience in intellectual property and trade matters. While at the ITC, I was steeped in IP law and focused on adherence to that law and its application to the facts of each case I heard. I am excited to now bring that experience to clients. In my speaking and teaching I have focused on the quality of IP law and the accessibility of its protections and benefits. I look forward to this new platform to continue that focus.”

Judge Essex earned his J.D. from the Ohio State University and his B.A. from Miami University of Ohio. He is also a registered solicitor in England and Wales.

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