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Raymond A. Kurz

Washington, D.C.

Raymond A. Kurz

Ray Kurz's career has been solely dedicated to helping companies protect and enforce their patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. There is no substitute for experience and Ray looks at IP protection and enforcement through the eyes of a well-seasoned litigator with decades of work as a lead counsel handling some of the most difficult and complex cases in courtrooms throughout the country.

Ray has first chaired jury, bench, and International Trade Commission trials and has used this experience to help clients avoid litigation and to get their IP house in order. Ray recognizes that a company's intellectual property is often its most valuable asset.

Ray recognizes that companies hire lawyers to solve their most difficult problems and those problems are not necessarily confined to a single IP discipline. Ray is one of a rare breed of IP practitioners whose experience spans the full range of intellectual property, including litigation, strategic portfolio development, and counsel, as well as licensing in connection with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Results matter and Ray has a long list of accomplishments, including successfully defending a major medical device company in a patent infringement case where the claim was for over US$1 billion, successfully enforcing Red Bull's trademarks and copyrights, including obtaining payment of over US$2 million in a gray market infringement case.

Ray represents clients in numerous and varied industries, including automotive, drones, computer hardware and software, e-commerce, financial institutions, medical devices, entertainment, and food and beverages for clients such as Daimler/Mercedes, Dell, Red Bull, the American Red Cross, the rights-holders of the Smurf properties and Ferrero — the makers of Tic Tac and Rocher.

Ray's wealth of experience has been recognized by Legal 500 and as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property.

Representative Experience

Lead counsel successfully defending Daimler/Mercedes in multiple NPE cases, many of which were dismissed or dropped without payment to the NPE.

Lead counsel representing Red Bull in numerous trademark and copyright cases, including gray market/parallel importation matters.

Lead counsel representing the Smurfs' rights-holders in numerous enforcement matters and the licensing deal that brought the Smurfs to the big screen.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1981
  • B.A., magna cum laude, The State University of New York, University at Albany, 1978


  • Committee Member, Advanced Patent Law Institute
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • Member, International Trademark Association
  • Member, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Section, District of Columbia Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

2013, 2016

IP Stars

Managing Intellectual Property


Patent Litigation: Hi Tech Electronics and IT

Legal 500 US


IP: Copyright, National

Legal 500 US


Patent Litigation: Mechanical/Automotive/Aerospace

Legal 500 US


Patents: International Trade Commission

Legal 500 US

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Smurfs' Lawyers Review IP and Contract Issues in Movie Deal

BNA International: World Intellectual Property Report

Published Works

Best Practices for Preventing Sales of Gray Market Goods in the United States

INTA Bulletin, Vol. 65, No. 17
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