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Theodore (Ted) J. Mlynar

New York

Theodore (Ted) J. Mlynar

For more than 20 years, Ted Mlynar has been developing and implementing innovative solutions to some of the most difficult intellectual property problems in the world. Combining a keen legal acumen, first-chair trial experience, and a deep understanding of technology, Ted works closely with clients to resolve disputes outside the court room, where possible, and inside, when necessary.

Whether it is industry behemoths engaged in patent world war, patent trolls threatening expensive lawsuits, David fending off Goliath, or competitors engaged in an all-out struggle for survival, Ted brings to bear a wealth of practical experience of intellectual property law — including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition.

Ted prepares and advises in the negotiation of intellectual property licenses with a particular focus in areas of high technology, including electronics, wireless communications, semiconductors, software, and e-commerce. He majored in electrical engineering at Caltech and is a registered patent attorney.

Ted has co-authored and has been quoted in numerous articles relating to blockchain and smart contract technologies. He has been acknowledged by the Chamber of Digital Commerce as a subject matter expert in the field of smart contracts. Ted leads the Hogan Lovells Blockchain-Smart Contracts IPMT Working Group.

Representative experience

Defending Sprint in four-patent case involving CDMA infrastructure equipment. Granted summary judgment of equitable estoppel.

Representing electronics company in connection with IPRs filed against five patents held by major NPE.

Defended world's leading consumer electronics company in seven-patent case in the Eastern District of Texas.

Defended Motorola Solutions and others in ten-patent case brought by Round Rock Research involving RFID technology.

Defended Motorola in two-patent case brought by WiAV Networks involving wireless communications technology.

Defended a major telecommunications company in patent case brought by On Track Innovations involving near field communication (NFC) technology.

Co-Chaired trial team defending ATMI in three-patent case brought by Praxair involving gas storage and dispensing technology. Settled favorably.

Led international team of lawyers in multi-jurisdiction patent litigation for ATMI against Praxair involving gas storage and dispensing technology.

Co-Chaired representation of multinational hospitality company in trademark oppositions against international restaurateur. Obtained summary judgment.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Southern California, 1994
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1991


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • International Intellectual Property Society
  • International Trademark Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

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