IP LITIGATION QUICK FACTS

More than 50 attorneys with litigation experience in jurisdictions nationwide

Five members of the American College of Trial Lawyers

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

Ranked in U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2012 - 2017

    Tier 1 Litigation - Intellectual Property (National; DC)
    Tier 1 Litigation - Patent (DC)

Recognized in Chambers USA

 

PRACTICE FOCUS

Brand Protection

Copyrights

Domain names

ITC

Licensing

Opinions

Post-Grant

Trade secrets

Trademarks / trade dress

Unfair competition

 

INDUSTRY FOCUS

Aerospace

Arts

Automotive

Chemical

Computer hardware

Computer software

Consumer products

E-commerce

Financial services

Hospitality

Life sciences

Mechanical

Media and entertainment

Medical devices

Pharmaceutical

Publishing

Research Institutions

Retail

Telecommunications

Toys and games

 

Eastern District of Virginia

knowledge and experience in the EDVA "Rocket Docket"


The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is a unique court, and Venable's commercial and intellectual property litigators know it well. The court, known as "the Rocket Docket," traditionally has the fastest pace of any federal court in the country. The average time from filing a complaint to trial is 11 months. A party can file a discovery motion on Friday, any opposition is due by Wednesday, and the court hears argument and most often decides the motion the following Friday morning. The Scheduling Order, Local Rules, and Federal Rules are strictly enforced. The court rarely grants continuances.

We know the Eastern District.

The many experienced litigators in Venable's Washington, DC and Tysons Corner, VA offices regularly represent technology companies, government contractors, professional services firms, and other business clients in the court. In the past ten years, Venable attorneys have appeared in over 120 cases before the court. Venable attorneys have taught or moderated numerous CLEs about litigating in the Rocket Docket, including "Patent Litigation in the Rocket Docket and the PTO," "Obtaining and Admitting Electronic Evidence in Federal Courts," and "Effective Mediation Skills and Strategies." At least eight current Venable attorneys have clerked for the court's judges.

We have the experience.

Damon Wright, a Venable commercial and intellectual property litigator and former judicial clerk, has had over 40 cases before the court and is Past President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, whose Past Presidents include several of the court’s judges. Furthermore, Michael Robinson, a commercial litigator and current President of the Virginia State Bar, has had over 80 cases before the court. Other Venable attorneys, including Randy Miller, Roger Colaizzi, Doug Baldridge, Nicholas DePalma, Christian Schreiber, Stephen Swart, Joshua Cumby, Taylor Chapman, Kevin Weigand, and others, appear in the court on a regular basis.

Venable's Eastern District of Virginia practice group takes full advantage of the depth and breadth of Venable's knowledge of and experience with the court. This in turn leads to focused, efficient, and cost-effective representation, an approach consistent with the court’s guiding principle that justice delayed is justice denied. Venable attorneys have successfully litigated all varieties of cases in the court.

  • In a trade secret and copyright infringement suit by a competitor, Venable represented a Swedish-based technology company and government contractor that provides technology that allows the U.S. military, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies to access and retrieve information from mobile devices, successfully defeating a preliminary injunction motion, defeating and winning motions to compel and motions to dismiss, and advancing counterclaims that led to a favorable resolution.
  • In a breach of contract, breach of duty of loyalty, and trademark infringement suit by a DC area competitor, Venable represented a DC area construction services and government contractor firm, defeating and winning motions to compel, motions for sanctions, and motion to dismiss, and ultimately prevailing on summary judgment, followed by affirmance on appeal and recovery of attorney’s fees.
  • In a securities fraud case against a publicly traded company and its executives, Venable represented shareholders who had founded a successful healthcare services technology company, defeating and winning motions to compel and motions for sanctions, winning partial summary judgment, and ultimately prevailing after a two-week jury trial with a seven-figure damages award, including punitive damages.

Between the Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News Divisions, the Eastern District of Virginia is home to many successful technology companies, government contractors, and professional services firms. As such, the court’s docket is often filled with disputes over technology, trade secrets, other intellectual property, commercial relationships, and other federal and Virginia law-based claims. Given its fast pace and the quality of its judges, the Rocket Docket can be an attractive forum. At the same time, the benefit of having experienced and knowledgeable counsel cannot be overstated.

If you face a lawsuit or have a dispute which could lead to litigation in the court, please feel free to contact Damon Wright for more information about Venable's Eastern District of Virginia practice group.