Adam Hess is an intellectual property litigator and counselor. Adam’s experience spans many industries, and he has served as lead counsel in a variety of U.S. and international venues. He has especially strong credentials in Section 337 investigations at the International Trade Commission (ITC), and has extensive experience as lead counsel in federal district court litigation and international arbitration.
Adam has defended numerous clients against subpoenas related to ITC investigations. He works with Customs and Border Protection on matters concerning enforcement of ITC exclusion orders, and has served as lead counsel in major arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce in Europe and before several U.S. arbitration bodies.
Adam counsels various U.S., European, and Asian clients on portfolio management, licensing, due diligence, and patent prosecution across a range of industries, including general chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and alternative energy sources. He also has handled several inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
Before joining Venable, Adam was a partner at another AmLaw 100 law firm, where he served as a local office managing partner, hiring partner, and IP litigation group leader. Prior to entering law school, Adam spent several years working on processes to improve the production of nitrocellulose at Hercules Chemicals, supervising the production of ABS plastic materials at Borg Warner Chemicals, and overseeing production of organic herbicides and insecticides at FMC Corporation.