Jeffrey K. Sherwood

Senior Counsel
Sherwood Jeffrey
Jeff Sherwood focuses on patent infringement, trade secrets, and intellectual property litigation. In the role of lead trial counsel, Jeff has tried cases to verdict for domestic and foreign companies in several active patent courts, including Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey, and Texas. Jeff has handled Markman hearings in courts in California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. He has managed a wide variety of technology cases – including nuclear power systems, textile processing, and telecommunications – involving misappropriation of trade secrets, theft of domain names, and other domain name and Internet technologies.

Prior to joining Venable, Jeff served as practice group leader of the Intellectual Property and Technology group at a national law firm, and has served similar functions in his prior firms. Earlier in his career, he was the lead counsel in a wide variety of technical cases, involving substantial issues in medicine, toxicology, pharmacology, and engineering. The National Law Journal has twice recognized Jeff's patent defense verdicts and once recognized his patent plaintiff's verdict in its annual reviews of top verdicts in the United States. 


Representative Matters

  • Won in defense of client in Areva, N.P. v. The Babcock & Wilcox Company
  • Won in defense of client in St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants v. Toshiba Corporation 
  • Won in defense of patent owner in I/P Engine v. Google, Inc.
  • Reached favorable settlements, without trial, in Valent Biosciences v. Syngenta, Murata Manufacturing v. Daifuku, and ITRI v. LG Electronics, Co. 



  • J.D. Stanford University 1979
  • A.B. Colby College 1975

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Frequent speaker at professional meetings and CLE programs, including Japanese Intellectual Property Association seminars, Korea Electric Association IP seminars, Bloomberg BNA webinars, and an ABA Section of IP Law Patent conferences
  • Author of numerous articles and book chapters on patent law subjects
  • Conducted an extensive seminar on the practical aspects of effective legal writing 


  • Listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2014–2017
  • Listed in IAM Patent 1000, 2013–2018
  • Listed in Managing IP as "IP Star," 2013–2017
  • Listed in Legal 500, 2013–2016
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation, 2013–2014
  • Listed in The National Law Journal Plaintiffs' Hot List, 2013