Martin L. Saad

Partner
Martin Saad

Marty Saad litigates and counsels clients on intellectual property, advertising, antitrust, trade secret, and other commercial matters. He has prosecuted and defended cases in a variety of industries and counsels clients on government, media, and alternative dispute resolution strategies. He has also served as counsel in significant pro bono matters. 

Experience

Representative Matters

Trademark and False Advertising
  • Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in landmark trade dress case involving product design for baby clothes. Wal-Mart v. Samara, 120 S. Ct. 1339 (2000)
  • Representation of complainant FCA US LLC (formerly Fiat Chrysler) in trade dress case involving vehicle design. Certain Motor Vehicles and Components Thereof, Investigation No. 337-TA-1132 (ITC); Mahindra v. FCA US LLC, 2:18-cv-12645-GAD-SDD (E.D. Mi. 2018)
  • Defense of trademark and trade dress claims involving electric guitar shape. Gibson Guitar Corp. v. Paul Reed Smith Guitars LP, 423 F.3d 539 (6th Cir. 2005)
  • Trade dress, copyright, patent, and false advertising claims involving inflatable lawn decorations. Gemmy Industries Corp. v. Chrisha Creations, Ltd., 452 F.3d 1353 (Fed. Cir. 2006)
  • Defense of trade dress case involving sandwich shop layout and décor. Potbelly Sandwich Works v. Farro Enterprises, Inc., Case 1:05-cv-00221-HHK (D.D.C. 2006)
  • Defense of consumer class action false advertising claims involving healthcare insurance. Whiting v. AARP et al., 637 F.3d 355 (DC Cir. 2011)
Patent Matters
  • Representation of complainant patent holder in series of International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations resulting in General Exclusion Order against infringing sit-stand desks and related Amazon and other marketplace takedowns, In re Certain Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms, Inv. 337-TA-1125 (2019)
  • Defense of patent claims involving utility-scale power generation systems, including multiple successful IPRs. TAS Energy, Inc. v. Stellar Energy Americas, Inc., No. 8:14-cv-03145-JSM-MAP (M.D. Fl.), and TAS Energy Inc. v. Direct Energy Inc., No. 4:15-cv-00512 (S.D. Tex.)
  • Defense of patent, trade secret, unfair competition, and tortious conversion claims involving smallpox vaccines. In re Certain Modified Vaccinia Ankara Viruses and Vaccines, Inv. No. 337-TA-550 (ITC 2005); Bavarian Nordic A/S v. Acambis Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35343 (D. Del., May 15, 2007)
  • Reversal of patent invalidity “on-sale bar” ruling following summary judgment in matter involving inflatable lawn decorations. Gemmy Industries Corp. v. Chrisha Creations, Ltd., 452 F.3d 1353 (Fed. Cir. 2006)
  • Post-trial representation obtaining substantial reduction in a design patent award following precedential appeal on remedies. Nike Inc. v. Wal-Mart Stores, 138 F.3d 1437 (Fed. Cir. 1998)
  • Amicus brief on behalf of BIO and PhRMA involving en banc review of intervening rights following post-grant patent proceeding. Marine Polymer Technologies, Inc. v. Hemcon, Inc., 672 F.3d 1350 (Fed. Cir. 2012)
Antitrust/Commercial Matters
  • Plaintiff counsel in monopoly and false advertising action involving Suboxone opioid addiction treatment based on “product hopping” theory in multidistrict litigation with multiple class actions and 42 state attorneys general. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC v. Indivior Inc., MDL No. 13-2445 (E.D. Pa. 2017)
  • Defense of Compaq Computer against class action monopoly and conspiracy claims against Microsoft and leading personal computer manufacturers. Dickson v. Microsoft, Compaq, et al., 309 F.3d 193 (4th Cir. 2002)
  • Third-party representation in Sprint-T-Mobile merger case, State of New York et al. v. Deutsche Telekom AG et al., No. 19-cv-5434 (S.D.N.Y.), United States v. Microsoft Corp., 87 F. Supp. 2d 30 (D.D.C. 2000), and In re Intel Corp., F.T.C. Docket No. 9288 (1999)
Government/Regulatory
  • Constitutional challenge to Federal Reserve debit card fee rules. TCF Nat'l Bank v. Bernanke, et al., No. 11-1805 (8th Cir. 2011)
  • Defense of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of generic topical skin products. Hill Dermaceuticals, Inc. v. FDA and Amneal Pharmaceuticals, LLC, 2012 WL 5914516 (D.D.C. May 8, 2012), aff’d per curiam (D.C. Cir. 2013)
Pro Bono Matters
  • U.S. Supreme Court, appellate court, and district court amicus briefs on behalf of dozens of civil rights organizations in cases challenging the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, Case No. 18-587
  • Class action complaint seeking COVID-19 protections for Wayne County Jail detainees, Case 2:20-cv-11094-MAG-EAS (E.D. Mich. 2020)
  • U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Ohio NAACP in voter rights case. Husted v. APRI, Case No. 16-980
  • Amicus brief challenging the constitutionality of sentencing proceedings in death penalty case. Cory R. Maples v. Comm’r of Alabama Dept. of Corrections, Appeal No. 15-14586 (11th Cir. 2016)

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. University of Michigan Law School 1996
  • B.A. University of Michigan 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois (inactive)
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit