Jeffrey K. Sherwood

Senior Counsel
Sherwood Jeffrey
Jeff Sherwood, Senior Counsel in Venable's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice in the Washington, DC office, focuses on patent infringement, trade secrets, and litigation. In the role of lead trial counsel, Jeff tried cases to verdict for domestic and foreign companies in several active patent courts, including Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey, and Texas. He has handled Markman hearings in additional courts, including California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Jeff 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 names and Internet technologies.

Prior to joining Venable, Jeff served as the 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. He has also been recognized by IAM Patent 1000, Managing IP as an "IP Star," and Legal 500

Outside of his legal career, Jeff has spoken at many 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. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on patent law subjects. Most recently, he presented an extensive seminar on the practical aspects of effective legal writing. 

Experience

Representative Matters

Jeff's defense victories include: 

  • Areva, N.P. v. The Babcock & Wilcox Company 
  • St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants v. Toshiba Corporation 

Jeff's trial victories for patent owners include:

  • I/P Engine v. Google, Inc.

Jeff successfully resolved many cases without the necessity of trial, including: 

  • Valent Biosciences v. Syngenta
  • Murata Manufacturing v. Daifuku
  • ITRI v. LG Electronics, Co.

Credentials
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Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Recognition
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  • 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