Kenneth J. Sheehan

Partner

Washington, D.C.
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"Kenneth Sheehan is a great asset to our team and we rely on him heavily for developing and implementing IP strategy to promote business objectives."

— Chambers USA 2021

Overview

Kenneth Sheehan is a registered patent lawyer who concentrates his practice on intellectual property portfolio management, acquisition and protection. He is involved in all aspects of the patent process, including prosecution, licensing, litigation and transactions. He is experienced in acquiring and evaluating patent rights for complex electrical technologies and has significant experience in the post-grant procedures in the U.S. and internationally.

Ken internalizes his clients' goals and business objectives, and crafts the appropriate legal strategies to achieve those goals, whether they be acquiring patent rights in an area or prosecuting already held patents.

Ken is co-leader of the Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Science Prosecution team for the firm.

Select Experience

  • Lead team managing worldwide patent portfolio for multinational consumer healthcare company.
  • Lead team managing worldwide patent portfolio for division of multinational scientific device company.
  • Lead team managing patent portfolio for large wireless service provider.
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Experience

  • Lead team managing worldwide patent portfolio for multinational consumer healthcare company.
  • Lead team managing worldwide patent portfolio for division of multinational scientific device company.
  • Lead team managing patent portfolio for large wireless service provider.
  • Lead team managing worldwide patent portfolio for large national broadcasting company.
  • Lead team managing worldwide patent portfolios for first and second tier suppliers to aerospace and automotive industries.
  • Lead team managing worldwide IP portfolio for several large engineered products and commercial equipment manufacturers.
  • Led defense team representing manufacturer of fluid coolers in patent infringement action filed by competitor on two patents. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict finding one patent invalid and the second patent not infringed.
  • Assisted a client in identifying and acquiring a patent identified as beneficial to the client’s portfolio, leading to litigation against a large software corporation. Verdict was obtained in favor of client.
  • Regularly assists clients in acquisitions and sales of companies and business units that include significant intellectual property assets.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution in the District of Columbia (2020 to 2021)
    • Band 2 (2020 to 2021)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2015, 2017 to 2021)
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property: Patents - Litigation (full coverage) (2021)
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property: Patents - Prosecution (Including Reexamination and Post-Grant Proceedings) (2017 to 2021)
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property: Patents - Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents (2015)
  • IAM Patent 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists (2019)
  • IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
    • DC Metro Area: Recommended for Patent Prosecution (2016 to 2021)
  • Guide to the World's Leading IP Strategists (2010)
  • Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners (2007)
  • Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Experts (2003)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" (2014 to 2020)

Memberships

  • Licensing Executive Society
  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Prior Positions

  • George Mason University School of Management: Adjunct Professor
  • Canon USA: Engineer

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 36,270
  • District of Columbia, 1992
  • New York, 1992

Education

  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 1991, cum laude
  • B.S.E.E., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1987