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Steven Adkins
OVERVIEW

Steven E. Adkins

Partner

Washington, D.C.

555 12th Street N.W.
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20004-1275

P 202-371-6359

F 202-289-1330

Steve Adkins focuses his practice specifically on Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and at U.S. Customs. Steve and his colleagues have handled more than 100 of these intense, fast-paced investigations, acting for respondents, complainants and third parties.

OVERVIEW

Steve Adkins focuses his practice specifically on Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and at U.S. Customs. Steve and his colleagues have handled more than 100 of these intense, fast-paced investigations, acting for respondents, complainants and third parties.

His experience spans a multitude of industries, including automotive, computer software, chemicals, mechanical patents, semiconductors, and telecommunications, making him a trusted adviser to respondents, complainants, and interested companies based in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States.

Steve also represents clients in complex commercial litigation related to patent, trademark and trade dress infringement, trade secrets, and general business disputes. He offers his clients first-chair experience with bench and jury trials, as well as strength and skill before state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Steve is a frequent speaker and author in the U.S. and abroad on matters related to intellectual property litigation and Section 337 investigations.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, National Association of Corporate Directors

Member, Licensing Executives Society, Education Committee 

Board member, Rose Group for Cross Cultural Understanding

Board member, Rotary Foundation

Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society

Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association 

Member, ITC Trial Lawyers Association

Member, American Bar Association (ABA)

Member, ABA Section of Litigation, Corporate Counsel Committee

Member, International Bar Association

Member, Asia Society

Member, The China Institute

Member, Foreign Policy Discussion Group

Member, Hong Kong Association of New York

Member, National Committee for US-China Relations

Member, Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C.

Member, Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.

Member, World Affairs Council

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2023-2024

Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting, 2018

Chambers USA, 2016-2018

The Legal 500 US, 2016

IAM Patent 1000, Litigation: DC Metro Area, 2015-2016

IAM Patent 1000, International Trade Commission: National, 2015-2016

EXPERIENCE
PRESENTATIONS
  • Speaker, “Not Mere Litigation: Blocking Infringing Products at the ITC and Customs,” March 10, 2021
  • Presenter, "Conducting Effective Discovery in Asia: A Unique Perspective on Data Collection in China, Japan and Korea," ACI, Feb. 25, 2015
  • Presenter, “Trade Secrets: Taken In China; Litigated in America,” April 30, 2013
  • Presenter, "What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - Not Just Litigation: Section 337 Investigations at the US International Trade Commission," US-China Business Connections Leader and Luminaries Forum, New York, NY, April 25, 2013
  • Panelist, "China and Intellectual Property with China Embassy IP Attaché," The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club, Kitzbühel, Austria, 2011
  • Presenter, “Not Mere Litigation: Section 337 IP Infringement Investigation,” Nov. 2010 (in Chinese)
  • Presenter, "The Accused Infringer—Caught in the Crossfire—Strategies for Continuing to Do Business in the Face of an ITC Remedial Order," American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2008
  • Presenter, "An Introduction to Significant Issues in US Law," Presentation for a Delegation of Lawyers and Officials from the Jiangsu Province of China, Washington, D.C., Nov. 29, 2008Presenter, "High-Stakes Patent Litigation Practice: Patent Litigation in the International Trade Commission, the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court," Cambridge, MA, Nov. 28, 2007
  • Presenter, "Friend or Foe: Section 337 IP Infringement Investigations," Korea Small Business Association, Seoul, Korea, May 30, 2007
  • Presenter, "Section 337: A Primer," Rotary Club of Beijing, China, May 29, 2007
  • Presenter, "Not Mere Litigation: General Exclusion Orders at the U.S. International Trade Commission," 2007 Chinese Hi-Tech Enterprise and U.S. IP Litigation Strategy Forum, Beijing, China, May 25, 2007
  • Presenter, "Responding to Section 337 Investigations," 2007 Chinese Hi-Tech Enterprise and U.S. IP Litigation Strategy Forum, Shanghai, China, May 23, 2007
  • Presenter, "Nuts and Bolts of Section 337 Investigations," 2007 Chinese HiTech Enterprise and U.S. IP Litigation Strategy Forum, Shenzhen, China, May 22, 2007
  • Presenter, "Friend or Foe: Section 337 IP Infringement Investigations," American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, China, May 20, 2007
  • Presenter, "Section 337 Investigations: A Primer," Texas State Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section, Dallas, Texas, March 2007
  • Presenter, Protecting Your Intellectual Property in China and The Global Marketplace, Seattle, Washington, July 2006
  • Presenter, "How China is Affecting Intellectual Property: Section 337 Investigations," The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, China Roadshow, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2006
  • Presenter, Friend or Foe: Section 337 IP Infringement Investigations at the United States International Trade Commission, New Delhi, India, Feb. 2006
  • Presenter, "Section 337 IP Infringement Investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission," PR Summit 2006, Bangalore, India, Jan. 2006
  • Presenter, "Not Mere Litigation: Using Section 337 to Protect the Asian Companys US IP Rights," British Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, Jan. 2006
  • Presenter, "Friend or Foe: Section 337 IP Infringement Investigations at the United States International Trade Commission," Hong Kong SAR Intellectual Property Department, Hong Kong, Jan. 2006
  • Presenter, "A Guide to Section 337 IP Infringement Investigations," SinoAmerican Forum of Intellectual Property Rights, Dongguan, China, Oct. 2005
  • Presenter, "A Guide to Using Section 337 to Enforce IP Rights in the United States," Hong Kong SAR, China, Oct. 2005
  • Presenter, Guide to Section 337 IP Infringement Investigation, Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan, July 2005
  • Presenter, "IP Infringement and the Ultimate Rocket Docket: Enforcing ITC Orders Against Infringing Goods," 31st Annual Intellectual Property Law Summer Institute, Mackinac Island, Michigan, July 2005
  • Presenter, "Section 337 IP Infringement Investigations: A Primer," Hong Kong SAR, China, July 2005
  • Presenter, "Not Mere Litigation: IP Infringement Actions at the U.S. International Trade Commission," Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, May 2005
  • Presenter, IP Infringement Actions in the Ultimate Rocket Docket: the U.S. International Trade Commission, Beijing and Shanghai, China, Oct. 2004
  • Presenter, Section 337 IP Infringement Actions for Respondents (and Complainants) Based In Taiwan, Hsinchu City, Taiwan, October 2004 Presenter, "The Ins and Outs of Section 337 Investigations," Michigan Bar Association, Mackinac Island, Michigan, July 2004
  • Presenter, "Mining Your Patent Portfolio: Using Section 337 to Enforce IP Rights," Law Seminars International, Houston, Texas, November 2003 Presenter, Responding to A Section 337 (IP Infringement) Investigation, Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 2003
  • Presenter, "Not Mere Litigation: Section 337 Investigations before the International Trade Commission," Centre for International Legal Studies, Kitzbühel, Austria, January 2002

These presentations occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

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