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Amol Parikh


McDermott, Will & Emery

Amol Parikh is a partner in McDermott Will & Emery’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Amol concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation, counseling and procurement. He draws on his trial and litigation experience in combination with his engineering training to quickly identify intellectual property issues and develop creative strategies to address them. Amol’s work on behalf of clients has earned him recognition in many industry publications. Most recently, Amol was recognized with the International Law Office’s “Client Choice Award” for Intellectual Property in Illinois. The award recognizes “excellent client care” and the “ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market,” and winners may only be nominated by corporate counsel.

Amol has represented high-tech companies in complex patent litigations in various United States district courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in a variety of technologies, including Internet technologies, wireless communications, semiconductor chip packaging, medical devices, power tools, high-resolution liquid crystal display projectors, computer and networking systems, mechanical devices and business methods.

In addition to his litigation experience, Amol is a registered patent attorney and manages preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the field of electronic and computer technologies, including digital and analog circuits, telecommunications systems, computer software and hardware, handwriting recognition-based software, wireless power devices, voice recognition and recordation software, semiconductor devices, artificial intelligence, medical devices, business methods and financial products. He conducts inter partes review and ex parte reexamination proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Amol also handles intellectual property asset management. He performs due diligence investigations, providing counseling and rendering opinions in connection with the sale or acquisition of businesses or targeted business assets involving various technologies, including digital entertainment solutions, wireless communications, video conferencing, renewable energy sources, and medical devices.

During law school, Amol served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, District Judge of the Northern District of Illinois, and worked full-time as a technical specialist for a intellectual property law firm in Chicago. He was also a member of the DePaul Law Review. Prior to law school, he held various positions working in the design and development of telecommunication systems with Hughes Network Systems. Amol earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Recent Articles by Amol Parikh

IP at the Top: What the Supreme Court’s 2023 IP Rulings Mean for Practice

In 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court decided four intellectual property cases. The cases touched all of the major fields of intellectual property—two cases interpreted the federal trademark act (Jack Daniel’s and Abitron), one case involved patent enablement (Amgen), and one case explicated the federal copyright statutes (Goldsmith). The decisions were split along party lines, with two cases finding in favor of intellectual property owners (Jack Daniel’s and Goldsmith) and two cases in favor of the accused infringers (Abitron and Amgen).

Delving Into the EU’S Draft Regulations on SEP Licensing

In late March, news broke that the European Commission was drafting sweeping regulations on the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs). Commentators predict the draft will be released in late April and, although this is an early draft that will likely evolve, below we offer the following initial observations. In its current form, the new regulatory framework would encourage increased transparency in SEP licensing through several new policies and procedures. In particular, the regulations would establish a “competence center” at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to act as a sort of clearinghouse for SEP issues (both technical and economic). The EUIPO does not currently have patent expertise; EP patents are the purview of the European Patent Office (EPO), which is separate from the European Union and includes non-EU members.