Kenneth R Adamo

Kenneth R Adamo
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Ken Adamo is a partner in the intellectual property group in Kirkland’s Chicago and New York offices. Ken has extensive trial experience as lead counsel in jury and non-jury cases before state and federal courts and before the United States International Trade Commission, as well as ex parte and PTAB experience in the US Patent and Trademark Office. He has had substantial experience as lead counsel in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and actively practices before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, having appeared in 40 appeals to date.

In 2011, Ken was named in IAM Patent Litigation 250: The World’s Leading Patent Litigators. He was also ranked as a top attorney in the guide’s “Individuals: US International Trade Commission” category, and as a Band 1 lawyer in its “Individuals: Illinois” and “Individuals: National” categories. He was recognised as a “true leader and luminary trial lawyer” who is “sharp and extremely effective both in federal district court litigation and before the ITC". In the 2012 edition of IAM’s The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 1000, he was again named a top attorney in “Individuals: US International Trade Commission”, and was also ranked in the “Gold Band Individuals: Litigation (Illinois)” category in Illinois – a position he retained in the 2013 edition, where he was also named as a recommended attorney in the “Individuals: US ITC” category. He was described as “a ‘brash and bold winner’ who secures superb results for clients". In 2014 and 2015, Ken maintained those rankings, with IAM describing him as a “nationally renowned trial lawyer… [who] has a tremendous amount of energy and is a commanding presence in the courtroom” and “is a polished trial lawyer with extensive district court, ITC, appellate, alternative forum and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) experience". In 2016, IAM noted that “you can’t be too dazzled by the depth and strength of the firm’s bench of first-chair trial lawyers. Ken Adamo is another big name in the group; he litigates high-stakes cases across the IP spectrum and excels at all levels and in all forums, including the ITC and PTAB”. Who’s Who Legal: Patents (2013) named him one of its 'Most Highly Regarded' individuals and called Ken “‘unparalleled’ in patent litigation". He was again named him one of the 'Most Highly Regarded' individuals in the guide’s 2014 and 2015 editions, which said, “The ‘phenomenal’ Kenneth Adamo ... is widely acknowledged as a ‘frontrunner’ of US patent litigation. He regularly appears as lead counsel before state and federal courts and before the International Trade Commission, and recently acted in high-profile infringement cases for clients including IBM [and] Samsung".

The 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Ken in Band 1 in Illinois for the sixth consecutive year, noting that he “brings an incredible understanding of the law and a depth of experience that few, if any, other practitioners can offer”, and that he’s “incredibly seasoned, very experienced and has an encyclopedic knowledge of patent law.” The 2014 edition of Chambers USA noted that clients describe him as “highly professional”, “very responsive” and “very attentive”. The 2013 edition of Chambers USA praised Ken for his “great court skills.” The 2012 edition of Chambers USA called Ken “an outstanding patent litigator". The 2011 edition described him as “very dynamic and great on patent litigation.”

In the 2016 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Ken is ranked in Band 2, being highly regarded for his IP trial experience before the ITC, Federal Circuit and district courts; the guide’s sources say Ken “brings an incredible understanding of the law and a depth of experience that few, if any, other practitioners can offer”, and that he’s “incredibly seasoned, very experienced and has an encyclopedic knowledge of patent law". Chambers Global (2011) noted that Ken is “revered for his powerful courtroom presence". In 2010, Chambers ranked Ken as a “star performer” in Ohio and ranked him in Band 1 in Texas, with clients remarking that he “has unparalleled stature as a patent litigator and is ‘incredibly smart with a strong presence that makes him very persuasive to a judge and jury’", adding that he “enjoys national recognition for his IP practice, which encompasses patent, trademark and copyright issues”. Another source states, “He’s got the energy, the eye for detail and the courtroom presence; he’s just a superb trial lawyer".

Recent major representations in intellectual property litigation as lead counsel include US federal court and ITC cases for CMO-Innolux, CQG, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, MediaTek, Procter & Gamble, Otter Products, Samsung, TEL, Texas Instruments, TSMC and Xilinx.

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WWL says: Kenneth Adamo boasts a “wonderful reputation” in the US market thanks to his extensive experience before state and federal courts, the USITC and the USPTO.

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