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Ken Adamo
Owner at Law Office of KRAdamo


Ken Adamo is a former 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 nonjury cases before state and federal courts and before the United States International Trade Commission, as well as ex parte and post-grant PTAB experience in the U.S. 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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, having appeared in over 40 appeals to date.

In 2011, Ken was named to IAM Patent Litigation 250 - The World's Leading Patent Litigators, ranked as a top attorney in the "Individuals - U.S. International Trade Commission," and, as a Band 1 lawyer in "Individuals - Illinois" and "Individuals - National" categories. He was recognized 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 2012, in IAM's The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 1000, he was again named a top attorney in Individuals - US International Trade Commission, and was named to Gold Band Individuals - Litigation in Illinois. In 2013, he continued in the IAM 1000 publication as a Gold Band Individual - Litigation in Illinois, being described as "a 'brash and bold winner' who secures superb results for clients.“ In 2014 and 2015, Ken maintained those rankings, with IAM saying he’s 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”. IAM 1000 - The World’s Leading Patent Professional 2017, named Ken as another best-in-class advocate: “Ken practiced patent litigation well before it came into vogue, and has unrivalled experience and a rare depth of substantive patent law knowledge. He takes the time to get to know your business and goals, and will protect your interests zealously. He does a good job training and developing new talent for the next generation of representation for his clients - a lot of senior lawyers take their eye off that particular ball, but not Ken.” Among his peers, he is lauded as a “laser-focused, high-energy lawyer who does an awful lot of work without ever getting flustered.” In IAM 1000 - The World’s Leading Patent Professional 2018, Ken was again praised for his courtroom practice: “[Ken] Adamo’s name resonates with the business elite, not only because of its synonymy with trial and appellate excellence, but also its association with integrity, commercial expertise and encyclopedic patent law knowledge.”

Agenda Sessions

  • FRAND and RAND: comparing case law and other developments at national level – UNITED STATES