is an associate in McDermott Will & Emery’s Chicago office. Alex’s practice centers on IP litigation, with a focus on patents covering chemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device technologies. Alex has litigated a variety of patent matters, including those related to hip and knee surgical devices and Pristiq®. Alex also has experience prosecuting patents, litigating copyright disputes, and counselling small businesses on their copyright and trademark portfolios.
Alex received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, graduating with honors. While in law school, he was the Online Content Editor for the Chicago Journal of International Law. He also recently published an article in that journal commenting on jurisdictional issues related to investor-state arbitration in the international setting.
Alex has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. During engineering school, he completed two capstone chemical process design projects: The Fermentation of Sugar Cane into Ethanol, and The Carbonylation of Methanol to Acetic Acid. He was also a member of the chemical engineering honor society, Omega Chi Epsilon.
(Admission to practice pending 11/5/15)
The Supreme Court recently decided to review a pair of cases that challenge the Federal Circuit’s willful infringement test. The two cases, Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc, (14-1513) and Stryker Corporation v. Zimmer, Inc. (14-1520), are drawing comparisons from commentators to the Court’s Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health and Fitness, Inc. ruling last term based on the similar structure of the tests and statutory language reviewed in both cases. However, another recent SCOTUS case dealing with induced infringement, Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., may also shed some light on how the Court will think about willful infringement, since both doctrines center around the defendant’s intent.