Alice Ahn

Alice J. Ahn

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5683



  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2010
    • Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Production Editor
    • Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Certificate
    • Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S., 2006
    • Computer Science
    • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, B.S., 2003
    • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia


  • Korean
  • Japanese

Alice Ahn is an associate in the firm’s Washington office practicing patent litigation.  Graduating from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and going on to receive a masters in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology, Ms. Ahn has a strong background in computer software and electronics.  Before attending law school, Ms. Ahn worked as an instructor at Georgia Institute of Technology.  Her experience includes patent prosecution, U.S. district court patent litigation, and patent litigation before the International Trade Commission (ITC) involving computer software, electronics, telecommunications, and semiconductor technologies.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in Hatch-Waxman litigation relating to a drug for asthma.
  • Represented a major manufacturer of consumer electronic devices in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania involving organic LED technologies.
  • Arendi S.A.R.L. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al., 1:12cv1598 (D. Del.). Represented Samsung in a patent infringement suit involving computer programs.
  • NovelPoint Tracking LLC v. Samsung Electronics America Inc., 2:12cv747 (E.D. Tex.). Represented Samsung in a patent infringement suit involving GPS technology.
  • 911 Notify LLC v. Hyundai Motor America, Inc. (1:13-cv-00275-LPS, D. Del.). Represented defendant in a patent infringement case relating to wireless communication system for emergency services.
  • Assisted The New York Times Company and CBS Interactive, Inc., in inter partes reexamination and inter partes review proceedings relating to cell phone messaging patents held by Helferich Patent Licensing, LLC.
  • In the matter of Certain Digital Media Devices, Including Televisions, Blu-Ray Disc Players, Home Theater Systems, Tablets and Mobile Phones, Components Thereof and Associated Software (ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-882). Represented Samsung in an ITC Section 337 investigation brought by Black Hills Media, LLC involving mobile phones, tablets, televisions, Blu-Ray players and home theater systems.

Previous Experience

  • Hon. Arthur J. Gajarsa, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Judicial Intern (2006)

Pro Bono

  • Assisted an individual inventor in obtaining a patent pertaining to use of eye movements to communicate.
  • Represented a pro bono client in a breach of contract action in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County.
  • Provided advice to a nonprofit organization on compliance with federal and local statutes and regulations.
  • Represented inmate in parole hearing before the U.S. Parole Commission.   

Publications and Speeches

  • "Finding Vicarious Liability in U.S. Patent Law: The “Control or Direction” Standard for Joint Infringement," 24 Berkeley Tech. L.J. (2009), Author
  • "SEREFE: Serendipitous File Exchange between Users and Devices," Mobile HCI (2005), Co-Author
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