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

  • Representation of Samsung Electronics and Samsung LED in patent infringement actions at the ITC brought by and against OSRAM involving LED technologies. In the Matter of Certain Light-Emitting Diodes and Products Containing Same (ITC Inv. Nos. 337-TA-785 and 337-TA-798).
  • Representation of Samsung Electronics in the Eastern District of Texas in a patent infringement action involving smartphones.

Previous Experience

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

Pro Bono

  • Provided advice to a nonprofit organization on compliance with federal and local statutes and regulations.

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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