Alexander Chinoy

Alexander D. Chinoy

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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5559
Fax: +1 202 778 5559



  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
    • Virginia Journal of Sports and the Law, Production Editor
    • Moot Court
  • University of Virginia, B.A.

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. William G. Bassler, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • Hon. Edward L. Hogshire, City of Charlottesville Circuit Court

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • German

Alexander Chinoy assists clients with the resolution of international intellectual property and trade disputes, appearing before a range of U.S. courts and agencies. He is an accomplished trade litigator who has been involved in more than 30 Section 337 unfair import investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), as well as a range of enforcement and regulatory matters involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Representative Matters

ITC Trial Experience

  • Hemostatic Products, Inv. No. 337-TA-913
  • Silicon Microphone Packages, Inv. No. 337-TA-888
  • Digital Media Devices, USITC Inv. No. 337-TA-882
  • Silicon Microphone Packages, Inv. No. 337-TA-825

Honors and Rankings

  • IAM Patent 1000 - The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2015)  
  • Legal 500 US, Patent Litigation: International Trade Commission (2014-2015)

Pro Bono

  • Former Employees of BMC Software, Inc. v. United States Secretary of Labor, 04-cv-229 (Court of International Trade).  Represented displaced software workers who were adversely impacted by foreign trade, in an action challenging the Department of Labor’s determination of the workers’ eligibility for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits.  Obtained certification of full eligibility for the workers following a CIT remand to the Department of Labor, and an order directing the United States to pay attorney’s fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, as a result of its failure to initially certify the workers.
  • Ibrahim v. District of Columbia, et al., No. 05-5370 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit).  Appeared on behalf of court-appointed amicus curiae in a Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) matter, and argued the case in appellant’s favor.  The Court ruled that appellant met the PLRA’s “imminent danger of serious physical injury” exception for litigious inmates, and was entitled to proceed in forma pauperis.  The Court reversed the district court’s dismissal of appellant’s case, and remanded the matter for further proceedings on the merits.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
  • ABA Intellectual Property Section's ITC Committee
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association ITC Committee 

Publications and Speeches

  • "ClearCorrect vs. USITC: Reasonable Regulation of Unfair Digital Imports or the Death of the Internet?," Lecture Before Virginia Society of Law and Technology (11/2/2015)
  • "ITC Complainants Must Do The Math For Domestic Industry," Law360 (5/18/2015), Co-Author
  • "Procedural Agreements for 337 Investigations: A Practical Guide for Effectively Negotiating Key Litigation Issues in Advance of Trial," 5th ACI Expert Forum on ITC Litigation and Enforcement (2/27/2013)
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