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Philip Irwin
Philip A. Irwin
New York +1 212 841 1190 Download V-card

Philip Irwin represents clients in intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. He combines a background in computer science with extensive trial experience—including more than a dozen trials in federal and state courts, in the International Trade Commission, and before arbitration panels—to handle clients’ most important and difficult litigation problems. He has litigated patent, copyright, trade secret, and commercial cases involving software, hardware, wireless technology, telecommunications, and financial instruments.

  • Representation of Samsung in patent infringement lawsuit involving microphones in mobile devices and financial transactions on mobile devices. Sentegra, LLC v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., et al. (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Representation of Commerzbank in trade secret and breach-of-contract litigation involving structured finance transactions. Structured Capital Solutions, LLC v. Commerzbank AG, New York Branch (S.D.N.Y.). 
  • Representation of Samsung against copyright and patent infringement claims involving printer software. CCP Systems AG v. Samsung Elec. Co., Ltd. (D.N.J).
  • Representation of Manheim, Inc. in trade secrets and software ownership litigation. Manheim, Inc. v. Bidready, LLC et al. (Sup. Ct. Fulton County, Georgia).
  • Representation of AOL in patent infringement lawsuits involving internet advertising. Augme Techs., Inc. v. Tacoda LLC, et al. (S.D.N.Y.); Augme Techs., Inc. v. AOL., et al. (S.D.N.Y.); Augme Techs., Inc. v. Gannett Co., et al. (S.D.N.Y).
  • Representation of Fujitsu in patent infringement litigation involving wireless network technology. Fujitsu Ltd. v. Belkin Int'l, Inc. (N.D. Cal.).
  • Representation of Samsung in Section 337 ITC Investigation involving microprocessor technology in cell phones and televisions. In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices Including Handheld Wireless Communication Devices, Inv. No. 337-TA-67.
  • Representation of Samsung Electronics in patent infringement litigation involving flat-panel televisions. Genoa Color Tech., Ltd. v. Samsung Elec. Corp., Ltd. (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Representation of a brokerage firm in dozens of lawsuits in federal court and in arbitration brought by customers of a former employee who confessed to perpetrating a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme.
  • Representation of an issuer of secured bonds in a $450 million dispute with bondholders in an expedited trial in Delaware Chancery Court.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of Plaintiffs in Floyd v. City of New York (S.D.N.Y.), a class action lawsuit challenging New York City's "stop and frisk" practices and policies as racially discriminatory.
  • Representation of Plaintiff in successful First Amendment appeal.  Farid v. Ellen, 593 F.3d. 233 (2d Cir. 2010).
  • Obtained reversal of adverse judgment in Section 1983 case in Rivas v. Suffolk County, 2008 WL 45406 (2d Cir. 2008).
  • Submitted an amicus brief on behalf of a coalition of pro-choice organizations in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, 546 U.S. 320 (2006).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Pro Bono Panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • New York Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation and Civil Litigation Defense (2014-2016)
  • New York Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation and Civil Litigation Defense "Rising Star" (2013)