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Roderick McKelvie
Roderick R. McKelvie
Retired Partner
Washington +1 202 662 5195 Download V-card

Rod McKelvie advised clients on litigation strategies in patent infringement and related disputes. At Covington, he drew on his experience as a U.S. District Court Judge, where for more than 10 years he managed, tried and resolved hundreds of cases, as well as his experience for 30 years as an appellate and trial lawyer.

  • Represented a steel manufacturer sued for patent infringement and obtaining a jury verdict of no infringement and that the asserted claims are invalid.
  • Represented the University of Pittsburgh in an appeal to the Federal Circuit and obtaining a reversal of a trial court decision that had dismissed its patent infringement case.
  • Represented an industrial services client sued for infringement and obtaining from the plaintiff a covenant not to sue the client and a dismissal of the case.
  • Consulted with various lawyers and clients on the strengths and weaknesses of positions being asserted by or against them in patent infringement and related litigations.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • George Washington University School of Law, Professorial Lecturer in Law, teaching the school’s course in Patent Enforcement
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court, former President
  • Delaware Bankruptcy Inn of Court, former President and Founding Member
  • Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, former President
  • National Academies' Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in Genomic and Protein Related Inventions, Co-Chair
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the International Judicial Academy
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the Sedona Conference

Previous Experience

  • United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Judge (1992-2002)
  • The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation - Patent (2011-2017) and Intellectual Property (2005-2016)   
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers for Intellectual Property (2010-2016)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation (2007-2012, 2014-2016)
  • IAM Patent 1000 - The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2015-2016)
  • Who's Who Legal, Patents (2015-2016)
  • Legal 500 US, Recognized for Patent Litigation: Full Coverage (2010, 2014)
  • Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners (2010)
  • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Patent (2005-2010)
  • The Washingtonian (December 2004, December 2007, December 2009, December 2011, December 2013): named one of the top intellectual property lawyers in Washington.