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.
He had a particular interest trying complex cases to juries. He helped develop the Federal Judicial Center’s video for jurors, An Introduction to the Patent System and has worked to develop model jury instructions including in the District of Delaware and the National Model Patent Jury Instructions. He taught the patent enforcement course at George Washington University Law School for 12 years.
He is a member and former president of the Gilles S. Rich Intellectual Property Inn of Court and served as Co-Chair of The National Academies’ Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in Genomic and Protein Related Invention.