Rod McKelvie has advised clients on litigation strategies in patent infringement and related disputes. He has also served as an expert witness and arbitrator. 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 both before and after his time on the bench.
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 has taught the patent enforcement course at George Washington University Law School for 14 years.
He is a member and former president of the Giles 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.