US Law – LawFuel, The Legal News Network – Washington, D.C., September 26, 2006 — Fish & Richardson P.C. announced today that Jeffrey R. Whieldon has joined the firm as Of Counsel in its Litigation Group. Mr. Whieldon will specialize in Section 337 litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, Mr. Whieldon was a supervisory attorney in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations at the ITC for 18 years.
“Jeff Whieldon further enhances Fish & Richardson’s preeminent ITC and patent litigation practices,” said Ruffin Cordell, a principal in Fish & Richardson’s Washington, D.C. office and one of the firm’s top ITC attorneys. “During his tenure at the ITC, Jeff gained unparalleled expertise as he supervised over 125 Section 337 investigations, and we look forward to deploying his experience on behalf of our clients.”
The number of Section 337 cases at the ITC (90% of which is based on allegations of patent infringement) has been increasing steadily and significantly over the past several years. During the 2006 fiscal year, there have been 70 active Section 337 matters before the Commission, including 40 new investigations and ancillary proceedings. Both figures represent all-time highs for Section 337 cases. The Commission expects that over the next several years the Section 337 caseload will remain at its current level, if not continue to increase.
Mr. Whieldon also spent 10 years at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where he supervised several litigation offices within the Economic Regulatory Administration. Before joining DOE, he was a litigator at a D.C. law firm. Mr. Whieldon began his legal career as a trial attorney, and later as a senior trial attorney, in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Whieldon received his law degree from Boston University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Whieldon is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the ITC Trial Lawyers Association, and the BU School of Law Alumni Association, in which he served a term as president of the D.C. chapter. He has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on the subject of intellectual property rights enforcement at the ITC. In 2002, Mr. Whieldon was formally recognized for his outstanding accomplishments as a supervisor of Section 337 litigation when he was presented with the ITC’s Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest honors that is conferred upon an employee of the Commission.