James M. Dowd


Dowd, James M.

James Dowd is a partner in the firm's Securities and Litigation/Controversy Departments, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Dowd joined the firm in 1997.


Mr. Dowd's practice focuses on patent litigation and strategy. He has represented a broad range of clients, including in jury and bench trials and appeals, in cases involving such diverse technologies as semiconductor manufacturing, integrated circuits, solid-state memories, telecommunications, medical devices, and biological products. He practices in courts nationwide, and has extensive experience before the US International Trade Commission.


Honors & Awards

  • Selected as a "Future Star" in the 2012-2015 editions of Benchmark Litigation
  • Named to the Los Angeles Daily Journal's "Top 75 IP Litigators in California" list in 2009

Publications & News


May 23, 2016

Federalizing Trade Secret Protection: A Close Look at the Ex Parte Seizure Provision

In this article published by Corporate Counsel in May 2016, James Dowd, Greg Lantier and Rachel Weiner Cohen provide a high-level overview of the reach and effect of the newly passed Defend Trade Secrets Act on plaintiffs, defendants and third-party bystanders.

March 27, 2015

Challenging PTAB Determinations that Proposed Grounds are "Redundant"

An article by David Cavanaugh, James Dowd and Michael Smith, published in the March 25, 2015 edition of Intellectual Property Today

November 19, 2014

Tips for Dealing with Competing IPR and ITC Deadlines

An article by Partner James Dowd and former Counsel Jacob Oyloe, published by Law360 on November 19, 2014.

October 6, 2014

Claim Constructions In PTAB Vs. District Court

An article written by Jacob Oyloe, James Dowd and David Cavanaugh published by Law360 on October 6, 2014.

July 14, 2014

Cyberespionage and Civil Suits

An article by James Dowd and Gregory Lantier published by Law360 on July 14, 2014.

July 24, 2012

WilmerHale Achieves Significant Victory for Client MediaTek in ITC Action

In a US International Trade Commission (ITC) action brought against client MediaTek Inc, Asia's largest fabless semiconductor company, a WilmerHale trial team secured a significant victory.

November 21, 2011

WilmerHale Recognized in 2012 Editions of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate

April 10, 2009

Dowd, Flanagan and Selwyn Named Among the “Top 75 IP Litigators in California”

December 29, 2008

WilmerHale Expands in LA Office With Transfer Of Three East Coast Lawyers

January 3, 2006

WilmerHale Names 16 New Partners

Recent Highlights

  • Represented manufacturer of Global Positioning System chips and chipsets in successive trials before the International Trade Commission. In the first case, where client was accused of infringing more than 120 claims of four patents, achieved determination that no claim was infringed (and many anticipated). In client’s countersuit to enforce its own patents, the initial determination is pending and the Office of Unfair Import Investigations recommends a finding of violation.
  • Represented flash memory manufacturer accused of infringing three patents before the International Trade Commission in obtaining a finding that no valid claim was infringed
  • Represented telecommunications company prevailing on patent to air interface protocol technology
  • Represented publicly traded semiconductor manufacturer in obtaining determination that its accused chip did not infringe for multiple independent factual reasons
  • Obtained Markman ruling in two patent case involving arthroscopic instruments leading directly to favorable settlement
  • Represented publicly traded supplier of microlithography equipment in obtaining determination that patent asserted against supplier’s products was unenforceable and invalid


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JD, cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1997, Articles Editor, Boston University Law Review; Honors in Appellate Practice and Procedure and in Federal Courts

BA, Political Science, Saint Michael's College, 1994, Member, Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honors Society for Economics)

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia


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