Timothy D. Syrett

Special Counsel

Syrett, Timothy D.

Tim Syrett is an experienced antitrust and intellectual property litigator. He has represented companies in disputes before federal and state courts as well as agencies, including in Part 3 litigation at the Federal Trade Commission and Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission. Mr. Syrett has particular experience litigating disputes at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law, including relating to standard setting practices in the telecommunications industry.

Mr. Syrett received a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He received a BA in English from Wesleyan University. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Nicholas Garaufis, district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Syrett is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York.

Honors & Awards

  • Named a 2013, 2014 and 2015 "Massachusetts Super Lawyers' 'Rising Star'" in the area of intellectual property litigation

Publications & News


February 24, 2015

New standard essential patent policy may facilitate negotiations

An article by Mark Selwyn and Timothy Syrett published in the February 24, 2015 edition of the Daily Journal.

February 6, 2015

Patents, Standard Setting, and Antitrust – New Insight from the Department of Justice

On February 2, 2015, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) took another step towards clarifying the antitrust rules applicable to standard essential patents (SEPs).

January 5, 2015

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel.

May 29, 2014

New Research Compiles Public Data Regarding Patent Royalties on Smartphones

The smartphone industry has seen a high volume of patent litigation over the past few years, which has highlighted the interplay among patent law, competition law and the marketplace itself.

May 29, 2014

The Smartphone Royalty Stack: Surveying Royalty Demands for the Components within Modern Smartphones

This report, co-authored by WilmerHale intellectual property litigators Joe Mueller and Tim Syrett and Intel Vice President and Associate General Counsel Ann Armstrong, utilizes publicly available information to detail US patent royalty costs across smartphone components from wireless technologies to operating systems to user interfaces to outer-product design.

Recent Highlights

  • Defending a wireless communication device vendor against infringement claims brought by a wireless device competitor, asserting standard essential patents, in the Northern District of California based on standard-setting deceit, FRAND commitments and patent exhaustion.
  • Representing respondents, leading US processor and computer companies, in a Section 337 investigation involving six patents before the International Trade Commission; resulted in favorable Initial and Commission Determinations of no violation (ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-781).
  • Representing respondent, a leading computer, mobile device and media player company, in a Section 337 investigation before the International Trade Commission; resulted in Initial Determination of no violation (ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-794).
  • Defending a manufacturer of semiconductor chips in Federal Trade Commission Part 3 litigation, where the FTC alleged unlawful monopolization of markets for computer microprocessors and graphics processing.
  • Asserted antitrust and breach of contract claims in the Northern District of Texas on behalf of a handset vendor arising out of a competitor’s refusal to license patents declared essential to ETSI and IEEE on FRAND terms.
  • Represented pretrial detainee in Section 1983 suit in the District of Massachusetts challenging pretrial segregated confinement for lack of due process; resulted in damages award following bench trial.

Community Involvement

Mr. Syrett is a member of the Board of Directors for America SCORES Boston.


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JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2004

BA, English, Wesleyan University, 1999, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions


New York


The Hon. Nicholas Garaufis, US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2004 - 2005