Adrian P.J. Mollo
Adrian Mollo’s practice focuses on intellectual property management, including procurement, licensing, and litigation. He currently focuses on strategic planning, complex transactions involving intellectual property, intellectual property due diligence, related corporate counseling, and issues surrounding enforcement of IP portfolios.
Mr. Mollo’s transactional practice focuses predominately upon intellectual property licensing and technology transfer and related transactions. His experience includes, for example, preparing patent and trademark license agreements and technology transfer agreements, software development and license agreements, trademark prosecution, counseling regarding management of trade secrets, and structuring and implementing domestic and international IP licensing and enforcement programs. Working with both large and small clients, both domestic and foreign, Mr. Mollo’s practice also includes providing advice on a wide range of corporate and administrative issues, including joint development programs, purchase and supply agreements, the interplay between intellectual property and the bankruptcy and antitrust laws, and managing patent and trademark dockets and portfolios (foreign and domestic).
Mr. Mollo also has experience in all aspects of federal district court litigation, from pre-litigation investigation through pleadings, discovery, trial, and appeal. He has addressed complex license and patent damages issues, including with respect to experts and methodologies, the “entire market value rule”, portfolio licensing, and cost-savings models. He also has experience arbitrating claims under the commercial and international rules of the American Arbitration Association. Recently, Mr. Mollo was co-author of an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the matter of LG Electronics, Inc. v. Quanta Computer, Inc.
- Counsel to a laminate flooring manufacturer in numerous actions asserting copyright and patent infringement claims, including proceedings in federal courts in Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, before the International Trade Commission, and before Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate Court.
- Member of trial team for leading international LCD manufacturer in a patent infringement litigation where the jury awarded $52.4 million to the client and found willful infringement.
- Defended a computer design and services company in connection with trademark infringement and unfair competition claims, concluding with a walk-away settlement and coexistence agreement.
- Represented a prominent French government agency in IP enforcement proceedings against six of the largest vertical-alignment LCD manufacturers, including a successful appeal to the Federal Circuit on the issue of personal jurisdiction over foreign manufacturers.
- Led IP due diligence investigations for acquisitions and investments in companies in electronics, software, and material goods.
- Represented a radial conveyor belt manufacturer in a patent infringement proceeding against its largest competitor, concluding with a consent order under which the competitor agreed to cease U.S. sales pending the conclusion of all proceedings.
- Represented licensors and licensees in numerous licensing negotiations and has negotiated or drafted dozens of patent, software, and other license agreements and settlement agreements.
- J.D., University of South Carolina Law School, magna cum laude, 1999
- B.A., Winthrop University, cum laude, 1996
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- "Patent License Challenges As Compulsory Counterclaims," Law 360, (April 25, 2013).
- "Patent Licensing in the Display Industry: A Primer," Information Display Magazine (February 10, 2010).
- "TransCore and Freedom of Contract," Bloomberg Law Reports – Intellectual Property, (July 6, 2009).
- "Quanta and Patent Exhaustion: Practical Consequences for Post-Sale Restrictions and Multi-Level Royalty Programs," Bloomberg Law Reports – Intellectual Property, (August 11, 2008).
- "LG Electronics versus Quanta: What Does it Mean for Manufacturers?," IndustryWeek, (August 4, 2008).
Seminars and Presentations:
- "IP as a Business Tool: a Primer for Companies Going Abroad," Virginia Small Business Development Center's Passport to Global Market Series (September 7, 2012).
- "Tomorrow's Wireless Medical Devices: Overcoming Privacy Hurdles to Implement a New Wireless Infrastructure," Licensing Executives Society Winter Meeting (March 13, 2012).
- "Arms Control 101: Some of the Why's, Where's, Do's and Don'ts of Patent Enforcement," Consumer Electronics Association Fall Forum (October 19, 2010).
- "Recent Developments Regarding the Rights of IP Licensees in Bankruptcy," LES Computer Hardware and Consumer Electronics Committee (May 11, 2010).
- "Overview of the Interplay Between U.S. Antitrust and IP Laws," LG IP School (Seoul, South Korea, May 13, 2009).
- "TransCore vs. ETC: Patent Exhaustion and Covenants not to Sue," Webcast (April 23, 2009).
- "Quanta vs LG Electronics," Current State of the Patent Exhaustion Doctrine; an installment of the "Supreme Court Radio Series" presented by MyTechnologyLawyer.com (July 25, 2008).
- "Quanta vs. LG Electronics: Patent Exhaustion and Multi-Stage Royalties," Webcast (June 30, 2008).
- "Patent Licensing – Ten Things You Ought to Know (Really)," IP Seminar (Key Biscane, Florida, April 25, 2008).
- "Strategy For IP Protection in China," China Pesticide and Food Safety: New Markets and New Sources (June 26, 2007).