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Ruffin B. Cordell
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Ruffin B. Cordell 🔗

Fish & Richardson P. C.; Partner

Washington, District of Columbia
For more than three decades, Ruffin Cordell has served the world's most prominent brands as lead counsel in high-stakes, high-risk patent and trade secret litigation worldwide. He has averted billions in damages for his clients, fiercely protected their intellectual property and their market share, and shaped patent law in the process. Mr. Cordell's career highlights include: Representing a Fortune 50 consumer electronics manufacturer as lead counsel in its worldwide, multi-billion dollar dispute with Qualcomm. Obtaining a limited exclusion order and cease and desist order at the International Trade Commission (ITC) for client Samsung. This gave Samsung a powerful marketplace advantage and negotiation advantage in its global dispute with Sharp Electronics. He also represented Samsung adverse to Ericsson in a series of highly publicized and hotly contested patent licensing disputes involving 24 mobile device patents in the Eastern District of Texas and at the ITC. Averting a $1 billion in damages claim against client Marvell Semiconductor by obtaining a verdict of no infringement in the Eastern District of Texas. Influencing the creation of new law regarding the use of prospective royalties in patent cases – while also securing a significant jury verdict for an automotive manufacturing client in an Eastern District of Texas case involving hybrid vehicle technology. In 2012, Mr. Cordell was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in recognition of his exceptional career and remarkable success in the courtroom. Very few lawyers are as agile and experienced in navigating the complexities of patent and trade secret litigation as Mr. Cordell. For example, he has: Handled more than 60 cases at the ITC, many involving multi-jurisdictional disputes with U.S. district courts. Served as lead counsel in more than three dozen trials, including jury trials in the Northern District of California, Delaware, and the Eastern District of Texas. Argued more than two dozen appeals at the Federal Circuit. Prior to joining Fish, Mr. Cordell served as a patent examiner in computer interface device technology at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


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