Douglas R. Nemec



Patent Litigation

New York

T: +1.212.735.2419

F: 1.917.777.2419


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Douglas R. Nemec concentrates on intellectual property litigation and related counseling, including providing intellectual property advice in connection with corporate transactions. Mr. Nemec has litigated numerous cases in a wide range of technologies, from pharmaceuticals and other chemicals to IT and electronics. He has particular experience in life sciences matters, including patent litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Mr. Nemec also is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he represents clients in patent interference proceedings and other matters. He is a member of the Skadden group recognized by Law360 among its 2015 “Technology Practice Groups of the Year” for courtroom victories in the technology sector and by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s leading IP practices in its 2013 “IP Hot List.”

Selected engagements in which Mr. Nemec has served a lead role include:

  • defending one of the nation’s largest banks in a patent infringement suit brought by a nonpracticing entity;
  • defending an active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer in a Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning a blockbuster drug;
  • representing a leading flavor and fragrance company in a trade secret misappropriation action concerning chemical and process engineering technology;
  • representing the world’s leading manufacturer of intelligent lighting products in multiple matters asserting and defending against claims of patent infringement involving complex optical devices and digital communication systems; and
  • advising a major pharmaceutical company in formulating licensing strategies for developmental compounds and diagnostic tools.

Presentations (2010-Present)

  • Co-Chair, PLI Patent Law Institute 2014, New York, Feb. 3-4 and San Francisco, March 17-18, 2014
  • Speaker, 14th Annual Silicon Valley Patent Law Institute, “Safeguarding Confidential and Privileged Information in Complex Litigation,” Palo Alto, Calif., Dec. 13, 2013
  • Panelist, Association of University Technology Managers Annual Meeting, “WIPO Expedited Arbitration,” San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 28, 2013
  • Co-Chair, PLI Patent Law Institute 2013, New York, Feb. 4-5 and San Francisco, March 18-19, 2013
  • Speaker, AIPLA Annual Meeting, “Ethical Considerations in Patent Litigation,” Nov. 26, 2012
  • Presenter, “All Roads Lead To Markman: Why Claim Construction Is As Important As Trial,” BNA Webinar, Oct. 15, 2012
  • Co-Chair, PLI Patent Law Institute 2012, New York, Feb. 16-17 and San Francisco, March 19-20, 2012
  • Presenter, “The Role of the Specification in Claim Construction: Is It a Guidepost or a Fence?” BNA Webinar, June 15, 2011
  • Co-Chair, PLI Patent Law Institute 2011, New York, Feb. 17-18 and San Francisco, March 21-22, 2011
  • Panelist, “Arbitration and Mediation in Commercial Disputes,” Delaware Valley Corporate Counsel Association In House Counsel Conference, May 6, 2010
  • Co-Chair, PLI Patent Law Institute 2010, New York, March 1-2 and San Francisco, March 22-23, 2010

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan, Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Supreme Court
New York


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1996

B.S.E., Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1993


American Intellectual Property Law Association

New York Intellectual Property Law Association