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Nika F. Aldrich

Nika F. Aldrich

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Oregon, U.S.A.

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Nika Aldrich helps clients protect intellectual property in complex, high-stakes litigations. He has represented innovative companies nationwide in numerous patent disputes involving computer hardware, computer software, computer algorithms, medical devices, MEMS, and other technologies.

In addition to trial court litigation, Nika has successfully defended patents in inter partes proceedings before the Patent Office, and has handled numerous appeals in IP cases, including before the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court. Nika’s pre-law technical expertise focuses on digital signal processing, a field in which he published multiple papers and authored a college textbook.

Nika is particularly attuned to the policy issues related to IP. He is a patent law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, has published several law review articles and countless articles in journals and other publications, and is co-editor of Fresh from the Bench, a weekly circulation summarizing newly issued, precedential patent decisions. He has also been cited in Forbes and other publications for his insights in developments in the law.

He previously worked at the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization, where he studied the intersection of the U.N. Millennium Goals with international IP systems.

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Oregon State Courts
  • New York State Courts
  • Washington State Courts

Education

  • University of Washington, Juris Doctor degree (2007)
  • Purdue University, Bachelor's degree (2004)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • First-chair trial attorney in a two week patent trial involving utility and design patents, including a jury verdict awarding total profits in the first design patent trial after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Samsung v. Apple.
  • Lead attorney on the first Federal Circuit appeal of a design patent case following the Supreme Court’s opinion in Samsung v. Apple.
  • Successfully argued an appeal before the Federal Circuit in a patent case relating to electrochemistry, defending the district court’s Markman and summary judgment decisions.  Dexcom, Inc. v. AgaMatrix, Inc., Appeal No. 2018-1686 (Fed. Cir. March 7, 2019).
  • Lead attorney on plaintiff’s Federal Circuit appeal of an award of approximately $1.4 million in attorneys’ fees awarded to our client pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 285.
  • Lead attorney for Ventex Corp. v. Columbia Sportswear North America, Inc., Case IPR2017-00651, Paper 152 (Jan. 24, 2019), which was subsequently designated as precedential by the Patent Office. Nika secured favorable inter partes review decisions terminating the proceedings after obtaining substantial party and third-party discovery showing that a third party and the petitioner had entered into a complex financial relationship that appeared to mask a large transfer of cash for the third party to pay for the IPRs. The PTAB found that the third party was both in privity with the petitioner and a real party-in-interest in the proceedings, finding that the petitioner filed the petitions as a “proxy” for, “on behalf of,” and for “the benefit of” the third party.
  • Argued a precedential appeal to the Federal Circuit regarding an inter partes review decision concerning patents for waterproofing textiles.
  • Successfully represented a medical device company defending two patents against inter partes review challenges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; numerous claims, including all claims from one of the patents, were upheld as valid.
  • Won summary judgment of non-infringement in a patent suit brought in the Central District of California accusing a company that designs and manufacturers glucose sensors of patent infringement.
  • Won an “exceptional case” determination, attorneys’ fees, and expert fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 in a patent infringement case brought by Dexcom, Inc. against AgaMatrix, Inc. concerning glucose sensors.
  • Successfully argued multiple Markman hearings, including in the fields of apparel, medical devices, and construction.
  • Representing a manufacturer of glucose-sensing products in several actions in both federal courts and at the Patent Office concerning patents relating to glucose-sensing technologies.
  • Has been involved in numerous inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Handled multiple patent cases for a medical device manufacturer involving transducers, medical monitor design and intravascular guide wire design.
  • Represented a clothing manufacturer in litigation regarding design and utility patents covering high performance textiles.
  • Represented a securities exchange in copyright and misappropriation lawsuit regarding the right to list options on financial indexes.
  • Obtained favorable settlements for a large pharmaceutical company in trademark, trade dress, and anti-counterfeiting cases.
  • Provided pro bono legal services to a death row inmate, tenants in housing disputes, parties in divorces and students in lawsuits against schools.
  • Serves as outside general counsel to the Audio Engineering Society.

Articles

  • Fresh From the Bench Library
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 6/3/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 5/28/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 5/20/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 5/13/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 5/6/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 4/29/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 4/22/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 4/15/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 4/1/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases 3/25/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 3/18/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 3/11/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 3/4/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 2/25/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 2/18/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 2/11/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 2/4/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 1/28/19
  • SUPREME COURT RULING: Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., 586 U.S. ____ (2019)
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 1/14/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 1/2/19
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 12/17/18
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 12/10/18
  • Latest Federal Court Cases, 12/3/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 11/26/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 11/19/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 11/12/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 11/6/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 10/15/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 10/8/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 10/1/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 9/24/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 9/17/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 9/10/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 9/4/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 8/27/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 8/20/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 8/7/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 7/30/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 7/23/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 7/16/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 7/9/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 7/3/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 6/25/18
  • Breaking IP News: US Supreme Court Issues Significant Decision On Extraterritorial Application Of U.S. Patent Laws
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 6/18/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 6/11/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 6/4/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 5/29/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 5/21/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 5/14/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 5/7/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 4/30/18
  • Breaking IP News: US Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decisions in Oil States and SAS
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 4/23/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 4/16/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 4/9/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 4/2/18
  • Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 3/19/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 3/12/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 3/5/18
  • Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 2/16/18
  • Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases, 2/12/18
  • Latest Circuit Federal Court Cases, 2/5/18
  • Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit
  • In Search of a Narrower Meaning: Recent Developments Concerning Claim Construction
  • Fresh from the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases from the Federal Circuit
  • The Patent Pendulum May Be Poised to Swing Back
  • How 3 Supreme Court Cases Could Galvanize Oregon's Innovative Companies
  • Supreme Court Accepts Certiorari as to Cuozzo
  • On Widgets And Ram-A-Frams: A Change At Fed. Circ.
  • Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit in ?the Past Week ?

Seminar

  • "Winning Your Trial with Tech"
  • "Patent Case Law Year-In-Review, Recent Decisions from the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court"

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