Washington, DC. Evan Langdon, who represents domestic and foreign businesses on intellectual property matters before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), has joined Nixon Peabody’s Intellectual Property practice as a partner.
Based in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, Evan focuses on Section 337 “Unfair Import” investigations before the ITC, and intellectual property litigation in U.S. district courts and appeals before the Federal Circuit. Litigating disputes across a wide variety of industries—including LED lighting devices, mobile electronic devices and chipsets, data processing systems, semiconductors, lighting control devices, consumer electronics and accessories, shoes, household appliance, automotive, and various mechanical devices—Evan advises clients on the nuances of navigating complex and fast-paced Section 337 litigation involving patents, trademarks, and trade dress, and other unfair acts.
“Evan really amps up and broadens our IP litigation capabilities,” said Jason Kravitz, co-leader of Nixon Peabody’s Intellectual Property practice. “His extensive ITC experience and his past experience as an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be immensely valuable to both our clients and firm.”
Evan joins Nixon Peabody on the heels of the ITC instituting an investigation based on a complaint filed by Nixon Peabody client the Regents of the University of California (UC). That complaint alleges unauthorized importation and sales of filament LED light bulbs that infringe UC patents by five major retailers: Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ikea, Target, and Walmart.
“Having represented clients in all phases of litigation, Evan is a fantastic addition to our IP team,” said Jeffrey Costellia, co-leader of Nixon Peabody’s Intellectual Property practice. “ITC proceedings move at a rapid pace, so his familiarity with navigating the process will be a real asset to our firm.”
In addition to the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Evan is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the ITC Trial Lawyers Association.
“Evan is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Section 337 investigations,” said Colette Dafoe, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Washington, DC, office. “Given recent increases in ITC investigations, he will be a pivotal attorney in our DC office.”
Evan joins Nixon Peabody from Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg. He previously served as a primary examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications and clerked for an administrative patent judge at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Evan graduated magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Villanova University.