Phillip Citroën is an intellectual property partner in the Litigation department in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. Citroën is a registered patent attorney practicing all aspects of patent-related work, including litigation before U.S. district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and appeals before the Federal Circuit. Mr. Citroën has represented petitioners and patent owners in dozens of post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), and covered business method (CBM) review proceedings. In many instances, Mr. Citroën’s involvement in these proceedings has been coupled with parallel district court or ITC litigation. Mr. Citroën’s litigation experience spans all stages of litigation, including fact and expert discovery, motion practice, claim construction, and trial. Mr. Citroen’s experience also includes oral argument before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Citroën has been recognized for his work in the area of patent law. The National Law Journal recognized Mr. Citroën as one of the D.C. region’s "Rising Stars" for his influence in the area of patent law and beyond. Law360 recognized Mr. Citroën as a "Legal Lion" for his work for Google on IPRs where the PTAB invalidated three of Blackberry Ltd.'s patents related to smartphone technology. Law360 also recognized Mr. Citroën as a "Legal Lion" for his work for Samsung on IPRs where the PTAB invalidated six of Uniloc Luxembourg, S.A.’s patents related to voice messaging technology.
Mr. Citroën has also gained valuable experience as in-house patent counsel for a Fortune 500 company that provides information infrastructure solutions.
- Rising Star, The National Law Journal
- Legal Lion, Law360
- George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2010
- Virginia Tech, B.S., Computer Science, 2007 (cum laude)
- Representation of various companies, including Google, Samsung, eBay, PayPal, Helsinn, Walgreen, and Mitek, in IPR, PGR, and CBM proceedings before the PTAB and appeals from these proceedings to the Federal Circuit.
- Elm 3DS Innovations, LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (D. Del.). Representation of Samsung in a patent infringement case, IPRs and Federal Circuit appeals involving 3D semiconductor technology.
- Advanced Marketing Systems, LLC v. Walgreen Co. (E.D. Tex.). Representation of Walgreen in a patent infringement case, CBMs, and Federal Circuit appeals involving electronic couponing technology.
- Rothschild Mobile Imaging Innovations, LLC v. Mitek Systems, Inc. (D. Del.). Representation of Mitek in a patent infringement case and IPRs involving software.
- Certain Digital Media Devices, Including Televisions, Blu-Ray Disc Players, Home Theater Systems, Tablets and Mobile Phones, Components Thereof and Associated Software, 337-TA-882 (ITC). Represented LG in a patent infringement case involving digital media technology and location-based services technology.
- Audiovisual Components and Products Containing the Same, 337-TA-837 (ITC). Represented Realtek in a patent infringement case involving wireless technology.
- Bear Creek Technologies, Inc. v. Verizon Services Corp. (E.D. Va.). Represented Verizon in a patent infringement case involving Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.
- Certain Semiconductor Chips and Products Containing the Same, 337-TA-753 (ITC). Represented Rambus in a patent infringement case involving semiconductor devices.
Engagement & Publications
- Speaker, Electronic Discovery – Learn It, Love It, Live It!, AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 26, 2018.
- Speaker, Briefing and Arguing IP Cases, Student Intellectual Property Law Association, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., January 31, 2018.
- Quoted, "4 Recent PTAB Decisions Attys Need To Know," Law360, October 22, 2018.
- Coauthor, "USPTO Proposes Changing Claim Construction Standard for IPRs, PGRs, and CBMs," Lexology, May 10, 2018.
- Quoted, "PTAB Gives Hope for Patent Amendments Amid Reform Talk," Law360, April 2, 2018.
- Quoted, "After Lesson in Procedure, Federal Circuit May Mop Up AIA Issues," Law360, February 12, 2018.
- Coauthor, "Aqua Products: Watershed Decision or Barely a Ripple," Law360, October 16, 2017.
- Coauthor of various publications for the Federal Circuit Bar Association's Circuit Case Digest.
- PTAB Bar Association: Vice-Chair, Membership Committee (2018)
- American Bar Association: Editorial Board, Landslide® magazine (2018)
- American Intellectual Property Law Association