Ahmed J. Davis
is a Principal in the Washington, DC, office of Fish & Richardson and is National Chair of the firm’s Diversity Initiative. His practice focuses on copyright, trade secret, and complex patent litigation in a vast range of technical areas, with a particular focus in the areas of chemistry, biotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical and electrical engineering. A trial attorney experienced in all phases of litigation, Mr. Davis has appeared and argued in the Markman and summary judgment contexts in numerous federal district courts; has tried cases in federal district court, the Court of Federal Claims, and the United States International Trade Commission; and has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Davis is an active speaker and a frequent lecturer on issues relevant to the patent bar. The topics on which he has spoken include: post-trial damages and related remedies at ALI-ABA’s “Trial Of A Patent Case” (October 2010); prelitigation and litigation strategies against NPEs at the seminar PLI: Patent Litigation 2010 (October 2010); pro bono
IP issues at the Howard University Law School IP Empowerment Summit (November 2010); presenting technical issues to lay juries at the ABA Litigation Section Meeting “Keep It Simple: Presenting IP Cases to a Jury” (April 2010); the impact of the Bilski
case at the Temple Law School symposium “The Greening of Intellectual Property” (March 2010); remedies for ongoing infringement post-eBay at the ALI-ABA Conference “Trial Of A Patent Case” (February 2008); on written description and enablement issues at the Minnesota Bar CLE seminar “Patent Enforcement and Defense” (May 2008); and the effective use of reexamination proceedings at the Innovations in IP Litigation
Conference (November 2006).
In addition to his work on behalf of the firm's litigation clients, Mr. Davis is committed to giving back to the legal community through the development of young lawyers and by increasing diversity within the profession. Mr. Davis is the pro bono coordinator for the firm’s DC office, is a member of the firm’s Diversity Hiring and D.C. office summer associate hiring committees, and he regularly returns to his alma mater
to speak to law students about opportunities in patent law and the importance of judicial clerkships.
Mr. Davis has received numerous accolades and awards for his work. In February 2011, the Washington Business Journal
named Davis One of the Top Minority Business Leaders of 2011. In October 2010 The Root, an online publication of the Washington Post, identified Davis as part of the next generation of African-American leaders. In June 2010, Mr. Davis was named a “2010 Nation's Best Advocate: 40 Lawyers under 40,” by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. In July 2009, Mr. Davis was named one of the “40 Under 40: Washington's Rising Stars” by The National Law Journal. Also in 2009, he participated in Microsoft's Advocacy Academy 3.0, which invests in the development of “rising star” trial lawyers at Microsoft's Preferred Provider law firms.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Davis was a law clerk for the Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema in the Alexandria Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (1999-2000). He also was a law clerk for the Honorable Paul R. Michel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2001-2002).
- District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- BS, Morehouse College 1994, Chemistry (cum laude)
- MS, Emory University 1996, Chemistry
- JD, Georgetown University Law Center 1999