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D. Brian Kacedon
+1 202 408 4301

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • New York University School of Law
    J.D., 2000
  • Duke University
    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, with distinction, cum laude, 1997

D. Brian Kacedon


Brian Kacedon’s practice focuses on patent and technology licensing and litigation. In his transactional practice, Mr. Kacedon assists clients in conducting market assessments for their patents, conducts licensing negotiations, drafts licensing agreements, and participates in related litigations. Over the course of his career, he has drafted hundreds of patent, know-how, and software license agreements in many industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer electronics. He has also assisted several leading technology companies in negotiating and drafting licenses for wireless technologies as well as navigating related standards-setting issues.

Mr. Kacedon has broad experience in all aspects of patent litigation, including drafting claim construction and summary judgment motions, examining and cross-examining witnesses, and managing day-to-day litigation activities. He also has extensive experience litigating agreement disputes, appearing as counsel in multiple arbitrations over the last several years. Mr. Kacedon has been retained as an expert witness relating to the interpretation of license agreements.

A frequent presenter at legal and industry workshops and conferences, Mr. Kacedon has lectured on drafting patent and know-how licenses for the Patent Resources Group and the Licensing Executives Society, as well as other organizations. He is a coauthor of a leading treatise on patent licensing, Drafting Patent Licenses, published by BNA Books.


  • Lead counsel in arbitration for leading pharmaceutical company in contract dispute with inventor.
  • Represented semiconductor company in arbitration concerning joint development agreement.
  • Represented AbbVie in two arbitrations, prevailing in both.
  • Abbott Biotechnology v. Centocor Ortho Biotech (D. Mass.). Represented AbbVie in district court litigation concerning Humira®, one of the best selling drugs in the world.
  • Represented 3M in arbitration concerning trade secret misappropriation.
  • Advised various companies such as Caterpillar, Sony, LG, FIS, DuPont, Bosch, Abbott, and AbbVie on licensing and settlement matters.
  • Assisted in setting up and directing an international patent licensing and enforcement program resulting in more than 500 license agreements.
  • Served as adjunct professor teaching licensing at the George Mason University Law School.
  • Designated as a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. as one of the leading lawyers in patent licensing and transactional work, 2012-2014; and as a Next Generation Lawyer for patent licensing, 2017.
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine as one of 250 of the world's leading patent and technology licensing practitioners, 2010, 2011; recognized in the D.C. area as a leading patent litigator, 2014-2016; and for patent transactions, 2012-2017.

Professional Activities

  • Licensing Executives Society, U.S.A. and Canada (chair, High Technology Sector, 2009; chair, Computer Hardware and Consumer Electronics Subcommittee, 2005-2006)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Maryland Bar Association

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