Kevin Wheeler serves as lead counsel for technology, medical device, and chemical companies of all sizes in their most important, high stakes intellectual property disputes, most of which encompass numerous jurisdictions and causes of action. He has successfully resolved dozens of competitor disputes, including numerous trials and more than 20 cross-border investigations at the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Mr. Wheeler has an impeccable track record of winning for his clients in their most important intellectual property disputes, and is widely recognized as one of the top rising talents in IP litigation:

  • Law360 selected him as one of the top attorneys in the country under the age of 40 for his successful work handling competitor patent disputes, including a significant trial victory for Hyosung that resulted in the ITC issuing an exclusion order barring competitor Diebold’s latest line of ATMs
  • The National Law Journal named him a D.C. Rising Star, which recognizes “the region’s 40 most promising lawyers age 40 and under who have wielded great influence in their practice areas in the D.C. area and beyond”
  • The Legal 500 US recognized him as a Next Generation Partner for Patent Litigation
  • Super Lawyers has repeatedly recognized him as a Rising Star in IP litigation

Mr. Wheeler earned his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and obtained hands-on engineering experience working on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) at Northrop Grumman Corporation. 

Mr. Wheeler also devotes a portion of his time to pro bono matters, including working with the Children’s Law Center to help foster parents secure guardianship over their at-risk foster children.

Mr. Wheeler’s representative matters include serving as lead or co-lead trial counsel for:

  • Senior Technology in its ongoing dispute with competitor Celgard relating to lithium-ion batteries. The global dispute includes two US district court litigations, litigation in the United Kingdom, and two litigations in China.
  • Hyosung in its ongoing dispute with competitor Diebold relating to advanced automated teller machines. The dispute includes three ITC investigations, two Customs IPR proceedings, two US district court litigations, six PTAB proceedings, and four Federal Circuit appeals.
  • 3M in its ongoing dispute with competitor Nuance relating to speech transcription technology. The dispute includes two US district court litigations, 11 PTAB proceedings, and three Federal Circuit appeals.
  • Dafni in its ongoing dispute with competitors Ontel and Instyler relating to hair straightening and styling technology. The dispute includes two US district court litigations.
  • Nitride Semiconductors in its dispute with competitor RayVio relating to ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diode (LED) technology. The dispute included a US district court litigation and PTAB proceeding, and resolved favorably for Nitride Semiconductors after it obtained a default judgment of infringement and validity on the heels of obtaining a favorable ruling in the PTAB proceeding.
  • Synaptive Medical in its dispute with competitor Karl Storz relating to robotic digital microscopy. The dispute included a US district court litigation and PTAB proceeding, and resolved favorably for Synaptive Medical after it successfully stayed the district court litigation and obtained a favorable ruling in the PTAB proceeding.
  • LG Chem in its dispute with competitor Celgard relating to lithium-ion batteries. The dispute included a US district court litigation, PTAB proceeding, and Federal Circuit appeal, and resolved favorably for LG Chem after it obtained favorable rulings in the Federal Circuit appeal and PTAB proceeding.*

Mr. Wheeler’s additional representative matters include serving as counsel for:

  • Umicore in its dispute with competitor BASF relating to lithium-ion batteries.*
  • TDK InvenSense in its dispute with competitor ST Micro relating to MEMS devices.*
  • Samsung Electronics in its dispute with Ericsson relating to wireless technology.*
  • Apple in its dispute with competitor HTC relating to various mobile phone technologies.*
  • LG Electronics in its dispute with competitor Sony relating to various mobile phone and multimedia technologies.*
  • Microsoft in its dispute with competitor Motorola relating to various mobile phone technologies.*
  • Microsoft in its dispute Datel relating to video gaming controllers.*
  • LG Electronics in its dispute with Kodak relating to digital camera technology.*
  • ASUS in its dispute with IBM relating to various mobile computing technologies.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • JD, George Washington University Law School
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland
    University Honors
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August 10, 2018Recognition

Rising Star: Latham & Watkins' Kevin Wheeler

IP partner honored in the International Trade category for securing two trial wins at the US International Trade Commission for a large provider of ATM machines.