Sean Damon’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. Sean represents clients in all aspects of offensive and defensive litigation matters. His practice focuses on high-stakes, high-technology patent litigation such as computer hardware/architecture, software, communication networks, signal processing and content management systems. His litigation experience encompasses multiple stages of the litigation process, including management of complex document review; preparing trial examination and cross examination; and drafting pre-trial motions, and pre- and post-trial briefs. He has appeared before U.S. district courts, the Court of Federal Claims, U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His PTAB experience includes representing both petitioners and patent owners. Sean worked on the first ever post-grant review (PGR) of a covered business method (CBM) patent petitioned by a government agency now before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Sean holds a Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Sean practiced patent litigation in Washington, D.C. and prior to that, he worked for five years at a leading defense contracting company as a system architect. His work involved designing and developing system architectures, primarily focusing on signal processing and sensing technology. He also helped develop the company’s open source software policy. Sean is a Black Duck Certified Legal Specialist.
- University of Maryland School of Law
- (J.D., 2012)
- North Carolina State University
- (B.S., Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, honors, 2007)
- National Dean’s List
- NC State University Dean’s List
- Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Modern Day Technology Leader (2011)
- S. Damon et al., Making the Nonprevailing Party Pay: Statistics on Exceptional Cases Four Years after Octane and Highmark (Vol. 11, Issue 2, November/December edition of Landslide © 2018).
- S. Damon et al., Violating Rule 11’s Investigative Requirement Alone Simply May Not Be Enough for Exceptionality Determination to Award Attorneys’ Fees (Lead Article Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal © in October 2018).
- S. Damon et al., Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Webinar 2018).
- S. Damon et al., Employer Lacks Right to Sue for Patent Infringement When Employment Agreement Fails to Assign Employee Inventions (2018).
- S. Damon et al., SaMD Series: Open Source Licensing and Trade Secrets (Podcast 2018).
- S. Damon et al., Employment Agreement That Included a “Will Assign” Provision, a Trust Provision, and a Quitclaim Provision Insufficient to Transfer Ownership Interest (2018).
- S. Damon et al., Opportunities and Risks of Combining Open Source and Patents (IP Software Summit 2017).
- S. Damon, Patent Owner’s Statements in IPR May Constitute a “Disclaimer” of Claim Scope in Litigation (2017).
- S. Damon et al., Making the Nonprevailing Party Pay: The Statistics of Exceptional Cases Two Years After Octane and Highmark (Vol. 8, Issue 6, July/August 2016 edition of Landslide © 2016).
- S. Damon, Patent Owner’s Statements in IPR May Constitute a “Disclaimer” of Claim Scope in Litigation (2016).