Kurt Calia is a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Covington & Burling, a leading international law firm with ten offices across the globe. Recently named to the Daily Journal’s 2016 “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California” list, Kurt focuses his practice in the areas of complex civil litigation and intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation. He is a former co-chair of the firm’s Patent Litigation Group, and he currently serves as the vice chair for the Trade Secrets Committee of the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association (IPO). Kurt’s client base is largely comprised of high technology companies spanning a wide range of areas including pharmaceutical chemistry, biotechnology, biomedical devices, nanotechnology, genetics, mechanical devices, business methods, microprocessors, and software.
He has significant trial experience, having appeared as patent trial counsel before the International Trade Commission for Samsung related to light-emitting diodes, for a J&J subsidiary concerning an Alzheimer’s disease drug, and having participated in several intellectual property trials for Monsanto concerning genetically modified crops and herbicides, among other trials. Kurt also has substantial experience in prosecuting and defending trade secrets cases, particularly arising in the context of complex litigation involving other intellectual property claims.
Kurt has also published and lectured on intellectual property issues, and previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the Howard University Law School where he taught a course on patent enforcement.