Daniel E. Yonan is a director at Sterne Kessler and heads the firm’s U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Practice Group, in addition to being a member of the Trial & Appellate Practice Group. He is an experienced intellectual property trial attorney focusing on complicated patent disputes before federal district courts; fast-track investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission; and proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Since Daniel founded the firm’s ITC practice, it has more than quadrupled in size, and Sterne Kessler is now among the top five percent of all firms active before the Commission. Daniel was further recognized among the top 15 most active attorneys before the Commission from 2014 to 2019, and is called upon for his unique ability to resolve these highly specialized proceedings, with a particular understanding of the complexities in dealing with German entities. Additionally, he is the Vice Chair of AIPLA’s ITC Committee for the 2023-25 term.

As lead counsel, Daniel takes multiple investigations through trial each year. Daniel’s unique trial skills are informed by his knowledge of the Administrative Procedure Act and his early career training with a former Director of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations.

Daniel has also appeared as lead counsel in multiple district court patent infringement trials, and has a client base that includes some of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers. He is sought out for his creative approach to resolving disputes, which includes utilizing inter partes review proceedings before the PTAB, where Daniel was recognized as being among the top 10 attorneys representing Petitioners in 2019. Daniel has further helped to establish a brand enforcement litigation practice at Sterne Kessler where he regularly secures injunctive relief for clients faced with counterfeiting and other intellectual property misappropriation.

Before attending law school at John Marshall Law School, Daniel was a new-drug research chemist at Pfizer, Inc. (formerly G.D. Searle & Co.), where he focused on the development of novel anti-inflammatory drug candidates. Daniel received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois.

ITC

  • 337-TA-1365: Photovoltaic Connectors and Components Thereof – Shoals Technologies Group, LLC* v. Hewtech Philippines Corp. et. al. 
  • 337-TA-1342: Semiconductor Devices Having Layered Dummy Fill, Electronic Devices, and Components Thereof – Bell Semiconductor v. MaxLinear, Inc.* et. al.
  • 337-TA-1265: Certain Fitness Devices, Streaming Components Thereof, and Systems Containing Same – Dish Technologies LLC v. iFIT, Inc.* et. al.
  • 337-TA-1242: Certain IP Camera Systems including Video Doorbells and Components Thereof –  Eyetalk365, LLC et al. v. Vivint Smart Home, Inc.* et. al.
  • 337-TA-1235: Certain Vehicle Control Systems, Vehicles Containing the Same, and Components Thereof – Jaguar Land Rover Limited v. Volkswagen AG* et. al.
  • 337-TA-1177: Certain Semiconductor Devices, Products Containing the Same, and Components Thereof (II) – Globalfoundries US Inc. v. TSCM Technology Inc.* et. al.
  • 337-TA-1141: Certain Cartridges for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Components Thereof – Juul Labs Inc.* v. Ziip Lab SA et. al.
  • 337-TA-1139: Certain Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Components Thereof – Juul Labs Inc.* v. Eonsmoke LLC et. al.

* = represented party

  • Patexia, “The 100 Most Active Attorneys Representing Petitioners – PTAB” (2023)
  • IAM Patent 1000, “National: Recommended – International Trade Commission; Washington, D.C.: Patent Litigation (Silver Band)” (2024 – 2020)
  • Patexia, “Respondent Performance (Top 100) – 2023 ITC Intelligence Report” (2023)
  • Patexia, “100 Most Active Attorneys Representing Petitioners – Inter Partes Review” (2022)
  • Managing IP, “IP Star” (2024 – 2017)
  • Super Lawyers, “Super Lawyer – Washington D.C.” (2024 – 2020)
  • Managing IP Awards, “Nominee – Litigation Practitioner of the Year (DC Metro area)” (2021)
  • IAM Patent 1000, “National: Recommended – International Trade Commission and Litigation; Washington, D.C.: Patent Litigation (Bronze Band)” (2019 – 2016)
  • LMG Life Sciences, “Life Sciences Star” (2018 – 2012)

  • J.D., University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Illinois

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Illinois

  • AIPLA, ITC Committee Vice Chair (2023 – 2025)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • AIPLA, Biotechnology Committee co-chair (2015)

  • Syriac

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2024 Bench & Bar® Conference

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ITC Section 337 Year in Review

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