Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Keith R Hummel is a partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s litigation department. He has extensive experience litigating complex IP matters and other disputes for plaintiffs and defendants in a range of industries, including telecommunications, internet technology, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, chemicals and biotechnology.
Mr Hummel has led jury and bench trials in federal and state courts and before arbitration tribunals. He advises clients on national and worldwide IP strategy, and often supervises and coordinates concurrent litigation in several countries. He also leads efforts to identify IP assets that can be effectively used for offensive or defensive purposes.
Mr Hummel represents Abiomed, a global medical device company that develops groundbreaking cardiovascular products, in two patent infringement matters relating to guidance systems used to place intravascular blood pumps. He is also representing Vitaworks in patent litigation against manufacturers, importers and distributors of taurine, an organic compound used in consumer products, including energy drinks. Vitaworks’ patents cover improved methods of manufacturing this important compound that virtually eliminate waste products.
Mr Hummel obtained a settlement of over $750 million for Medinol after a seven-week trial in a dispute with Boston Scientific Corporation, and obtained a favourable settlement for OrbusNeich Medical and its international affiliates in patent infringement actions against Boston Scientific’s coronary stent systems.
Mr Hummel has been recognised as a leading IP practitioner by numerous publications, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 US, Benchmark Litigation and The Best Lawyers in America. He co-authored the Intellectual Property Law Answer Book, published by the Practising Law Institute, currently in its ninth edition.
Mr Hummel received a BA from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 and graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Centre in 1990.