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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 legal disputes for plaintiffs and defendants in a wide 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 frequently 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 used effectively for offensive or defensive purposes.
Mr Hummel recently represented Amgen in one of the first cases under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, which resulted in a global settlement that will enable Amgen to market the first approved biosimilar of Humira®. He was subsequently retained to represent Amgen as plaintiff in its retrial of a patent infringement case against Sanofi and Regeneron. He also represented Reggie Brown with his claim to an ownership interest in Snapchat, which settled on mutually agreeable terms. At present, Mr Hummel is representing Qualcomm in patent and antitrust suits against Apple.
In the medical device field, Mr Hummel obtained a settlement of over $750 million for Medinol Ltd 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, in which he oversaw and coordinated litigation in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Mr Hummel has been recognised as a leading IP practitioner by numerous professional publications, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and The Best Lawyers in America. He co-authored the Intellectual Property Law Answer Book, published by the Practising Law Institute, which is in its seventh edition.
Mr Hummel received a BA from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Centre in 1990.