- Federal Circuit Bar Association
Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Timothy Bickham is a first-chair litigator who represents companies in US patent infringement and trade secret cases. He focuses on competitor litigation and ‘bet the company’ cases where issues are critical in both the courtroom and the boardroom.
For more than 20 years, Mr Bickham has litigated cases in district courts throughout the United States, including in Delaware and Texas. He has also filed and defended Section 337 claims before the US International Trade Commission. Protecting key IP assets often requires litigation in multiple forums and Mr Bickham has experience leading multi-jurisdiction litigation. Through his work in notable cases and his many appearances at distinguished seminars and speaking engagements, Mr Bickham is widely recognised as a leader in complex litigation, even when the issues extend beyond intellectual property.
Based in Beijing since 2019, Mr Bickham serves as the firm’s managing director of China intellectual property and litigation. From offices in Beijing and Washington DC, Mr Bickham continues his US litigation practice while deepening his connections with companies, universities and other IP stakeholders in China.
Mr Bickham’s commitment to working with Chinese companies is reflected in his prestigious speaking engagements in Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hangzhou. Each year, Mr Bickham is an invited speaker at Tsinghua University Law School and various IP organisations in China.
Mr Bickham received his LLM from the George Washington University Law School; his JD from the University of Missouri, Columbia; and a BA (chemistry and philosophy) from William Jewell College. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and is registered to practise before the USPTO.
In China, Mr Bickham can be reached at the firm’s Beijing office: