Timothy Bickham

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 the both courtroom and 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.

Mr Bickham is currently based in Beijing and serves as the firm’s managing director of China intellectual property and litigation. From offices in Beijing and Washington DC, Mr Bickham continues his legal practice while deepening his connections with companies, universities and other IP stakeholders in China. His commitment to working with Chinese companies is reflected in his prestigious speaking engagements in Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hangzhou.

Mr Bickham received his LLM from the George Washington University Law School; his JD from the University of Missouri; and his BA in chemistry and philosophy from William Jewell College. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and is registered to practice before the USPTO.

IAM says

Representing some of Asia’s largest companies, Timothy Bickham handles high-stakes disputes before the ITC and district courts, navigating cross-border matters with ease. When it comes to complex litigation, he is extremely seasoned as both a strategist and advocate.

Professional associations

  • Federal Circuit Bar Association


  • IP management consultancy
  • Legal
  • Licensing

Firm details

Steptoe & Johnson LLP
China Central Place
29th Floor
Tower 2
79 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100025

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