J. Anthony Downs

Tony Downs, a partner and the former chair of Goodwin Procter’s IP Litigation Group, has more than 25 years of litigation experience. He joined Goodwin Procter in 1988 after clerking for Chief Justice William Rehnquist at the U.S. Supreme Court. His practice is focused on intellectual property litigation, with specialization in patent matters. He also has experience in antitrust and competition law, securities and other complex commercial litigation. Mr. Downs has been repeatedly listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where clients have lauded him for being “outstanding at trial” and “greatly skilled in making complex technical arguments understandable."

Mr. Downs has tried cases in federal courts throughout the country, and has advised clients on trans-border disputes in cases across Asia and Europe. He has also appeared as lead counsel before the International Trade Commission and has participated in multiple reexamination proceedings, both ex parte and inter partes, in the U.S. Patent Office. In addition to his extensive trial experience, Mr. Downs has briefed or argued appellate cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, the First, Second and Ninth Circuits, and in various state appellate courts. He also regularly uses arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution procedures.

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Areas of Practice 1) Patent Litigation, 2) ITC 337 Proceedings, 3) Antitrust & Competition, 4) Business Litigation and 5) Appellate Litigation
Law School Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., 1986)
Education Princeton University (A.B., 1982)
Bar Member / Association Massachusetts
Most recent firm Goodwin Procter LLP
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