Russell Levine is a partner at Kirkland, where he has spent his entire 25-plus year career. He focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent infringement matters and disputes involving and related to technology transfer and patent licence agreements. His trial practice includes both jury trials and Section 337 proceedings before the US International Trade Commission. His appellate practice concentrates on appeals in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His technology transfer and licensing practice includes structuring and negotiating both licensing-in and licensing-out transactions.
He is one of only four private practitioners in the world who Intellectual Asset Management magazine named to The World’s Leading IP Strategists, The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers and The World’s Leading Patent Litigators. Legal 500 US referred to Mr Levine as an “outstanding strategist” and stated that “Russell comes highly recommended: ‘his strength is in understanding the issues in a business context and seeking creative ways to end litigation’”. Chambers USA describes him as “an awe-inspiringly good litigator”, “an excellent patent litigator” and “very bright and effective”, and praises him “for delivering pragmatic and wellreasoned legal advice in an understandable, business-friendly way”. He has been named each year since 2004 by the Leading Lawyers Network as one of the Top Lawyers in Illinois in intellectual property; he has been selected by his peers for several years running for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in IP law; and, based on a statewide nomination process, he has been selected for several years running for inclusion on the Illinois Super Lawyers List.
Mr Levine is counsel to the board of trustees of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) (USA & Canada) and an international delegate to LES International. He is co-editor of International Licensing and Technology Transfer: Practice and the Law. For the past 18 years, he has taught a course for the Society of Automotive Engineers entitled “Patent Law for Engineers”.