Derek H. Swanson

Senior Counsel

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  • The University of Iowa College of Law, JD, with Distinction, 2006
  • The University of Iowa, BA, with Honors, 2002
  • Virginia

Member; Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Division; Co-chair, Statewide Legal Food Frenzy, Young Lawyers Division; Chair, Veterans Domestic Relations, Virginia Veterans Initiative; Statewide Membership Coordinator, Young Lawyers Division, 2006-2008, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors, Federation of Virginia Food Banks, 2009-present

Derek represents several leading companies in a variety of intellectual property litigation matters, with an emphasis in patent litigation. Derek’s patent litigation practice focuses on technologies in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, e-commerce, and automotive. Derek has extensive experience in all aspects of patent litigation and specializes in managing complex discovery issues and motions practice.

Derek also has significant experience representing a major automobile manufacturer in high exposure products liability and class action litigation on a national basis.
Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Derek was a prosecuting intern in the Johnson County Attorney's Office in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Derek H Swanson
T: +1 804 775 1081F: +1 804 698 2258Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

H-W Technology, L.C. v. Apple Inc., et al. (N.D. Tex.) (applications/application stores).

GeoTag, Inc. v. Royal Purple Inc., et al. (E.D. Tex.) (websites with geographical locators).

NTP, Inc. v. Cellco Partnership, et al. (E.D. Va.) (mobile e-mail).

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company v. Kolon Industries (E.D. Va.) (para-aramid fibers).

Effectively Illuminated Pathways v. Aston Martin Lagonda of North America, Inc., et al. (E.D. Tex.) (LED lighting assemblies).

Parallel Networks, LLC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Co., et al. (E.D. Tex.) (websites and mobile websites using applets).

Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC v. Rochester Midland Corporation, et al. (W.D. Va.) (foam soap dispensers).

Recipient, McGuireWoods LLP Excellence Award, 2008

Recipient, Emerson G. Spies Award, Outstanding Service to Young Lawyers Division, Virginia Bar Association, 2008