Adam Kaufmann is a partner in Kirkland's Chicago office, where he focuses on patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation matters. Adam has successfully represented clients in all phases of patent litigation in both federal court and the International Trade Commission, including trying cases to favorable verdicts and winning summary judgment. He has also successfully represented patent owners and petitioners in numerous AIA proceedings. Adam’s practice spans myriad technologies, products, and industries, including polymeric coatings for beverage cans, oil-and-gas technology, GPS guidance and autosteering technology, motors, pharmaceuticals, RFID cards, flash memory devices, and biological extracts. And he regularly lectures on patent related issues, including lecturing on U.S. patent infringement litigation for the Japan Intellectual Property Association for the last several years.

Adam also maintains an active pro bono practice, including a recent Freedom of Information Act matter where he led the briefing and successfully argued the appeal in a precedent setting case in Illinois. 

Recent Successes

Arrows Up, LLC v. U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. et al. (S.D. Tex. 17-01945): Adam represented U.S. Silica and its subsidiary SandBox Logistics where he won summary judgment of no infringement on all five asserted patents.

Intellectual Ventures II v. Mitsuba Corp. et al. (ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1073): Adam represented Mitsuba in an ITC patent infringement case where he won claim construction on all disputed terms with respect to the patent asserted against Mitsuba after which IV terminated with prejudice both the ITC and related district court cases. IV also disclaimed all challenged claims of the asserted patent in a co-pending inter partes review proceeding, resulting in their cancellation.


Thought Leadership


Fan YY, Kaufmann A, Mukasyan A, et al. Single and Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes Produced Using the Floating Catalyst Method: Synthesis, Purification and Hydrogen-uptake. CARBON, 44(11):2160-2170, 2006.

Norfolk C, Kaufmann A, Mukasyan A, et al. Processing of mesocarbon microbeads to high-performance materials: Part III. High-temperature sintering and graphitization. CARBON, 44 (2):301-306, 2006.


Awarded William D. Manly Award for Excellence in Materials Research by the University of Notre Dame Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010, Illinois
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors2010
    Comment Editor, University of Chicago Legal Forum
  • University of Notre DameB.S., Chemical Engineeringmagna cum laude2005