Adam Kaufmann is an intellectual property partner in Kirkland's Chicago office, where he focuses his practice on patent litigation. He has represented clients in matters involving a variety of technology areas and industries, including RFID cards, SRAM design, cloud based computing technology, flash memory devices, biological extracts, and deepwater drilling equipment. Adam also has experience in all phases of patent litigation, including claim construction, fact and expert discovery, summary judgment, and trial in federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission.


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