Zoya Kovalenko is an intellectual property litigation associate in the Bay Area office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on high-tech patent litigation in United States federal courts, as well as before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Zoya's experience includes performing pre-filing diligence, researching complicated issues, and drafting briefs, motions, and memoranda. In addition, Zoya has worked with technical experts to acquire a strong grasp of various technologies, including video encoding, GUIs, circuits, and medical scanners and related software. Zoya's extensive fact discovery experience also includes drafting discovery requests and responses, including drafting invalidity and infringement contentions and drafting discovery deficiency letters. She has also assisted in taking and defending depositions of expert and fact witnesses, including a patent inventor and key executives at large, international companies. Moreover, Zoya has assisted with trial preparation, including preparing deposition designations, counter designations, objections, and cross-examination questioning.

Zoya has additionally honed her litigation skills by participating in several pro bono matters involving defamation, immigration, and veteran issues.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • Not admitted to practice in California
  • 2019, District of Columbia
  • 2016, Georgia


  • Emory University School of LawJ.D.with High Honors2016

    Order of the Coif

    Dean's List

    Articles Editor, Emory Law Journal

    Participant in Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER)

  • Georgia Institute of TechnologyB.S., Applied Mathematicswith High Honors2013

    Honors Program

    Dean's List

    Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology

    HOPE Scholarship

    MCTP Mathematics Scholarship