Derrick J. Carman



Derrick Carman helps large and small clients assert their intellectual property rights and defend against allegations of intellectual property infringement. He focuses on patent litigation, representing clients in Federal Courts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the International Trade Commission. Mr. Carman helps clients manage the complicated strategic considerations involved in navigating the IP litigation landscape.

Mr. Carman also works with patent owners to develop patent portfolio monetization strategies, including licensing and litigation strategies. He has experience with a broad range of technologies, including battery technology, medical devices, projector systems, e-commerce platforms, luggage, computer graphics software, and computer memory systems.

Prior to becoming an IP litigator, Mr. Carman prepared and prosecuted patent applications in-house and in private practice. Mr. Carman’s background in patent prosecution combined with his experience in a variety of litigation forums provides a unique insight into the operations of IP law.


U.S. District Court

  • Represented biological sciences R&D company in defense of claims for patent infringement. Case settled on favorable terms prior to trial. Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. v. Aragen Bioscience, Inc., NDCA-3-16-cv-05993.

  • Represented emergency response software in defense of claims for patent infringement. Case was voluntarily dismissed following filing of a motion to dismiss. 911 Notify, LLC v. MobileTREC Corporation, DDE-1-15-cv-00582 (prior to joining Robins Kaplan).

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Represented Patent Owner in response to four petitions for inter partes review of patents related to cellular communications. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied institution of all four petitions. IPR2018-01474; IPR2018-01478; IPR2018-01556; IPR2018-01557

U.S. International Trade Commission

  • Trial Counsel for owner of cellular communications patent portfolio including an 8-day patent infringement trial before the International Trade Commission. Certain 3G- and LTE-compliant Cellular Communication Devices and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1138.

  • Represented subpoenaed third party in multiple International Trade Commission Investigation concerning lithium-ion battery separators. Certain Batteries and Electrochemical Devices Containing Composite Separators, Components Thereof and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1087; Certain Lithium-Ion Battery Cells, Battery Modules, Battery Packs, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1181.

  • Represented subpoenaed third party in International Trade Commission Investigation concerning smart thermostats and HVAC systems. Certain Smart Thermostats, Smart HVAC Systems, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1185.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (2021-2022 editions)
Bar Admissions
  • Colorado
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D. (2013), cum laude, Justinian Honorary Society; Syracuse Law Review, Computer Editor (2012-2013)
  • Denison University, B.S. in Physics (2010)
Professional Associations
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • New York State Bar Association 


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