Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Kurt Calia is a partner in Covington & Burling LLP’s Palo Alto office. He has been a trial lawyer at Covington for more than 27 years, where he focuses on complex civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property disputes for a wide range of firm clients. He formerly co-chaired the firm’s Patent Group and served as the Vice Chair for the Trade Secrets Committee of the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association (IPO). He is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property developments, and he has taught courses in intellectual property at Stanford Law School, Berkeley Law School, and Howard University Law School. He has tried cases on a broad array of technologies, ranging from satellite communications equipment, pharmaceutical products, software, genetically modified crops, light-emitting diodes, and everything in between. He has significant trial and appellate experience in courts throughout the country and in the International Trade Commission. Kurt has also litigated cases at the intersection of intellectual property and other areas of law, including antitrust, employment, food & drug regulation, and licensing disputes. He was also integrally involved in the Protect Trade Secrets Coalition in successfully seeking to enact the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which created a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation to supplement state-level remedies. He has been recognized by the Daily Journal, IAM Patent 1000, and Legal 500 (among others) for his work in intellectual property. At Covington, he has served for decades as a hiring partner, managing partner for legal personnel, and member of the firm’s diversity, professional development, and associate advisory committees.