Rodney R. Sweetland III

Duane Morris LLP
505 9th Street, N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-2166

Phone: +1 202 776 5241
Fax: +1 202 330 5547

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Rodney R. Sweetland III


Rodney R. Sweetland III is co-chair of Duane Morris' ITC Section 337 Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Sweetland focuses his practice in the areas of Section 337 litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission and intellectual property and unfair trade practices litigation before U.S. district courts and circuit courts of appeal, as well as trade secrets and complex commercial litigation in all forums. Mr. Sweetland has represented clients in technologies involving semiconductors, computer software, lighting controls, optical, processing and video graphic displays, among others. His career has been entirely devoted to litigation. Accordingly, Mr. Sweetland has first-chair experience at both the trial (bench and jury) and appellate levels of practice. He is frequently relied upon by the media as an expert commentator in intellectual property litigation and also widely published in the field.


Areas of Practice

  • Section 337 Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Unfair Trade Practices Litigation

Representative Matters

  • Sintered Rare Earth Magnets, Methods of Making Same and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-855
  • Devices for Mobile Data Communication Devices, Inv. No. 337-TA-809
  • Electronic Devices with Communication Capabilities, Components Thereof, and Related Software, Inv. No. 337-TA- 808
  • MLC Flash Memory Devices and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-683
  • Integrated Circuits and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-656
  • Lighting Control Devices Including Dimmer Switches And/Or Switches, Inv. No. 337-TA-599
  • Products and Pharmaceutical Compositions Containing Recombinant Human Erythropoietin, Inv. No. 337-TA-568
  • NOR and NAND Flash Memory Devices and Products Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-560
  • NAND Flash Memory Devices and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-553
  • Automotive Parts, Inv. No. 337-TA-557
  • Injectable Implant Compositions, Inv. No. 337-TA-515
  • Purple Protective Gloves, Inv. No. 337-TA-500
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation v. Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc., 542 F.3d. 1363 (Fed. Cir. 2008).
  • Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., 128 S.Ct. 2109 (2008) (patent exhaustion) (amicus brief).
  • In re Papst Licensing (MDL), published decisions include Minebea Co. Ltd. v. Papst, 444 F. Supp.2d 68 (D.D.C. 2006); 377 F. Supp.2d 34 (D.D.C. 2005); 374 F. Supp.2d 231 (D.D.C. 2005); 374 F. Supp.2d 202 (D.D.C. 2005); 229 F.R.D. 1 (D.D.C. 2005); 370 F. Supp.2d 297 (D.D.C. 2005); 370 F. Supp.2d 302 (D.D.C. 2005); 228 F.R.D. 34 (D.D.C. 2005); 355 F. Supp.2d 526 (D.D.C. 2005), 221 F.R.D. 11 (D.D.C. 2004) (patent infringement)
  • Tesla Indust., Inc. v. Waldmann, et al., No. 06-65 (GMS) (D. Del.) (trade secrets)
  • Altvater Gessler-J.A. Baczewski Int’l (USA), Inc. v. Sobieski Destylarnia S.A., 5/9/2007 NYLJ (trademark infringement)
  • M. Eagles Tool Warehouse, Inc. v. Fisher Tooling Co., Inc., 2007 WL 979854 (D.N.J.) (patent infringement)
  • CPC Intern., Inc. v. Skippy, Inc., 214 F.3d 456 (4th Cir. 2000) (trademark infringement)
  • Raflo v. U.S., 157 F.Supp.2d 1 (D.D.C. 2001) (choice of law)
  • Haddon v. U.S., 68 F.3d 1420 (D.C. Cir. 1995) (respondeat superior)


  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1991
  • Western Michigan University, B.S., 1988


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2012-present
  • McKool Smith, P.C.
    - Partner, 2007-2012
  • Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP
    - Senior Associate, Partner, 2003-2007
  • Solo Practitioner, Federal Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation, 1993-2003
  • George Mason University Law School
    - Adjunct Professor, 1999-2000
  • Chaikin & Karp, P.C.
    - Attorney, 1991-1992
  • U.S. Army Reserve
    - Captain, 1988-2003

Professional Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Honors and Awards

  • Listed as an "IP Star" in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars, 2013
  • Listed in Legal 500 ("expert in ITC investigations, very dynamic")

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • "Evaluating Whether to Litigate at the ITC, Navigating the Process, and Understanding Markman Hearings," Greater Richmond Area Intellectual Property Association, September 18, 2012
  • "Patent Litigation Before the International Trade Commission: Latest Developments," Strafford Publications Live CLE, September 11, 2012