Kevin McNish

A registered patent attorney, Kevin McNish represents clients in inter partes reviews (IPRs), covered business method reviews (CBMs), post-grant reviews (PGRs), ex parte reexaminations, and other proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. With first-chair experience spanning more than 80 IPRs and other Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings, he is one of the most prolific PTAB practitioners in the United States. Across those proceedings, he has drafted petitions and responsive briefs; taken and defended expert depositions; and argued at oral hearings. He also maintains an active appellate practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he has both briefed and argued appeals of PTAB proceedings.*

Before leaving to launch McNish PLLC, Kevin was a partner at Desmarais LLP in New York, New York, where he built and led the firm’s PTAB practice. Before that, he was an associate at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP in Orange County, California.

Outside of his work for McNish PLLC, Kevin is a committed member of the PTAB Bar Association, where he serves as the District Court Desk Editor for its biweekly PTAB Roundup newsletter. He also enjoys cooking, dodgeball, and spending time with his family—including McNish PLLC’s chief morale officer, Norman the Basset Hound.

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, Physics, Mathematics, and Art History (High Honors), magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Maine
  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of California

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Affiliations

  • PTAB Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association

* Includes experience obtained at previous law firms.