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Seth A. Watkins, Ph.D.

Seth A. Watkins, Ph.D.
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  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)


  • Duke Law School, J.D.
  • Duke University, Ph.D.
  • Duke University, M.S.
  • Duke University, B.S.E.


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Seth A. Watkins, Ph.D. is an intellectual property attorney who concentrates on Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), district court litigation, and appellate matters. Seth has been ITC counsel in many cases ranging from semiconductor and computer technologies to alternative energy technologies. In addition, Seth has been lead counsel in district court actions concerning patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
Among Seth’s prior representations include litigation matters involving: WiFi and other wireless technologies; telephony technologies including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)/Internet telephony; hard disk drives; printed circuit boards; LEDs; hybrid electric vehicle batteries; wind turbines; chemicals for crops, ornamentals, and turfgrass; metal cutting equipment; wastewater treatment; and food technology.
Seth has litigated administrative law issues, including a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case concerning executive privilege in the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has litigated death penalty issues at the Supreme Court. As a registered patent attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Seth has argued before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (now the PTAB).
Seth was previously in private practice at a large IP boutique and a large general practice firm, where he handled matters including litigation, arbitrations, licensing, prosecution, strategic counseling, and due diligence.
Seth has a Ph.D. from Duke University where his coursework and research focused on thin film science concerning semiconductors, ceramics, and superconductors. 
Since 1997, Seth has served on the adjunct engineering faculty at Duke. He currently holds a joint appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Practice in the Master of Engineering Management Program. In addition to his current teaching, he is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke. Seth also previously taught intellectual property law courses as an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.



Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, L.L.P. is a Washington D.C. law firm and internationally recognized leader in the field of international trade law with an emphasis on Section 337 intellectual property litigation before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC).  Founded in 1981, the firm has over 30 years of experience practicing before the ITC, all other federal agencies involved in international trade, the United States Court of International Trade, and federal district and appellate courts.  As part of its Section 337 practice, the firm has participated in approximately one-third of all investigations instituted in the last ten years.  In other areas of international trade law, the firm represents clients in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, as well as advises clients on Customs valuation and classification, and on country of origin, duty preference programs, sanctions, and export control issues. The firm also advises clients on trade policy issues, including import and export opportunities and barriers, enforcement, and regulatory hurdles.  In addition to its international trade practice, the firm represents clients in a broad range of intellectual property disputes and counsels them on licensing and enforcement.

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