Charles D. Ossola

Charles D. Ossola Partner, Intellectual Property

Chuck is a trial lawyer whose practice has spanned a broad spectrum of intellectual property litigation for more than 25 years. He has served as lead counsel in numerous patent, trademark, false advertising, unfair competition, copyright, and trade secret lawsuits in federal and state courts throughout the United States. In addition, he has litigated antitrust counterclaims in patent litigation, as well as independent antitrust claims arising from the use or enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Chuck’s practice further encompasses Section 337 litigation before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and arbitration proceedings involving intellectual property claims. He is an experienced appellate advocate in intellectual property cases, having argued patent cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and trademark and copyright cases before the regional federal courts of appeals, including the Second, Fourth and Ninth Circuits.


Experience Highlights

  • (E.D. Va.) — Represented national auto insurance company in litigation related to the use of its trademarks in paid advertising in search engine results
  • (D.N.J.) — Actively representing one of the world’s largest chemical companies in a family of related patent, antitrust, and business tort cases involving flexographic printing technology
  • (D. Md.; N.D. Il.) — Currently representing a national auto insurance company in its efforts to protect the value and distinctiveness of its world famous trademarks by stopping infringing and diluting uses both in and out of court
  • Served as lead counsel in patent litigation involving semiconductors, software, communication systems, MRI technologies, pharmaceutical compositions, dermatology products, medical devices, and mechanical systems
  • Served as lead counsel in numerous Hatch-Waxman cases in federal district courts across the country, as well as provided strategic counseling in worldwide pharmaceutical patent litigation
  • Represented photographers, architects, music companies, advertising agencies and advertisers in intellectual property litigation in federal district and appellate courts


Contact Details


T +1.202.639.6558
F +1.202.879.8999
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037-1701
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Charles' Practices

  • Villanova University Law School, J.D., 1978 (Member, Villanova Law Review)
  • Williams College, B.A., History cum laude, 1975 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Admitted to practice: District of Columbia; Virginia
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, cited for being “about as smart as they come,” 2005–2006
  • Washington Post, Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C., 2016 
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star, 2014–2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation, 2007–2012, 2014—2016
  • Euromoney'sBenchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star" in District of Columbia, 2016
  • Washingtonian, Top Lawyer, Intellectual Property, 2013–2015
  • Selected to the Washington D.C. Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers® (Thomson Reuters), Intellectual Property Litigation, 2010–2016
  • Washingtonian Magazine, Stars of the Bar, Intellectual Property, 2011 
  • Legal Times, “Leading Lawyers in Copyright and Trademark” Washington, D.C., 2007
  • Member: Law360 Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board, 2016
  • Member: Intellectual Property Owners Association (Trade Secrets Committee)
  • Member: International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPA)
  • Member: American Intellectual Property Association
  • International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member: Union Internationale des Avocats
  • Advisory Board Member: BNA Pharmaceutical Law& Industry Report
  • Master of the Bench and Founding Member: The Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court in Alexandria, Virginia