IJA International Judicial Academy

Director Detail

Hon. Roderick R. McKelvie


Partner, Covington & Burling, Washington, DC, former United States District Judge, District of Delaware

From 1992 to 2002, Judge McKelvie served as a United States District Judge for the District of Delaware. During those 10 years, he presided over more than 200 patent infringement cases, including more than 30 patent infringement trials. While on the bench and since his resignation, he has worked to improve the procedures for presenting complex cases to juries, including having developed model jury instructions for patent infringement cases and the Federal Judicial Center's video for jurors, An Introduction to the Patent System.

Judge McKelvie has handled intellectual property and commercial matters at the trial and appellate level, having been lead counsel in over 20 jury trials. He is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, teaching a course in patent infringement litigation. He is a former President of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court and the Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court, and a founding member and former President of the Delaware Bankruptcy Inn of Court.

He served as co-Chair of the National Academies' Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in Genomic and Protein Related Inventions. He is also currently a member of the intellectual property advisory committees for the University of Maryland School of Law and the United States District Courts for the District of Delaware and the Western District of Pennsylvania. He has been named one of the top intellectual property lawyers in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.

He received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1968 and a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He was a law clerk to Judge Caleb R. Layton, III, a judge on the District Court for the District of Delaware.

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