Max Ciccarelli

Max Ciccarelli

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Max Ciccarelli focuses his practice on complex intellectual property litigation in the areas of patents, trademarks, trade dress, product configuration, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and antitrust. He also assists clients with licensing, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, patent reissues, reexaminations, and interferences. Max counsels both mature and start-up companies on identifying, developing, and leveraging the value of their technology and other intellectual property assets. His expertise includes a number of international disputes involving such countries as Mexico, Italy, France, England, Germany, Switzerland, and Malta.

Max is a "high-energy, charismatic litigator who demonstrates a strong commitment to his clients" and "always looks for a creative way to get us out of cases as early as possible," according to clients quoted by IAM Patent 1000 2013-14. He is "able to distill the complex ins and outs of patent claims for his client and for the court."


  • Obtained jury verdict of invalidity on four patents in Eastern District of Texas in case where plaintiff was seeking over $100M

  • Spearheaded early claim construction and summary judgment procedure before Judge Davis in the Eastern District of Texas, resulting in summary judgment of non-infringement for 99 defendants

  • Obtained judgment as a matter of law on behalf of an alarm monitoring defendant in the middle of a patent jury trial in the Eastern District of Texas

  • Defended a major semiconductor manufacturer in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas, resulting in a take-nothing judgment of non-infringement

  • Represented multinational companies in offensive and defensive patent infringement litigation

  • Defended a client in a patent infringement lawsuit involving an electrical circuit for a consumer product

  • Represented a defendant in a trademark and trade dress lawsuit involving the configuration of products and the color of a finish

  • Assisted client in structuring equity deals with its high-tech clients

  • Assisted client in preparing its patent portfolio for enforcement against the industry


  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Intellectual Property Law, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent); 2008-present

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Intellectual Property Litigation); 2007, 2011-2014

  • Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region, Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters; 2013

  • The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, IAM Patent 1000; 2012-2014

  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Intellectual Property Litigation); 2005

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)