Max Ciccarelli

Max Ciccarelli

Intellectual Property Practice Leader |
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Intellectual Property Practice Leader

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Max 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, and a variety of complex United States Patent Office proceedings. 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 wide variety of technologies and geographical areas (both in the U.S. and around the world).

He has been recognized by numerous publications, including The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (2008-present), Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (2007, 2011-2015), and IAM Patent 1000 (2012-2016), which praises Max for “analyzing situations carefully to determine whether there is a creative way of resolving them quickly, and for the least amount of outside counsel spend” and notes he is a “creative and astute practitioner who never takes his eye off the ball.” World Trademark Review 1000 (2018) describes him as “patient, understanding and passionate,” noting that “in any challenging IP matter, you can be confident that he will do whatever it takes to ensure you are in the best position.”


  • 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


  • Chambers USA by Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property); 2018

  • Dallas Copyright Law "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc.;2019

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Law, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, Patent Law); 2008-2019

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Intellectual Property Litigation); 2007, 2011-2018

  • World Trademark Review 1000 – Bronze ranking, 2018

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

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Intellectual Property), D Magazine; 2016-2018
  • The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, IAM Patent 1000; 2012-2017

  • IP Stars; 2015-2016

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

  • Who's Who Legal: Texas (Patents); 2016-2018

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)