Sean Iyer is an Executive Vice President with Compass Lexecon and leads work in high-stakes litigation in intellectual property, antitrust and competition, consumer fraud and product liability, and other complex commercial disputes. Prior to joining Compass Lexecon, he headed Cornerstone Research’s national intellectual property practice. He has broad subject matter expertise in applied economics, pricing, damages, surveys, and market research methods.
Sean has worked on many of the most-watched intellectual property disputes involving the world’s leading technology companies. His experience includes dozens of patent and other intellectual property cases in U.S. federal courts, before the American Arbitration Association, in the International Trade Commission (ITC), and in Delhi (India) High Court. In life sciences, his work includes numerous patent damages matters involving pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices. He is experienced in ANDA matters, including analysis of irreparable harm, cases involving brand-generic settlements, allegations of sham litigation, Walker Process fraud, “product hopping.” He is currently Vice Chair of the ABA’s Antitrust Division IV Specialized IP Section.
Outside of patent litigation and consulting, his work includes several trade secrets misappropriation matters in high tech industries. He has analyzed business-to-business (B2B) marketing, vendor practices, hiring and employee mobility issues, and intellectual property-ownership agreements for joint ventures. His copyright experience includes rate-setting proceedings at the Copyright Royalty Board. He has worked on several trademark and trade dress cases that involved branding, confusion, and harm-to-brand issues.
Sean also has extensive experience in consumer fraud, product liability litigation, and FTC deceptive advertising matters. His work in these areas includes class certification defense, theories of liability and damages analysis. He has also analyzed marketing and consumer behavior aspects of what the “reasonable consumer” would expect and market studies to assess reliance and materiality.
His antitrust experience covers analysis of class certification and merits in monopolization, price-fixing, and exclusive-dealing claims matters. He regularly consults on competition issues arising from the assertion of standard-essential patents (SEPs) and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) commitments and terms.
Sean serves on the board of the Washington Conservatory of Music.