Terence P. Ross, Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2645
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Terence P. Ross is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring. Terry's practice is concentrated on the trial of civil lawsuits, particularly those involving intellectual property, media and technology. He has represented clients in numerous high-profile cases, particularly in the application of the intellectual property laws to the Internet and e-commerce. Terry has broad experience in various types of intellectual property disputes, including patent and copyright infringement; trade secret and unfair competition litigation; and trademark/trade name disputes. In particular, he represents a number of media companies and other content providers who publish (at least in part) on the Internet.

Terry's experience at both the trial and appellate levels is extensive. He has had a principal role in several dozen jury or bench trials and arbitrations. Most recently Terry helped obtain a verdict of $919.9 million in damages awarded to DuPont based on misappropriation of Kevlar® trade secrets by a Korean competitor, Kolon Industries. In addition, Terry has made oral arguments to the Supreme Court of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In 2002, Terry was selected by IP Worldwide Magazine as one of the seven best intellectual property litigators in the United States under the age of 45. Also, Washingtonian Magazine selected him as one of the "best lawyers" in the Washington, D.C. area in 2004 and 2007. The Washington Legal Foundation, a public interest organization dedicated to furthering the principles of free enterprise, has described Terry as "one of the country's top lawyers." In addition, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy has conferred on Terry its designation as a "Master Advocate."

In his 25 years of practice, Terry has developed a reputation for aggressively handling significant cases that involve large potential damages or cutting-edge issues of law. Accordingly, he has managed staffs of lawyers and paralegals ranging from three to thirty with case budgets running up to $10 million per year.

Terry is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia and the State of New York. He is also a member of numerous federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has handled litigation in a wide variety of federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Terry graduated from Stanford University, with honors, in 1980. In 1983, he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was research editor and a member of the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review. Upon graduation, he clerked for Judge Roger Robb on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Terry also has an M.A. in history from George Mason University.

Terry is active in many Bar Associations. He speaks and writes regularly on a variety of intellectual property topics. In particular, he chairs the D.C. Bar Association's Annual Developments in Intellectual Property Law Forum and is a former member of the steering committee of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Litigation Committee. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School where he teaches intellectual property. Terry is the author of the leading treatise on intellectual property damages, Intellectual Property Law: Damages and Remedies, published by Law Journal Press.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, Virginia

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  • Washington Litigation Departments of the Year: Crowell & Moring General Civil Litigation
    June 24, 2013 — National Law Journal

    In the National Law Journal (NLJ) special report "Washington Litigation Departments of the Year," Crowell & Moring was named "Department of the Year" in the "General Civil Litigation" category. For this report, the NLJ editorial team evaluated litigation departments in the nation's capital based on several criteria including biggest wins, revenues, headcounts, and operations. As a result of their research and findings, the team selected six "excellent firms" in this first-ever, Washington, D.C.-based contest. When asked about the firm's key to success, firm chairman and Washington, D.C.-based partner, Kent Gardiner, remarked, "Clients bet on us because we bet on ourselves to win for them, and we collaborate to structure our fees around our ability to achieve success as they define it."

  • Fashion Co.'s Exit From Prom Dress IP Suit Gets 2nd Circ. OK
    October 15, 2012 — IP Law360

    The firm's representation of Fiesta Fashion is highlighted in this article about the Second Circuit victory relating to the copyrightability of prom dresses.

  • New 'Adware' Apps Bug Facebook, Google
    December 8, 2011 — The Wall Street Journal

    Washington, D.C.-based partner, and member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, Terence C. Ross talks to the Wall Street Journal about the generation of controversial advertising software that is damaging the ad businesses of Web giants including Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc., inserting a layer of ads on websites or covering up other paying ads. The Internet companies are considering ways to address the situation, claiming that the advertising software is confusing to consumers since it appears that the ads are generated by the website.

    According to Ross, “The strength of a legal case would depend on whether consumers are confused about the tradeoffs for downloading the software and also how the technology actually works to alter the websites people see.”

  • How They Won It: McGuireWoods, Crowell Score For DuPont
    October 18, 2011 — Intellectual Property Law360

    Washington, D.C.-based Litigation Group partner and Trade Secrets team member Michael J. Songer speaks to Intellectual Property Law360 about the successful trial strategy that secured a $920 million jury verdict for Crowell & Moring client DuPont in a heated trade secret case with rival Kolon Industries Inc. over DuPont's Kevlar brand body armor product. The joint efforts between McGuireWoods and Crowell & Moring resulted in one of the largest jury verdicts ever reached in the Eastern District of Virginia.

    According to Songer, "We chose the unjust enrichment theory, that Kolon had avoided the expense of doing their own research and development. Then we had to demonstrate the amount of research that had gone into DuPont's technology over the years."

  • Jury Awards DuPont $920M In Kevlar Trade Secrets Suit
    September 14, 2011 — IP Law360

    Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Group is highlighted in IP Law360 as co-counsel for DuPont in their $919 million win against Kolon Industries.

    According to DuPont Senior Vice President and general counsel Thomas L. Sager, “The size of this award is one of the largest in defense of business processes and technologies.”

  • Fashion Co. Freed from Prom Dress Copyright Suit
    July 8, 2011 — IP Law 360

    Crowell & Moring client Fiesta Fashions is featured for securing a dismissal in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Jovani Fashion Ltd. in New York federal court. Jovani Fashion Ltd. had brought the lawsuit against a slew of prom dress makers and retailers, but U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl found that the dress the company was accused of replicating was not copyrightable. Crowell & Moring Intellectual Property Group attorneys Terence P. Ross and Jonathan J. Anastasia were counsel to Fiesta Fashions in the case.

    Ross told IP Law 360, "This was an important case in the prom dress industry for one of the few remaining manufacturers that still makes its apparel in the USA. Judge Koeltl’s decision keeps the prom dress market open to free and fair competition."

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Jan.13.2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.24.2013 Crowell & Moring Recognized by National Law Journal as Washington, D.C. "General Civil Litigation" Department of the Year
Sep.15.2011 Crowell & Moring Client DuPont Wins Trade Secret Case Against Kolon Industries
Jan.21.2011 Summary Judgment Awarded to Crowell & Moring Client Dewberry & Davis in Significant Copyright Case
Dec.14.2009 Terry Ross Joins Crowell & Moring's Intellectual Property Group, Boosts Trial Team
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