Andrew S. Baluch: Lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP

Andrew S. Baluch

Special Counsel
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Technology
  • Appellate
  • Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical
  • Trade Secret Noncompete Litigation
  • China
  • Electronics
  • IP Due Diligence
  • IP Litigation
  • Japan
  • Patent Office Trials
  • Privacy, Security & Information Management
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
University Northwestern University (B.S., 2003; M.S., 2004)
Law SchoolBoston University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007 Editor, Boston University Law Review
Admitted2007, Massachusetts; District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Andrew Baluch is an intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and serves as vice chair of the firm's Patent Office Trials Group. He advises companies on global IP strategies, including international portfolio management, IP diligence reviews, opinions, licensing, litigation, patent reexamination, and trade secret protection. As a member of the firm's China practice, Mr. Baluch provides clients with information on the impact of the Chinese legal environment and consultancy on international conventions, including the WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Mr. Baluch is a former director of international IP enforcement in the White House Office of the IP Enforcement Coordinator. In this role, he oversaw the implementation of all international IP enforcement initiatives in the U.S. Government's Joint Strategic Plan on IP Enforcement and coordinated U.S. Embassy personnel stationed in 17 priority countries, including China, Brazil, Russia and India. His responsibilities also included convening inter-agency teams to assist companies facing IP theft abroad and participating in all major bilateral trade dialogues with China, including the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce & Trade (JCCT) and the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED).

Prior to his White House appointment, he was an expert legal advisor to the under secretary and director of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). During his tenure with the USPTO, he participated in numerous trade missions to China, advised the director on IP litigation, drafted regulations for public comment, and helped draft the USPTO's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan. In this role, he gained particular experience in post-grant patent disputes handled within the USPTO.

Mr. Baluch served as a law clerk to Judge Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was an associate with Foley before this service.

In the area of nanotechnology, he is managing editor of Nanotechnology Law & Business and conducted graduate research in the field of molecular nano-electronics.


Mr. Baluch holds degrees in materials science engineering from Northwestern University (B.S., M.S.) and Boston University School of Law (J.D.), where he served as editor of the Boston University Law Review.


Mr. Baluch is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, and the USPTO.


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Supreme Court Relaxes "Exceptional" Case Standard in Pair of Fee-Shifting Patent Cases
Andrew S. Baluch,Jeanne M. Gills,Kenneth K. Suh, May 6, 2014
On April 29, 2014, the Supreme Court handed down decisions in two companion cases that relaxed the “exceptional” case standard under the fee-shifting provision of the Patent Act (35 U.S.C. § 285). In Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., No. 12-1184 (2014) and...

PTAB Practice Tip: When Must I Request ‘Authorization’ to File a Motion?
Andrew S. Baluch, January 16, 2014
One of the most common mistakes parties make in the new Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings is failing to seek Board authorization to file a motion. Many practitioners incorrectly assume that the way to request relief of any sort is to simply file a motion. But...

Round Two of U.S. Patent Reform Progresses as House Passes Goodlatte Innovation Act
Andrew S. Baluch,Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff, December 12, 2013
On December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the “Innovation Act” originally introduced by Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA). The bill passed by a vote of 325-91, with four amendments to the bill as introduced. Chairman Leahy has introduced similar legislation in...

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Andrew S. Baluch

3000 K Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20007-5109


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