Donald R. Dinan focuses his practice on international business and trade and the protection of intellectual property. He works extensively in international trade law, including trade dispute resolution before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), particularly in protection of intellectual property rights, the Department of Commerce involving antidumping and countervailing duty cases and unfair trade actions, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), and in federal courts including the Court of International Trade.
Donald also works on import and export licensing matters, customs enforcement, and international business transactions. In addition, he focuses on federal court litigation, transnational litigation, and international arbitration. He represents numerous clients in the District of Columbia, including local government entities in civil and commercial litigation.
Donald is the former Director of the Unfair Import Investigations Division of the ITC, which administers the enforcement of Section 337 regarding unfair methods of competition and unfair acts in the importation of articles into the United States. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director Chief of the Patent Branch and also served a number of years as a Commission Investigative Attorney in the Section 337 Division. Donald was part of the task force that wrote the original Rules of Practice and Procedure that govern Section 337 and served on the joint committee between the Division and the Office of Administrative Law Judges, which wrote the enforcement rules governing Section 337.
Donald has served as lead counsel on a number of important 337 investigations, including:
- color televisions from Japan
- copper rod rolling machines from Germany
- steel rod rolling machines from Germany
- the Rubik’s Cube cases
- diamond-coated machine parts from Germany
- gear couplings from Canada
- TSA locks from China
He has addressed various bar associations and professional groups concerning the United States International Trade Commission (UITC) and section 337 (19 U.S.C. 1337) including the American Patent Law Association annual convention, D.C. Patent Law Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys, and AMA International.
Donald has also authored numerous publications regarding Intellectual Property Rights and International Trade, including:
- “Global Enforcement of IP Rights: A Practitioner’s Guide to WTO/Trips” – Co-author, (a case book and treatise on the law of the World Trade Organization on Intellectual Property, which will be used as standardized text for academic courses and as a practitioner’s guide)
- “An Analysis of the TRIPs Agreement and the Uruguay Round of the GATT”
- “Intellectual Property Protection in NAFTA”
- “The Proper Role of the Commission Investigative Attorney in an Unfair Import Case before the International Trade Commission”
- “The Relation Between Decisions of the U.S. International Trade Commission and of the Courts – Duality of Intellectual Property Rights” – Co-author
- “The Effective Use of U.S. Trade Laws”
- “An Analysis of the United States – Cuba ‘Havana Club’ Rum Case Before the World Trade Organization”
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
D.C. Democratic State Committee, Ward 6 Delegate, Legal Counsel
Democratic National Convention (DNC), National Credentials Committee Member, District of Columbia Democratic Convention Delegation Member
Adjunct Professor of International Trade and Intellectual Property, Georgetown University Law School
ITC Trial Lawyers Association, former Board Member
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Former
Chair – Export Licensing Committee and Committee on International Trade
Washington International Trade Association (WITA)
U.S. International Trade Commission Historical Society, Former President
Lawyers of Distinction (2018-2020)