Goetz Fitzpatrick
Attorneys at Law


Donald R. Dinan


Donald R. Dinan focuses his practice on international business and trade. 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 (antidumping and countervailing duty cases), unfair trade actions, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and in federal courts including the Court of International Trade. He 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 in the courts of the District of Columbia.He is the former Director of the Unfair Import Investigations Division of the ITC, which administers the enforcement of Section 337. Prior to becoming Director, Mr. Dinan was the Deputy Director, Chief of the Patent Branch and he also served a number of years as a Commission Investigative Attorney in the Section 337 Division.

He was a member of the task force that wrote the original Rules of Practice and Procedure that govern Section 337. He also served on the joint committee between the Division and the Office of Administrative Law Judges which wrote the enforcement rules governing Section 337. He 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; and most recently, TSA locks from China.


  • “Global Enforcement of IP Rights: A Practitioners 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”


Addressed various bar associations and professional groups concerning USITC 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


Phone: (212) 695-8100
Fax: (212) 629-4013
E-mail: ddinan@goetzfitz.com


International Litigation/Trade
Remedy Matters
International Business
International Trade
Intellectual Property Litigation
Patent Litigation
Trademark Litigation
International Law
Government Relations &
Administrative Law


L.L.M., London School of Economics
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance


New York
District of Columbia


American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

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