DuMont is a partner at WilmerHale where he is a Supreme Court and appellate litigator. He has argued 18 cases before the Supreme Court. His practice includes appeals in a diverse array of subject areas including patent, trademark, antitrust, and constitutional issues. Prior to joining WilmerHale in 2002, DuMont worked in the Justice Department as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and as Associate Deputy Attorney General where he handled cases on computer crime, e-commerce, and privacy. After graduating from Stanford Law School, DuMont clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the Seventh Circuit.
While DuMont does not appear to have an extensive background in patents and patent law (as many patent practitioners were hoping), Patently-O reports that his recent patent appeals include Tivo v. Echostar, Princo v. ITC (pending en banc rehearing), Airgo IP v. ArvinMeritor, Agfa Corp. v. Creo Prods., Purdue v. Endo, US Philips v. ITC. He does appear to have a distinguished civil litigation career, especially at the appellate level.
Judge O’Malley’s nomination is still pending in the Senate as well. No date has yet been set for her confirmation hearing. Her nomination has garnered fairly wide-spread support. It will be interesting to see whether the bar is similarly enthusiastic about Mr. DuMont’s nomination.