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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United States, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for six consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.

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Copyright law in music has seen a ripple effect emanating from the success of Marvin Gaye‚Äôs Estate‚Äôs lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, where mimicking ‚Äėthe feel‚Äô of a song was deemed grounds for infringement. Another key development in the music industry has been The Music Modernization Act being passed in the Senate in September, which aims to ensure that musicians and artists receive better payment through digital music services. The phenomenon of ‚Äėcopyright trolls‚Äô has been another trend within this sphere; the term loosely refers to parties that aggressively litigate against the use of unlicensed images or content online, primarily with the intention of making money rather than protecting intellectual property.

Trade secrets, although a slightly more niche area of law, recently made headlines when the Department of Justice made a criminal inquiry against the Chinese tech company Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from American business partners. The widely publicized tariffs levied by theTrump administration on Chinese products have ostensibly been motivated by trade secret misappropriation from Chinese companies. In terms of regulations, the most recent development was the Defend Trade Secrets Act in 2016, which allows an owner of a trade secret to sue in federal court when its trade secrets have been misappropriated.

Finally, after the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of inter partes reviews (‚ÄėIPR‚Äô) in spring 2018, IPR is as valuable a tool for patent litigators as ever, as most firms hadn‚Äôt seen a dip in the number of IPR cases before the widely expected decision of the Supreme Court in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC. As a side effect of the creation of IPR in 2012, the International Trade Commission has become a more important venue, with many practitioners reporting an increasingly broad sector spread visible in the Commission‚Äôs caseload. On the prosecution side, lawyers benefit from their clients‚Äô sustained willingness to invest in the development and implementation of patent portfolios, despite being under stronger cost pressure. A look back at last year‚Äôs lateral hires reveals a slight uptick in significant team changes, with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‚Äôs continued growth through the hire of several established litigation and prosecution partners from McDermott Will & Emery LLP¬†as the most prominent example. In addition, Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP merged with Hunton & Williams in spring 2018, and former East Coast boutique Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto joined Venable LLP¬†in November 2018, broadening the service platform for its clients while decreasing the number of IP boutiques in a market that is already comparatively dominated by large law firms.


Index of tables

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  2. Leading lawyers: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading lawyers
  4. Next Generation Partners

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    • Todd Anten - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    • Ilene Farkas - Pryor Cashman LLP
    • Christine Lepera - Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
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The 'outstanding IP boutique' Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC is particularly strong in contentious matters relating to book publishing, music and fashion designs. Jonathan King is one of three who leads the team and focuses primarily on the music industry. Fellow practice head Richard Mandel has a similar focus on music and acted for Capitol Records in its litigation against the online marketplace ReDigi, which allowed the resale of digital music purchased from iTunes. Also leading the team is Eric Shimanoff, who has litigated cases involving magazine publishing, video games and music.  Counsel Richard Dannay is another key figure and particularly prominent in book publishing litigation. Elsewhere, Thomas Kjellberg assisted Rhinestone Jewelry Corporation with the enforcement of the copyright for its designs of tiaras and crowns. Also recommended is Joel Karni Schmidt, who is an 'outstanding lawyer', 'always available' and 'very friendly and attentive'. Other notable clients include Penguin Random House and Eli Lilly.

NBCUniversal, Warner Bros and Warner Bros are just some of the household names that engage the 'very deep and talented' team at Jenner & Block LLP. Andy Bart leads the practice and acted for EMI in its litigation against the now bankrupt online music site MP3tunes. He also acted for Jay Z in a dispute concerning his song Big Pimpin', which sampled music from the Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, whose heir claims that he owns the rights to the composition rather than EMI. Another key figure is Susan Kohlmann, who acted for author John Steinbeck's stepdaughter Waverly Scott Kaffaga in litigation alleging that the author's son and daughter-in-law prevented the production of films based upon the author's works. Also recommended is Rick Stone,  who represented 20th Century Fox in a copyright lawsuit brought by a writer who alleges that the movie Gone Girl infringes upon one of the writer's works.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has 'a breadth of experience in copyright matters from literature to entertainment to software' which 'provides a firm foundation for them to tackle any dispute'. Working at the helm is Dale Cendali, who has 'exceptional skill' and 'has done a great job mentoring the next generation'. She recently represented Fox News Network in litigation against media monitoring company TVEyes, which had been providing programming belonging to the client to its subscribers. Claudia Ray is also a key figure and focuses on the technology, consumer and financial services sectors. Also recommended is Diana Torres; she acted for Cadence Design Systems with respect to the alleged infringement of its software copyright by Hong-Kong based Skyworth.

Loeb & Loeb LLP is highly skilled in the music and entertainment industry, with a client roster that includes CBS, the rock band The Eagles and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Barry Slotnick is a key figure and defended NBC and Sylvester Stallone against allegations of idea theft brought by a personal trainer in relation to the television series Strong. He also acted for Sony Music in a copyright infringement claim brought by songwriters concerning the Justin Bieber hit Somebody to Love. Elsewhere, David Grossman  and Jonathan Zavin represented Fox Searchlight and Guillermo del Toro in a lawsuit brought by the estate of playwright Paul Zindel, which alleged that the client's movie The Shape of Water infringed upon the play Let Me Hear You Whisper.

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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP works across all aspects of copyright law and is particularly prominent in the music and gaming industries. Karin Pagnanelli co-heads the practice and is notably strong in contentious issues involving video games. She represented Blizzard Entertainment in a lawsuit against another games developer uCool, which allegedly infringed upon one of the client's games. Also leading the team is Christine Lepera, who is very active in the music industry; she acted for Timbaland, who produced the Jay Z hit Big Pimpin', which was subject to litigation concerning the music sample used from a composition by the Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi. Fellow music lawyer Russell Frackman is also highly recommended.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP  is 'one of the premier copyright litigation practices in the US' and has 'a particularly good market knowledge of the music and digital music market'. Bruce Rich co-heads the practice and acted for Pandora in a royalties payment dispute with the Copyright Royalty Board regarding non-interactive streaming services such as internet radio and others. Also leading the team is Benjamin Marks, who is noted for his 'guidance', 'knowledge', 'patience', 'responsiveness' and 'expertise'. He also represented Pandora on a separate dispute concerning royalty rates regarding on-demand streaming, in this case brought by the National Music Publishers' Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Arnold & Porter recently strengthened its team with the recruitment of Dori Ann Hanswirth and Theresa House, who both joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP.  Hanswirth is highly skilled in the entertainment and media sectors and recently assisted Fox News with the clearance and selection of its television programs Strange Inheritance and Legends & Lies. Robert Garrett is also a key figure and advised a consortium which included the NBA, NFL and MLB on a dispute against cable systems and satellite carriers concerning copyright royalties. Meanwhile, Rhonda Trotter resolved the 20-year long dispute between the musician Prince and Warner Bros Records concerning the ownership of the musician's recordings, in this instance the plaintiff was Prince's Estate. Elsewhere, Louis Ederer defended jeweler David Yurman in a copyright infringement claim brought by its competitor Lagos. Also recommended is Roberta Horton, whose clients include the PGA and the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict.

Fenwick & West LLP's practice is highly involved in issues arising from the use of copyrighted content online as well as in software and gaming. Jennifer Stanley co-heads the practice and is particularly strong in the gaming industry. Andrew Bridges also leads the team and defended Cloudflare against a lawsuit by ALS Scan, arguing that the client was liable for infringement due to offering its online security services to websites that allegedly infringed copyright. The third person chairing the practice is Lawrence Pulgram, who is notably skilled in handling copyright issues for the developers of new technology. David Hayes is also a key figure and acted for General Motors in a lawsuit brought by the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies arising from 'infotainment' systems in the client's vehicles, which allow users to record music and store it in the system. SAP and Soundcloud are also key clients.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton's specialty is fighting online piracy. David Caplan and Dennis Wilson worked with Paramount and Viacom separately on safeguarding its content from online piracy and unauthorized leaks. The duo also assisted BBC Worldwide on taking action against individuals who leaked unauthorized information and images relating to the new series of Doctor Who. James Trigg is also a key figure and acted for Oxford Industries, which took against Talbot in relation to alleged copyright infringement of its Lilly Pulitzer textile designs.

King & Spalding LLP has a strong track record in copyright disputes and represents clients such as Soundcloud, Netflix and ESPN. Kenneth Steinthal  leads the team and has a strong focus on the media and entertainment sector.  Alongside Joseph Wetzel , he acted for the Radio Music License Committee in a lawsuit against the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers in which the client alleged that the defendant's collection of music royalties violated antitrust law. Bruce Baber defended Google from a copyright infringement claim brought by Oracle involving the client's use of the plaintiff's Java Platform for the development of its mobile device platform.

Technology and entertainment are the key areas of focus for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Annette Hurst has a special focus on the technology sector and acted for Oracle in a dispute against Google concerning the latter's use of the former's Java compute language in its Android systems.  Lisa Simpson works in industries such as pharmaceuticals, retail, technology and entertainment. Paul Fakler recently joined from Arent Fox LLP and is very active in the music and technology sectors. He advised Music Choice and Sirius XM Satellite Radio on regulatory issues.

Proskauer Rose LLP has an enviable client roster, which includes names such as U2, Ariana Grande and the Bob Marley Estate. Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks leads the team and has extensive experience in music-related disputes. She acted for Madonna in a copyright infringement case brought by the composer Vincent Montana whose work was briefly sampled in the hit single Vogue. She also defended Lady Gaga against a claim by French artist Orlan, who argued that the artwork and video surrounding the singer's song Born this Way infringed upon her work. Litigators Brendan O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan are also highly recommended.

Pryor Cashman LLP has been prolific in disputes involving the music industry, but is also highly skilled in other areas, such as entertainment and book publishing. Practice head Donald Zakarin acted for the National Music Publishers’ Association in a dispute against music streaming services such as Spotify, Apple and Amazon concerning the royalty payments to which musicians are entitled when their content is used on their platforms. Meanwhile Frank Scibilia represented Sony and ATV Music Publishing in litigation against a Beatles tribute act which sold unlicensed recordings of the band's compositions. Elsewhere, Ilene Farkas advised Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson on three separate lawsuits surrounding the song Uptown Funk. She also defended Ed Sheeran against the estate of songwriter Ed Townsend, which claims that the client's song Thinking Out Loud infringes upon the latter's song Let's Get it On, which was performed by Marvin Gaye.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP regularly handles contentious copyright issues. Robert Raskopf heads the practice and acted for video hosting site Vimeo in a dispute brought by music publishers concerning videos uploaded onto its platform that infringed their copyright. Another key figure is Todd Anten, who defended TVEyes in a case against Fox News which alleged copyright infringement due to offering a search engine of television clips.  Meanwhile, Luke Nikas assisted The Andy Warhol Foundation with a dispute against the photographer Lynn Goldsmith, who alleged that Warhol’s painting of Prince infringed upon a photograph she took of the musician.

Winston & Strawn LLP's IP practice has a strong track record in copyright disputes. Michael Elkin and Thomas Lane are the two key names to note and together they acted for Cox Communications in a dispute brought by music publishers which argued that the client was responsible for its subscribers infringing the plaintiffs' copyrighted material. Elkin also represented Pepsi in a claim by advertising agency Betty, which alleged that the client's 2016 Super Bowl commercial was based upon a concept pitched by the agency.

Baker & Hostetler LLP has expertise in litigation and general advisory matters and represents clients such as Sony Corp and Freeplay Music. Oren Warshavsky  heads the practice and defended the movie news website MovieWeb against numerous allegations of copyright infringement. Robert Horowitz and Robertson Beckerlegge are also recommended.

The 'smart', 'responsive' and 'reliable' Davis & Gilbert LLP regularly represents clients on contentious issues in areas such as advertising, television, music, photography and digital media. Guy Cohen is a key figure and advised the online viral content company Brainjolt in a dispute against its competitor Distractify concerning the latter's infringement in its use of memes and articles. He also acted for Saratoga Films, which took action against a UK-based film distributor which distributed the company's film Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh without a license. Marc Rachman is 'an exceptionally skilled lawyer' and notably strong in the advertising and entertainment industry, as is Ashima Dayal, who is also experienced in infringement cases regarding choreography. Also recommended is Sara Edelman, who is particularly strong in fashion-related cases.

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. team contains 'dedicated experts' that 'keep abreast of all developments' in copyright law. The 'excellent' litigator Craig Mende 'always provides well-reasoned and practical advice' and is 'a pleasure to work with'. David Donahue is also a key figure and acted for the fitness company Peloton in a dispute against its competitor, Total Body Experts, which allegedly used information about the client in one of its adverts; the claims include breach of copyright and false advertising. Laura Popp-Rosenberg is also highly recommended and works in sectors such as entertainment, fashion and luxury goods.

Katten focuses on areas such as fashion, music, entertainment and technology, with a client roster that includes NBCUniversal, the estate of Michael Jackson, and Live Nation. David Halberstadter is a key figure who advised Starz Entertainment, Anchor Bay Entertainment and CBS Television Studios in relation to two separate lawsuits brought by writers who believed that the television series Power infringed upon their work.  Elsewhere, Karen Artz Ash advised Calvin Klein in licensing issues surrounding its use of imagery from the artist Andy Warhol and the photography of Dennis Hopper. Floyd Mandell is also a key figure and is very active in the technology sector.

Mayer Brown's team is led by John Mancini, who 'has incredible knowledge and understanding of copyright infringement disputes'. Music streaming service Spotify regularly engages Mancini, and a recent highlight involved a royalties dispute brought by folk singer Melissa Ferrick. Litigator Allison Levine Stillman is also highly recommended.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a big presence in copyright litigation, and works with clients such as Amazon and the American Society of Civil Engineers. J Kevin Fee leads the team and acted for the American Society for Testing and Materials in a dispute in which another party posted the client's copyrighted standards on the basis that governmental agencies had incorporated these standards and are now allegedly subject to public ownership. Another name of note is John Polito, who 'provides an invaluable mix of in-depth knowledge of software issues and copyright law'. He regularly represents Oracle in infringement issues. Litigator Carla Oakley is also recommended.

Morrison & Foerster LLP assists clients in both contentious and non-contentious copyright matters, with a strong emphasis on the entertainment and technology fields. Key figures from the team include Michael Jacobs, who is particularly strong in software disputes, and technology-focused Richard Hung.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's copyright team handles primarily software and motion picture-related copyright disputes. Practice head Darin Snyder represented Artifex Software in its closely watched case against Hancom regarding whether a general public license for open-source software - in this case the client's open-source PDF interpreter Ghostscript - is an enforceable contract. Working on the motion picture side of the practice are Los Angeles-based Matthew Kline and Daniel Petrocelli in Los Angeles and David Eberhart in San Francisco.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's key area of focus is in music and it is often engaged by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Jay Cohen is a key figure and is particularly skilled in handling disputes pertaining to music rights and licensing. Litigator Lynn Bayard is also highly recommended. Other key clients include Calvin Klein and Michael Kors.

Arent Fox LLP's copyright team covers music, film, television and theater, and has expertise in litigation, licensing and regulatory matters. Practice head Anthony Lupo has expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters and primarily focuses on sectors such as entertainment, fashion, and technology.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP works on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particular emphasis on the technology sector. Key members of the team include Jeffrey Cunard in Washington DC as well as Jeremy Feigelson and James Pastore in New York.

Technology-related copyright disputes is a mainstay for San Francisco-based Durie Tangri LLP. Names of note include founding partner Daralyn Durie and litigator Joseph Gratz.

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC is best known for its work in the areas of book publishing and photography. Maura Wogan acted for Laspata DeCaro Studio in a dispute with Rimowa, which alleged that the client infringed copyright with the photographs it used for one of its marketing campaigns. Jeremy Goldman  represented the publisher Scholastic in a dispute against James Castle, which took action due to the client publishing a book about his life; Goldman achieved a victory in that case on fair use grounds. In addition, Edward Rosenthal worked with Scholastic on resolving photograph licensing disputes.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has expertise in both copyright counseling and litigation, particularly within the gaming, publishing and entertainment industries. Leading the team are Houston-based Jeff Dodd and Edward Colbert in Washington DC. Dodd is particularly skilled in transactional matters, whereas Colbert works on litigation and licensing issues. Other key figures include the New York-based litigators Jonathan Reichman and James Rosini.

Irell & Manella LLP has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious issues, with a particular emphasis on the media and entertainment industries. Victor Jih heads the practice and is highly skilled in litigation. Of counsel David Nimmer is also highly recommended. Robert Schwartz left the firm and joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP regularly works on music industry-related disputes. Robert Jacobs acted for a number of record companies in a royalties dispute concerning songs by rappers Drake, T.I., Young Thug and Dae Dae. He also defended Kendrick Lamar in a dispute brought by the artist Lina Iris Viktor, who alleged that her work was used without proper clearance in the music video All the Stars, which is part of the Black Panther movie soundtrack. Michelle Cooke is also recommended and represented KCETLink on licensing and general copyright issues.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP works for clients such as Forever 21, The Walt Disney Company and Mastercard. Jim Curry acted for the concert streaming website Qello in a licensing dispute brought by the director of a concert featuring artists such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly and Ronnie Wood. Marty Katz represented Global Eagle Entertainment and Inflight Productions in a number of copyright disputes concerning its use of music for inflight entertainment.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is primarily concerned in dealing with piracy and counterfeiting issues. Michael Allan leads the team and recent work highlights of his included advising BMG in a lawsuit against Cox Communications, whose subscribers had infringed online copyright.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP's copyright team works in industries such as movies, visual arts, music, fashion, digital media and software. New York-based Laura Goldbard George heads the practice and is particularly strong in contentious issues facing sectors such fashion and retail. Miami-based James Sammataro focuses on the media and entertainment industry.

Williams & Connolly LLP has an enviable client roster which includes Warner Bros, Walt Disney and Discovery Communications. Thomas Hentoff leads the practice and advised the Recording Industry Association of America on an online piracy lawsuit taken against the now-defunct streaming website Megaupload. Nicholas Boyle is also a key figure and acted for CoStar in a dispute against Xceligent, which had used photographs and data owned by the client.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) delivers 'first class service' and offers 'a one-stop shop for all legal needs', thanks to the 'impressive scope of its US and international practice'. The group fields a strong transactional practice, but also excels in commercial licencing agreements and litigation settlements. Technology-related mandates account for the majority of recent highlight matters, but the group was also active for life sciences, automotive, retail and energy clients. Clients include Qualcomm, the University of Texas at Austin and Revolution Contraceptive. Practice head Mark Lehberg in San Diego, 'exceptional IP attorney' Jeffrey Aronson and Victoria Lee in Silicon Valley, and Philadelphia's Darius Gambino form the heart of the practice. Silicon Valley's Tzung-Bor Wei made partner. Michael McGurk left to found McGurk Group LLC. John Garvey joined Noria Therapeutics and Shane Albright joined Goodwin.

Fenwick & West LLP specializes in due diligence for technology-related transactions, but also excels in licensing work for universities and other research bodies. In a recent technology highlight, Stephen Gillespie advised Github on its $7.5bn acquisition by Microsoft. In the healthcare and life sciences space, Mountain View's Stefano Quintini, alongside Effie Toshav, assisted biopharmaceutical player Loxo Oncology with its collaboration agreement with Bayer regarding a cancer treatment, involving a $400m upfront payment with eligibility for two further potential milestone payments totaling $650m. Also of note, David Hayes in San Francisco advised on its master service agreement with Foxconn Interconnect Technology aimed at applying the client's artificial intelligence expertise to manufacturing processes. Other work came from Invenra, Denali Therapeutics and LG Display. Jake Handy chairs the technology transactions practice group in San Francisco and Vejay Lalla recently joined the New York office from Davis & Gilbert LLP. Kate Withers joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP boasts 'a very strong team', consisting of 'a large number of excellent attorneys' who 'work as a team to get complex matters handled effectively and efficiently'. The IP giant was especially active in pharmaceutical matters, which included the representation of Roivant Sciences in the negotiation and drafting of several worldwide licensing and collaboration agreements, including an agreement with Poxel relating to an oral therapy for type-2 diabetes and extensive due diligence work. A recent electronics highlight was Doris Johnson Hines' representation of defendant Toshiba America Information Systems in breach of contract litigation against MPEG LA. Other instructions came from a semiconductor manufacturer and a renewable energy player. Clients also include AbbVie, Fujifilm and United Technologies. Other key practitioners include practice head John Paul, Brian Kacedon and Jill MacAlpine, all based in Washington DC.

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Foley & Lardner LLP confirmed its prowess in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors by adding multiple highlight matters from these sectors to its already strong track record of work. The group assists with development and commercialization agreements, such as the one concluded between client Lacerta Therapeutics and Sarepta Technologies for the treatment for Pompe disease. Additionally, the team advises on drug evaluations, which recently included assisting Innovent Biologics with its global collaboration agreement with Hutchison MediPharma aimed at evaluating the combination of two of the parties' drugs. The electronics and technology sectors are other key sectors. Acasti Pharma, eMargin and Hitachi also feature on the client roster. Key figures include practice head Michele Simkin and her deputy Andrew Rawlins in Washington DC, and San Diego's Beni Surpin. Chicago's Aaron Tantleff is also noted. The merger with Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP brought Michael Dubner, Paul Vickers Storm, Terrell Richard and Guy Birkenmeier to the team in Dallas.

Morrison & Foerster LLP's strong suit is transactions in the technology sector. The group combines a global footprint with in-depth knowledge of the technology sector, enabling it to assist with a broad range of instructions, including joint ventures, joint development agreements, distribution and supply agreements and outsourcing mandates. Via Licensing instructed the team to advise on a new patent tool for autonomous motor vehicles and several licensing agreements concerning existing or newly created patent pools. In a recent transactional highlight, the team advised SoundCloud on its partnership agreement with Pandora, allowing users to purchase SoundCloud's ad inventory through Pandora. Other clients include Shanghai Henlius Biotech, Wal-Mart and WM Partners. Aaron Rubin in San Francisco and Alistair Maughan in London direct the technology transactions group. Other key US practitioners include Rufus Pichler, Tessa Schwartz, Northern Virginia's Thomas Knox and Vivian Hanson in New York. John Delaney joined Perkins Coie LLP.

Baker Botts L.L.P. impresses with its 'great licensing acumen, negotiation skills and stamina'. Technology and life sciences-related licensing work accounts for the bulk of the recent highlights, but the group also fields a strong practice for universities. Recent standout instructions include assisting Telesat with joint development, licensing and manufacturing agreements for a low-earth orbit satellite constellation, which included a collaboration agreement between Telesat and Airbus and a development agreement between Telesat, Thales Alenia Space and Maxar. Additionally, the team advised Columbia University on the development and management of its worldwide patent portfolio covering physical and life sciences technologies, including counselling regarding standard-essential patents and related group licensing of patents. Practice head Barton Showalter, deputy practice head Christa Brown-Sanford, both in Dallas, and New York's Paul Ragusa are names to note.

Jones Day's practice consists of four areas: strategic alliances, IP-driven private equity and venture capital transactions, IP-driven M&A and licensing in the context of litigation settlements or commercial strategy. Life sciences-related mandates account for the majority of recent highlights, with the group's work on Sanofi's long-term collaboration and license agreement with Denali Therapeutics to find treatments for neurological and systemic inflammatory diseases as a major standout matter. In a recent transactional highlight the group advised Procter & Gamble on its $3.4bn acquisition of Merck's consumer health business. Further, Confluence Technologies instructed the team to advise on the IP aspects of its acquisition by private equity firm TA Associates, which involved agreements regarding Confluence's data-driven financial services platform. Other key clients include Educational Testing Service, Chevron and Astellas Pharma. Silicon Valley's Joseph Melnik directs the US practice group, and Ka-on Li recently made partner.

At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the arrival of Adam Petravicius from Jenner & Block LLP and of Kate Withers from Fenwick & West LLP bolstered the group's already strong technology transactions practice. The team stands out for its broad sector spread, with recent instructions ranging from the pharmaceutical and technology sectors to the electronics and insurance sectors. In addition to advising Abbott Laboratories on the licensing terms for the settlement of a patent dispute, the practice also assisted BioIVT with the licensing agreements for its acquisition of Ascendance. In addition, Boeing relied on the group for the patent license agreements necessary for its joint venture with Safran aimed at jointly designing and building auxiliary powers units. Other clients include EUSA Pharma, Open Invention Network and Tigen Pharma. Chicago trio Neil Hirshman, Seth Traxler and Russell Levine direct the practice group.

Ropes & Gray LLP was especially active in healthcare- and pharmaceutical-related instructions, though the group's recent highlights also include semiconductor and biotechnology mandates. Practice head David McIntosh advised Sarepta Therapeutics on multiple transactions, ranging from the negotiation of a license and option agreement with Lacerta Therapeutics to the negotiation of an exclusive license agreement with Lysogene to develop a gene therapy aimed at treating a neurodegenerative disorder. Bain Capital, BioTelemetry and Shire are other key clients. Silicon Valley's Megan Baca, Edward Black and Mark Bellomy are also noted, as is Regina Sam Penti, who recently made partner. Harry Rubin joined Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides comprehensive service on licensing matter, including due diligence in relation to M&A and joint ventures, research and development agreements and outsourcing agreements. On the life sciences side, the group recently advised Eli Lilly on the licensing aspects of its collaboration with Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, which aimed at using the latter's technology platform to discover and commercialize new medicines for cardio-metabolic disease, neurodegeneration and pain. A recent technology highlight was advising Facebook subsidiary Oculus on several strategic commercial agreements regarding Oculus' virtual reality products. Atos, The Campbell Soup Company and Sanofi are also clients. Practice head Michael Epstein, Jeffrey Osterman and Charan Sandhu in New York, and Silicon Valley's Karen Ballack form the heart of the practice.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton shoulders an impressive corporate licensing caseload, often acting for high-profile clients in strategic transactions. Recent examples include advising Google on the patent licensing aspects of its $1.1bn cooperation agreement with HTC and assisting Honeywell on the licensing components of its homes and ADI Global Distribution spin-off, which involved a complex patent cross-licensing agreement. A consumer product sector highlight was the representation of 3M on the licenses affecting its $2bn acquisition of Scott Safety from Johnson Control. Practice heads Daniel Ilan, Leonard Jacoby and David Herrington are based in New York. Other clients include American Express, Lavazza and Henkel.

Goodwin primarily acts for technology and life sciences clients, both domestic and international. Due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions, financings and public offerings are as much part of the team's experience as stand-alone technology transactions, including strategic alliances and collaboration agreements. A recent standout instruction saw Stephen Charkoudian, who jointly heads the practice in Boston with Kingsley Taft, advise Kind on its strategic partnership with Mars. Former DLA Piper LLP (US) practitioner Shane Albright joined in Silicon Valley, while Jonathan Schur joined the New York team from Dechert LLP. Noelle Dubiansky in Washington DC and Bethany Withers in Boston made partner. Other clients include Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Crispr Therapeutics and WiTricity.

IP boutique Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP specializes in patent licenses and assignments as well as due diligence. The biotechnology, software and electronics sectors are key instruction generators, with many recent highlights coming from medical device manufacturers. In one standout mandate, Entellus Medical entrusted its patent strategy to Joseph Cianfrani, San Diego's Gerard von Hoffmann and Terry Tullis prior to its $662m acquisition by Stryker. For Millipede, von Hoffmann and Rabi Narula conducted the due diligence for multiple financing transactions, and also assisted Millipede with the IP aspects of its acquisition option agreement with Boston Scientific, potentially valued at $450m. Further, Epigen Biosciences sought advice from the group regarding its collaboration and license agreement with Novo Nordisk. Other clients include Spinal Kinetics, Ignyta and Apama Medical. Bryan Wahl, San Diego's Jason Jardine and Salima Merani are also noted. All lawyers are based in Irvine unless otherwise stated.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields a varied practice across the life sciences, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. A recent healthcare highlight saw Pittsburgh's Peter Watt-Morse negotiate multiple license agreements for the embedding of proprietary content in healthcare technology products for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. SanDisk instructed the team to advise on the drafting and negotiation of patent agreements regarding its SD flash memory card joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic -- a cross-border mandate involving the US and Japanese jurisdictions. 'Extremely knowledgeable' key practitioner Rahul Kapoor in Silicon Valley, whose 'analysis of completely new issues and drafting skills are exceptional', is 'intelligent, creative and thinks outside of the box'. Philadelphia-based practice heads Louis Beardell and Eric Kraeutler, and San Francisco's Benjamin Pensak are also recommended. Christopher Bright, Kenneth Cheney, Michael Dreznes, Nathan Smith, Soyeon Pak Laub, and Todd Hales joined in Orange County, Brent Hawkins joined in San Francisco, Hosang Lee joined in Washington DC, and Chicago gained Hersh Mehta and Kevin Shortsle, all former McDermott Will & Emery LLP practitioners. Randall Sunberg left for Baker McKenzie LLP. Other clients include Alpha & Omega Semiconductor, Medisix Therapeutics and Yandex.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises an impressive list of technology clients on a broad range of transactions with significant patent elements. The team's client list features several stellar technology players, including Pinterest, Microsoft, Instagram and Tesla in addition to a significant number of start-ups valued at $1bn and more. The transatlantic trio directing the practice consists of Glynna Christian in New York, Daniel Yost in Menlo Park and Kolvin Stone in London.

Cooley LLP has an especially strong track record of licensing work for clients in the life sciences sector, with due diligences as a core component of the caseload. The main practitioners are Scott Talbot in Reston, Nan Wu in San Francisco, Mika Reiner Mayer in Palo Alto and practice head Ivor Elrifi in New York.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP was active in a wide range of industry sectors, ranging from licensing work for Asator Global Technologies to assisting biopharmaceutical player Molecular Rebar Design and counseling Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on various licensing matters. Other instructions came from Dr. Jack Arbiser and his company Natuderm. Tyler Maddry in Washington DC directs the practice following the merger of Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon in spring 2018. New York's Michael Lennon is also recommended.

Leveraging an expansive global footprint, Latham & Watkins LLP has in-depth expertise of the life sciences and technology sectors and more importantly has strong track record in a range of patent transactions. In a recent highlight, Silicon Valley-based practice head Judith Hasko advised biotechnology player Prothena on a global collaboration agreement with Celgene, aimed at developing new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases and involving the US and Irish jurisdictions. Additionally, Hasko assisted Revolution Medicines with its exclusive worldwide partnership with Sanofi to develop and commercialize new treatments for lung cancer and other types of cancer. Mapi Pharma, Codexis and Puma Biotechnology also feature on the client roster.

WilmerHale's mainstay is instructions from the technology sector. Led by Boston-based Michael Bevilacqua, the team has a long transactional track record of handling collaboration and distribution agreements.

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IP boutique¬†Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP¬†fields a particularly active practice in the pharmaceuticals sector. Examples include the long-standing representation of multinational Biogen in contentious matters, such as the recently filed series of infringement suits against 26 generics companies seeking to market generic versions of blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera¬ģ; this marks the largest-ever set of Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) cases ever filed for a single drug. In addition to the pharmaceuticals sector, the group offers wide-ranging sector expertise. For PPC Broadband, the practice secured a Federal Circuit victory against Corning Optical Communications after a district court win affirming willful patent infringement of a patent covering coaxial cable connector technology, obtaining $61m in damages. The group also successfully appealed three inter partes review (IPR) decisions for Nestl√© in Federal Circuit litigation against Steuben Foods regarding patents on food packaging. Managing partner¬†Mark Sweet, chair¬†James Monroe¬†and the new head of the litigation practice¬†Frank DeCosta, all based in Washington DC, and appellate head¬†Erik Puknys¬†in Palo Alto are key practitioners. Reston's¬†Charles Lipsey¬†is also noted.¬†Aliza Carrano¬†and Jason Romrell,¬†Cecilia Sanabria¬†and¬†Yanbin Xu¬†in Washington DC,¬†Daniel Cooley¬†and¬†Shana Cyr¬†in Reston, and¬†Jacob Schroeder¬†in Palo Alto joined the partnership.¬†Christine Lehman¬†joined¬†Reichman Jorgensen LLP. Other clients include medical device manufacturer Zimmer Holdings, construction equipment giant Caterpillar and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.

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Fish & Richardson P.C. combines one of the most active Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) practices nationwide with a strong presence in the district courts and the Federal Circuit. Its PTAB track record reveals the group's leading practice for petitioners, but the team also shoulders a strong caseload defending patent owners. In a recent highlight, the group obtained a denial of certiorari from the Supreme Court in favour of client Gilead, ending its six-year litigation with Merck over patents covering a Hepatitis C drug. For semiconductor manufacturer Power Integrations, the team secured two district court victories in Delaware against competitor Fairchild Semiconductor, obtaining a verdict affirming willful infringement of patents covering power supply controller chips and $24.2m in damages. Kurt Glitzenstein in Boston directs the litigation practice, which now includes a string of nine newly promoted partners: Bryan Basso and Katherine Prescott in Silicon Valley, Jackob Ben-Ezra in Houston, Christina Brown-Marshall in Atlanta, Megan Chacon and Alex Gelberg in San Diego, Phillip Goter in Minneapolis, Jeffrey Shneidman in Boston and Daniel Tishman in Washington DC. Esha Bandyopadhyay joined in Silicon Valley from Winston & Strawn LLP.

The 'very efficient' Jones Day 'assembles the strongest teams for each matter' and is 'able to draw on a deep bench of legal, business and technical experts across practices and geographies'. 'Litigation is seamlessly coordinated across several fronts, including district court litigation, proceedings before the PTAB, and non-US proceedings.' In addition to an extremely successful PTAB practice, the team has long-standing experience in the major district courts and the Federal Circuit. Washington DC's Gregory Castanias, the head of the Federal Circuit practice, Chicago's John Marlott and Cleveland's David Cochran represented SAS Institute in a headline-grabbing Supreme Court matter in which the Court ruled in line with SAS Institute's arguments, leading to a change in the PTAB's IPR proceedings. For household appliance manufacturer SharkNinja, the practice secured a victory over Dyson in design patent litigation brought forward over vacuum cleaners. David Witcoff in Chicago 'takes the time to get to know his clients and their businesses, and truly cares about providing the best experience possible.' Marc Blackman, also in Chicago, is 'dedicated' and 'has strong technical skills', and Greg Lanier in Silicon Valley is 'a true leader with the ability to bring out the best in his teams'. San Diego's Anthony Insogna directs the practice, which includes Rita Yoon, who joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and former Paul Hastings LLP litigator Michael Hendershot in Silicon Valley. PTAB expert Matthew Jones in Pittsburgh, Vishal Khatri in Washington DC and Houston-based Albert Liou all made partner. Jacqueline Lee left for Flynn Restaurant Group, Patrick Elsevier joined Celgene and Mark Finkelstein joined Umberg Zipser. Google, Johnson & Johnson and Qualcomm are also clients.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is praised by clients for its 'exceptional combination of legal, business and technical understanding'. 'Indisputably one of the nation's largest and most qualified teams', the 'very well-coordinated' group 'tends to dig deeper than most firms'; it has a broad sectorial spread and proven expertise in all the major US patent litigation venues, including the PTAB. Marcus Sernel in Chicago and New-York based practice head Gregory Arovas successfully defended Apex Tool Group against a patent infringement suit brought by LoggerHead Tools regarding a patent covering a wrench. New York's Jeanne Heffernan defeated Sycamore IP Holdings in infringement litigation it had brought forward against AT&T Services over a coding scheme patent, sparing the client $200m in damages. In Chicago, Kenneth Adamo is 'one of the nation's top legal minds' and Russell Levine is 'an exceptional litigator'. San Francisco's Sarah Piepmeier is 'a great lead counsel'. Adam Alper, also in San Francisco, and Los Angeles colleague Michael De Vries 'are thorough and focused on ensuring decisions are made that support the long-term view of a case'. IP practice head Gregg LoCascio in Washington DC, Amanda Hollis in Chicago and Leora Ben-Ami in New York are also recommended. Abbott Laboratories, Cisco and Samsung Electronics also feature on the client roster.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is regularly involved in matters that draw widespread attention in the media, primarily from the technology and pharmaceuticals sectors. An outstanding recent example is the representation of Samsung Electronics against Huawei in a cross-licensing dispute over patent portfolios relating to 3G and 4G mobile technology standards, a matter involving patent and antitrust issues, in which the practice group secured several victories. Additionally, the team obtained a Federal Circuit and Supreme Court victory for Samsung Electronics in litigation against Apple over trade dress and patent infringement issues, overturning nearly all of a $930m judgment. Charles Verhoeven and Sean Pak in San Francisco, Edward DeFranco in New York, David Nelson in Chicago, Claude Stern in Silicon Valley, and Fred Lorig and Tigran Guledjian in Los Angeles jointly chair the practice. Pharmaceutical expert Colleen Tracy James  joined the New York office from Mayer Brown, while Deepa Acharya in Washington DC, James Judah in San Francisco and Nathan Hamstra in Chicago were made partners. Other clients include Qualcomm, Allergan and The Broad Institute.

WilmerHale boasts a strong track record of PTAB work for petitioners and also has experience of district court litigation in all major venues. Recent highlights confirm the electronics and life sciences sectors as the main areas of strength. Washington DC's Amy Wigmore acted for AbbVie in pioneering Biologics Price Competition Innovation Act litigation regarding the sale of a Boehringer Ingelheim Humira¬ģ biosimilar; this involved allegations of patent infringement of eight patents. Mark Fleming successfully represented LogMeIn in Federal Circuit litigation concerning allegations of infringement of a remote access technology patent by 01 Communique, ending 12 years of litigation. Further,¬†Vinita Ferrera secured a victory for paper manufacturer Crane Co over competitor Rolling Optics, with the district court confirming infringement of Crane Co's patents covering anti-counterfeiting technology used in the production of US currency. Akamai Technologies, Astellas and Ford are also clients. Lisa Pirozzolo and Palo Alto's Mark Selwyn¬†co-chair the IP litigation practice. IP practice head Donald Steinberg, Washington DC-based post-grant practice chair¬†David Cavanaugh, and William Lee are also recommended.¬†Andrew Danford¬†and¬†Washington DC's¬†Heather Petruzzi¬†joined the partnership, while¬†Tara Elliott¬†and counsel Rachel Weiner Cohen¬†left for¬†Latham & Watkins LLP. Mary Rose Scozzafava and Wayne Stoner retired. All practitioners are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s patent litigation team is 'an amazing group of exceptionally talented and hardworking lawyers.' The 'great, dedicated and responsive' team has experience across the gamut of patent litigation, including matters in the district courts and the Federal Circuit, the PTAB and the ITC. Following the merger with Liner LLP on the West Coast in autumn 2017, the practice further bolstered its life sciences offering on the East Coast with the arrival of Michael Dougherty and Tony Pezzano in New York, both of whom joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP. Technology-related instructions remain a core focus for the group, with a major recent highlight including practice head Mark Fowler successfully defending Toshiba against Intellectual Ventures, averting infringement claims for ten patents covering semiconductor memory chips and consumer electronics. Clients also include Samsung Electronics, Nike and BASF. Other names to note are 'outstanding strategist' John Guaragna in Austin, the 'awesome' Steven Park in Atlanta, San Diego quartet Sean Cunningham, Erin Gibson, Richard Mulloy and Stan Panikowski, Stuart Pollack in New York, Carrie Williamson in Silicon Valley, Boston's Larissa Bifano and Michael Strapp, and Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell in Chicago. Clayton Thompson and Jake Zolotorev joined in Silicon Valley from Feinberg Day LLP and Tamany Vinson Bentz joined the Los Angeles office from Venable LLP. Additionally, Eric Hagen arrived from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Patrick Park, also in Los Angeles, was promoted to of counsel, while former of counsel Vincent Crowley joined TiVo and John Garvey joined Noria Therapeutics. Lawrence McClure and Gerald Sekimura retired. Todd Paterson also left the firm.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has a varied practice group, with particular strengths in the pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. Recent highlights include defending Merck against a claim brought forward by Mayne Pharmaceuticals regarding a patent covering an anti-fungal product, successfully filing a petition for institution of an IPR and ultimately invalidating the patent in question. The team also defended T-Mobile in a 12-patent district court case against Huawei, involving 4G LTE technology, which the team settled on favourable terms after securing dismissal of several patents and defeating multiple FRAND claims made by Huawei. Wayne Barsky in Century City, Josh Krevitt in New York and Palo Alto, and Mark Reiter in Dallas direct the practice. Also recommended are New York's Benjamin Hershkowitz and newly promoted partners Kate Dominguez, Brian Buroker in Washington DC and Neema Jalali in San Francisco. Other clients include Roche, SoundCloud and Fitbit.

Irell & Manella LLP is among the most established players in the market. The West Coast practice combines wide-ranging sector expertise with proven PTAB prowess and a long string of successes in Federal courts nationwide despite being exclusively based in California. In addition to winning $400m for KAIST in litigation filed against Samsung, GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm for willful infringement of a semiconductor patent, the group also successfully represented Future Link in a case against Intel involving nine patents, before reaching a settlement with Intel. Also of note, practice head Morgan Chu and managing partner David Gindler significantly reduced the damages Zoll Medical had to pay to Philips for infringing defibrillator technology patents, lowering the verdict from $217m to $7.1m. Jason Sheasby, Richard Birnholz and Benjamin Hattenbach are other names to note. All named practitioners are based in Los Angeles, but the firm also has an office in Newport Beach. Other clients include Gilead Sciences, Tessera and Skechers.

McKool Smith is especially active in the telecoms sector, where it recently represented Ericsson in a district court case against TCL Communications Technology Holdings, obtaining $75m in damages for patent infringement and an additional $35m for prejudgment interest and willfulness of infringement of a patent covering platform access technology for various products. A recent highlight from the pharmaceutical sector involved acting for Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in patent litigation against Amgen concerning the new biologic Dupixent. The group also represented Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in two IPRs against Amgen subsidiary Immunex, securing institution of both IPRs challenging an Immunex patent. TiVo, Unwired Planet and Nokia are also clients. Theodore Stevenson and Douglas Cawley direct the practice which includes firm founder Mike McKool, Ashley Moore, Los Angeles' Roderick Dorman and Austin's Kevin Burgess.Kat Li in Austin, Nicholas Mathews and New York's Lauren Fornarotto made partner. Unless otherwise stated, all practitioners are based in Dallas. Lawrence Hadley joined Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP.

Morrison & Foerster LLP impresses with an excellent track record of litigation in the life sciences, consumer products and technology sectors. Jointly led by San Francisco-based Richard Hung and Michael Jacobs, the practice group provides the full range of patent litigation services; the team has a deep bench of PTAB specialists and appellate experts, and also benefits from a big international footprint. Notably, the team regularly acts in conjunction with colleagues from the Tokyo office.

Paul Hastings LLP has 'a deep bench' of lawyers, who combine 'exceptional technical expertise and a great strategic approach'. The 'very dedicated' team is a go-to-practice for PTAB litigation, especially for petitioners; it is primarily active in life sciences litigation, especially in pharmaceuticals and biotechnological cases, but is also instructed by clients in the technology and telecoms industries. A recent success was the defense of Trend Micro against Intellectual Ventures in a Federal Circuit case in which co-chair Yar Chaikovsky from Palo Alto secured a rare grant for attorney's fees from the court, winning the full $441,000 for the client. Together with his Washington DC-based co-chairs, Joseph Palys and Naveen Modi ('a top-notch advocate') Chaikovsky obtained an affirming decision from the Federal Circuit on behalf of HTC in a consolidated case against Virginia Innovation Sciences and Amazon, obtaining dismissal of over 360 claims covering eight patents as ineligible. Helsinn Healthcare, Boehringer Ingelheim and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma are also among the team's clients. Eric Dittmann and Joseph O’Malley in New York impress with their 'passion, dedication, experience' and 'amazing ability to master the nuances and complexities of cases'. Other key figures include Washington DC's Jeff Pade and Blair Jacobs, Bruce Wexler and of counsel Young Park in New York. Robert Unikel and of counsel Robert Laurenzi joined from Arnold & Porter in Chicago and New York respectively, and David Beckwith joined from Fitzgerald Knaier LLP. Palo Alto's Philip Ou made partner. Gerald Flattmann and Evan Diamond left for King & Spalding LLP, while Michael Hendershot joined Jones Day and Hassen Sayeed joined O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Venable LLP acquired New York IP boutique Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto and now has particular strength in the electronics and life science sectors, with an especially busy practice for branded pharmaceutical companies. Michael Sandonato, who chairs the ITC litigation practice with Edmund Haughey, obtained a precedential PTAB decision for long-standing client Canon regarding five ultimately denied follow-on IPRs that General Plastic Industrial had filed. Nicholas Kallas successfully defended two Novartis patents covering the use of the drug Afinitor against invalidity claims brought forward by West-Ward Pharmaceuticals in the district court of Delaware. Washington DC's Justin Oliver directs the PTAB practice, while Justin Pierce, also in Washington DC, chairs the intellectual property department with New York's Dominick Conde. Scott Reed and Washington DC-based Megan Woodworth jointly head the intellectual property litigation practice. Christopher Borello in New York is also noted. Charlotte Jacobsen joined Ropes & Gray LLP before the merger, and Tamany Vinson Bentz joined DLA Piper LLP (US). Additional clients include biopharmaceutical player Alkermes, Sanofi and Allergan.

The team at Winston & Strawn LLP 'always rolls up its sleeves to get through thorny projects'. Known as 'consistent, trusted, and reliable advisers', the practice group comprises 'very effective litigators'. Defense instructions, especially from generics pharmaceutical clients, account for a significant portion of the caseload, but the group also demonstrates strength in the wider life sciences, energy and technology sectors. Chicago's George Lombardi led the joint defense group for Watson Pharmaceuticals in a major victory over Amgen, which had filed a patent infringement claim regarding the only non-expired patent covering its blockbuster drug Sensipar. Other work came from Chamberlin Group, Sandoz and medical device player Alphatec Holdings. The 'smart, insightful and hard-working' Krishnan Padmanabhan, who splits his time between New York and Silicon Valley, has 'exceptional client management skills' and 'has developed a reputation for excellence'. Washington DC's Charles Klein, David Enzminger, based in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, and Thomas Patrick Lane in New York jointly lead the practice group. Kurt Mathas and newly promoted partner Bryce Cooper in Chicago are also noted. Esha Bandyopadhyay joined Fish & Richardson P.C. while Sam Park joined Hikma Pharmaceuticals.

Life sciences patent litigation is Arnold & Porter's key strength, though technology patents also form an important part of the recent caseload. Practice head Matthew Wolf in Washington DC recently represented Boston Scientific in a medical device patent infringement case against defendant Edwards Lifesciences concerning transcatheter aortic valve replacement patents, involving two separate infringement suits before the District Court of Delaware and the District Court of Central California as well as a counterclaim in Delaware. Wolf also secured a summary judgment for patent owner Hologic in a case against Minerva Surgical, conducted over infringement of two patents for an endometrial ablation product. Michael Berta in San Francisco is also noted. Evan Rothstein joined the Denver office from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, while Robert Unikel left for Paul Hastings LLP. Michael Malecek retired. Clients also include Google, Pfizer and Nintendo.

Goodwin impresses with 'experienced, savvy, solutions-oriented counsel' that is 'responsive' and 'creative'. Especially adept at litigation concerning pharmaceuticals and biosimilars, the group also has expertise in technology-related mandates. In a recent highlight, Washington DC's William Jay is representing respondent Teva Pharmaceutical in a Supreme Court case against Helsinn involving the interpretation of a stipulation in the America Invents Act regarding the sale of inventions under a confidentiality agreement. Additionally, the practice won two district court cases for Dr. Reddy's Laboratories against Reckitt Benckiser and MonoSol X, concerning a generic version of opioid use disorder drug Suboxone that the client sought to launch. Actavis Laboratories, Facebook and Gillette also feature on the client roster. New York's  Mark Abate and 'first-rate strategic thinker' Elaine Blais in Boston are key contacts. Trio Ronald Pabis, Stephen Shahida and Patrick McCarthy in Washington DC, who joined from Greenberg Traurig LLP alongside Mark Davis, 'are an incredible team'. Darryl Woo joined the San Francisco office from Vinson & Elkins LLP. Marcia Sundeen and Marta Gross retired. Counsel Brian Robinson left for Novartis.

Latham & Watkins LLP is rated for its 'deep bench of talent', 'deep litigation expertise', and its 'responsiveness, business acumen, industry knowledge and zealous advocacy'. The group is 'not afraid to take calculated risks' and 'thinks creatively', making it an 'excellent choice' for litigation mandates. Recent standout matters show the practice's wide-ranging sector expertise, including an impressive caseload of pharmaceuticals and life sciences litigation. With expertise in district court and ITC litigation alike, the group recently advised Xperi on several cases brought against Samsung regarding 23 patents covering various technologies, including three suits in the Eastern District of Texas, two in New Jersey and one in Delaware Federal Court, in addition to one case at the ITC. Honda instructed the team to advise on its infringement case against Intellectual Ventures, which is pending in California and at the ITC. Major pharmaceutical highlights including the representation of AbbVie Biotechnology in litigation against Amgen and Boehringer Ingelheim, which involved biosimilar versions of blockbuster drug Humira; against Novartis in a 13-patent case involving Hepatitis C drug patents; and against AstraZeneca over blockbuster breast cancer drug Imbruvica. San Diego's Jennifer Barry, Chicago's David Callahan and Washington DC's Michael Morin direct the practice. The 'tough and tenacious' Maximilian Grant, also based in Washington DC, 'adeptly orchestrates all of the assets on the battlefield, but is always focused on the big picture'. Silicon Valley's Douglas Lumish is 'one of the top litigators in the country'. Also of note, Tara Elliott and counsel Rachel Weiner Cohen joined in Washington DC from WilmerHale. Other clients include Arista Networks, Zimmer Biomet and Alvogen.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP specializes in the life sciences and technology sectors. Recent standout examples include the representation of 23andMe in a patent and trademark infringement suit against competitor regarding patents on relatedness identification through DNA analysis; that matter was led by Silicon Valley duo William Gaede and Bhanu Sadasivan. In Washington DC, practice head Nicole Jantzi, Paul Schoenhard and Ian Brooks secured a PTAB victory for Contour IP Holding in proceedings against GoPro, which had challenged camera patents and filed for appeal after being defeated in first instance. ZTE, Sandoz and Amgen are also clients. The team has recently seen a number of departures: Natalie Bennett, Christopher Bright, Jeffrey Gargano, Hersh Mehta, Kevin Shortsle, Krista Vink Venegas and Brent Hawkins joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Eric Hagen joined DLA Piper LLP (US); and Rita Yoon left for Jones Day.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP shoulders a strong and varied caseload for hi-tech clients, often coming from the electronics, telecoms, semiconductor, software and entertainment sectors. New arrival Jared Bobrow, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP together with Jason Lang, now chairs the practice alongside Sten Jensen in Washington DC. Los Angeles' Alyssa Caridis successfully defended Donghee against a six-patent infringement suit filed by Plastic Omnium Advanced Innovation & Research, eliminating two patents in IPRs, three in district court and one in subsequent mediation. Also recommended are Steven Routh in Washington DC and New York's Richard Martinelli, whose 'ability to efficiently and rapidly achieve client objectives is exceptional'. Also of note, Jacob Heath in Silicon Valley made partner, and Clement Seth Roberts joined the San Francisco office from Durie Tangri LLP. Elizabeth Gardner left for Robins Kaplan LLP, George Kanabe left for McAfee and Gabriel Ramsey joined Crowell & Moring LLP. Other clients include Fujifilm, Micron Technology and Nitto Denko, one of several Japanese clients.

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 'fights aggressively, but reasonably', 'communicates effectively' and 'makes sure to engage the client on strategic approaches'. Life sciences and technology-related instructions form the heart of the practice and often involve post-grant proceedings as the practice is among the most active before the PTAB. Recent highlights include successfully defending Illumina against patent infringement claims brought by Ariosa Diagnostics in 2012 regarding patents covering non-invasive prenatal testing. Other clients include General Electric, Sanofi and Hewlett-Packard. Brian Ferguson in Washington DC, Edward Reines in Silicon Valley and Elizabeth Weiswasser in New York direct the practice. Derek Walter, also in Silicon Valley, recently made partner. Counsel Sudip Kundu joined in New York from Kundu PLLC, while Jared Bobrow and counsel Jason Lang left for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has 'a great deal of technical and legal expertise' and 'experience in all forums'. Moreover, the practitioners are 'excellent at coordinating litigation where actions take place in multiple forums simultaneously, keeping the ultimate goal in sight'. Technology-related litigation is the group's mainstay, with a recent example being the successful defense of Twilio in a patent infringement case against TeleSign involving four patents with an estimated claim value of approximately $870m; that matter was led by San Francisco duo Wayne Stacy and Sarah Guske. Key practitioners also include practice chairs Barton Showalter and Christa Brown-Sanford, Kurt Pankratz, 'top-notch attorneys' Douglas Kubehl and Houston-based Roger Fulghum, 'masterful tactical thinker' Hopkins Guy in Palo Alto, and 'very experienced litigator' Robert Scheinfeld in New York. Austin's David Weaver is 'a strong negotiator'. Clients also include Genband, Fujifilm and AT&T Mobility. Unless otherwise stated, all practitioners are based in Dallas.

Cooley LLP is primarily active in the technology and life sciences sectors. The group has developed a specialist biosimilar practice while maintaining a strong Hatch-Waxman focus. In recent examples, the team represented Horizon Pharma in a district court case against Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, which the group won after six years of litigation concerning the infringement of Horizon Pharma's arthritis drug Vimovo. The group also regularly acts for Facebook, which it successfully defended against EveryMD in a Federal Circuit case regarding two online messaging patents. Further, Snap instructed the team to defend it in infringement litigation against competitor Vaporstream, initiated over patents covering methods for electronic message transferring and involving ten IPRs. Nintendo, Celltrion and Amgen also feature on the client roster. The team is headed by Washington DC-based Stephen Smith, and includes Palo Alto trio Heidi Keefe, Mark Weinstein and Michelle Rhyu.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York has particular strengths in the pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors. On the pharmaceuticals side, Keith Hummel and David Greenwald defended Amgen in pioneering BPCIA litigation brought by AbbVie in 2016, alleging infringement of ten AbbVie patents by Amgen's Amjevita, a biosimilar to blockbuster drug Humira. On the telecoms side, the group represents Qualcomm in a series of suits regarding modem chips, including several cases against Apple and a case against the Federal Trade Commission concerning an alleged breach of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Act. A major technology highlight was the successful representation of in a Federal Circuit case following IPRs against Vivint, which had filed for patent infringement of home security technology patents. Other notable instructions came from DRI Capital, Juno Therapeutics and OrbusNeich. Richard Stark, David Kappos, David Greenwald and chairman Evan Chesler are other names to note. Vanessa Lavely made partner, and former US district judge Katherine Forrest joined the team.

IP boutique Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP acts for patent owners and alleged infringers alike, and has an especially strong PTAB practice for patents owners. The group boasts wide sectorial expertise, but enjoys a particularly good reputation for its track record in Hatch-Waxman litigation. Recent highlights include representing Orexigen Therapeutics in a district court case against a company seeking to introduce a generic version of obesity drug Contrave, and defending SecureAuth against a suit brought by StrikeForce Technologies alleging infringement of three patents. Litigation practice head Joseph Cianfrani in Irvine directs one of the deepest benches in the market, which includes pharmaceuticals specialist William Zimmerman in Washington DC, Irvine's Jon Gurka, a specialist in litigation from the electronics, semiconductor and technology sectors, and medical device litigation authority Christy Lea. Other clients include Monster Energy, Edwards Lifesciences and Intellectual Ventures.

At Mayer Brown, the electronics, pharmaceuticals and biotech sectors form the core of the practice. In particular, the group stands out for its focus on Chinese clients, a specialism of Gary Hnath in Washington DC, whose recent highlights include successfully defended Zhejiang Medicine against infringement allegations regarding CoQ10, a popular dietary supplement, brought forward by Kaneka. In a standout electronics instruction, the practice prevailed twice over ZTE, which had filed a patent infringement suit against Maxell regarding seven patents covering smartphone and tablet technologies in addition to launching IPR proceedings regarding seven Maxell patents. Other clients include Bang & Olufsen, Guangdong Chant Group and LG Electronics. New York's Lisa Ferri directs the practice. Colleen Tracy James left for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP enthuses clients with its 'incredibly strategic mindset' and 'relentless advocates', whose 'loyalty and dedication sets them apart'. The team is especially active in the pharmaceuticals and technology industries, and acts for an impressive list of major clients such as 10x Genomics and Nichia. For Amgen, the team acted in multiple high-stakes cases, including Supreme Court and Federal Circuit litigation against Sandoz regarding biosimilars of Amgen blockbusters Neupogen and Neulasta and an infringement district court case against Apotex conducted over biosimilars of the same blockbuster drugs. Key figures in the practice group include 'talented lead trial counsel' and practice head Nicholas Groombridge, 'incredible' deputy practice head Catherine Nyarady ('never misses a beat') and David Ball in Washington DC. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Technology-related work is Ropes & Gray LLP's mainstay, but the group has bolstered its life sciences bench with the arrival of Filko Prugo from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, and Charlotte Jacobsen from Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto. Acting as co-counsel, the team represented TiVo in district court and ITC litigation, including PTAB proceedings, regarding programme guide technology, wherein the practice group asserted TiVo patents against Comcast, Arris and Technicolor. The team also represented Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 in several proceedings against TCL Communications, Intel and Qualcomm, involving standard-essential LTE patents regarding the first opponent, and semiconductor manufacturing patents regarding the latter two opponents. Other notable instructions came from Emerson Electric, Veeco Instruments and Vizio. Andrew Thomases in Palo Alto directs the practice. Andrew Radsch, also in Palo Alto, and Washington DC's Matthew Rizzolo made partner. Alexander Middleton in New York was promoted to counsel. Richard McCaulley left to found McCaulley Dowell.

Dentons is rated for providing 'very clear and well-considered advice'. The group has a varied practice and recently bolstered its technology offering with the arrival of Timothy Carroll, Steven Lubezny and Manny Joseph Caixeiro, formerly of Perkins Coie LLP in Chicago. Silicon Valley's Robert Kramer led the defense of LED player RayVio against a patent infringement claim made by Nitride Semiconductor; he also successfully defended Nistica in a Federal Circuit appeal case against Finisar regarding optical networking patents. Robert Hanson in Dallas is the chair of the intellectual property and technology practice, while Kramer and Washington DC's Mark Hogge jointly lead the patent litigation group. The 'exceptional' Jennifer Bennett in Silicon Valley is also noted. Other clients include FastShip, Sembmarine and Synchronoss.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP stands out through its body of work for Volkswagen, which the group represented in several cases, including an infringement case regarding patents of portable computerized wireless apparatuses and computerized information and display apparatuses litigated before the PTAB and in district court; Volkswagen is just one of several of the group's auto-sector clients. For Kawasaki Rail Car, the practice secured an IPR victory against a Canadian inventor, invalidating his patents on television systems used in subway cars. A recent pharmaceutical highlight was advising Catalent Pharma Solutions on two IPRs regarding naproxen soft gel capsules. Sony, Lenovo and Toyota are other key clients. Tyler Maddry, Michael Oakes, both based in Washington DC, and John Flock in New York direct the practice group.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP is primarily active in technology-related instructions and impresses with a strong track record in semiconductor litigation. Robert Van Nest in San Francisco is the key practitioner. Ashok Ramani joined Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Norton Rose Fulbright has a varied practice, with a recent caseload including pharmaceutical, technology, telecoms and consumer product-related highlights. Jeffrey Lewis in New York represented Purdue Pharma in litigation against defendants Alvogen and Actavis regarding 35 patents in nine consolidated suits aimed at stopping the launch of a generic version of Purdue Pharma's pain medication Hysingla. Uni-Systems instructed the team in a suit brought against the United States Tennis Association and the architects and engineers responsible for the retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium, involving patent infringement, trade secrets and unfair competition elements. Houston-based practice head Charles Walker, New York's Paul Keller and David Heskel Ben-Meir in Los Angeles are other names to note. Qualcomm, Expedia and AT&T also feature on the client roster.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP specializes in the consumer electronics and pharmaceuticals sectors, but is also experienced in semiconductor and telecoms-related cases. In a recent standout instruction, the team successfully defended Google against patent infringement allegations brought forward by Art+Com InnovationPool, securing an invalidity judgment of image display patents from the district court of Delaware, later confirmed by the Federal Circuit. The group also obtained a successful settlement for Mentor Graphics after PTAB proceedings and multiple Federal Circuit appeals against Synopsys, securing a $65m payment from the opponent. Other work came from Hulu, Samsung Electronics and Niantic. Ryan Yagura in Los Angeles directs the practice. Hassen Sayeed joined in New York from Paul Hastings LLP.

Baker & Hostetler LLP stands out for its expertise in US Court of Federal Claims litigation involving patent infringement. Recent examples include the representation of four contractors accused of having delivered patent infringing video surveillance products to the US government, which was sued by 3rd Eye Surveillance together with the Department of Defense, the US Air Force and the Department of Homeland Security, among others. Additionally, the group secured a Federal Circuit victory for defendant SPX Cooling Technologies over Baltimore Aircoil, affirming the district court's judgment. Comcast, TomTom and Hewlett-Packard are also clients. Practice head Mark Tidman and Cy Walker are key practitioners. Counsel Paul Larson left the firm. Washington DC is the main patent litigation hub, but the team is also present in Cincinnati and Philadelphia.

Fenwick & West LLP's 'client-oriented' team is rated for its 'ablity to see the heart of a patent dispute' and recently bolstered its litigation bench with the arrival of Jeffrey Oelke, Kevin McGann, James Trainor, Adam Gahtan, Robert Counihan and Ryan Johnson from White & Case LLP in New York. The group recently represented Nutanix and Nexon America in five law suits filed by Uniloc, involving overlapping patents; the team filed a declaratory judgment action for Nutanix in the district court of the Northern District of California rather than seeking to transfer venue following Uniloc's suit filed in the Eastern District of Texas, thereby obtaining dismissal of the case filed in Texas. Other work came from supercomputer manufacturer Cray, mobile game company Supercell Oy and various pharmaceuticals players. San Francisco's Michael Sacksteder and Rajiv Patel in the Mountain View office direct the practice group.

The 'strong team' at Hogan Lovells US LLP 'works extremely hard and is very dedicated'; it combines wide-ranging sector expertise with the firm's international footprint, making it especially well suited for cross-border disputes. The 'extremely responsive, detail-oriented and knowledgeable' Arlene Chow in New York, who has 'excellent writing and advocacy skills', secured a double victory for Amgen over Apotex in a dispute regarding two blockbuster chemotherapy drugs, succeeding both before the PTAB and in district court. Practice head Celine Jimenez Crowson in Washington DC represented Mercedes-Benz in a long-running dispute against Beacon Navigation, involving district court litigation and an ex parte reexamination. BASF, T-Mobile, Asahi Glass and Santen Pharmaceutical are also among the team's clients. Eric Lobenfeld and newly promoted counsel Ernest Yakob in New York are also recommended. Tony Pezzano and Michael Dougherty joined DLA Piper LLP (US), while Jay Yates joined Patterson + Sheridan LLP.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is well known for its ability to obtain seminal Supreme Court judgments. The New York-based team successfully defended Automated Packaging Systems against claims brought by Free-Flow Packaging International regarding a patent covering the apparatus used to inflate packaging cushions -- one of the client's key patents. Another highlight was representing Costco in litigation against plaintiff Bosch, involving 18 patents covering windshield wipers. SNF Holding, L&R USA and Citizens Equity First Credit Union are also clients. James W. Dabney heads the practice. Stephen Rabinowitz left for Dechert LLP.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP focuses on technology- and pharmaceutical-related cases, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants. Jonathan Waldrop, Darcy Jones and Marcus Barber joined forces to defend Google, Motorola, LG, Samsung and Asus against an infringement suit brought by a Japanese inventor regarding lock features for Android-based smartphones and wearables, obtaining a full dismissal for all clients. On the plaintiff side, the trio acted for MV3 Partners in a suit brought against digital media player Roku over a patent covering media streaming technology. Jay Deshmukh joined the New York office, while Steven Carlson left for Robins Kaplan LLP. Verizon, Sony Electronics and Mallinckrodt are also key clients.

The 'highly engaged' and 'very knowledgeable' team at Milbank impresses clients with its 'great team spirit' and 'high quality of work'. Despite its compact size, the group has a breadth of sector strength that is comparable to many bigger firms in the market. Pharmaceutical specialists Errol Taylor and Fredrick Zullow obtained a favourable and precedential Federal Circuit decision for plaintiff Orexo, which had filed for patent infringement against Actavis after it had filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application for a generic version of Orexo's opioid drug medication Zubsolv. Christopher Gaspar, who specializes in electrical-, semiconductor-, computer-, financial-services-, and medical device-related cases, and Los Angeles-based practice head Mark Scarsi successfully defended Fujitsu Network Communications against a suit filed by Capella Photonics regarding optical telecommunication patents, obtaining favourable decisions from the PTAB and the Federal Circuit before the plaintiff petitioned for a writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court. Google, Knickerbocker Bed and Emeram Capital Partners also feature on the client roster.

The 'strategic thinkers' at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP combine 'formidable depth of experience' with 'out of the box advice that balances commercial needs, costs, risk and impact'. One of the fastest-growing practices in the market, the 'smart, dedicated and extremely focused' group, jointly headed by Louis Beardell and Eric Kraeutler, has built an impressive litigation portfolio with a broad spread of sector experience. A recent example of the team's court prowess was the win for the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research in a long-running case against Cochlear, started in 2007 and involving $268m in damages awarded to the foundation. Nathalie Bennett joined the Washington DC office, Christopher Bright, who 'provides insightful, forward-thinking advice', joined in Orange County, Jeffrey Gargano, Hersh Mehta, Kevin Shortsle and Krista Vink Venegas joined in Chicago and Brent Hawkins joined in San Francisco, all from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Palo Alto's Jason Gettleman recently made partner, and Michael Abernathy is also noted. Other clients include BlackBerry, Taro Pharmaceuticals and Yahoo!.

Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington DC predominantly acts for clients from the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronics and software, and medical and mechanical device sectors. The litigation specialists count a formidable list of major players as its clients, including Eli Lilly for which the group acted in multiple patent litigation cases, a particularly notable example of which involved a win against Dr. Reddy's regarding infringement of a patent covering a method of administering a chemotherapy drug. Genentech, Samsung Electronics and Helsinn Healthcare also feature on the client list. Adam Perlman and Thomas Selby direct the practice, and David Berl is also noted.

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

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Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP is rated by clients for its 'expertise, professionalism and deep understanding of the client's priorities'; it is known as 'a firm with world-class resources, but with the feel of a boutique'. The international trade boutique is among the most active players in Section 337 litigation and often manages the International Trade Commission (ITC) portion of larger cases handled by a different firm in addition to maintaining a strong stand-alone practice. Technology-related instructions remains the group's mainstay, with recent standout instructions including the representation of Qualcomm in a patent infringement investigation regarding mobile electronic devices and radio frequency and processing components. The group is also active in the pharmaceuticals sector, where it recently represented respondents Virtus Pharmaceuticals and Virtus Opco II in a patent infringement investigation regarding a stomach ulcer treatment. 3M, Cisco Systems and Otter Products are also clients. James Adduci, Louis Mastriani, Tom Schaumberg and Deanna Tanner Okun ('an outstanding legal professional with a deep knowledge of trade issues') form the heart of the practice. Also recommended are Paul Bartkowski and recently promoted partners Daniel Smith and Evan Langdon. Of counsel Elizabeth Duall Regard joined from King & Spalding LLP, and counsel Joshua Hartman joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP. William Sjoberg left the firm for Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

'Top-level firm' Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP 'combines deep technical expertise with dynamic litigation skills'. 'Professional and experienced', the group demonstrates wide sectorial breadth in its recent caseload, with instructions coming from electronics and medical device players, computer hardware and LED lighting manufacturers, among others. A recent biotechnology highlight was the representation of complainant Ajinomoto against CJ Cheil Jedang at the ITC, and in related district court and PTAB litigation, regarding patents covering genetically modified organisms to be used for the production of tryptophan. Other clients include Caterpillar, Hytera America and Toyota. 'ITC expert' Smith Brittingham heads the practice, and Atlanta's John Livingstone 'always has the best interest of his client in mind'. Mareesa Frederick is 'deeply familiar with the ITC practice and greatly contributes to the resolution of complicated problems, which occasionally arise during ITC proceedings'. Other names to note include Elizabeth Niemeyer, Gerson Panitch, David Mroz and recently promoted partner Cecilia Sanabria. Christine Lehman joined Reichman Jorgensen LLP.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has one of the most successful ITC practices in the market. Joint practice heads Gregory Arovas in New York and Paul Brinkman in Washington DC are regularly involved in the biggest ITC investigations, which recently included two separate ITC investigations instituted against Arista after the firm's client, Cisco Systems, had filed two complaints regarding several of its patents, requesting to exclude every Arista product from entering into the US. Heineken International instructed the team to defend it against a complaint filed by Anheuser-Busch alleging the infringement of four patents related to bag-in-bottles or bottle-in-bottles technology. Michael De Vries in Los Angeles, San Francisco's Adam Alper and Sarah Piepmeier, and Joseph Loy are other main contacts. Clients also include BASF, IBM and Nike.

The 'amazing group of litigators' at DLA Piper LLP (US) are 'responsive, prepared, easy to work with and down-to-earth' and impress with 'an excellent work product and top-notch service and communication'. Sean Cunningham, who 'deserves exceptional mention for his commitment to the client', defended ResMed against a patent infringement complaint filed by Fisher & Paykel regarding five patents for sleep apnea masks, the second of two investigations filed against ResMed by Fisher & Paykel. Techtronic Industries and Home Depot instructed the team to defend against a complaint filed by Walbro, which involved infringement allegations regarding five patents for outdoor equipment and power tools. Practice head Mark Fowler, who 'always provides the right strategic advice', and Chicago duo Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell are also noted.

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Washington DC-based ITC boutique Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel PC is primarily in charge of the ITC portions of patent litigation, working alongside the counsel in charge of the non-ITC components. Additionally, the group has a strong track record in Section 337-related enforcement before US Border and Customs Protection. Recent highlights include James Altman obtaining a general exclusion order and limited exclusion orders against multiple respondents for complainant Nite Ize, and David Nickel representing complainant Sony in an investigation regarding patents on magnetic data storage tapes and cartridges. Barbara Murphy, who jointly heads the practice with Altman, and counsel Susan Koegel are other key practitioners. Polymer Technology Systems, Immersion and Masteel are also among the team's clients.

The 'high-level professionals' at Latham & Watkins LLP impress with their 'polished demeanor', and continue to grow their practice, most recently with the addition of 'top shelf' litigator Jamie Underwood from Alston & Bird LLP. The group recently succeeded in defending Arista Networks in its ITC litigation opposite complainant Cisco Systems after Arista had received adverse decisions from the ITC; the client ultimately prevailed using rulings from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and an enforcement action trial. Additionally, Comcast relied on the team for its defense against an ITC investigation filed by Rovi, again weaving in CBP tools to allow the previously forbidden import of redesigned products. Other instructions came from Nautilus Hyosung, Amphenol and Ford. Practice head Bert Reiser and Kevin Wheeler are also recommended.

Fish & Richardson P.C. boasts one of the deepest benches in the market and has a long track record of ITC litigation. As co-counsel, the group recently secured a victory for The Chamberlain Group in an ITC investigation against Techtronic industries and related entities regarding garage door opener patents, obtaining a limited exclusion order on certain garage door openers. Washington DC's Ruffin Cordell and Michael McKeon are the key ITC litigators in the group.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a long track record in ITC work for high-profile clients. Recent standout highlights saw the team representing ZTE and ZTE USA in three separate investigations regarding thirteen mobile phone patents; acting for Panasonic in two investigations, including one settlement with a non-practicing entity and one victory; and the successful defense of Hewlett-Packard and Extreme Networks against a complaint filed by Chrimar Systems. Jay Reiziss in Washington DC is the key practitioner.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP was especially active in technology-related investigations. In one of the group's most famous cases, the team represented Qualcomm in an ITC investigation and two parallel district court cases against defendant Apple, involving patent infringement allegations regarding key technologies used in iPhones. Another highlight was the representation of Sony as complainant in an investigation filed against Fujifilm regarding certain tape products. NVIDIA, Ledman Optoelectronic and Gamevice also feature on the client roster. Alex Lasher in Washington DC directs the practice, which includes Silicon Valley's Kevin Johnson, Chicago's David Nelson and new arrivals Colleen Tracy James in New York, who joined from Mayer Brown, and Stephen Wood in Salt Lake City, who joined from Wood Balmforth LLC. Washington DC's Deepa Acharya and San Francisco's James Judah made partner.

Lauded for its 'true ITC expertise', Winston & Strawn LLP is particularly well-known for its recent defense of Comcast in two ITC investigations filed by Rovi, involving eight patents covering set-top boxes used by cable TV subscribers. The practice also took on the defense of GoVision in parallel district court and ITC litigation initiated by Ultravision for alleged patent infringement of certain panels. Practice head Tom Jarvis and Paul Goulet 'know how to present their cases in the manner most conducive to success in this specialized arena'. Also recommended is Steve Anzalone, who 'really digs into the technical nuances of the patent cases that he handles before the ITC'.

Baker Botts L.L.P. was especially visible as counsel for Fujifilm, which the group repeatedly defended against investigations filed by competitor Sony alleging patent infringement of magnetic data storage tapes and cartridges. Further, Oxford Nanopore instructed the team in litigation against Illumina regarding DNA sequencing patents in addition to an investigation filed by Pacific Biosciences. Other clients include Western Digital and subsidiary Sandisk, Ericsson and Samsung. Practice head Lisa Kattan in Washington DC, a former senior investigative attorney at the ITC Office of Unfair Import Investigations, and New York's Robert Scheinfeld and Robert Maier are the key contacts.

Morrison & Foerster LLP has an established reputation in the life sciences, technology and consumer electronics sectors. The team includes senior counsel Brian Busey in Washington DC, Daniel Muino and Mark Whitaker.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP maintains its reputation as one of the ITC practices with the most varied client portfolio. In a recent standout instruction, the group successfully convinced the ITC not to institute the investigation filed by Amarin Pharmaceuticals against DSM and Pharmavite by arguing that the dispute fell under the jurisdiction of the US Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, the team defended Bosch and Foxconn in an investigation filed by JST Corporation which alleged infringement of an electric connector patent. The main practitioners are Jordan Coyle and Steven Routh. NVIDIA, Fujifilm and Hon Hai Precision Industry are long-standing clients.

The team at Steptoe & Johnson LLP is particularly active in the technology sector. Recent examples included representing complainant Autel Robotics in an investigation filed against DJI regarding drone patents. In the medical device space, the team acted for Ilooda and Jeisys Medical as respondents in an investigation filed by Syneron Medical, Candela and Massachusetts regarding radio frequency micro-needle treatment devices. Broadcom is another key client. Practice head John Caracappa is a key figure in the team, and of counsel Matthew Bathon is also recommended. Charles Schill retired.

An historically strong technology group, WilmerHale is now also visible in pharmaceutical-related ITC investigations. The recent caseload confirms the practice's particularly good reputation with major technology players, which also often use the firm for litigation requiring expertise in district court litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings and ITC investigations. Additionally, the team's track record also includes significant victories obtained on behalf of semiconductor manufacturers. Key contacts include Washington DC's Nina Tallon and Boston duo Lisa Pirozzolo and William Lee.

Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

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The team at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP has 'a passion for its craft, deep knowledge of the law, inexplicable creativity and great openness for dialogue and discussion with the client'. 'Thorough in identifying options and in then following through', the group is 'very ethical and professional' and impresses with 'responsive' partners. Considered 'a go-to firm for patent prosecution', the practice covers a range of sectors, with the majority of recent highlight matters coming from the life sciences sector, including instructions from clients active in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics and biosimilars. Examples include representing Incyte in two inter partes reviews (IPR): once successfully obtaining a re-hearing after the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) had denied institution of Incyte's IPR against a patent claiming deuterated versions of Incyte's Jakafi product and securing a rare grant for discovery for Incyte, and another successfully defending Incyte against institution of a post-grant review filed against the same Jakafi patent. Google relied on the practice for the preparation and prosecution of design patents regarding graphical user interfaces and icons, and also trusts the team with the development of international patent filing strategies to ensure worldwide protection of its design patents. A recent semiconductor highlight was the representation of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company ('TSMC') in several IPRs filed by a patent owner against customers of TSMC; the team obtained declarations of invalidity for most of the asserted patents, with two patents moving on to appeal at the Federal Circuit. Managing partner Mark Sweet, chair James Monroe, Patent Office practice leader Adriana Burgy and Atlanta-based PTAB trials section leader Jason Stach fare the key contacts in the practice group. Elizabeth Ferrill, Erika Harmon Arner in Reston, Jill MacAlpine, Boston's Leslie McDonell and Palo Alto's Aaron Capron are also recommended. Also of note, Amanda Murphy and Reston-based Michael Young made partner. Other clients include AbbVie, LG Electronics and Xiaomi. All lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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Fish & Richardson P.C. is one of the most active patent prosecution firms in the market. The group fields an especially busy domestic patent application practice group and was the most active counsel for petitioners bringing patent challenges before the PTAB as well as the second most active team defending patent owners against patent challenges at the PTAB. Washington's John Hayden directs the patent practice, which includes post-grant co-chairs Karl Renner, also in Washington, and Dorothy Whelan in the Minneapolis office. Austin's Heather Flanagan, Minneapolis trio Angela Follett, Christopher Hoff and Jennifer Huang, David Holt, Nicholas Jepsen, Christopher Ma and Andrew Patrick in Washington DC, the Dallas-based Sushil Iyer, Tiffany Reiter in Boston and Silicon valley duo Michael Portnov and Michael Shepherd were all promoted to partner.

With Foley & Lardner LLP's 2018 merger with Gardere Wynne Sewell, the practice group now counts among its ranks Dallas-based patent prosecution experts Michael Dubner and Terrell Richard Miller. The group is especially active in the electronics, chemical, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors, both in matters before the PTAB and in patent portfolio development. Led by Pavan Agarwal, the team scored a major victory for Greene's Energy -- a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the client in the landmark decision in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v Greene's Energy Group, LLC, which affirmed the constitutionality of IPRs. Practice head Michele Simkin advised 22nd Century Group on the prosecution of patents for its transgenic tobacco products. Stephen Maebius and Kristel Schorr assisted Daiichi Sankyo as petitioner in an IPR filed against a patent on a therapeutic antibody owned by Alethia. Other names to note include John Lanza and Christopher McKenna in Boston, Mark Kassel in Madison and Joseph Ziebert in the Milwaukee office. San Diego's Christopher Bolten, Boston's Shabbi Khan and Meng Pua, and Tianran Yan joined the partnership. Unless otherwise stated, all partners are based in Washington DC. BASF, Google and Hitachi Automotive Systems also feature on the client roster.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC in Washington DC has particular strength in the defense of patent owners against challenges brought before the PTAB, but also impresses with its busy caseload representing petitioners in PTAB challenges and its noted prowess in the drafting and filing of patent applications, predominantly domestic ones. In a recent IPR, biotech and chemistry specialist Eldora Ellison successfully defended two of Thermo Fisher Scientific's pharmaceutical patents. Additionally, prison communication service provider GTL instructed the practice in a dispute with its competitior Securus, involving a total of almost fifty proceedings as both petitioner and patent owner. On the patent application drafting and filing side, the group continues to act for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing in matters including the prosecution of patents covering new Bio-FET technology. Other key practitioners include biomedical expert Richard Coller, head of the mechanical and design patent practice Tracy-Gene Durkin, electronics specialist Robert Sokohl, head of prosecution Eric Steffe and founding partner Robert Greene Sterne. Teva Pharmaceuticals, Apple and Broadcom are also clients.

Baker Botts L.L.P. 'has all the angles covered: technical expertise, tactical expertise, and courtroom expertise'. 'Able to adjust perfectly to the varying experience of inventors', the practice boasts wide-ranging sector expertise, with the technology and electronics sectors accounting for the majority of recent standout matters. In one example, New York duo Robert Meier and Robert Scheinfeld acted for Hitachi in the prosecution of a portfolio of over 1,000 diverse patents, including patents covering consumer electronics, semiconductors and optical systems. New York-based Paul Ragusa, who is 'easy to work with' and has 'a no nonsense approach', led advice for Columbia University on the development and management of its patent portfolio in the physical and life sciences sectors, including patents ranging from audio-visual compression and transmission to biotechnical patents, semiconductor patents and pharmaceutical patents. Scheinfeld and Palo Alto 'star' Eliot Williams ('terrific in the courtroom') joined forces to represent Mastercard in several matters including the successful defense of the client in an appeal at the Federal Circuit following a covered business review proceeding initiated by Leon Stambler regarding a patent covering electronic funds using using cryptographic security. Demonstrating its strength in IPRs, the team secured four victories for Bright House Networks regarding telephone and internet networking patents in the context of district court litigation brought forward by Patent Asset Licensing. Sarah Guske and Wayne Stacy in San Francisco, Hogene Choi and Travis Thomas in Palo Alto, Washington DC-based Luke Pedersen and Steve Lendaris in New York are also noted. Barton Showalter directs the practice from the Dallas office, and Michael Sartori joined the team from Venable LLP. Other clients include Cisco, Brother Industries and Halliburton.

Cantor Colburn LLP stands out as one of the most active prosecution practices in the country. Primarily based in Hartford, the IP boutique excels in utility and design patents alike, with recent highlights coming from major electronics, chemical and computer science players. Co-managed by Michael Cantor and Phil Colburn, the team also includes Leah Reimer and Pamela Curbelo as co-chairs of the chemical, materials and life sciences practice; David Fox and Keith Murphy as co-chairs of the electrical-mechanical group; head of the life sciences practice and former Locke Lord LLP practitioner Bryan Zerhusen; and post-grant practice head Andrew Ryan. Alexandria's Dan Drexler directs the design patent practice, while Jim Merrick and Daniel Lent lead the Korean and Japanese practice groups respectively. Dave Christensen and newly promoted partners Eric Baron and Alexandria-based Jenae Gureff are also recommended. Jason Radachy and Duane Minley in Atlanta were promoted to counsel. Susan Zerull joined the Troy office as counsel from Dow Chemical, counsels Brook Lafferty and Douglas Weinstein joined in Atlanta from Merchant & Gould PC, and Alexandria-based counsel Leo Gureff joined from Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe. Susan Doughty retired.

Fenwick & West LLP has a varied practice group with experience ranging from electronics- and technology-related instructions to mandates involving medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Intellectual property head Rajiv Patel and patent practice chair Michael Farn, both in the Mountain View office, advised electronic design automation player Synopsys on the management and development of its patent portfolio, including worldwide prosecution. Patel also assisted AirBnB with the prosecution of patents covering interaction-related and analytical applications to enable the site to launch new services. A recent highlight from the start-up sector saw Antonia Sequeira advise DeepMap on the growth of its patent portfolio, including patents that cover high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles. Trace Genomics, a start-up conducting rapid micro-biome testing and data analysis also relied on Sequeira for the development of its patent portfolio. San Francisco's Michael Sacksteder and Stuart Meyer jointly lead the post-grant proceedings practice. Robert Hulse is also noted. Other clients include Mynosys Cellular Devices, Tile and Dropbox. Robert Sachs left to found Robert R. Sachs PC.

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP impresses with 'a deep bench of technical and legal experts'. The intellectual property giant is adept in the preparation and filing of domestic and foreign patent applications, but also boasts a busy PTAB caseload. A significant number of instructions comes from pharmaceuticals and medical device players, with recent standout matters including advising Retrotope on a patent portfolio covering drugs for the preservation and restoration of mitochondrial health in degenerative diseases. William Zimmermann in Washington DC, Michael Fuller and Kerry Taylor successfully defended Illumina Cambridge against two IPR petitions regarding a patent in relation to DNA sequencing. The group is also experienced in the acquisition of patent portfolios that it helped to develop, an example of which included assisting with the development of Claret Medical's patent portfolio and subsequent due diligence prior to its $220m acquisition by Boston Scientific. Other key figures include managing partner Steven Nataupsky, Mark Gallagher, John Paik and Ed Schlatter in Irvine, Mark Abumeri and Gerard von Hoffmann. Ignyta, Orexigen Therapeutics and Millipede also feature on the client roster. Brenton Babcock joined Womble Bond Dickinson. All partners are based in San Diego unless otherwise stated.

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP is 'extremely knowledgeable of the science behind the patents and also has a strong understanding of the marketplace'. The arrival of Kristina Bieker in Boston bolstered the group's capabilities in the life sciences space -- one of the its key sectors. Recent highlights include advising Applied Therapeutics on its IP strategy, licensing and sponsored research, in addition to assisting the client with various corporate matters. The practice's other focus lies in the technology sector, where standout instructions include assisting gaming company Electronic Arts with patent application drafting and examination strategies. Also in the tech industry, the team assists Google with the management of portions of its patent portfolio related to its network infrastructure, including data centers and network access strategies and cloud computing offerings. Also recommended are Edward Gordon, Kristin Connarn, and Robert Underwood in Boston; Judy Mohr in Silicon Valley; Ahsan Shaikh, who is based in Chicago and Silicon Valley; and Michael Fogarty and Hosang Lee in Washington DC. Clients also include ZTE, Sandoz and Cornell University. Michael Dreznes, Mark Itri, Soyeon Pak Laub, John Magluyan, Andrew Mickelsen, Nathan Smith, Kenneth Cheney, Brent Hawkins, Hersh Mehta, Kevin Shortsle and Krista Vink Venegas left the firm for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. has particular strength in the procurement of design patents and continues to grow its utility patent practice. The recent caseload shows a varied sector spread, ranging from the insurance and financial services sectors to the technology, electronics and retail sectors. Standout instructions include prosecuting a variety of patents for Brother Industries, including patents covering network systems, printer cartridges and image recording, and processing for multi-function devices and tape-reading devices. The group is among the most active PTAB practices in the market for petitioners, but also acts for patents owners, an example of which included the successful defense of Nike in two IPRs filed by Skechers regarding design patents for Nike's Free outsole designs. Contacts include Joseph Berghammer, Binal Patel and Christopher Renk in Chicago, and Ross Dannenberg, John Hutchins (who recently joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP) Frederic Meeker, Christopher McKee, Robert Katz and Joseph Potenza in Washington DC. Shawn Gorman left for Axon to become its Director of Intellectual Property. Honeywell, Shure and Comcast also feature on the client list.

The Virginia-based prosecution team at Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP is especially active in the area of life sciences, but also demonstrates strength in the electronics, mechanical and technology sectors. In matters before the PTAB, the group fields a particularly busy caseload consisting of IPRs and covered business method reviews. The key names are life sciences experts MaryAnne Armstrong, Craig McRobbie and Gerald Murphy, as well as James Eller, who specializes in mechanical and electro-mechanical patents.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton boasts wide-ranging sector expertise and a strong patent drafting and application practice in addition to a busy PTAB practice. In addition to prosecuting fintech patents for Visa and managing Visa's patent portfolio, the team also represented Celanese as petitioner in three IPRs regarding patents for the production of acetic acid, securing three victories before the PTAB with two proceedings having moved on to the Federal Circuit. Further, GoPro entrusted the analysis of design and utility patents to the group. Key names include intellectual property chair Wab Kadaba in Atlanta; chemistry and life sciences co-chairs Matthew Hinsch in San Francisco and Charles Calkins in Winston-Salem; San Francisco's Paul Haughey; electronics and software practice leaders Brenda Holmes in Atlanta and Craig Largent in Silicon Valley; and Kristin Doyle and Babak Kusha, based in Atlanta and San Francisco respectively, who co-chair the medical and mechanical devices team. James Sze joined the San Diego office from Ballard Spahr LLP, and Arriènne Lezak left for Polsinelli PC. John McDonald retired. CoxCom, Novelis and Wells Fargo also feature on the client roster.

Morrison & Foerster LLP focuses on the technology, life sciences and consumer product sectors. A standout feature is the group's experience of agriculture patents, including plant patents, and its track record of advising on plant variety protection certificates and plant breeders rights; practice head Michael Ward is the key figure in this area. Jonathan Bockman in the Northern Virginia office directs the East Coast patent prosecution group, while Los Angeles' Mehran Arjomand leads the IPR and post-grant practice. Peng Chen joined Rimon PC.

Venable LLP merged with Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto in autumn 2018, combining Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto's strength in patent prosecution with the acquiring firm's wider geographical footprint and service offering. Instructions often come from life sciences clients, but the team is also adept at advising on electronics and technology patents. The group is primarily known for its PTAB practice, directed by Justin Oliver in the Washington DC office. For Canon, the group recently secured a precedential PTAB decision regarding follow-on IPR petitions, defeating petitioner General Plastic Industrial. Counsel Benjamin Pelletier joined the San Francisco office from Arnold & Porter. Former patent chair Michael Sartori joined Baker Botts L.L.P.. Steven Schwarz joined Johnson & Johnson as senior patent counsel.

WilmerHale's prosecution team focuses on the life sciences and technology sectors, combining a busy PTAB caseload with a solid patent drafting and application practice. In a recent highlight, a team led by¬†David Bassett¬†in New York joined forces with a team from¬†Fish & Richardson P.C.¬†to successfully defend Gilead against an IPR filed by I-MAK, the tenth IPR petition filed by I-MAK against patents covering Gilead Sciences' Hepatitis C products, including the blockbuster drugs Sovaldi¬ģ, Harvoni¬ģ and Epclusa¬ģ.¬†Donald Steinberg¬†directs the IP practice from the Boston office. Fellow Bostonian¬†Monica Grewal¬†and Washington DC's¬†David Cavanaugh¬†chair the post-grant proceedings group. Also of note, Boston's¬†Andrew Danford¬†and¬†Heather Petruzzi¬†in Washington DC made partner. Mary Rose Scozzafava and Wayne Stoner retired. Clients also include AbbVie, Akamai Technologies and Genentech.

Arent Fox LLP has 'the capability to provide services covering all aspects of IP', making it 'a great all-around partner'. The group is especially active for domestic clients, but also fields a solid practice for clients from abroad. Craig Gelfound in Los Angeles and James Bindseil manage a significant portion of Qualcomm's patent portfolio, including patents covering 5G mobile networks. Further, Wilburn Chesser supervised patent prosecution work for Becton Dickinson, ranging from integrated analytics solutions to medication and supply management and surgical instruments, while Richard Berman assisted with the prosecution of patents covering infection prevention, respiratory care and interventional specialties. Richard LaCava directs the practice group from New York. Other key clients include Microsoft, General Electric and Vale. All lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

The team at Arnold & Porter shoulders a varied caseload in the life sciences sector. Recent standout instructions include assisting Monsanto with the prosecution of patents covering transgenic plants and traditionally bred plants, involving multiple appeals and multi-party opposition proceedings in the US and abroad. Further, Sandoz instructed the group to represent it before the PTAB in eight IPRs filed against AbbVie patents covering Humira; the team also acted in the subsequent appeal before the Federal Circuit. Other clients include Bayer, medical device player Bruin Biometrics and Water Street Healthcare. Deborah Fishman in Silicon Valley and David Marsh form the heart of the practice. Matthew Wolf directs the intellectual property group, and Kristen Riemenschneider recently made partner. Counsel Todd Lorenz joined Squire Patton Boggs. All partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Noted for its 'strong expertise', Baker & Hostetler LLP impresses with its 'responsiveness' and its 'practical, business-oriented guidance'. The recent caseload shows broad sector coverage with the manufacturing and technology sectors at the core. Multi-industry manufacturing giant SPX Corporation instructed the team in relation to the prosecution of domestic and international patents, in addition to the management of its patent portfolio. Cybersecurity and communications player LGS Innovations, Apple and Nordson also feature on the client roster. The names to note are practice head Kenneth Sheehan, John Weber and the 'very capable' Tayan Patel, who is 'accessible' and 'adept at working efficiently and within budget'. Hussein Akhavannik is also recommended. Paul Larson left the firm. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Baker McKenzie LLP has particular strength in the electronics, software, chemical and healthcare sector, and often acts for clients from outside the US, an example of which is South Korean gelatin producer Sammi Industrial. Domestic companies, often with an international footprint, also instruct the team. A recent IPR highlight was the representation of Hyundai in ten IPRs filed against Michigan Motor Technologies (MMT) in response to a patent infringement filed by MMT. The firm's main offices are in Dallas and Washington DC, with key names including the Texas-based Brian McCormack, John Flaim and William McSpadden, and Richard Wells, James Pak and recently promoted partner Matt Dushek in the Washington DC office. Practice head Mackenzie Martin is based in Dallas. Rosetta Stone, Schlumberger and Apergy also feature on the client list.

The 'exceptional' team at Dentons is 'solid from top to bottom'. 'Each team member is solid on technology, but also has an excellent legal mind, knowing how to use the legal tools available to get the best outcome for their clients'. The 'well-functioning, creative and thoughtful' group often is especially active in international portfolio management and patent prosecution, an example of which included advising Citigroup on the management of a portfolio of several hundred patent applications covering software, business methods, mobile payments and currency exchange innovations, among others technologies. Boasting wide-ranging sector expertise, the practice assists a diverse list of clients, including Monsanto, Adobe Systems, Columbia University and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Robert Hanson in Dallas and Washington DC's Eric Sophir co-chair the intellectual property and technology group. Peter Yim in San Francisco is 'a genius patent strategist, constantly thinking ten moves ahead of the opposition'; indeed, he is an 'extremely rare patent lawyer who understands at depth how patent issues play out before the Patent Office and in litigation'. The arrival of former Perkins Coie LLP practitioners Manny Joseph Caixero in Los Angeles, and Steven Lubezny and Timothy Carroll in Chicago bolstered both the group's prosecution bench and its PTAB offering. Josh Curry joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and William Long left for Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.

Jones Day impresses with a strong PTAB practice and a deep bench of life sciences and technology specialists. The group acts for patent owners and petitioners alike in IPRs and covered business method reviews, and recently secured a major Supreme Court victory for SAS Institute, wherein the court ruled that the PTAB must issue a final decision on every patent claim challenged by a petitioner. The practice also successfully defended AbbVie against an IPR filed by Sandoz regarding a patent covering AbbVie's antibody therapeutic, adalimumab, sold as Humira, the world's best-selling drug. Anthony Insogna in San Diego directs the global intellectual property practice, while San Diego-based Tamera Weisser and New York-based Adriane Antler co-chair the global prosecution group. Newly promoted partner Matthew Johnson in Pittsburg leads the PTAB practice together with Gasper LaRosa in New York. Other key names include Cleveland's David Cochran and New York-based Vishal Khatri, who also recently made partner. Michael Hendershot joined the team from Paul Hastings LLP. Other clients include Canon, Qualcomm and Celgene.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP recently added to the team former McDermott Will & Emery LLP prosecution experts Mark Itri, Michael Dreznes, Soyeon Pak Laub, John Magluyan, Andrew Mickelsen and Nathan Smith; post-grant specialist Kenneth Cheney in the Orange County office; Brent Hawkins in San Francisco; Chicago trio Hersh Mehta, Kevin Shortsle and Kristen Vink Venegas; and Hosang Lee in Washington DC. Life sciences, electronics and technology matters are at the heart of the practice. In a recent mandate, a team including Washington DC's Robert Smyth, Philadelphia-based deputy practice head Louis Beardell, practice leader Eric Kraeutler also in Philadelphia, and John Gorman in the Wilmington advised Acerta Pharma on the worldwide prosecution of patents. Newly promoted partners include Jason Gettleman and Liying Sun in Silicon Valley, and Dana Gross and Janice Logan in Washington DC. Finch Therapeutics, SanDisk and Synthetic Biologics are also among the team's clients.

Virginia-based Oblon is among the most active patent filers in the market and is particularly well known for acting for foreign clients. The practice's deep bench allows for wide-ranging sector coverage, with a particularly busy caseload in the chemical, electrical and mechanical, and pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. In an example of a typical highlight, Jacob Doughty joined forces with Tokyo-based Yuki Onoe to advise Japanese imaging and electronics manufacturer Ricoh on the prosecution of a significant number of patents covering chemical technologies. A standout domestic matter was the prosecution of several patents for Children's National Health System, a pediatric hospital in Washington DC. Aisin Seiki, BASF and Essilor are also clients. Managing partner Philippe Signore, Richard Treanor, Surinder Sachar, Todd Baker, senior partner Richard Kelly and Colin Harris are the main practitioners. Michael Casey joined from Davidson, Berquist, Jackson & Gowdey, while Bradley Lytle, Andrew Harry, James Kulbaski, Zachary Stern and Masahito Yokoyama left to found Xsensus. Additionally, Stephen Kunin joined Maier & Maier PLLC and Thomas Fisher joined Cozen O'Connor.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP acts for domestic and international clients alike, with a strong focus on patents regarding electrical engineering and chemical innovations. A recent technology highlight was advising ALTR Solutions on the development of its patent portfolio, securing several blockchain-related patents for the client. Before the PTAB, the group represented petitioner Anheuser-Busch in a derivation proceeding regarding aluminium bottle manufacturing. Practice head Jack Barufka is based in Washington DC, while Patrick Doody heads the PTAB practice from the Northern Virginia office. Austin's Michael Chibib and Josh Tucker, who splits his time between the Austin and Silicon Valley offices, are also recommended. Raj Davé left to found Davé Law Group.

East Coast IP boutique Wolf Greenfield & Sacks combines an impressive patent drafting and application caseload with one of the most successful PTAB practices in the US. Nathan Speed and post-grant practice head Richard Giunta joined forces to secure a precedent-setting Federal Circuit victory for Cirrus Logic in an inter partes reexamination appeal against a competitor. Managing partner Timothy Oyer advises Oxford Nanopore on the management of its patent portfolio and provides strategic guidance on the prosecution of core technology patents both in the US and abroad. Other clients include Becton Dickinson, Google and Shire. All named partners are based in Boston, though the firm also has an office in New York.

IP boutique Brinks Gilson & Lione demonstrates particular strength in the automotive and chemical sectors and recently bolstered its life sciences bench with the partner promotions of Joshua Ney in Ann Arbor and Durham duo Amy Fix and Mark Jenkins, who between them cover biotechnological, chemical and pharmaceutical patents. Chicago's James Naughton advised medical device player Cook Group on the prosecution of patents covering mechanical, manufacturing, polymers and metallurgy technologies. Hyundai and Kia also rely on the group's prosecution expertise, while Continental Automotive Systems instructed the team in a Federal Circuit Appeal subsequent to an IPR regarding a patent covering technology used in tire pressure monitoring. Excalibur, Gilead Sciences and Thermo Fisher are also clients.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Alexandria handles a particularly strong range of work for foreign clients, but also has a solid track record in patent prosecution for domestic companies. Electrical and mechanical engineering, and chemistry are the group's mainstays, but medical devices also account for a significant portion of prosecuted patents. William Rowland directs the patent prosecution group, and Todd Walters sits at the helm of the patent office litigation group.

Cooley LLP assists a broad range of life sciences clients with patent portfolio management and development. The team's recent work ranges from advising biotechnology player Allogene Therapeutics on the prosecution of its immuno-oncology patents, to assisting Freedom Innovations with the strategic development of its 20-brand lower limb prosthetics patents. Additionally, Myovant Sciences instructed the group in relation to the prosecution of patents covering women's health innovations, including uterine fibroid and endometriosis treatments. Other clients include Common Sensing, CS Disco and DroneUp. Practice head Ivor Elfiri in New York and Mika Reiner Mayer in Palo Alto are key figures in the practice group.

'Timely and efficient', Eversheds Sutherland impresses with 'high-quality legal work and excellent case management'. Domestic matters, especially in relation to electrical, mechanical and chemical innovations, are at the heart of the caseload, but the group is increasingly visible in cross-border matters. Recent highlights include advising Georgia-Pacific on the prosecution of new patents covering inventions for the client's key ranges in paper products and related products. Clients also include MicroCHIPS, Southern Spine and Magnolia Liquefied Natural Gas. Daniel Warren provides 'exceptional, knowledgeable and timely service' and Malvern Griffin is noted for providing 'exceptional client service'. Peter Pappas directs the practice group. Counsel James Duncan joined the Houston office from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; all other named practitioners are based in Atlanta.

The 'outstanding lawyers' at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP are particularly strong in the automotive sector, but also assist with mandates from the consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, technology and electronics sectors. Created by the merger of Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon in spring 2018, the group undertakes classic patent application drafting and filing work, but also has a solid track record in post-grant proceedings. Shawn O’Dowd led the prosecution of a high number of patents for Toyota, including advice on strategic patent portfolio questions. Other work came from Nichia, Emory University and Ingenious Designs. New York's John Flock and Tyler Maddry, and Michael Oakes in Washington DC form the trio at the head of the practice. Counsel David Bradin is also recommended. Ping Wang and Michael Ye joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, and John Hutchins joined Banner & Witcoff, Ltd..

Leydig, Voit & Mayer Ltd. is a one-stop-shop for intellectual property matters, leveraging expertise in a range of industry sectors. The recent expansion of the group's office network to Colorado strengthened the prosecution offering for life sciences patents and patents covering chemical and physics inventions, as former Lathrop & Gage LC practitioners Stephen Barone and Gary Chapman moved to the new Boulder office alongside counsels Sally Sullivan and Michael Curtis. Practice head John Kilyk and Charles Mottier operate from Chicago. Huawei, Cabot Microelectronics and Samsung Electronics are key prosecution clients.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP's sizable IP team is regularly involved in trade secret disputes. New York- based Dale Cendali leads the team and alongside Joshua Simmons represented IBM in a dispute against Teraproc, which is run by former IBM employees, alleging that the start-up used source code owned by the client for its workload management platform. Also in the New York office, Claudia Ray and Joseph Loy acted for Dollar Shave Club against Edgewell Personal Care Company, which allegedly used an unlawful non-compete agreement for a senior employee who now works for the client. Los Angeles-based Diana Torres defended EVelozcity and two of its executives in trade secret litigation brought by Faraday Future involving AI electric vehicle technology. From the DC office, Christopher Mizzo represented The Chamberlain Group in litigation against a number of competitors alleging trade secret misappropriation in relation to garage door openers. Another contact in DC is Craig Primis, who represented Boeing in a dispute against its former subcontractor, which alleged that a misappropriation of confidential information arose from the US Air Force’s award of a contract to the client. San Francisco-based Adam Alper and Michael De Vries from the Los Angeles office acted for Motorola against Hytera Communications, which allegedly stole thousands of the client's documents.

Netflix, Wells Fargo and Fitbit are some of the the big names that turn to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. New York-based James McQuade co-heads the practice and defended Microsoft in trade secret litigation brought by IBM, whose global head of diversity left to join the client. Michael Weil  is based in San Francisco  and has 'extensive trade secrets experience' and is 'a strong litigator'. He acted for Crate & Barrel and its former CEO in a trade secret misappropriation case brought by Restoration Hardware after employees from the company left to join the client. Also recommended are West Coast-based Denise Mingrone and Cathy Lui .

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is a key player in the trade secrets space, with a client roster that includes Google and Mattel. New York-based Robert Raskopf focuses on sports, media and entertainment related matters. Also working from New York is Rick Werder,  defended IBM against allegations of trade secret misappropriation brought by BMC Software. San Francisco-based Charles Verhoeven advised Waymo in taking action against Uber alleging trade secret misappropriation in relation to the client's self-driving technology. Claude Stern represented four Silicon Valley engineers who left their employers to begin their own self-driving car start-up and faced legal action from their former employers.  Also recommended is Debbie Shon, who is highly skilled in cross-border work, and Rachel Herrick Kassabian, whose work has a strong emphasis on online technology.

The 'client-focused' and 'pragmatic' Seyfarth Shaw LLP is well known for its work in trade secret disputes. Los Angeles-based Robert Milligan jointly leads the team and is highly skilled in handling trade secret misappropriation disputes. He represented US Foods in obtaining permanent injunctions against two former employees who breached restrictive covenants and misappropriated trade secrets. Also leading the team is Chicago-based Michael Wexler, who has extensive experience in trade secret and restrictive covenant law. He acted for Stryker Corporation in a lawsuit against a former employee who had misappropriated trade secrets. Other key figures include Atlanta-based Daniel Hart, Chicago-based Scott Humphrey and Erik Weibust, who works in the Boston office.

Jenner & Block LLP regularly works on high-profile trade secret disputes. Practice co-head Rick Richmond is based in Los Angeles and acted for healthcare software company Epic Systems in a $940m corporate espionage case against India-based Tata Consultancy Services. Also leading the team is Chicago-based Debbie Berman, who represented Methode Electronics in a trade secret theft case against a former vice president of one of its subsidiaries. Litigator Richard Stone is also recommended.

Jones Day has a strong track record in trade secret disputes. Practice head Randall Kay is based in California and acted for Qualcomm in a trade secret and confidential information misuse case against Apple concerning technology used in iPhones and iPads. He also represented Micron Technology in a case against Taiwan-based UMC, which had obtained trade secrets form the client concerning microchip technology.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP's team is well versed in disputes pertaining to trade secret theft and employee mobility. San Francisco-based Rachael Meny leads the practice and has acted in trade secret disputes involving companies, venture funds, partnerships and individuals. She is supported by Brian Ferrall and John Keker.

Latham & Watkins LLP acts on the defendant and plaintiff sides of trade secret disputes and has a notable focus on the technology sector. Los Angeles -based Daniel Schecter and D.C based  Kathryn Ruemmler acted for the UAE bank ENBD in a dispute in which stored value cards provider InfoSpan claimed that the client misappropriated its trade secret for the development of its payment system SpanCash. Perry Viscounty works from the San Francisco office and represented supplement-maker Metagenics in a trade secrets dispute in which a former employee allegedly used confidential information to set up a rival business.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP's IP team in Silicon Valley regularly acts in trade secret disputes and advisory matters, with Daniel Alberti,  Fabio Marino and Judy Mohr the key names. Washington DC-based Natalie Bennett  is also recommended. Former practice head Eric Hagen joined DLA Piper LLP (US).

Morrison & Foerster LLP has a strong background in litigation as well as pre-emptive measures, such as employment and proprietary information agreements. Litigators Kenneth Kuwayti, who is based in Palo Alto, and Michael Jacobs, who is based in San Francisco, are both key figures, and are both highly skilled in the technology and life sciences sectors.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP's work in this space emanates from its IP and employment practices. IP specialist Brett Williamson acted for Par Pharmaceutical in a trade secret misappropriation case in which its competitor QuVa Pharma allegedly used the client's former employees to develop a similar drug to one of the client's. Also working from the IP team is Darin Snyder, who represented 24/7 Customer in a $100m misappropriation case brought by LivePerson involving customer support software. Meanwhile, employment expert Eric Amdursky defended Oasis West Realty against trade secret misappropriation claims brought by Belvedere, a restaurant at the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel. All lawyers are based in California.

Paul Hastings LLP has a prominent trade secrets team, handling both litigation and advisory matters, with a  strong emphasis on the financial services and technology sectors. The employee mobility and trade secrets practice is headed by Palo Alto's Bradford Newman, who recently represented Opus Bank in a trade secrets case against five former employees who left to found their own healthcare lending practice. Based is the firm's Los Angeles office, a team including Elena Baca and Jennifer Baldocchi acted for Fiber Systems International in a matter against a former executive, wherein the team obtained a permanent injunction in Texas against the former executive following his breach of strategic and budgetary trade secrets; the team went on to successfully litigate a claim in the California courts, which sought to invalidate numerous non-compete agreements. The trade secrets group also benefits from a strong specialty litigation team including Jeff Pade in Washington DC, Mark Pollack in Chicago. Victoria Cundiff chairs the global trade secrets practice from the New York office.

Proskauer Rose LLP has 'a deep understanding of how to navigate difficult waters' in trade secrets and provides 'business-oriented advice to achieve the desired outcomes while mitigating risk'. Practice head Anthony Oncidi is based in Los Angeles and acted for Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in a claim against United Talent Agency and former CAA employees who joined the company. Another name of note is new York-based  John Barry, who 'is good at getting to the facts of the situation' and 'applying them to achieve the desired results'. He worked alongside Guy Brenner for Fresenius Kabi in its acquisition of a restraining order against a former senior employee who joined a competitor.

Leading the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP are employment litigator Jeffrey Klein and commercial litigator Gary Friedman, both based in NewYork. Klein acted for the financial services company Perella Weinberg Partners in litigation against three former partners who sought to recruit the firm's entire restructuring team. Friedman worked with Magellan Health in a lawsuit against a former employee who threatened to release confidential information about the company. Further, the team was involved in a trade secret misappropriation case for semiconductor manufacturing company Applied Materials. Christopher Cox joined Hogan Lovells US LLP in 2019.

Beck Reed Riden LLP 'provides extremely knowledgeable counsel', who deliver 'practical, real-world experience' and 'efficient solutions'. Massachusetts-based  Russell Beck leads the practice and is 'thorough', 'organized', 'responsive' and 'efficient'. He recently advised Blue-Grace in its action against a former employee who was simultaneously working for a competitor. Novartis and Staples are other key clients.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP is particularly prominent in technology-related trade secret cases. Washington DC-based John Williamson jointly leads the team and is highly experienced in cases relating to technology, telecoms and pharmaceuticals. Fellow practice head Robert McCauley III is based in Palo Alto and regularly handles cases involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Also recommended is Ming-Tao Yang, who is notably skilled in cases involving software and electronics. Notable clients of the firm include AbbVie Inc, Eastman Chemical Company, RichWave Technology Corp. and Nestec, Ltd.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is highly skilled in investigating and litigating trade secret cases. Atlanta-based David Long-Daniels advised Agilysys on a misappropriation of trade secrets action against a former senior employee. Dwayne Mason , who works in the Texas office, defended BioTras against trade secret misappropriation claims brought by a competitor in relation to spinal training models. Other key names in the team are Ian Ballon, Richard McCrea, Jr., Robert Bernstein and Todd Wozniak.

At Nixon Peabody LLP, Boston-based Matthew McLaughlin specialises in commercial disputes and acted for office products provider W.B. Mason in a dispute brought by three of its competitors who are alleging that the client attained trade secrets from their former employees. W.B. Mason also engaged the New York-based commercial litigator Vernon Johnson in a similar but separate case in which other competitors have alleged trade secret misappropriation. In the Los Angeles office, Robert Weikert represented Gameloft in a claim brought by Glass Egg Digital Media alleging that the client misappropriated trade secrets in order to develop digital cars in its video game. IP expert Shawn Hensen is also recommended.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has been building a reputation for cross-border trade secret disputes. Practice head Michael Allan is based in DC and acted for Huawei Technologies in litigation brought by T-Mobile alleging that the client engaged in trade secrets misappropriation; T-Mobile sought $600m in damages. He also defended Hytera against Motorola, which claimed that several of the client's employees had misappropriated 20,000 trade secrets and copied copyrighted source code.

Baker & Hostetler LLP handles trade secrets cases arising from employee moves as well as the acquisition and sale of businesses. Orlando-based Joyce Ackerbaum Cox co-heads the practice and is particularly strong in employee movement issues. Also leading the team is Houston-based Edward Friedman, who is skilled in prosecuting non-compete covenants and unfair competition claims. Patrick Muldowney  also works from the Orlando office and advised the homecare agency Almost Family on an issue surrounding a former employee who violated a non-compete clause by working for a competition. In New York, John Siegal acted for FTI Consulting in litigation against Berkeley Research Group alleging trade secrets theft and contractual violations. Houston based Drew Tipton is also recommended.

The IP team at Baker Botts L.L.P. is led by Bart Showalter, Kevin Meek, Chris Ryan, who are all based in Texas and experienced in trade secret litigation. Highlights included David Wille's advice to Manitowoc Cranes in a trade secrets misappropriation lawsuit against the Chinese company Sany Heavy Industry. Elsewhere, Paul Reilly and Robert Maier defended PepsiCo against ScentSational Technologies in a trade secret misappropriation case involving a scent used for its drinks packaging. Meanwhile, Tim Durst acted for Samsung Electronics in a claim brought by ZeniMax, which alleged that the client obtained trade secrets from the ZeniMax for its virtual reality technology via its partnership with Oculus and Facebook. Katharine Burke is also highly recommended.

Particularly experienced in the technology and life sciences sectors, Choate, Hall & Stewart's trade secrets team is led by Boston-based Michael Bunis and Paul Popeo. Bunis works primarily on contentious matters; in a recent matter he represented Brooks Automation in a claim against PTB Sales, which allegedly misappropriated the client’s trade secrets. Popeo is experienced in both litigation and pre-litigation work; he acted for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in a claim against Dicerna alleging that the defendant misappropriated the client's trade secrets. Counsel Anita Spieth is also recommended.

Cooley LLP is highly skilled in non-competition agreements as well as trade secrets litigation. Key figure Ian Shapiro defended Sotera in litigation brought by Masimo, which claimed that its former employees who now work for Sotera had misappropriated trade secrets. Meanwhile, Michael Sheetz defended Rubrik employees who allegedly stole Dell EMC's trade secrets. Elsewhere, Jonathan Bach defended Thermo Fisher Scientific against allegations of trade secret misappropriation involving DNA analysis techniques. The firm also advised the dating app Bumble against claims of trade secret violation brought by the founders' former employer Match, which operates dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid and Plenty of Fish. All lawyers are based in New York except Sheetz who is based in Boston.

Dentons' IP teams across its broad network are often involved in trade secret disputes. Washington DC-based Mark Hogge is a key figure and very experienced in the technology sector. Lora Brzezynski joined Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

DLA Piper LLP (US)'s trade secrets team was significantly strengthened by the addition of Eric  Hagen, who joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Recent mandates of his included acting for Seagate Technology, which was accused of misappropriating over 50 trade secrets relating to disk drive technology. Elsewhere, Rajiv Dharnidharka defended BuildingConnected in a trade secret misappropriation lawsuit brought by its competitor JB Knowledge Technologies. Litigator Paul Steadman is also highly recommended. All lawyers are based in California except Steadman who is based in Chicago.

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP's trade secrets team is led by D.C- based Lora Brzezynski - a recent recruit from Dentons - who is 'able to put things in non-legal terms to ensure clients fully grasp the legal concepts'. She litigates in trade secret misappropriation cases and also advises on trade secret company policies.

The trade secrets team at Mayer Brown is led by New York-based John Mancini, who is heavily involved in trade secrets disputes. He acted for Swoogo in a dispute concerning alleged trade secret and unfair competition brought against former employees. Dale Giali is a noteworthy name form the Los Angeles office and focuses on the food and beverage sector.

Ropes & Gray LLP regularly handles trade secrets misappropriation cases, particularly in the technology sector. Washington D.C-based Peter Brody is the key point of contact and is very strong in trade secret litigation. Recent mandates of his include acting for semiconductor company IQE in a trade secret misappropriation claim brought by Solar Junction Corporation in which the client allegedly took trade secrets for a patent application which were disclosed in a supply agreement between the two parties.

Schiff Hardin LLP 'operates in a collaborative manner that is efficient and leads to excellent counsel'. Chicago-based Matthew Prewitt leads the team and has extensive experience in handling trade secret theft and restrictive covenants. Recent mandates of his include acting for Bunnett & Company in a $30m case involving its general manager and suppliers misappropriating its trade secrets. He also acted for Bell Flavors in litigation brought by Gold Medal, which claimed that its former flavorist, who currently works for the client, used trade secrets to develop its caramel popcorn flavour.

Winston & Strawn LLP's team is 'experienced', 'transparent' and 'hardworking'. John Keville works form the Houston office and has a strong background in mechanical engineering, while Steven Grimes operates out of Chicago and is strong in cross-border matters. Keville recently acted for M-I in a trade secret misappropriation case against two former employees and its competitor Q’Max concerning oil and gas exploration technology.

Trademarks: litigation

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    • Charles Henn - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
    • Leo Kittay - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
    • Matthew Salzmann - Arnold & Porter

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†provides ‚Äėthe very best in trademark litigation representation‚Äô and has ‚Äėa breadth of experience across all industries and sectors‚Äô. David Bernstein¬†is hailed as the ‚Äėbest trademark litigator in the country‚Äô and heads the practice alongside ‚Äėtrademark litigation superstar‚Äô Jeremy Feigelson. Cross-border litigation is a particular specialty, with the team recently representing WeWork Companies in a multi-jurisdictional dispute that resulted in the global rebranding of UrWork, a similarly named China-based competitor of the client. Bernstein and Michael Schaper¬†are also currently acting for Costco Wholesale Corp in an attempt to appeal a ruling that the client willingly infringed and counterfeited the trademark of Tiffany & Company. Jyotin Hamid¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėtremendous knowledge and experience‚Äô, while counsel Megan Bannigan¬†‚Äėtranslates complex legal issues into clear pragmatic legal advice‚Äô. Named attorneys are based in New York.

The ‚Äėknowledgeable and experienced‚Äô lawyers at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP¬†are ‚Äėdeeply engaged IP experts‚Äô who ‚Äėthink ahead of the curve‚Äô.¬†In a recent highlight, the team represented Under Armour in a lawsuit brought by Michael Calmese, who alleged that motivational phrases on the client‚Äôs products infringed upon his 'PROVE IT!' trademark. Douglas (Chip) Rettew¬†and Virginia Carron¬†also notably assisted Nestl√© in a trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution lawsuit against Gigi Anthony related to the similarities between the client‚Äôs 'HOT POCKETS' and 'LEAN POCKETS' trademarks and the defendant‚Äôs 'PIZZA POCKET' and 'PIZZA POCKETS' marks. Practice head Danny Awdeh¬†is ‚Äėan expert in the field‚Äô and is noted as ‚Äėthe best‚Äô and ‚Äėmost efficient attorney‚Äô. His team also includes the ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô Mark Sommers,¬†who ‚Äėreally understands the strategic importance of IP‚Äô. Partners operate from Washington DC except for Christopher Foley¬†who is Reston based.

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Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.¬†‚Äėhas a tremendous trademark litigation practice‚Äô that ‚Äėhandles large and complicated cases at the same level as much larger firms‚Äô. The New York-based IP boutique is home to a dedicated practice for international affairs and has a history of representing domestic clients in state and federal courts as well as at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Barbara Solomon¬†and Laura Popp-Rosenberg¬†recently prevailed in representing Royal Crown Company and Dr Pepper/Seven Up at the Federal Circuit in a long-running dispute concerning whether The Coca-Cola Company had exclusive trademark rights to the ‚ÄėZERO‚Äô label for soft drinks. In another highlight, the group successfully challenged Siggy Music‚Äôs attempt to register the mark ‚ÄėJ5‚Äô for clothing and merchandise on behalf of UMG Recordings, owner of the ‚ÄėJACKSON 5‚Äô trademark. David Donahue¬†and Craig Mende¬†are respectively hailed as ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô and ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô litigators.¬†James Weinberger¬†and Leo Kittay¬†are also names to note.

Noted as ‚Äėflexible and innovative‚Äô, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton‚Äôs team provides ‚Äėan exceptional amount of experienced focused directly on trademark litigation'.¬†William Brewster, David Mayberry¬†and Anthony Malutta¬†jointly head the practice from Atlanta, Washington DC and San Francisco respectively and act for a client roster which spans the technology, media, food and drink, consumer goods and retail industries. The ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô Charlie Henn¬†and the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Charles Hooker¬†are other key names in Atlanta and the pair are currently representing Reebok and adidas in a trademark infringement lawsuit against TRB Acquisitions and 14 licensees over the use of the 'RBX' trademark and stripe designs on their products. On the technology front, the team handled cases for Facebook and also successfully defended Instagram in a claim in which the alleged trademark of the term 'layout' for a photo application was ruled to be generic.

At Cooley LLP, Peter Willsey¬†recently achieved an appellate victory for client Google in a long-running challenge brought by two individuals who sought to declare the Google trademark as generic and incorporate it into over 700 domain names. Brendan Hughes¬†is also a key name and represented ContextLogic in a case which ruled that there was no proof of irreparable harm between the common use of¬†the similar names between auction app provider DealDash and the ‚ÄėDeal Dash‚Äô feature within the client‚Äôs shopping app. Bobby Ghajar¬†operates from the firm‚Äôs LA office, and senior counsel John Crittenden¬†is based in San Francisco and is highly recommended. The practice is closely integrated with the firm‚Äôs London office and is adept at handling matters in both the US and European Union.

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC¬†delivers ‚Äėtop-notch services with outstanding expertise‚Äô, acting on ‚Äėall types of complex issues relating to trademark litigation‚Äô. Co-head Richard Mandel¬†is representing Sony Pictures Television in a trademark infringement and dilution action; the matter concerns the introduction of a new beer named ‚ÄėBREAKING BUD‚Äô by a craft brewery, the logo format of which is argued to resemble that of the client‚Äôs¬†Breaking Bad television series. In another case highlight, Mary Kevlin¬†successfully acted for Major League Baseball Properties in trademark cancellation proceedings against the supplemental registration of ‚ÄėMAJOR LEAGUE ZOMBIE HUNTER & Design‚Äô. Eric Shimanoff¬†and Jonathan King¬†also lead the team, which includes the ‚Äėoutstanding lawyer and advocate‚Äô Joel Karni Schmidt, the ‚Äėresponsive and thorough‚Äô Deborah Squiers¬†and the ‚Äėdeeply knowledgeable‚Äô Jeffrey Epstein. The firm is based in New York.

Cleveland-based Meredith Wilkes heads the practice at Jones Day together with John Froemming who is part of the firm’s Washington DC office. The practice is particularly acclaimed for its work in competitor-versus-competitor cases, with Wilkes and Froemming recently engaged by SharkNinja to defend a Lanham Act claim by competitor Dyson. The matter raised the question of the level and type of proof required when making comparative advertising claims using a competitor’s trademark. Washington DC-based Jessica Bradley also acted on the matter and is an expert in Lanham Act-related litigation. Elsewhere, Wilkes is currently defending McCain in relation to allegations of trade dress and design patent infringement issued by Simplot pertaining to the shape of a French fry product. BMW Group, Abercrombie & Fitch and The Wikimedia Foundation are other high-profile clients.

Boutique firm Kelly IP LLP is located in Washington DC and counts high-profile companies such as Bugachi, World Wildlife Fund and Disney among its client roster. In a standout case, David Kelly and Robert Litowitz recently obtained a ruling entirely in Harley Davidson’s favor in a lawsuit against SunFrog concerning over 1,300 counterfeit and infringing products bearing the client’s trademarks. The pair also acted alongside Stephanie Bald in representing Twin Cities Public, owner of multimedia platform REWIRE, in a claim of trademark infringement against RH Reality Check pertaining to its re-branding under the name Rewire. The defendant has since renamed its website and online news services. Linda McLeod and Lynn Jordan are the other key names.

Dale Cendali¬†is a ‚Äėworld class litigator‚Äô who heads a ‚Äėgreat team of highly trained lawyers‚Äô at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Alongside John O'Quinn, the ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô Claudia Ray¬†and Diana Torres, Cendali recently represented Nike at the Federal Circuit, which overturned a previous ITC ruling, supporting the client‚Äôs enforcement efforts against knockoffs of its Converse Chuck Taylor design. Ray, Torres and Cendali also assisted Johanna Schmitt¬†and Joshua Simmons¬†in defeating a motion for preliminary injunction filed by Equinox Hotel Management against client Equinox Holdings; the plaintiff sought to prevent the client from using the ‚ÄėEquinox‚Äô trademark in connection with its forthcoming hotel line, though failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits of irreparable harm. Industries of expertise include media and entertainment, software and technology, financial services, consumer products and fashion. Torres is based in LA while O‚ÄôQuinn operates from Washington DC. All other named attorneys are part of the firm‚Äôs New York office.

The client roster at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP¬†spans the internet, consumer products, sports, media, video games, financial services and entertainment industries. In an ongoing matter, the team is representing AM General, maker of the military Humvee vehicle, in a dispute with video game publisher Activision pertaining to the use of the Humvee trade dress and associated word marks in the Call of Duty franchise. Additional highlights included acting for Gucci America in a claim of declaratory judgment of non-infringement and cancellation of trademark registrations by Forever 21 and a matter for JAY-Z regarding allegations of trademark infringement of the ‚ÄėROC‚Äô mark, a label made famous by the rapper and subsequently sold to Iconix. Robert Raskopf¬†and Margret Caruso¬†head the practice, operating respectively from New York and Silicon Valley.

Arnold & Porter’s team is headed by Washington DC-based Matthew Wolf and has recently been bolstered by the arrivals of Dori Hanswirth and Theresa House from Hogan Lovells US LLP. Louis Vuitton is a noteworthy client and recently engaged Louis Ederer and Matthew Salzmann in various anti-counterfeiting and brand enforcement matters in federal courts nationwide. Ederer also represented Bottega Veneta, helping the client to register a proprietary weave design for handbags and small leather goods following long-running proceedings in the USPTO. Additional names from the client roster include Fox News Network, The Hershey Company and Pfizer. Named attorneys are part of the firm’s New York office unless otherwise stated.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP handles a broad range of contentious matters with a track record that spans district and federal courts in addition to the TTAB. Jeff Dodd operates from Houston and jointly heads the practice with New York-based Edward Colbert. Susan Smith in Washington DC is recommended, while James Rosini is another key name from the New York office.

Katten¬†represents clients from a wide array of sectors with particular expertise in acting for clients in the fashion and entertainment industries. The ‚Äėproactive‚Äô attorneys are ‚Äėexcellent communicators‚Äô and ‚Äėexperts in domestic and international matters‚Äô. Chicago-based Floyd Mandell¬†successfully defended PepsiCo in a dispute where plaintiff SportFuel alleged that the client‚Äôs use of the tagline ‚ÄėGatorade. The Sports Fuel Company‚Äô infringed upon its trademarks. In another high-profile highlight, the team currently represents Forever 21 in a dispute with adidas concerning the use of striped designs on apparel. New York-based Karen Artz Ash¬†ensures ‚Äėthat nothing is overlooked‚Äô, she leads the practice with Mandell. Kristin Achterhof¬†and Roger Furey, respectively based in Chicago and Washington DC, are recommended.

At Latham & Watkins LLP, San Francisco-based Perry Viscounty is representing Tesla in a lawsuit filed by Nikola Corporation concerning the client’s new electric semi-truck. The matter concerns purported trade dress rights and several design and utility patents relating to the fuselage, door and windshield. In San Diego, Jennifer Barry defended Funko in litigation issued by Gibson Guitars pertaining to the client’s POP! range, namely the shape of guitar models accompanying several rock band figurines. Craigslist is another notable client, recently engaging the team for representation on several cases, including a successful claim for damages and a permanent injunction against Instamotor. Michael Morin in Washington DC and Chicago-based David Callahan lead the team alongside Barry.

The team at McDermott Will & Emery LLP represents a number of clients active in the alcoholic beverages sector. It recently acted for Brooklyn Brewery in two TTAB matters which respectively sought to cancel registrations by Brooklyn Pour and Brooklyn Brew Shop. Richard Kim, John Dabney and Mary Hallerman led on both matters and all three are currently acting for Creative Technology, owner of the BLASTER brand, in opposition to applications filed by Monster. It is argued that the applied-for trademarks, 'Monster Blaster' and 'Monster Blaster Ravebox', are likely to cause confusion with the client’s own marks. Additional industries of expertise include technology, life sciences, IT and apparel. Dabney serves as co-head with Chicago-based Jennifer Mikulina. Jorge Arciniega is a name to note in Los Angeles while Robert Zelnick is also recommended. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

The practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP undertakes the full range of trademark litigation. In a high-profile international dispute, Peter Vogl and Silicon Valley-based Diana Rutowski achieved a favorable ruling in the Paris High Court on behalf of CoorsTek Medical. The ongoing dispute pertains to CeramTec GmbH's intent to block the manufacture and sale of the client’s colored ceramic hip components. Vogl and Lisa Simpson are based in the New York office and are currently representing Kars 4 Kids in a trademark lawsuit against America Can!. Sony Entertainment America, BIC Corporation and L.A. Gear are also clients. David Hosp, Mark Puzella and Sheryl Garko joined the firm's Boston office from Fish & Richardson P.C..

Chicago-based IP boutique Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP¬†is home to ‚Äėhardworking and very diligent‚Äô attorneys who provide an ‚Äėexcellent service‚Äô. The team is hailed for its ability to ‚Äėrepresent clients in different sectors‚Äô with foremost expertise in the consumer products, manufacturing, automobiles and parts, technology, hardware and electronics, and pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. Phillip Barengolts¬†recently represented Red Bull GmbG and Red Bull North America in litigation with The Trading Group that saw the client obtain monetary damages for trademark infringement and unfair competition. Belinda Scrimenti¬†is ‚Äėable to provide comprehensive and practical advice relating to trademark litigation‚Äô while Jonathan Jennings delivers ‚Äėexceptional quality‚Äô. Robert Sacoff¬†is another standout name. Bayer AG, Acer and Nike are also clients.

Hailed for its ‚Äėvery strong brief writing and creative thinking‚Äô, the core strengths of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†lie in representing media and technology companies. The ‚Äėvery accessible‚Äô Randi Singer¬†‚Äėreally cares about her clients‚Äô and recently acted for Twitter in a Southern District of New York lawsuit which concerned infringing products hosted on the client‚Äôs platform. It was successfully argued that there was no concert between Twitter and Alurent, the owner of the infringing products, resulting in no penalties for the client. Benjamin Marks¬†heads the practice alongside Bruce Rich¬†and is currently representing Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in a trademark infringement and copyright royalty dispute with Vanderbilt University. eBay, Facebook and Discovery Communications are also clients. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Arent Fox LLP‚Äôs practice is headed by Ricardo Fischer¬†and acts for clients in the media, entertainment, fashion, hospitality, food, technology and consumer electronics industries. Counsel Michael Grow¬†recently represented The Saul Zaentz Company, owner of 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trademarks, in a TTAB matter¬†where a petition to cancel the registration of the mark ‚ÄėLORD OF THE WINGS‚Äô by a Lebanon-based franchiser was granted. Warner Bros is a notable client and the team recently acted for its subsidiary, Turner Entertainment Company, in a proceeding against a Native American tribe that intended to register various Wizard of Oz marks in connection with restaurant and casino gambling services. Anthony Lupo¬†is another key name and is based in Washington DC alongside other named attorneys.

The team at DLA Piper LLP (US)¬†‚Äėexcels in client service‚Äô and is noted for its ability to ‚Äėcoordinate trademark litigation matters across a diverse set of jurisdictions‚Äô. In San Francisco, co-head Gina Durham¬†is representing the Estate of Marilyn Monroe in a trademark infringement and false endorsement litigation pending in the Southern District of New York. She is also currently acting for France-based video game maker Gameloft in a claim of copyright infringement filed by Glass Egg Digital Media concerning digital car models. Frank Ryan provides ‚Äėoutstanding guidance on trademark-related matters‚Äô. He is based in New York and heads the practice with Durham and Ann Ford,¬†who operates from Washington DC.

Reputed for its knowledge of the technology and life sciences sectors, the practice at Fenwick & West LLP¬†is headed by Jedediah Wakefield. He recently represented Delphix and obtained a favorable outcome in the Ninth Circuit; the matter arose from Embarcadero Technologies‚Äô allegation that the client‚Äôs ‚ÄėDELPHIX‚Äô mark for database management software infringed upon its trademark rights. Eric Ball¬†and Wakefield are defending a high-profile client in a trademark infringement action and counterclaim in the Central District of California. Mountain View-based Sally Abel¬†is recommended. Named lawyers are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.

Susan Heller¬†and Mark Galis¬†head the group at Greenberg Traurig LLP,¬†which is particularly strong on anti-counterfeiting issues and is experienced in appearing before federal, state and appellate courts as well as the TTAB and international arbitration panels. Galis and Eric Maiers¬†recently represented The Home Depot, successfully permitting the client to continue expanding its ‚ÄėANVIL‚Äô brand after opposition by Anvil International. In another highlight for Galis, he and Jeffrey Dunning¬†are acting for PHWLV in a suit brought by a restaurant operator who sought a declaratory judgment that the client had abandoned all rights to the ‚ÄėALADDIN‚Äô trademark, the former name of its Planet Hollywood casino/hotel. Named attorneys operate from Chicago with the exception of Heller who is Orange County based.

The fashion and retail industries are core strengths for the team at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Practice head Andrea Calvaruso¬†has recently handled various matters for Foot Looker including domain dispute proceedings against Private Registrant that resulted in the removal of several infringing third-party websites. She also obtained success on behalf of Gucci America in consolidated trademark opposition proceedings before the TTAB which concerned the attempt of UGP to register trademarks including the name ‚ÄėUBERTO GUCCI‚Äô for electronic cigarettes. Ralph Lauren and Nestl√© are other high-profile clients, as is Take-Two Interactive, which recently engaged the team for various suits protecting its Grand Theft Auto trademark. John Ward¬†and Michael Zinna¬†are key names and are based in New York alongside Calvaruso.

King & Spalding LLP¬†represents a number of high-profile clients in a broad range of industries, including personal care and consumer products, food and beverage and retail. New York-based Kathleen McCarthy¬†recently represented Google in a case brought by Baldino‚Äôs Lock & Ke, which claimed that the appearance of unlicensed locksmiths on the client‚Äôs various platforms have harmed its business. In Houston, Bruce Baber¬†is notably acting for The Coca-Cola Company in its efforts to register its ‚ÄėZERO‚Äô trademarks; the matter is currently being considered by the Federal Circuit. In another highlight, both McCarthy and Baber acted for Chevron in two separate pieces of trademark infringement litigation in which the defendant used the client‚Äôs name and marks without permission.

Loeb & Loeb LLP is well regarded for its representation of entertainment industry clients and also counts media, consumer products and financial services companies among its roster. In Los Angeles, co-head David Grace recently acted for Ruthless Records, representing the widow of Eazy-E in a dispute with her stepson that prohibited his use of the names NWA, Straight Outta Compton and Ruthless. In another highlight, Chicago-based Douglas Masters obtained permanent injunctive relief against Kizzang on behalf of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The matter, heard before the TTAB, concerned the defendant’s use of its Final 3 and April Madness offerings, which were in violation of the client’s 'March Madness' and 'Final 4' trademarks. Masters and Grace are chairs of the practice, as is Barry Slotnick, who is part of the firm’s New York office.

Mayer Brown¬†acts for various clients in the food and beverage industry such as Nespresso, Goya Foods and Capri Sun. In New York, practice head John Mancini¬†represents Nestl√© in a suit filed against Crest Foods for the breach of master franchisee agreements governing the use of the ‚ÄėNESTL√Č‚Äô and ‚ÄėTOLL HOUSE‚Äô trademarks. The defendant is accused of multiple breaches of the agreement including the use of the ‚ÄėNESTL√Č‚Äô mark on non- Nestl√© products. Elsewhere, Richard Assmus¬†in Chicago¬†and New York-based¬†Allison Levine Stillman¬†are other key names.

Morrison & Foerster LLP is recommended for the full scope of trademark-related disputes in federal and state courts. In San Francisco, Jennifer Lee Taylor chairs the practice and is experienced in acting on matters related to apparel, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and motorcycles, among others. Benjamin Fox, a specialist in a wide range of industries, including entertainment, healthcare and financial services, is a standout attorney in the Los Angeles office.

Located in Chicago, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP recently successfully represented Duracell in a high-profile piece of trademark infringement litigation brought by Energizer. Kevin May led on the case, which concerned the fact that certain stores in the US were selling Duracell batteries with its pink bunny on the packaging, a mascot that the client is permitted to use only in certain other countries. Other highlights included co-chair Michael Kelber acting for GI Sportz regarding the similar appearance of a competitor's paintball, and Lee Eulgen’s representation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield in a TTAB matter.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP's practice is headed by Minneapolis-based Timothy Kenny and is particularly active in handling international litigation. The enforcement of rights against infringement, dilution and countering are all specific strengths with the practice regularly representing clients in relation to TROs and Preliminary Injunction motions. Kenny demonstrates a proven track record in federal trademark matters as well as TTAB proceedings. Another name to note is the highly recommended Austin-based Michael Metteauer.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP¬†recently successfully represented Twentieth Century Fox in the Ninth Circuit where it was ruled that the client‚Äôs use of the word ‚Äėempire‚Äô was protected by the First Amendment; Plaintiff Empire Distribution had brought the suit in relation to the client‚Äôs Empire television series on the grounds of trademark infringement and dilution. In another highlight, Mark Miller¬†secured a permanent injunction and consent judgment on behalf of a client¬†in a trade dress infringement case involving a competitor which concerned product imitation. The media, financial services, technology, apparel and sports industries are core strengths, with names such as eBay, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros forming the client roster.¬†Ryan Yagura¬†leads the team and¬†Drew Breuder¬†is recommended. All named attorneys are based in Los Angeles.

Proskauer Rose LLP is currently representing LemonKind in a trademark dispute with KIND/King Management concerning beverage products. The food and beverage industry is an area of particular specialism and the team also excels in representing clients from the consumer products, media and entertainment and sport sectors. New York-based Alexander Kaplan and Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks are recommended, while other noteworthy clients include Live Nation, Sandoz and Sony Music Entertainment.

At Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, co-head Laura Chapman¬†and Michelle Kahn¬†obtained a preliminary injunction for Newmark Realty Capital prohibiting Newmark & Co from using ‚ÄėNewmark‚Äô as a trademark for commercial mortgage services. Another high-profile engagement for Chapman saw her defend RockStar Hotels from a claim by Hard Rock alleging that the client used a lookalike name and website to give the impression that it was connected to the Hard Rock Caf√© brand. In New York, Ted Max¬†is representing Chanel with a claim of false advertising and unfair competition against What Comes Around Goes Around and other defendants. Named attorneys are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP¬†is engaged on domestic and international litigation in a broad range of industries, including retail, publishing, clothing, entertainment and pharmaceuticals. Co-chair Laura Goldbard George¬†represented Ringling Bros in a trademark infringement dispute against Kid Rock and Live Nation Entertainment regarding the defendants‚Äô use of ‚ÄėTHE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH‚Äô as the name of live concerts. She also acted for Seiko Holdings in a TTAB matter where the client opposed Apollo Seiko's attempt to register its name as a trademark for soldering irons. Jason Sobel¬†and of counsel Steven Pokotilow¬†are the other key names. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

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Clients value Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP¬†for its ‚Äėforward-looking strategic decisions‚Äô and ‚Äėbroad and deep legal expertise‚Äô. Danny Awdeh, hailed for his ‚Äėtremendous legal expertise and impeccable judgment‚Äô, leads the practice, which undertakes the full spectrum of non-contentious matters. Awdeh recently assisted InterContinental Hotel with the expansion of its brand portfolio through the launch of AVID and VOCO and alongside Douglas (Chip) Rettew¬†acted for Varsity Brands regarding the IP considerations of its $2.5bn purchase by Bain Capital. Mark Sommers¬†is an ‚Äėexceptionally good attorney' and is lead counsel to Petco, routinely filing and prosecuting trademark applications domestically and internationally for the client. Boston-based associate Laura Johnson¬†is recommended. Named partners are based in Washington DC.

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Praised for its ‚Äėsound legal advice‚Äô and ‚Äėextensive experience‚Äô, New York IP boutique Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.¬†excels in registrations, transactions and portfolio management. Clients such as Chanel, Warner Bros/DC Comics, and Tiffany & Co form the client roster and, in a recent work highlight, the team worked with STELLA McCARTNEY to pursue broad protection of one of its bag designs. Notable attorneys include David Ehrlich, David Donahue, Cara Boyle, Nadine Jacobson¬†and James Weinberger. Amanda Agati¬†and Ashford Tucker¬†were recently promoted to partner.

The ‚Äėvery competent‚Äô team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton¬†‚Äėhas a great international network for managing an international portfolio‚Äô. San Francisco-based Anthony Malutta¬†‚Äėsteps up on cutting-edge issues‚Äô and heads the practice with William Brewster¬†in Atlanta and David Mayberry¬†in Washington DC. Facebook and Instagram are household-name clients and engage the team for¬†prosecution, portfolio management and enforcement matters. Other recent highlights include managing title clearance, registration and protection programs for Netflix and representing Marriott in the worldwide enforcement of the company‚Äôs suite of more than 33 hospitality brands. Chris Woods¬†and Marc Lieberstein¬†in New York¬†are recommended, as is Washington DC-based senior associate¬†Lindsay Kaplan.

Hailed for its ‚Äėto-the-point counsel‚Äô and ‚Äėbusiness-oriented solutions‚Äô, Arent Fox LLP¬†is particularly tuned in to the media and entertainment, food and beverage and fashion industries. Anthony Lupo¬†oversees Discovery‚Äôs domestic and international portfolio and, on the licensing front, recently advised on the IP-related considerations of various new ventures. Michael Grow¬†manages the international portfolio of The Saul Zaentz Company while Christopher Norton¬†handles global brand clearance and protection for Qualcomm.¬†Ricardo Fischer¬†heads the practice, which includes San Francisco-based Sarah Bruno.¬†Additional clients include Tesla, Warner Bros and Restaurant Brands International, owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Sector expertise for Baker McKenzie LLP spans industries such as pharmaceuticals, fashion, financial services, technology and retail. Nielsen is one of many new clients and recently engaged Lisa Rosaya on global filing strategies, trademark prosecution and portfolio management. Pamela Church serves as practice head and represents The CS Lewis Company, managing the trademarks relating to the works of the late CS Lewis, which include The Chronicles of Narnia novels. Lisa Parker Gates is based in Chicago alongside the well-regarded David Davis; she advises Liberty Mutual on a variety of global brand protection and enforcement strategies. Named partners are located in New York unless otherwise stated.

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.‚Äôs ‚Äėvery proficient‚Äô practice is noted for its ‚Äėgood commercial outlook and strength in depth‚Äô. The IP-boutique possesses experience in portfolio management, prosecution, enforcement, defense and licensing matters. Helen Hill Minsker, Joseph Berghammer¬†and Richard Stockton¬†are among the key names and form a team with specialist knowledge of the financial, travel, insurance, internet, athletic apparel and consumer electronics industries. Kayak Software, The Marmon Group, Nokia and Toshiba are among the clients who rely on the firm for global portfolio management. Named attorneys are Chicago based.

The practice at New York-based¬†Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC¬†is praised for its ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô attorneys, ‚Äėclient-oriented‚Äô service and ‚Äėoutstanding expertise‚Äô. It acts on the full range of domestic and international trademark prosecution matters and is jointly led by Lynn Fruchter¬†and the ‚Äėhighly responsive‚Äô Deborah Squiers. Fruchter recently acted for Sony Pictures Entertainment, supervising international trademark registrations for the merchandising of Jumanji, Men in Black and Ghostbusters. In another highlight, the 'outstanding' Jeffrey Epstein¬†handled the searching, clearance and filing program for the worldwide rebranding of Liberty Interactive Corporation as Qurate Retail. Other recommended names are Mary Kevlin, William Borchard¬†and the ‚Äėvery friendly and attentive‚Äô Joel Karni Schmidt.

Dechert LLP is well regarded for searching and clearance matters as well as prosecution and portfolio management. Glenn Gundersen and Jeffrey Plies chair the practice, which notably represents Apple. In a recent highlight, Gundersen advised Willis Towers Watson on a wide range of trademark-related matters, including infringement and enforcement issues. Jennifer Insley-Pruitt and Spencer Joffrion are new arrivals, joining from Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP respectively.

DLA Piper LLP (US)¬†‚Äėapproaches everything from a business perspective‚Äô and ‚Äėexcels in client service‚Äô. Ann Ford, valued for the quality of her ‚Äėcounsel and business acumen‚Äô, coordinates all trademark and other IP-related issues on behalf of CFA Institute. Frank Ryan¬†delivers ‚Äėoutstanding guidance‚Äô and heads the group with San Francisco-based Gina Durham and Ford. High-profile clients include Nike, Al Jaazera, ESPN and also Dr Seuss Enterprises, which¬†Ryan Compton¬†advises on prosecution, licensing and enforcement issues.¬†Keith Medansky¬†is a key figure in the Chicago office. Other partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is adept in portfolio management, prosecutions and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings. Edward Colbert and Susan Smith are the key names in Washington DC, with Colbert chairing the practice alongside Houston-based Jeff Dodd. New York-based James Rosini is also recommended.

K&L Gates is particularly active in the fashion industry, serving as counsel to Abercrombie & Fitch on enforcement matters and the registration of new marks. TripAdvisor is also a client and has engaged the firm for international clearance, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement matters. Other key clients include MannKind, Valve Corporation and The Procter & Gamble Company/Gillette. The team was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Washington DC-based Susan Kayser from Jones Day and Christopher Fahy, who joined the Chicago office from Quarles & Brady LLP. Co-head Pam Jacobson is highly rated in Seattle.

Located in Washington DC, IP-boutique Kelly IP LLP is home to considerable experience in clearance, prosecution, portfolio management, enforcement and licensing. David Kelly, Linda McLeod and Lynn Jordan represent Disney in a broad range of non-contentious issues, including clearance and prosecution pertaining to the Star Wars, Toy Story and Avengers franchises, among others. The team also represents Twentieth Century Fox, undertaking work such as clearance searches for proposed trademarks and license agreements. Robert Litowitz and Stephanie Bald are integral members of the practice, which also counts names such as the BBC, Facebook and Yahoo! among its clients.

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, the ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô attorneys provide ‚Äėsolid support and deep knowledge‚Äô. The full spectrum of trademark-related matters is undertaken by the team, which includes Chicago-based co-head Jennifer Mikulina¬†and the ‚Äėstrong business acumen‚Äô of Joanne Ludovici. Richard Kim¬†and Robert Zelnick¬†handle filing, search, clearance, and enforcement matters for Amgen and the team also serves as counsel to Hitachi for US-related trademark matters. Jorge Arciniega¬†is a name to note in the Los Angeles office, other attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated. Mars, Hot Topic and 23andMe are also clients.

Located in Chicago, IP-boutique Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP¬†is home to an ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô and ‚Äėfocused‚Äô team that ‚Äėworks hard to provide the best results‚Äô. The pharmaceuticals sector is an area of particular expertise, and¬†Thad Chaloemtiarana¬†was recently retained to conduct trademark searches and file new applications to register global trademarks for an investigational drug. The team also acts for a number of technology clients, such as Acer, which entrusts¬†Robert Sacoff¬†and Seth Appel¬†for its US branding and trademark work. David Hillard¬†is recommended, Belinda Scrimenti¬†is ‚Äėcomprehensive and practical‚Äô, and Jonathan Jennings¬†is ‚Äėof exceptional quality‚Äô. Other sectors of expertise include automobiles and consumer product manufacturing.

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s practice is headed by Deborah Wilcox in Cleveland and Washington DC-based Mark Tidman. It is particularly well regarded for portfolio management and maintains SPX FLOW’s worldwide collection of trademarks, routinely undertaking clearance searches and prosecuting trademark applications. The team also includes New York-based Robert Horowitz; he leads on enforcement, transactional and application matters for Sony both domestically and internationally.

Brinks Gilson & Lione, a full service IP boutique, is headed by Howard Michael and Andrew Avsec and is engaged by clients operating in the automotive, pharmaceutical, airlines, publishing and education sectors, among others. United States Federal Reserve and Apple Vacations are new clients and respectively engaged Michael and Bradley Lane for portfolio management. Michael also recently conducted worldwide clearance searches on behalf of Sallie Mae pertaining to the client’s credit card. Other work undertaken includes clearance, prosecution and licensing matters. Virginia Wolk Marino was recently promoted to shareholder. Named attorneys are based in Chicago.

Cooley LLP is active on both the domestic and international fronts, acting on a number of matters across the European Union and other overseas jurisdictions. The group handles all aspects of the selection, prosecution, protection and enforcement of trademarks and is particularly strong on licensing and brand expansion. In Washington DC, Peter Willsey notably assists Nintendo of America and Mozilla Corporation with the enforcement of their trademark rights. Counsel John Crittenden is also a key member of the team; he operates from San Francisco and manages the worldwide trademark portfolio of Yelp!

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô at ‚Äėmanaging worldwide trademark portfolios‚Äô and handles the full spectrum of prosecution, management and licensing matters. The client roster includes several retail companies, such as Urban Outfitters, to which Philadelphia-based Robert Cannuscio¬†provides counsel on a range of IP-related matters. Jennifer Dean¬†leads the practice from Washington DC and recently acted for Cott Corporation in the sale of its manufacturing business to Refresco Group, a transaction that encompassed the division of approximately 1,100 trademarks. The Chicago office includes Darren Cahr¬†and ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô counsel Melissa Dillenbeck¬†who ‚Äėprovides creative solutions‚Äô.

Noted for its ‚Äėstrong IP capabilities‚Äô, Greenberg Traurig LLP¬†counts high-profile names such as Ralph Lauren, American Airlines, UPS and Caesars Entertainment Group among its clients. The practice, chaired by Chicago-based¬†Mark Galis¬†and Susan Heller¬†in Orange County, advises clients on selecting, building, protecting, enforcing and monetizing their trademarks on a global scale. Work highlights included assisting CrossFit with the establishment of various new trademark licenses and, in the entertainment space, respectively advising Jennifer Lopez/JLO Holding Company and Katy Perry/Killer Queen on worldwide trademark clearance and strategy.

Jones Day handles trademark clearance, prosecution, licensing and enforcement matters. In Cleveland, Carrie Kiedrowski  serves as counsel to the WikiMedia Foundation, helping the client with prosecution, opposition and enforcement matters arising from its portfolio of 2,000 trademarks in over 110 jurisdictions. Abercrombie & Fitch and Square Enix are also clients, with the latter entrusting the team for strategic portfolio management advice and to file and maintain US trademark applications and registrations. Cleveland-based Meredith Wilkes and John Froemming head the practice, which also includes Tracy Stitt and Jessica Bradley. Susan Kayser departed to join K&L Gates while Tom Vitt joined the firm’s Minneapolis office from Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has considerable experience representing clients in the fashion, luxury goods, retail apparel and consumer product industries. In New York, Andrea Calvaruso recently advised the Major League Baseball Players Association with respect to clearance of the nicknames chosen by players as part of its annual Players Weekend venture with Major League Baseball. She also serves as counsel to Foot Locker on a wide range of trademark-related matters and is responsible for the worldwide trademark portfolio of Take-Two, owner of Grand Theft Auto and 1,900 active trademark filings worldwide. Other notable clients include Bacardi & Co and Nestlé USA.

King & Spalding LLP is engaged by clients in a broad range of sectors, with a particular focus on food and beverages, retail and consumer products. Austin-based Richard Gross handles the global trademark portfolio of The Home Depot and heads the practice with Kathleen McCarthy, who operates from New York. The team is also engaged by Mary Kay and Steve Jackson Games for the respective enforcement and protection of each company’s brands. Other work undertaken includes trademark searching, clearance and licensing.

IP boutique Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP is well regarded for protection, enforcement and portfolio management, both domestically and internationally. Susan Natland leads on assisting First American Financial with trademark selection, procurement and enforcement matters, while Diane Reed is responsible for trademark enforcement on behalf of Monster Energy. Other clients include Terra Tech Corp, The Rubicon Project and Mechanix Wear. Jeff Van Hoosear heads the practice. Named partners are based in Orange County.

The team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has experience in portfolio management as well as IP-related transactions. Practice head Karen Butcher and Anita Polott serve as counsel to Anthem, managing its trademark portfolio and coordinating global clearance, protection and enforcement strategies. On the transaction front, Boston-based Rachelle Dubow along with Ron Dreben and Dana Gross handled the IP elements of Apollo Global Management’s acquisition of Qdoba Restraurant Corp. Urban Outfitters, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Wayfair are also clients. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Timothy Kenny heads the practice at Norton Rose Fulbright from Minneapolis and is a specialist in licensing, prosecution and strategic portfolio management. He represents several high-profile clients in enforcing their marks, both in the US and internationally. The team also includes Austin-based Alicia Morris Groos; she was recently engaged by a key client for federal trademark registration and brand protection, specifically on the internet and social media platforms.

Core strengths for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP include global portfolio management, trademark filings and clearance as well as IP-related due diligence. Recent work highlights include an engagement from BIC in which New York-based Peter Vogl assisted the client in combating gray goods and infringing products entering the US from China. The client roster encompasses clients from a vast array of industries and includes cloud computing company The client recently engaged Beth Goldman in San Francisco for counsel on trademark matters related to the Dreamforce Conference and also for clearance on its new mascots.

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