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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s ‘top-tier’ group provides ‘an excellent level of service and business-oriented advice, and has strong knowledge of IP topics’. Reston-based Charles Lipsey successfully represented Forest Laboratories in Hatch-Waxman litigation against generics manufacturer Mylan concerning the Savella fibromyalgia treatment; all asserted patents were found to be valid and infringed. In Palo Alto, Erik Puknys and Lily Lim represented ABBYY and Lexmark International in a case brought by Nuance Communications, obtaining a unanimous defense verdict in US district court and a successful affirmation at the Federal Circuit. Washington DC's Michael Jakes handles technology and medical devices-related cases; he recently acted for PPC Broadband in two related appeals to a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision which adversely affected the client’s coaxial cable connector patents, and represented Philips Electronics in three cases against ZOLL Medical concerning various medical device technologies. Also in Washington DC are firm chair James Monroe, managing partner Mark Sweet and litigation head Gerald Ivey.

Fish & Richardson P.C.’s ‘responsive, thorough and personable’ team has ‘superior bench strength and top technical acumen’, and the attorneys ‘continuously impress with their commitment to understanding the client’s products’. A Washington DC-based team including Ahmed Davis, Linda Liu Kordziel and ‘first-rate trial counsel’ Ruffin Cordell recently won a $29m jury verdict for Paice and The Abell Foundation in a suit against Hyundai and Kia Motors, where five hybrid vehicle technology patents were found to be valid and infringed. On the pharma side, life sciences expert Jonathan Singer is currently handling two Hatch-Waxman cases on behalf of Allergan; one regarding its glaucoma drug Combigan, in which an injunction was successfully obtained at the Federal Circuit, and one concerning the dry-eye drug Restasis. Kurt Glitzenstein in Boston heads the firm’s litigation practice, Michael McKeon is a go-to figure for technology-related cases, and the ‘highly competent’ Matt Samuel is a prominent member of the firm’s Japan practice.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s group of ‘terrific communicators’ provides ‘a uniformly first-class service’, offering clients ‘effective oral advocacy and solid courtroom work’ along with ‘excellent advice on strategy, research and investigations’. Leora Ben-Ami is a key contact in the New York office, as is ‘great problem-solverGregory Arovas, who is ‘hard working and always prepared’. Highlights included securing a $94m verdict in favor of AbbVie in an infringement and breach of contract case brought by MedImmune and representing Cisco Systems in a suit brought against Arista Networks alleging infringement of 12 technology networking patents. The first matter was led by Chicago-based James Hurst, and the latter by San Francisco’s Adam Alper and Michael De Vries in Los Angeles. The firm also acted for CR Bard before the US Supreme Court, where a $1bn judgment awarded to the client in a long-running dispute with WL Gore & Associates was upheld. Energy Labs, Medtronic, IBM and Capital One are also clients. In early 2017, New York's Steven Cherny departed for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Led by San Francisco’s Charles Verhoeven, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s ‘outstanding’ practice is ‘recommended for defensive and affirmative patent litigation of all levels of importance’. The firm recently obtained a unanimous victory for Samsung at the Supreme Court in the so-called ‘smartphone wars’ against Apple, where the court reversed a Federal Circuit decision upholding a $399m judgment against Samsung. On the life sciences side, highlights included representing Forest Laboratories in Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation against 15 filers seeking FDA approval to market generic versions of Namenda XR, Forest’s anti-Alzheimer’s drug; and acting for Merck in Hatch-Waxman litigation against Xellia Pharmaceuticals, successfully prohibiting the defendant from selling its generic product until the expiration of Merck’s patents. Chicago-based electrical engineering specialist David Nelson is recommended, as are practice co-chair Edward DeFranco, who handles a broad range of electronics, biotech and medical device cases, and Dominic Cerrito, who focuses on Hatch-Waxman litigation, in New York. David Perlson is another key figure in San Francisco. In early 2017, Steven Cherny joined the firm's New York office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

WilmerHale’s ‘top-notch’ practice provides ‘valuable advice on complex issues and knows the client’s business and understands their priorities’. William Lee is a well-regarded figure in the market and recently secured a significant victory for Cisco Systems, where the Federal Circuit reversed a $74m judgment against the client in an infringement suit brought by Commil. ‘Excellent adviser’ and ‘experienced trial attorney’ Michael Summersgill defended Intel Corporation in a case filed by Memory Integrity, which alleged infringement of five memory systems and cache technology; he successfully secured a summary judgment of non-infringement. Donald Steinberg chairs the IP practice and other key figures include Lisa Pirozzolo, who has significant experience handling Hatch-Waxman cases, Mark Selwyn, who has handled numerous high-profile cases for California-based companies, and technology expert Joseph Haag. Haag and Selwyn are based in Palo Alto; all other named attorneys are based in Boston.

The ‘exceptional’ group at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto is noted for its capabilities in the life sciences area and frequently handles ANDA and Hatch-Waxman litigation on behalf of major industry leaders. Dominick Conde heads the pharmaceuticals practice and recently represented Daiichi Sankyo in ANDA litigation brought by three generic drug makers, a case involving the application of a Supreme Court precedent. Other key figures include Justin Oliver (Washington DC) and John Murnane, who successfully represented Amgen in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the PTAB; Michael Sandonato, who acted for Sirona Dental in a series of actions asserting its digital impression and X-ray technology patents; and William Solander, who is well regarded for his capabilities in high-stakes ANDA cases. Administrative partner Christopher Borello is a key contact. Named attorneys are based in New York, except where indicated otherwise.

At Irell & Manella LLP, practice head Morgan Chu is a heavyweight in the patent litigation space and has handled numerous high-profile cases across the technology and life sciences areas. Other key figures include David Gindler and Andrei Iancu, who recently secured a complete victory for Ariosa Diagnostics at the US Supreme Court, which denied Sequenom’s petition for a writ of certiorari in a case concerning a non-invasive prenatal test. Chu and Iancu also represented B/E Aerospace in a multi-venue dispute with MAG Aerospace over aircraft toilet patents, successfully securing three summary judgments of non-infringement. On the life sciences side, Gary Frischling acted for Gilead Sciences in a suit brought by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation over various HIV medicines, obtaining a dismissal of an action claiming antitrust violations and patent invalidity. Other key clients include Immersion, Genentech and T-Mobile. All named attorneys are based in Los Angeles.

Jones Day provides ‘a great service in all respects’ and is ‘highly recommended for complex patent matters’. San Diego-based IP chair Anthony Insogna is well regarded as a pharmaceutical and biotech patent lawyer; Washington DC-based Gregory Castanias has extensive appellate experience, including in Federal Circuit and Supreme Court cases; and David Maiorana in Cleveland is ‘flexible, friendly and easy to work with’ and is ‘highly skilled in matters before the USPTO and in ITC issues’. Castanias recently represented Avid Technology in a court of appeals case against Harmonic, successfully securing the reversal of a US district court non-infringement verdict. The firm also won an appeal for Celgene in a suit related to brand bone cancer drugs and represented GreatCall in a bet-the-company case against two of its founders and their incubator company, Dyna. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Christopher Harnett in New York from Ropes & Gray LLP and Thomas Vitt in Minneapolis from Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at McKool Smith is known for its strength in plaintiff-side cases and has solid experience acting for clients across numerous venues, including the ITC, PTAB, district courts and the Federal Circuit. Dallas-based Mike McKool heads the practice, and along with Douglas Cawley and Theodore Stevenson, recently acted as lead counsel to Ericsson in infringement actions against Apple concerning standard essential technology. In another highlight, Samuel Baxter represented IT systems management provider BMC Software in a suit brought by ServiceNow, where challenges to several of the client’s patents were argued before the PTAB. Courtland Reichman is managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices; Robert Cote is a key figure in New York; and Houston-based William LaFuze is a dean of the Texas IP bar.

Morrison & Foerster LLP provides ‘a great, highly efficient service’ and recently expanded its offering with the additions of Mark Whitaker and Greg Chopskie in Washington DC, and life sciences expert David Manspeizer in New York. Washington DC-based Deanne Maynard co-chairs the appellate and Supreme Court practice and recently secured a major victory for Sandoz in a high-profile dispute concerning the interpretation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act. Maynard also obtained a second appellate win for NuVasive in its long-running dispute with Warsaw Orthopedic, thus vacating a $101m verdict brought against the client. In San Francisco, Michael Jacobs and Richard Hung successfully prevented Chinese company ZWCad Software from marketing a cloned version of Autodesk’s ‘AutoCAD’ computer-aided design software. Harold McElhinny retired from the practice in 2016.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘strong from top to bottom’ and ‘fully values its clients relationships’. According to clients, Chicago-based Thomas Rein is ‘the absolute best for bet-the-company patent litigation’ and ‘knows how to put a case together’. Other key individuals include David Pritikin in Chicago, who has notable experience applying FRAND requirements to standard essential patents and has argued numerous matters before the Federal Circuit; San Francisco’s Mike Bettinger, who focuses on International Trade Commission (ITC) matters; and Washington DC’s Jeffrey Kushan, who handles Hatch-Waxman litigation, patent appeals and administrative proceedings. Highlights included representing Bayer Healthcare in an appeal brought by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, which sought to market generic versions of Bayer’s branded rosacea treatment, and acting for Microsoft in an infringement case brought by SurfCast alleging the client’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone products infringed its patents. Amazon, Gilead Sciences and Amgen are also clients.

Winston & Strawn LLP provides ‘strong, quality advice, great knowledge and a solid work product’, and is ‘well placed to handle specialized biotech matters’. A team led by Washington DC-based Thomas Jarvis recently acted for Ericsson in two parallel patent infringement cases at the ITC, which concerned an expired patent license agreement with Apple. Leading figure George Lombardi in Chicago handles matters related to telephone and computer technology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and recently secured a victory for Warner Chilcott allowing it to obtain FDA approval to market a generic version of Merck’s NuvaRing product. Michael Brody and David Enzminger co-chair the IP practice from Chicago and Los Angeles respectively.

At the newly merged Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, key figures include Washington DC-based Matthew Wolf, who has handled various patent matters for a range of technology clients; San Francisco-based Michael Berta, who specializes in patent and trade secret litigation; and Washington DC’s John Nilsson, who has notable medical device and biotech expertise. Highlights included representing plaintiff Boston Scientific in a high-stakes case against Edwards Lifesciences concerning transcatheter aortic valve replacement, and acting for Samsung in numerous cases against several plaintiffs - including ProMOS, FastVDO and Advances Touchscreen - which alleged infringement of various semiconductor and haptic feedback technologies. Other clients include General Electric, Google and Barnes & Noble.

Covington & Burling LLP’s ‘responsive’ team has ‘a deep bench of technical and non-technical IP attorneys’ and the firm is ‘very capable in the policy, trade and pharma spaces’. In Washington DC, George Pappas handles major bet-the-company litigation and Christopher Sipes specializes in all aspects of pharmaceutical litigation under the Hatch-Waxman act; and in San Francisco, Michael Plimack is recommended for technology-related cases and ITC investigations. The group has handled a number of IPR proceedings in the technology and life sciences areas; its cross-sector client list includes AstraZeneca, Huawei and Amarin Corporation.

DLA Piper LLP (US) provides ‘high-quality legal services in an effective and efficient way’ and ‘fully understands the management and decision-making processes in large corporations’. Washington DC-based Joseph Lavelle is ‘bright, responsive and well versed in patent litigation’ and ‘evaluates the merits of a case at the very beginning, developing a strategy based on its strengths and weaknesses’. Key figures in the Chicago office include technology expert Matthew Satchwell, who is ‘highly reliable for clients and formidable to opponents’, and Paul Steadman, who has a strong engineering background and is ‘an outstanding trial lawyer’. San Diego-based John Allcock currently represents Sophos, a network security provider, in an eight-patent infringement action brought by Finjan.

At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, practice co-chair Wayne Barsky in Century City acts for clients in the biotech, computer and software sectors, and has strong trial and appellate experience across various forums. Work highlights for the team included winning a complete defense victory for T-Mobile in an infringement case brought by Prism Technologies; defending Fitbit in an ongoing dispute with Jawbone, where the latter’s patents were successfully invalidated; and representing Depomed in an infringement litigation against three generic companies regarding the opioid drug Nucynta, where all three patents were found to be valid and enforceable. Palo Alto’s Mark Lyon handles patent, trade secret and other IP-related disputes, and William Rooklidge and Jeffrey Thomas are the key contacts in Orange County. Brian Rosenthal joined the New York office from Mayer Brown.

Boston-based Sarah Columbia heads the practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which provides patent litigation and prosecution advice as part of an integrated platform, and has a strong track record in handling matters in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, chemical and technology sectors. In a recent highlight, the team secured a trial victory for Amgen in a patent suit brought against Sanofi regarding a new generation of cholesterol lowering drugs, where Amgen’s three patents were found to be valid and infringed. The firm also obtained a string of trial wins for BlackBerry, including a victory over Mobile Communications Technologies in the Northern District of Texas. William Gaede and David Henry Dolkas are the key figures in Silicon Valley; Washington DC-based Joel Freed is also recommended.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ‘outstanding’ practice is ‘well able to accommodate complex technical matters’ and ‘has a profound background in US patent law’. The team saw a significant number of arrivals in 2016; among them, former DLA Piper LLP (US) patent litigation co-chair Claudia Frost and, from the now defunct Kenyon & Kenyon, technology expert Elizabeth Gardner, who ‘has a sound understanding of the game and is able to formulate the best line of argument in a clear and concise manner’. Frost is based in Houston, Gardner in New York. The firm recently achieved a summary judgment victory for AT&T and LG Electronics in a case against non-practicing entity Acacia, and also represented Synopsys in a six-patent appeal to the Federal Circuit challenging a $600m verdict in favor of Mentor. Silicon Valley-based Denise Mingrone chairs the IP practice, which also includes Sten Jensen in Washington DC and Mark Wine in Orange County.

The team at Paul Hastings LLP has ‘a strong technical background and sound legal acumen, which allows for solid results’, and provides ‘advice which is well thought out, researched and clearly explained’. New York-based Joseph O’Malley and Palo Alto-based Yar Chaikovsky are ‘highly knowledgeable and skilled IP litigators’, and Naveen Modi in Washington DC provides ‘strong analytical analysis which puts him ahead in arguments’. The firm handles matters across a broad spectrum of sectors and is noted for its strength in post-grant proceedings; highlights included representing Helsinn Group in two post-grant review petitions, where Dr Reddy’s Laboratories sought to invalidate patents covering the client’s Aloxi drug product. The group also acted for Trend Micro in a suit brought by Intellectual Ventures, successfully securing a verdict of invalidity and non-infringement.

Ropes & Gray LLP provides ‘an excellent service’ and the group has ‘sound business acumen and deep industry knowledge’. The ‘responsive and personableAndrew Thomases in Silicon Valley is currently representing three computer gaming companies - Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive - in a patent suit brought by non-practicing entity Acceleration Bay, which claims infringement of its network-related patents. Thomases represented SmartThings in an infringement action filed by Clean Energy Management Solutions, successfully securing a dismissal. Richard McCaulley heads the practice from Chicago; Silicon Valley-based James Batchelder focuses on major technology-related cases; and Steven Baughman heads the post-grant trial group from Washington DC.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘superb’ team has ‘exceptional legal skills across the board’ and provides ‘advice which reflects strong business acumen and industry knowledge’. Washington DC-based Brian Ferguson co-chairs the practice with Jared Bobrow in Silicon Valley, who ‘deftly manages all aspects of patent litigation matters and is particularly impressive in oral advocacy’. Also in Silicon Valley, Edward Reines focuses on technology litigation matters; recent highlights included securing a preliminary injunction against Qiagen on behalf of Illumina in a suit regarding its GeneReader NGS system, and obtaining an appellate victory for Adobe, where an invalidity verdict on two digital rights management patents was successfully upheld. Other individuals include Anne Cappella, who is part of the Silicon Valley team focusing on complex technology matters; Washington DC-based Anish Desai, whose areas of expertise include consumer electronics, semiconductor technology and renewable energy; and Doug McClellan, who is the key contact in Houston.

Baker Botts L.L.P. provides ‘exceptional client service; the team responds to all requests in a timely manner, offers creative pricing proposals and is always available to assist on urgent matters’. Dallas-based practice head Bart Showalter has notable electronics, software and telecoms expertise, and recently defended Cisco Systems in an infringement suit filed by a bankruptcy trustee representing the defunct At Home Network Company. New York’s Robert Scheinfeld is also a key figure, and other noteworthy individuals include Dallas-based Douglas Kubehl, who focuses on patent litigation and licensing, and Austin’s Kevin Meek, who ‘sees all the ramifications in a given situation and provides counseling which is in the best interest of the client’. The firm represented Genband in multiple patent cases against competitor Metaswich Networks, successfully securing $8.2m in damages and three invalidity rulings on the opponent’s asserted patents.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acts for a range of clients at both trial and appellate level, and the firm’s cross-sector client list includes Avon Products, Merck and Amgen. Keith Hummel and David Greenwald are currently acting for Amgen in a suit brought by AbbVie, which alleges that the client’s biosimilar of the Humira drug infringes ten of its patents. The firm continues to represent Alarm.com in an action filed by Vivint, which alleges infringement of patents covering remote monitoring, equipment control and location-based alerting systems technology, and is also handling multiple infringement appeals for Mylan, following an unfavorable trial court decision handled by alternate counsel.

Goodwin’s ‘responsive’ team ‘always employs a common-sense approach to solving problems’ and has a strong track record in handling major competitor vs competitor litigation. In a recent highlight, David Hashmall represented Cephalon in several Hatch-Waxman cases arising from the defendants’ ANDA filings to the FDA, which sought approval to market a generic version of Cephalon’s Treanda product. A team led by Marcia Sundeen also secured a victory for Hewlett-Packard at the Federal Circuit in a case concerning a flash memory patent, where the defendant’s inter partes reviews were found to be unconstitutional as they deprived the patent owners of the right to a jury trial. William Jay heads the appellate practice and Ira Levy is a key contact in New York.

Robert Van Nest heads the San Francisco-based team at Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, which has a strong track record in handling sophisticated, high-stakes patent litigation and has a solid client base of major technology companies. Highlights included representing Google in a $9bn patent and copyright battle concerning use of the Java programming language in Google’s Android platform, in which the firm successfully secured a full dismissal of the suit brought by Oracle. The group also represented Qualcomm in an ITC investigation initiated by Nvidia, which sought to prevent the importation of Samsung Galaxy phones containing Qualcomm’s Adreno technology. Other notable clients include Netflix, Arista Networks and SanDisk.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s team is praised by clients as ‘very responsive and experienced’, providing ‘extremely good counsel in an efficient and timely manner’. Matthew Moore in Washington DC, Kenneth Schuler in Chicago and San Diego-based Jennifer Barry co-head the IP litigation practice, for which highlights included representing AbbVie in its suit against Amgen regarding the blockbuster Humira product. The group also acted for Nvidia in an eight-patent infringement suit brought by Samsung related to graphics processing units in cell phones and tablets, and represented Seoul Semiconductor in its suit against Enplas Display Device. In the Chicago office, David Callahan is ‘incredibly skilled and intelligent’ and has ‘decades of experience and great judgment’, and Ann Marie Wahlscan easily take care of thorny issues’.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has ‘a straightforward approach, a good sense of how to handle each matter and deep patent-related knowledge’. Houston-based Richard Zembek represented Qualcomm as respondent in an ITC investigation filed by Nvidia, which alleged that Samsung phones contained infringing technology covered by seven asserted patents. In another highlight, Dallas’ Brett Govett and Jonathan Skidmore acted for Reflectix, securing a full defense win against Promethean Insulation Technology in a case regarding four insulation material patents. Houston-based practice head Charles Walker has recently secured victories for clients in the drilling technology and luxury fashion industries, and, in Dallas, Dan Davison has notable experience in the entertainment and professional sports sectors.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s range of sector expertise includes pharmaceuticals, biotech, electronics and telecoms, among others, and the group frequently handles high-stakes patent litigation for major companies. Practice chair Nicholas Groombridge represents Amgen as plaintiff in numerous biosimilar matters against Sandoz, Apotex and Hospira, and also acts for Biogen in suits filed against several competitors regarding a patent covering Avonex, its blockbuster multiple sclerosis treatment. The New York-based team also includes Eric Alan Stone, who focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device-related cases, and Catherine Nyarady, who represented Edwards Lifesciences in a high-stakes trial against Medtronic regarding transcatheter heart valves. Kenneth Gallo is the key contact in Washington DC.

The ‘responsive’ team at Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP provides ‘clear advice and regular feedback’. Key individuals include co-chair of the IP practice Edward Colbert, who splits his time between New York and Washington DC; technology-focused Jeff Dodd, who is a key contact in Houston; and New York’s Gary Abelev, who is ‘clever, efficient and business-oriented’, and is currently representing Saverglass in a design patent infringement action. In another highlight, Houston’s Gregory Porter acted for Fast Felt in an infringement suit before the PTAB, winning a complete patent owner victory against Owens Corning following an inter partes review. Staples, Phigenix and AT&T are also clients.

At Cooley LLP, notable work included defending start-up manufacturer Amplidata in a patent case filed by Cleversafe; obtaining a PTAB and district court victory for Boku in all claims asserted by Xilidev; and representing Facebook in two infringement cases filed by Bascom Research regarding various computer-based technology. Broomfield, Colorado lawyer Jim Brogan represents a mix of technology and life sciences companies in high-stakes patent trials; Michael Rhodes has strong privacy and data protection expertise; and Orion Armon focuses on IPRs and covered business method review proceedings. Other clients of the firm include Certusview, Gevo and King.com.

Dentons’ ‘consistently excellent’ team ‘creates a comprehensive strategy based on patent knowledge, the industry landscape and opposing counsel’. ‘Top strategist’ Song Jung (Washington DC) co-leads the group with Robert Hanson (Dallas), and ‘always thinks of the client’s business needs’. San Francisco and Silicon Valley based Robert Kramer and Washington DC’s Lora Brzezynski are ‘fabulous trial lawyers’ and recently won a complete victory for defendant Nistica in a six-patent case against plaintiff Finisar Corp, which alleged infringement of patents covering cellular telecom network technology. Kramer also represented Silver Spring Networks in a case brought by Eon Corp in the Eastern District of Texas regarding three complex network patents, successfully securing a verdict of non-infringement and a dismissal of $57m worth of damages. Other notable clients include LG Electronics, Flextronics and GoWireless.

At Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, Irvine-based Joseph Re represented Masimo in its long-running patent dispute with Philips Electronics, successfully settling all outstanding litigation regarding Masimo’s pulse oximetry technology, and also acted for the same client in a suit brought against Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics. Washington DC’s William Zimmerman is the other key figure and has significant experience handling litigation in the pharmaceuticals space; Zimmerman recently acted for Illumina Cambridge in an appeal before the Federal Circuit, which upheld a federal district court’s decision confirming that the client’s DNA sequencing method patents are valid and enforceable. Steve Jensen and Brenton Babcock are key figures in Orange County and focus on hi-tech IP disputes.

Mayer Brown’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘always very interested in the client’s company and products, and is very practical when it comes to services’. Notable work included representing Marvell Semiconductor in an indemnification suit brought by Emulex, which sought damages of $26m for defense and settlement costs incurred in underlying patent litigation; and acting for Sanofi and Regeneron in an infringement suit brought by Genentech regarding its monoclonal antibody product. The group is led by Alan Grimaldi in Washington DC, Joseph Mahoney in Chicago and John Mancini in New York. Other key figures in New York include Theresa Gillis, who is ‘a strong litigator with huge passion and great skills’, and life sciences expert Lisa Ferri; Washington DC’s Gary Hnath is noted for his Section 337 expertise.

Headed by ‘brilliant attorney’ Ryan Yagura in Los Angeles, O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s ‘deep bench of talented attorneys’ offers ‘responsive, forward-thinking and comprehensive advice’ at both trial and appellate level, and also has significant experience handling proceedings before the USPTO, including reexaminations and IPRs. San Francisco-based Darin Snyder recently represented Google in a suit brought by ART+COM Innovationpool regarding its Google Earth product, successfully securing a summary judgment of non infringement. Mark Miller splits his time between the New York and San Francisco offices, and recently obtained an appellate victory on behalf of Mentor Graphics in an attempt by Synopsis to invalidate patents owned by the client. The firm also handled various matters on behalf of AstraZeneca, Top Victory Electronics and Samsung.

Baker & Hostetler LLP’s ‘group of skilled attorneys’ has a strong track record in courts across the US and has notable expertise in ANDA litigation. Daniel Goettle co-heads the practice from Philadelphia, focusing on computer science and electrical engineering-related cases, and USPTO practitioner Kevin Kirsch is the key figure in Cincinnati. In one highlight, Goettle represented Microsoft in an eight-patent infringement case filed by Global Touch Solutions alleging infringement on various tablet devices and Nokia smartphones. The firm also defended Caterpillar against a suit brought by ESCO Corp, which alleged infringement of tools used in large mining equipment.

At Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, highlights included successfully defending AT&T Mobility in an infringement case related to 4G wireless networks, in which it obtained a favorable summary judgment on the majority of claims, and defending AngioDynamics against charges of infringement of three patents, in which it prevailed in three inter partes proceedings against all asserted patents. Senior counsel Christopher Hughes heads the IP practice group, advising on patent, trade secret and trademark litigation. Dorothy Auth is another key practitioner along with John Moehringer, who focuses on electrical engineering and computer science-related cases brought to the ITC. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP has a strong track record of handling plaintiff- and defendant-side litigation across a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, biotech, software and chemical processes. Jonathan Waldrop, Jeffrey Toney and Darcy Jones secured a complete dismissal for Google in a challenge brought by Data Engine Technologies, which alleged infringement of patents covering the Quattro Pro for Windows spreadsheet program. Waldrop also represented Google in a suit filed by Eolas Technologies regarding interactive web browser technology, successfully securing a full dismissal of the plaintiff’s motions. Steven Carlson focuses on patent and trade secret disputes in the technology space. All named attorneys are based in Silicon Valley.

Jeffrey Ostrow is the lead practitioner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, which recently represented saliva collection kit maker Spectrum in an infringement action filed by Genotek in which the federal district court denied the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction. Other highlights included acting for Merck in a suit seeking to invalidate Genentech’s ‘Cabilly’ patents covering recombinant DNA technology, which have a long-running history of litigation and patent office review; defending Cisco Systems in an infringement case initiated by Commil at the Federal Circuit; and pursuing two reexamination proceedings against Skullcandy’s patents on behalf of CSR. Harrison Frahn and Patrick King are also notable individuals, focusing on high-stakes technology litigation. All named attorneys are based in Palo Alto.

Washington DC-based John Caracappa and Harold Fox co-head the practice at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, which has been notably active in the pharmaceutical and automotive sectors. Recent work includes representing VTech Communications in two patent infringement suits regarding telecom and wireless communications technology, successfully obtaining a combination of dismissals and favorable settlements; and acting for Huawei Technologies in a case involving memory chips used in consumer electronics, a matter pending at court of appeals. Other clients include Continental Automotive Systems, MonoSol, Sanofi and Regeneron.

White & Case LLP’s ‘excellent’ team ‘takes the time to fully understand the client’s company, which makes it easy to proceed with negotiations’. Key figures include David Tennant in Washington DC, who ‘provides suitable business solutions’; Jeffrey Oelke in New York, who has significant experience representing companies in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech sectors; and - also in New York - Kevin McGann, who focuses on electrical device-related litigation. The firm acted for American Express in three inter partes reviews seeking to invalidate three of Maxim Integrated Products’ patents, and also represents Altergon and Institut Biochimique in ongoing Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning the Flector Patch, an anti-inflammatory drug. Washington DC’s Shamita Etienne-Cummings is the key contact for Section 337 cases.

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