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  1. Patent litigation: full coverage
  2. Leading lawyers

Leading lawyers

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    • Leora Ben-Ami - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    • Morgan Chu - Irell & Manella LLP
    • William Lee - WilmerHale
    • Charles Lipsey - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
    • George Lombardi - Winston & Strawn LLP
    • Harold McElhinny - Morrison & Foerster LLP
    • Robert Van Nest - Keker & Van Nest, L.L.P.
    • Charles Verhoeven - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s Washington DC-based group ‘performs admirably’, and ‘regularly obtains excellent results for its clients’. James Monroe and Paul Browning are successfully representing Otsuka Pharmaceutical in the ongoing protection of Abilify, a schizophrenia and mental disorder medication, against companies seeking FDA approval to market generic copies. Leading figure Charles Lipsey acted for AstraZeneca alongside Robert Shaffer in Hatch-Waxman litigation, defending its Onglyza and Kombiglyze products against generic companies seeking FDA approval, and defending claims of invalidity and non-infringement. On the tech side, Palo Alto-based Robert McCauley successfully represented Asetek in numerous matters concerning computer liquid-cooling patents, and in the Reston office, Jeffrey Berkowitz handles the preparation, prosecution and defense of a range of patents for FedEx. Monroe and Laura Masurovsky head the team.

Fish & Richardson P.C. has notable expertise in the life sciences field, with a particular focus on pharmaceutical, medical device and Hatch-Waxman cases. In San Diego, Juanita Brooks and Jonathan Singer won a summary judgment for Allergan in a case opposite generic manufacturer Actavis, successfully validating five patents for the dry-eye drug Restasis and rejecting a challenge to personal jurisdiction. Washington DC-based Ruffin Cordell also won affirmance of a summary judgment for Cox Communications, obtaining a unanimous Federal Circuit ruling in favor of the client against defendant Cambrian Science. The firm has strong capabilities in the tech sector, and Boston-based Frank Scherkenbach obtained a $105m jury award for Power Integrations, the latest victory in a series of patent cases against Fairchild; the group also won summary judgment for Microsoft, finding three IpLearn-Focus patents invalid under Alice. Ann Cathcart Chaplin heads the team from Minneapolis.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides ‘uniformly first-class service’, and is ‘at the very top level of firms for patent litigation’. The group has ‘legal prowess, bench strength and thoroughness’, and ‘the attorneys’ attention to detail is unsurpassed’. ‘Phenomenal court advocate’ Gregory Arovas is representing Intel in a nine-patent action brought against Future Link Systems seeking to resolve matters concerning liability along with RAND (reasonable, and non-discriminatory) licensing issues, and the group is also defending Intel against Ericsson’s licensing and litigation efforts regarding Wi-Fi technologies. The group also has notable medical devices experience; Jeannie Heffernan represented Medtronic in a case brought by non-practicing entity (NPE) Atlas IP, successfully obtaining a non-infringement verdict and dismissing a $218m damages claim. The group is headed by Leora Ben-Ami in New York; other key figures include Chicago-based Luke Dauchot, and Gregg LoCascio in Washington DC. Samsung, Cisco Systems and C.R. Bard are notable clients. Since publication, New York's Steven Cherny has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP offers ‘an excellent level of service’, providing ‘practical and pointed advice, which allows the client to make effective decisions’. Charles Verhoeven acted for Dow as plaintiff in a suit brought against Organik Kimya, successfully obtaining a default judgment on trade secret misappropriation claims. In New York, Kathleen Sullivan represented Marvell Technology and Marvell Semiconductor in the Federal Circuit, successfully overturning a ruling of willfulness in a patent infringement judgment related to a media noise algorithm patented by Carnegie Mellon University, significantly reducing the damages award. Raymond Nimrod also secured a complete victory for Everlight Electronics, securing a judgment of invalidity on two LED technology patents owned by Nichia Corporation. David Nelson and Edward DeFranco co-chair the firm’s national IP litigation practice in Chicago and New York respectively; Dominic Cerrito focuses on Hatch-Waxman litigation; and David Perlson is also recommended. Since publication, Steven Cherny has joined the firm's New York office from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

WilmerHale’s ‘responsive’ team has ‘excellent knowledge of patent litigation within the life sciences sector’, and is ‘highly flexible in adapting to challenging situations’. The highly regarded William Lee achieved a victory for Credit Suisse against NPE Realtime Data in the Federal Circuit, which affirmed the district court’s summary judgment of non-infringement and invalidity in the client’s favor. John Regan and New York-based Christopher Noyes represented Braintree in a three-day remand trial, obtaining an infringement verdict against generics manufacturer Novel Laboratories; and Robert Gunther defended Ariosa Diagnostics and Roche Molecular Systems in an infringement claim related to non-invasive pre-natal testing. Litigation vice-chair Amy Wigmore is ‘experienced in all facets of IP litigation’ and ‘puts emphasis on the right topics in court’. Lisa Pirozzolo and Donald Steinberg co-chair the IP litigation practice in Boston.

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto is noted for its capabilities in the life sciences space and the group is ‘well versed in current case law, and in all issues facing the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device areas’. The ‘exceptional’ Dominick Conde secured four inter partes review (IPR) defense wins for Ikaria, successfully protecting the client’s INOMAX nitric oxide product, and also obtained an appellate victory for Akorn Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer and InSite Vision in a Hatch-Waxman suit brought by Sandoz. Anthony Zupcic is also a key figure, and recently secured a favorable judgment from the PTAB on behalf of Gilead in patent interference proceedings against Idenix. Other recommended attorneys include Nicholas Cannella, who has significant ITC experience, and Michael Sandonato, who chairs the firm’s electronic and computer technologies practice. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Irell & Manella LLP’s Los Angeles-based group is headed by the highly regarded Morgan Chu, who is a key figure in the market and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases within the technology and life science sectors. Chu and Gary Frischling achieved a victory for Santarus, obtaining a $100m settlement from Par Pharmaceuticals and preventing its application to market generic versions of heartburn drug Zegerid. Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation is also a key client, and the group recently secured $234m in damages in a suit brought against Apple concerning a data speculation circuit. David Gindler has notable life sciences expertise; Andrei Iancu is highly active before the USPTO; and Jason Sheasby is also recommended. Robert Schwartz and Victor Jih joined from O’Melveny & Myers LLP in June 2015.

Acting primarily on the plaintiff side, McKool Smith is ‘excellent at handling complex patent litigation cases’. ‘The attorneys are bright, highly responsive and fantastic at going to trial’. Practice head Mike McKool has ‘a terrific reputation’, and is ‘a consummate professional with tremendous trial skills’; Douglas Cawley ‘always provides wise counsel’, and Theodore Stevenson is ‘dedicated, creative and strategic’. Highlights included obtaining a favorable $15m verdict for Droplets in which its technology patents were found valid and infringed, and representing Summit 6 in a jury trial against Samsung, securing a $15m verdict in favor of the client. Other key clients include Ericsson, Medtronic, AT&T and Halliburton.

Morrison & Foerster LLP provides ‘both practical and cutting-edge advice to deal with complicated patent issues’, and the team ‘comprises strong advocates with significant knowledge and experience’. Michael Jacobs has ‘outstanding communication skills’, and recently represented Microscan Systems in a series of patent cases related to barcode scanner technology, securing a $4.4m damages award. Practice head Rachel Krevans has strong experience in handling patent matters across numerous sectors; recent highlights include representing Sandoz in a high-profile case brought by Amgen, winning a judgment allowing the client to launch its biosimilar of the Zarxio infection drug. The group also secured a Federal Circuit win on behalf of NuVasive, successfully overturning a $101m patent verdict favoring Warsaw Orthopedic. Leading figure Harold McElhinny splits his time between San Francisco and Tokyo, and Vincent Belusko is the key contact in Los Angeles.

Sidley Austin LLP’s attorneys have ‘impressive, technically sound strategic thinking’, providing ‘valuable practical advice which is focused on the bigger picture’. Key figures include David Pritikin, who has represented Microsoft in a series of cases against Motorola regarding Android-based smartphones; Paul Zegger, who secured a $98m damages award for AstraZeneca, upheld by the Federal Circuit; and Patricia Thayer, who acted for Gilead Sciences, Hoffmann-La Roche and Genentech in Hatch-Waxman litigation against Natco Pharma concerning the influenza drug Tamiflu. Thomas Rein can ‘boil extremely complicated issues down to their essence, completely understand them and explain them to a judge’, and Washington DC-based Jeffrey Kushan and Peter Choi are ‘technically oriented’ and ‘very strong before the patent review board’. All named lawyers are based in Chicago, except where otherwise stated.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s group is ‘very responsive, always determined to go the extra mile’, and provides ‘an impressive quality of written and oral products’. Highlights included securing a $30m jury verdict on behalf of plaintiff FieldTurf in a case against AstroTurf, which found willful infringement of synthetic turf patents, and successfully reversing a $28m jury verdict entered against Comcast in a suit brought by Spirit Communications. Leading attorney George Lombardi also represented Teva Pharmaceuticals in Hatch-Waxman litigation against plaintiffs UCB and UCB Manufacturing, obtaining a summary judgment of non-infringement and allowing the launch of generic drug Metadate, an ADD and ADHD treatment. Key figures Michael Brody and Kevin Warner are ‘both highly intelligent, determined and eager to win’. Sandoz and Dell are also notable clients.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s ‘incredibly responsive’ team ‘knows the industry well, anticipates the needs of general counsel, and gives the client 100% of its attention’. Silicon Valley-based Michael Malecek is a ‘strong and focused litigator who is driven to achieve an outcome’, and the team is co-headed by Aaron Stiefel in the New York office. Highlights included winning a jury verdict for Google in an infringement suit brought by ContentGuard, which sought more than $500m in damages over patents covering content protections technology; defeating Teva’s bid for approval to market generic versions of Pfizer’s Viagra drug; and representing Miotox in the enforcement of its license agreement with Allergan covering Botox use. Deborah Fishman and Jeffrey Miller joined the Silicon Valley office in February 2015 from the defunct Dickstein Shapiro. The above named lawyers were part of the legacy Kaye Scholer practice, the complexion of which changed considerably on January 1, 2017 thanks to the merger with Arnold & Porter. New names on this front include Matthew Wolf, Dr. David Marsh and Jin-Suk Park in Washington DC and Silicon Valley-based James Otteson.

Covington & Burling LLP’s ‘well-respected’ team represented Walter Chilcott in a suit against generic manufacturers Lupin and Watson, securing a rejection of invalidity claims against the patents covering the Lo Loestrin birth control pill. In Washington DC, Andrea Reister, Enrique Longton and Paul Berman acted for UCB in an IPR brought by a group of generic companies seeking FDA approval to market generic versions of Vimpat, successfully securing a rejection of the unpatentability claims. Christopher Sipes focuses on pharmaceutical and life science matters; George Pappas has handled numerous bet-the-company cases; and Silicon Valley-based Robert Haslam is the key figure in the technology space.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘responsive, attentive and committed’ team handled a number of competitor cases in 2015, and recently obtained a $12m trial victory for Isola USA against competitor Taiwan Union Technology, in which patents related to electronic product component production were found to be valid and infringed. The firm also represented Sophos, a network security provider, in infringement and trade secret misappropriation litigation against Fortinet, and acted for Invensys Systems in a seven-patent infringement case brought against Micro Motion and Emerson Electric. The department is co-chaired by John Allcock in San Diego, Mark Fowler in Silicon Valley and Claudia Frost in Houston. Richard Mulloy focuses on multi-patent, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and Chicago-based Paul Steadman has strong mechanical expertise.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s client roster includes major names within the media, technology, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and the firm has a strong trial record in various forums across the country. Josh Krevitt and Daniel Thomasch won a complete defense jury verdict for T-Mobile in a $100m patent case brought by Prism Technologies, obtaining a non-infringement ruling on both asserted patents. The firm is currently representing Fitbit, a major provider of fitness trackers, in litigation with competitor Jawbone in seven cases pending in district courts and at the ITC. Electronic Arts and Zynga are also key clients; Los Angeles-based Wayne Barsky secured the affirmation of a district court’s dismissal of an infringement suit against both entities at the Federal Circuit, ending a string of suits brought against the clients. Mark Reiter is the key contact in Dallas, acting for clients including Microsoft, Frito-Lay and IBM.

Jones Day acts on both the plaintiff and the defendant side, and has participated in numerous major competitor cases alongside NPE-related matters. The practice is co-chaired by Greg Lanier in Silicon Valley and Calvin Griffith in Cleveland; the latter successfully defended Celgene in an infringement case brought by Andrulis Pharmaceuticals, which alleged infringement of cancer drug related patents, and also handled a cross-border patent dispute with Gilead Sciences on behalf of Idenix Pharmaceuticals. In Washington DC, Blaney Harper represented Cree, an LED material and device manufacturer, in infringement litigation against plaintiff Honeywell International, obtaining a favorable settlement where all matters were dismissed with prejudice. John Normile is the key figure in New York, and is representing appellant Purdue Pharma in two separate Hatch-Waxman appeals.

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Sarah Columbia’s ‘outstanding’ team ‘knows the client’s business and the people of the company’, and is ‘practical, efficient and responsive’. The firm has a notably strong life sciences practice; Columbia and Silicon Valley-based William Gaede represented biopharmaceutical company Amgen in a suit against Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals claiming infringement of its patents regarding a cholesterol drug; in March 2016, a jury found in favor of the firm’s client. The group also acted for Ambry Genetics in a test case on genetic diagnostics, in which Myriad sought a preliminary injunction against Ambry’s diagnostic tests; and it represented Biomet in an infringement action against an NPE, Bonutti Skeletal Innovations. On the tech side, the firm is representing Blackberry in an infringement action initiated by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, and is handling a trade secret misappropriation and infringement claim on behalf of Diablo Technologies. Jay Reiziss and Fabio Marino are key contacts in Washington DC and Silicon Valley respectively.

Paul Hastings LLP saw significant team expansion throughout 2014/5, with a number of new attorneys joining from various major firms across the US. Key figures include Yar Chaikovsky in Palo Alto and Blair Jacobs in Washington DC, both of whom focus on high-stakes technology matters. Naveen Modi, who has notable experience in post-grant proceedings, and litigation partner Robert Masters, both of whom are based in Washington DC, are also recommended. The firm recently obtained a significant victory for Merck in a suit brought against Apotex, in which the patent covering Emend’s active ingredient was found to be valid and enforceable. Jacobs and Chaikovsky also acted for Fairchild Semiconductor, obtaining a full victory in an infringement suit against competitor Power Integrations, securing a $2.4m damages award and a non-infringement finding in a counterclaim. The group also has significant IPR expertise; New York-based Gerald Flattmann recently won two IPRs for Acorda Therapeutics related to its MS treatment Ampyra. IBM, VirnetX and Amgen are other notable clients.

Ropes & Gray LLP’s experience spans a wide range of industries, with the group having handled matters in electrical engineering, pharmacology, biochemistry and aerospace engineering, among others, and it provides strong expertise in cross-border patent matters. The firm successfully represented Spansion in a series of suits against Taiwanese company Macronix, obtaining several sanctions against the defendant and preventing the importation of the infringing flash memory chips. On the life sciences side, New York-based Bradford Badke is representing medical technology company Bio Telemetry (formerly CardioNet) in a series of patent infringement suits across various venues, and the firm is also acting for Purdue Pharma in its claims against several companies, asserting infringement of patents covering its OxyContin product. James Batchelder is the key contact in Silicon Valley; Washington DC-based Steven Baughman has notable cross-border experience; and New York-based Brian Biddinger is also recommended.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has notable strength in the technology sector, acting for various high-profile companies including Adobe, eBay, Oracle and Samsung. The group successfully defended Adobe in an infringement suit brought by Digital Reg of Texas, obtaining an invalidity finding on both asserted patents, and it represented Illumina at the Federal Circuit in a dispute with Columbia University regarding alleged infringement of each other’s patents covering DNA sequencing technology. Micron Technology is also a key client, for whom the group secured a complete victory in all patent claims asserted by Semcon Tech concerning semiconductor technology. Jared Bobrow and Brian Ferguson head the practice from Silicon Valley and Washington DC respectively. Anne Cappella, Anish Desai and Edward Reines are also recommended.

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s ‘dedicated, responsive and well-organized’ team has ‘a deep understanding of the client’s business and technologies’. Recommended individuals include ‘terrific lawyer’ Robert Scheinfeld, who ‘assembles excellent teams to handle litigation’, Dallas-based Jonathan Rubenstein, who is ‘especially good at handling the damages aspect of cases’, and Neil Sirota, who is a key contact in the New York office. The firm successfully defended AT&T Mobility in a $260m patent infringement case concerning two location privacy technology patents, securing a unanimous judgment of non-infringement, and it represented repeat client Samsung in Ushijima v Samsung Electronics, obtaining a full victory on all asserted patents relating to LCD and mobile phone products. The firm won another defense verdict for Samsung in ContentGuard Holdings v Amazon.com et al, securing a non-infringement finding on nine patents covering digital rights management technology. Bart Showalter heads the practice in Dallas.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s key highlights include representing Alarm.com in a suit filed by Vivint, which alleges infringement of six patents covering remote monitoring systems, acting for Medinol in a number of disputes and arbitrations regarding its stent products, and representing Mylan subsidiary Dey in infringement litigation against Teva seeking to prevent the latter from marketing generic versions of Mylan’s respiratory drug Perforomist. Chairman Evan Chesler leads the team from New York, where Keith Hummel, David Kappos and Roger Brooks* are also leading figures. The lawyers handled cases across a range of sectors, including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and media. David Marriott is recommended for litigation and alternative dispute resolution. *Since publication, Roger Brooks has retired from the firm's litigation practice.

Goodwin Procter LLP provides ‘highly practical advice’ and ‘strong ongoing support’ to its diverse client base, and has recently secured two significant Supreme Court victories, both of which had implication for the wider market. David Hashmall, Elizabeth Holland and appellate lawyer William Jay acted for Teva Pharmaceuticals in a series of cases before the district court, the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court concerning its Copaxone product, winning a complete victory and successfully reversing a decision invalidating one of Teva’s patents. The firm also acted for B&B Hardware, successfully reversing the Federal Circuit’s rejection of B&B’s issue-preclusion argument; and successfully represented Veracode in an infringement suit brought against Appthority concerning static analysis tools. Jennifer Albert is a key figure in Washington DC along with ITC expert Marcia Sundeen, who recently joined from Kenyon & Kenyon LLP. Douglas Kline heads the team in Boston.

Keker & Van Nest, L.L.P.’s San Francisco-based team is headed by ‘terrific litigator’ Robert Van Nest, who handled a number of infringement cases across various sectors in 2015. Highlights included representing Skyhook Wireless in its infringement and anti-competitive conduct suit against Google, winning a pre-trial motion which led to a favorable settlement, and defending flash memory manufacturer SanDisk against Round Rock’s 15-patent infringement claim, successfully securing an invalidity and non-infringement verdict. Christa Anderson also defended Veeva Systems in a $100m infringement claim brought by competitor Prolifiq Software, successfully reducing the number of patents in question and securing a favorable settlement. Ashok Ramani is the other key figure, and has recently handled a number of ITC matters. Other key clients include Pure Storage, New Relic and Electronic Arts.

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP’s cross-sector client list includes names such as Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Lenovo and Toyota. Patrick Herman and counsel George Badenoch represented the latter in a three-year series of patent suits against American Vehicular Sciences, an Acacia Technologies subsidiary, and successfully obtained the dismissal of each litigation with prejudice in April 2015. Flock and Washington DC-based John Hutchins also acted for Lenovo as respondent in a suit brought by Optical Devices, and were granted a motion to terminate the investigation, subsequently affirmed by the ITC. Other key highlights included representing two Volkswagen affiliates in a six-patent claim initiated by Signal IP; securing a reversal of an IPR re-examination at the Federal Circuit on behalf of Airbus, and defending Sony against MONKEYmedia in multi-patent litigation concerning interactive video technology. European practice chair Michael Lennon is also recommended.

Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘excellent in all aspects - particularly with regard to response times, strategy development and industry knowledge’, and the firm provides ‘an efficient and strategic approach to all cases’. The group recently secured a favorable verdict for InterDigital Communications in which smartphones and mobile devices produced by ZTE Corporation were found to be infringing InterDigital’s 3G technology patents. Maximilian Grant also won a significant ruling in an en banc hearing at the Federal Circuit, which reversed an earlier ruling regarding the ITC’s authority in patent cases; the case centers around a patent dispute over fingerprinting technologies between the firm’s plaintiff client, Cross Match Technologies, and South Korean company Suprema. In San Francisco, Roger Chin achieved a trial victory and subsequent affirmance in Novartis’ suit concerning its dementia treatment product. Matthew Moore, Douglas Lumish and Kenneth Schuler co-chair the practice from Washington DC, Silicon Valley and Chicago respectively.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP saw the addition of Paul Keller to its New York office, bringing with him expertise in patent and trade secret litigation across various sectors, including medical devices, software and semiconductor technology. IP head James Repass acts for plaintiffs and defendants, and has a strong track record in appellate cases; and Charles Walker has been involved in numerous high-value disputes nationwide. Austin-based Mark Garrett represented Euro-Pro in an infringement suit concerning the sale of its cooking systems to large retailers, and also acted for the client in two IPR proceedings initiated by plaintiff Acorne Enterprises. Another key client is Shell Oil, which the group recently defended in a suit alleging infringement of a patent covering a benzene recovery process. Dan Davison, Richard Zembek and Dr. Eric Hall are recommended.

A key highlight for the team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP was the successful representation of MobileIron in a suit brought by competitor Good Technology claiming infringement of four patents and false advertising. It has also been acting for Dow AgroSciences in multiple suits filed by Bayer against the client’s herbicide-tolerant Enlist product, and elsewhere, it achieved a summary judgment victory for LG Electronics and AT&T in the long-running series of suits brought by Adaptix against a number of mobile device manufacturers. Denise Mingrone heads the team in Silicon Valley, and has strong expertise in trade secret litigation and Section 337 proceedings. In New York, Alex Chachkes focuses on a broad range of technologies, including telecoms, microprocessors and wireless devices; Orange Country-based Mark Wine is also recommended.

Cooley LLP’s ‘highly knowledgeable’ team provides ‘excellent client service, good industry knowledge and a strong commercial approach’. Key figure Jim Brogan is ‘an excellent litigator’ and ‘great to work with’, and is currently representing computer technology company ACQIS in a patent enforcement action against EMC Corporation. Wayne Stacy is also a leading attorney, and is serving as lead trial counsel to Israel-based Camtek in infringement litigation with Rudolph Technologies; Rudolph asserts that Camtek’s circuit inspection machines infringe its patents. Orion Armon is the other name to note and is representing Dot Hill Systems in an infringement and breach of contract action brought by Crossroads Systems, as well as in related inter partes reviews.

At Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, managing partner Steven Nataupsky successfully represented mophie, obtaining a permanent injunction and $8.7m in damages in a case against Serve Global and Dharmesh Shah. John Sganga acted for consumer electronics retailer Monoprice, defending the client against infringement claims brought by Kreative Power concerning a utility patent and a design patent. The group also has strong experience in the medical devices sector, and Joe Jennings acted for start-up orthopedic device manufacturer KFx Medical, obtaining a verdict of infringement against the defendant along with $35m in damages. Joseph Re, meanwhile, represented Applied Medical Resources in an inventorship dispute filed by Covidien and Gaya, obtaining a favorable decision on all inventorship and ownership claims. William Zimmerman is a key figure in Washington DC. All named attorneys are based in Irving, except where otherwise stated.

Mayer Brown’s team is ‘an invaluable resource to clients’, providing ‘zealous and successful representation whilst keeping costs reasonable’, and maintaining ‘an excellent track record of efficient case resolution’. Highlights included representing plaintiff Airbus Helicopters in an infringement claim and protracted dispute with Bell Helicopter, obtaining a permanent injunction against the defendant for the remaining life of the plaintiff’s landing gear patent. The firm also secured a favorable settlement for Bristol-Myers Squibb in its suit against Genentech concerning infringement of patents covering melanoma medication, and acted for Marvell Semiconductor in a suit brought by Emulex, significantly reducing damages from $26m to $5m. Alan Grimaldi, Joseph Mahoney and John Mancini lead the practice from Washington DC, Chicago and New York respectively.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP provides ‘outstanding legal services in patent cases’, and the ‘attorneys are knowledgeable, experienced and professional, always considering the context of the immediate problem as well as the bigger picture’. Ryan Yagura provides ‘valuable advice and reasoning’, and recently acted for Samsung along with San Francisco-based George Riley, successfully settling a high-profile dispute with Microsoft concerning patents related to the Android operating system. Mark Samuels also represented TPV Technology before the Federal Circuit, successfully affirming a district court summary judgment concerning its computer monitors and televisions. Darin Snyder and David Eberhart are recommended in San Francisco, and John Kappos is a key figure in Newport Beach.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘highly responsive’ team has strong experience in the life sciences sector. Highlights included acting for Amgen in infringement and unfair competition litigation against Sandoz, successfully obtaining an injunction preventing the launch of Zarxio, a biosimilar of Amgen’s Neupogen product. The group is currently representing Biogen in a suit against several competitors regarding a patent covering Avonex, an MS treatment. Practice chair Nicholas Groombridge is ‘a top-notch patent trial lawyer’ and ‘an excellent strategic adviser’, and Catherine Nyarady is ‘very focused on trial’, and has ‘a great work ethic’. Washington DC-based David Ball has notable tech expertise, and Kenneth Gallo is also recommended.

Baker & Hostetler LLP saw a significant increase in team strength following its merger with IP boutique Woodcock Washburn. In Washington DC, William Bergmann and Michael Anderson acted for Booz Allen Hamilton in patent infringement and trade secret litigation concerning healthcare management patents; Palo Alto-based John Donohue defended L-3 Communications in an infringement action brought by Power Survey Company; and Daniel Goettle is acting for Hewlett-Packard in a multi-patent suit brought by Audio MPEG. John Weber heads the national IP group, and Kevin Kirsch and Gary Levin are the leading figures in Ohio and Philadelphia respectively.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s ‘excellent’ group defended AT&T Mobility in a patent infringement case related to 4G wireless networks, successfully obtaining a summary judgment of non-infringement on four asserted claims. The firm also represented Freescale Semiconductor in a suit brought by MediaTek, which concerned patents covering semiconductor bus arbitration technology and power management technology. Senior counsel Christopher Hughes, ITC specialist Alexander Hadjis and technology expert John Moehringer are all key individuals. Other notable clients include Microsoft, AngioDynamics and ATEN.

Dentons’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘distinguished by its relationship management, rational billing practice and obtaining of superior outcomes’. Practice head Song Jung joined the group as a result of its combination with McKenna Long & Aldridge in 2015, and is ‘highly knowledgeable on IP litigation and prosecution matters’. Other arrivals include Gaspare Bono, who is ‘excellent at business litigation, business strategy and all matters involving conflict’, and Lora Brzezynski, who is currently representing Jaxon Engineering & Maintenance as defendant in a bet-the-company case against a major competitor. Other highlights included acting for Nistica in a six-patent infringement case involving fiber optic technology, a matter handled by practice co-head Robert Kramer, who is based in Silicon Valley. All other named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP secured a jury trial verdict in favor of Dr. David Jang against medical device company Boston Scientific, and obtained a per curiam affirmance on behalf of Google at the Federal Circuit in a suit brought by MasterObjects, which claimed infringement of patents related to intelligent search fields. The group also achieved an early resolution for Google in proceedings initiated by SuperSpeed Software, which alleged that the Google Docs and Google Drive storage devices infringed its data access patent. The team is based in Silicon Valley, the key figures being Jeffrey Toney, Jonathan Waldrop, Darcy Jones and Steven Carlson.

Jeffrey Ostrow’s ‘excellent’ group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is ‘very responsive to client requests, very thorough in its follow-up on pending matters’ and provides ‘useful guidance when entering into negotiations with third parties’. Ostrow, Harrison Frahn and Patrick King obtained a successful Federal Circuit decision for Qualcomm, invalidating all infringement claims brought by Eon Corporation concerning software functions. The team is also defending Cisco Systems in an infringement suit initiated by Commil; the team initially won a favorable decision in district court, but following the judge’s order of a re-trial due to statements made to the jury by the Cisco’s local counsel, a second jury found infringement and awarded damages; in the subsequent appeal before the Federal Circuit, the court granted the client’s request for a new trial, a decision that was affirmed by the Supreme Court in a judicial review that led to a significant ruling for the tech industry regarding induced infringement. Other notable clients include Spotify, Eli Lilly and Daiichi Sankyo.

At Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Palo Alto-based William Abrams continues to act for Google in two 13-patent infringement cases against Skyhook involving location technology, and recently obtained a summary judgment of invalidity on two asserted patents. In Washington DC, Timothy Bickham represented Huawei in a seven-patent case brought by Acacia-owned entity Innovative Display Technologies, securing a favorable settlement in mediation following positive claim construction, and practice head John Caracappa obtained a settlement on behalf of Honda in an infringement action concerning operational systems, successfully representing the client in related IPR proceedings. Dr. Harold Fox is the other key figure.

Headed by Dimitrios Drivas, White & Case LLP provides ‘excellent ongoing guidance’, and ‘takes the time to understand the client’s business in order to provide better legal advice’. Leading attorney Kevin McGann is ‘a great court advocate’ who ‘goes very deep into the facts of cases, and is able to effectively put forward high-level arguments’. Shamita Etienne-Cummings and David Tennant are currently representing GlobalFoundries in a seven-patent suit concerning high-density plasma generation. The group also acts for American Express in concurrent district court and USPTO proceedings involving financial product patents, and is representing TPK Touch Solutions in an action against competitor Wintek that concerns touch panels for cell phones. Life sciences expert Jeffrey Oelke is also recommended.

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