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ITC boutique Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP has exceptional credentials in Section 337 matters and is especially well versed in the hi-tech industries, including semiconductors, smartphones, GPS and biotech. Deanna Tanner Okun is representing complainant Cisco Systems in a patent infringement investigation relating to network devices and related software and components. In another case, Okun and Tom Schaumberg acted for respondent Qualcomm in a patent infringement investigation regarding RF integrated circuits. 3B Medical, Anshan Iron and Steel Group, and Virtus Pharmaceuticals are among its newly acquired clients. Managing partner James Adduci, who previously served as legal counsel to the ITC, is a well-regarded lawyer; Paul Bartkowski and Louis Mastrianiare also prominent practitioners.

Covington & Burling LLP’s depth of ITC expertise is ‘second to none’; it also stands out for its ability to handle patent infringement investigations in conjunction with federal district court proceedings. The firm’s China presence makes it a popular choice for multinational clients with cross-border IP issues involving China. In a typically prolific year, the team obtained a finding of no violation for respondent Samsung in a ‘100-day’ 337 proceeding filed by Creative regarding a patent relating to displaying playlists, and is representing respondent Baosteel before the ITC in high-profile antitrust-related claims. Sturgis Sobin, Maureen Browne, Alexander Chinoy and Shara Aranoff are the key team members.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s Washington DC-based ITC Section 337 team handled a large number of investigations, representing both complainants and respondents in cases involving parallel district court litigation. The team includes practitioners with ITC experience in the chemical, pharmaceutical and mechanical fields. In 2016, John Livingstone (Atlanta) and Mareesa Frederick represented Ajinomoto in US district court and before the ITC in proceedings against CJ CheilJedang to prevent the importation of certain L-tryptophan and L-tryptophan products. Among other high-profile matters, Elizabeth Niemeyer, Qingyu Yin and Smith Brittingham are representing respondents BMC Medical in an ITC investigation regarding four patents of ResMed’s breathing machines and accessories. Christine Lehman, who previously served as an investigative attorney at the ITC, is another main contact.

Excellent’ specialist firm Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel PC regularly works alongside IP co-counsel in representing domestic and foreign companies pursuing and defending against Section 337 investigations, including in relation to patent, trademark and copyright infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets. James Altman and Barbara Murphy acted for respondent Sony against allegations of patent infringement involving the interfaces for music and other content on smart electronic devices, and in a separate case, represented Sony against Fujifilm’s allegations of patent infringement regarding magnetic data storage tapes. Murphy and David Nickel are representing complainant Immersion in two cases of alleged patent infringement involving certain mobile and portable electronic devices incorporating pressure-enabled haptic feedback technology. The group also includes the highly recommended ITC expert David Foster and counsel Susan Koegel.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s team includes a number of ‘excellent IP trial lawyers’, who ‘speak the language of IP and business’; it has particular expertise in the technology, electronics, software and retail products space. Gregg LoCascio and Sean McEldowney successfully represented BASF and Argonne National Laboratory in a patent infringement case against Umicore before the ITC. Among other impressive highlights, the team represented Cisco Systems in proceedings involving multiple patent infringement claims against Arista Networks; the ITC issued a final determination in favor of Cisco Systems and issued a limited exclusion and cease and desist order prohibiting the entry of the infringing products. It is also acting for Energetiq Technology in an ITC investigation regarding patents related to laser-driven light sources. New York-based Gregory Arovas has notable experience in handling ITC and US district court cases involving software and medical-related technologies. It also has strength in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Sean Trainor joined O’Melveny & Myers LLP in January 2017.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s highly regarded ITC litigation specialists Jay Reiziss and Chicago-based Charles McMahon represented ZTE in a number of matters, including securing victories before the ITC relating to nine patents declared essential to telecoms standards as well as ongoing cases before the PTAB and various federal district courts. The team also defended Bestway in a patent infringement case filed by Intex Technologies regarding inflatable products. Orange County-based Daniel Foster counts Panasonic, Nintendo and Qualcomm among his clients. The group expanded with the hire of Paul Schoenhard from Ropes & Gray LLP in January 2017.

IP boutique Fish & Richardson P.C.’s team includes the highly recommended trial and litigation attorney Michael McKeon, who has experience in representing clients from the electrical technologies and consumer electronics industries in matters before US district courts, the ITC and the Federal Circuit. McKeon represented LG in ITC investigations against complainants TPL, Patriot Scientific and Phoenix Digital System and their assertion of a patent infringement related to variable speed system clocks in microprocessors. Ruffin Cordell and Andrew Kopsidas are also key contacts. Other clients include Samsung, Sony, Bose, InvenSense and ViXS Systems. Ann Cathcart Chaplin left to take the position of deputy general counsel at General Motors in December 2016.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s ITC practitioner Brian Busey represented Honda and Fujitsu Ten and their affiliates as respondents in an ITC matter involving graphics and display system technologies for automobiles. In another illustration of its solid expertise, the team successfully settled an ITC patent investigation for respondent BlackBerry, which was initiated by Creative Technology and related to displaying music tracks on portable media players. Lynn Levine, Daniel Muino and the recently hired Mark Whitaker, who joined from Baker Botts L.L.P. in 2016, are also key names to note.

Litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP often represents plaintiffs, including multinational technology companies, in high-profile IP disputes at the ITC. Paul Brinkman has notable success in handling patent infringement, false advertising and misappropriation of trade secrets cases. Brinkman and San Francisco-based David Eiseman and Charles Verhoeven are representing R2 Semiconductor in patent infringement litigation against Intel and its customers Dell and Hewlett-Packard relating to technology allegedly infringed by Intel’s microprocessors. The highly recommended Sean Pak in San Francisco is handling a patent litigation for Varian Medical Systems against Elekta. Samsung, SawStop, Cree and Epson also feature in its client list.

Sidley Austin LLP’s recent standout ITC cases include defending Nokia and Microsoft Mobile Oy in a number of infringement actions brought by InterDigital at the ITC and in federal court, and representing respondent LG Electronics in a patent infringement claim regarding the baseband processors used in its smartphone products, initiated by ParkerVision. Brian Nester and David Pritikin head the team from Washington DC and Chicago respectively; Washington DC-based Paul Zegger and Chicago-based Richard Cederoth are also key names.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s highly regarded Washington DC-based group represents both complainants and respondents and has handled patent and trade secret cases before the ITC and US Customs and Border Protection. Practice head John Caracappa is representing Umano Medical against claims asserted by Stryker Corporation alleging infringement of four patents involving hospital beds; Michael Allan is assisting respondent Shougang Group against allegations brought by US Steel regarding antitrust violations resulting in injury to US Steel’s domestic industry, and Steven Adkins and Matthew Bathon are representing Nano Tech against a patent infringement allegation brought by Aspen Aerogels regarding improper importation of aerogel insulation materials.

Winston & Strawn LLP’s team is led by Thomas Jarvis, who is ‘well regarded within the ITC patent litigation community’. Jarvis ‘works well with clients’ and ‘has assembled a team of lawyers and experts that has a great track record’. It is representing Comcast in ITC patent litigation brought by Rovi alleging infringement of 14 patents relating to electronic programming guides and their related set-top boxes, and is assisting Ericsson with patent litigation at the ITC against Apple regarding wireless and smartphone license agreements. Steven Anzalone is singled out for his expertise in the electrical engineering and computer science space.

Lisa Kattan joined the team at Baker Botts L.L.P. in 2016; Katten arrived from the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations and replaced Mark Whitaker as practice head following his move to Morrison & Foerster LLP. Recent highlights include representing Oxford Nanopore Technologies in a case initiated by Illumina relating to DNA sequencing products and, in a separate matter, defending the same client in a case filed by Pacific Biosciences of California. The group’s client roster also features Fujifilm and Dell.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ITC practice stands out for its expertise in public interest and domestic industry issues, and its impressive client list includes a number of consumer electronics and engineering sector clients, such as Samsung, Toshiba and Netlist. The team successfully defended Silicon Laboratories and Samsung in an ITC investigation following a patent infringement claim by Cresta Technology relating to the components used in the respondents’ television products. Silicon Valley-based Mark Fowler is a well-regarded first-chair trial lawyer and chairs the firm’s US patent litigation practice. Chicago-based Matthew Satchwell and Paul Steadman, San Diego’s Sean Cunningham and Joseph Lavelle in Washington DC are also key contacts.

Latham & Watkins LLP continues to represent Nvidia in a series of direct competitor offensive and defensive investigations at the ITC. In 2016, practice head Bert Reiser and Maximilian Grant defended the client in a case brought by Advanced Silicon Technologies relating to graphic processing and memory management in automotive applications. Reiser and Douglas Lumish are representing Arista Networks in an enforcement action filed by Cisco Systems regarding the network switching devices that allegedly infringe Cisco’s patent related to SysDB technologies. The group is predominantly based in Washington DC, with individuals also stationed in Silicon Valley, New York and San Francisco.

Mayer Brown’s strength lies in its particular experience in the life sciences and technology sectors. Recent highlights include successfully representing Zhejiang Medicine in a patent infringement case filed by Kaneka Corporation involving Coenzyme Q10. LG Electronics, Philips and CRU Acquisition Group also feature on its client list. First-chair litigator Jamie Beaber also has experience handling patent litigation before federal district courts and inter pares reviews before the USPTO. ‘Knowledgeable and responsiveGary Hnath is a former president of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association and chair of AIPLA’s ITC Committee.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has notable expertise and experience in assisting claimants with ITC cases. The team represented Advanced Silicon Technologies in asserting four patents relating to 3D video graphics processing and memory control against a number of leading automobile and original equipment manufacturers in an investigation before the ITC, and filed concurrent cases against a number of respondents in district courts. In Boston, practice head Michael Renaud and James Wodarski are highly recommended.

The highly recommended group at WilmerHale represented respondent Harman in Section 337 proceedings initiated by Advanced Silicon Technologies relating to automobile navigation systems, and in a parallel patent infringement case in a federal district court. Trial lawyers William Lee in Boston and Natalie Hanlon Leh in Denver are the main contacts.

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