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United States: Dispute resolution

International litigation

Within: International litigation

Arnold & Porter joins the ranking on the strength of its growing roster of high-value cross-border disputes. Its corporate clients include blue-chip companies such as AstraZeneca, Bayer and BP. It also acts for governments and sovereign states in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. Matthew Wolf in Washington DC is defending Boston Scientific in a $1bn patent dispute in which Edwards Lifesciences alleges that various replacement heart valve and related products infringe its patents. For Airbus, Thad Dameris in Houston is handling a $300m class action in Canada relating to the crash landing of an Air Canada A320 aircraft. The firm also handles major FCPA investigations.

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences

Within: Healthcare: life sciences

Arnold & Porter’s ‘go-to’ department often acts for high-profile pharmaceutical companies on all aspects of life sciences matters, including transactions, litigation and regulatory issues. In New York, the well-regarded Anand Agneshwar has been leading advice to Bristol-Myers Squibb on various product liability matters regarding the company’s drug Plavix. Jeffrey Handwerker continued to represent the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in various contentious and non-contentious matters, including issues arising from potential changes to legislation regarding pricing. IP specialist David Marsh has been advising Shumway Capital on both domestic and international patent prosecution and procurement matters. William Hoffman and Pamela Yates have been defending Bayer in a product liability dispute regarding the client’s Xarelto medicine. Co-chaired by Daniel Kracov and Allison Shuren, the department includes Ariane Horn, Mahnu Davar and Matthew Wolf, and was strengthened by the arrival of Steve Benz from Eli Lilly. All partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage

Within: Patent litigation: full coverage

Arnold & Porter has a particularly strong standing in the life sciences and technology sectors: the team of Washington DC-based practice head Matthew Wolf is defending Boston Scientific in infringement litigation brought by Edwards Lifesciences regarding patents on replacement heart valves and related products and successfully represented Nintendo in an infringement suit against Tomita, involving two Federal Circuit appeals. A recent example of the group’s PTAB expertise is the successful defence of Hologic against a petition for IPR filed by Minerva regarding the validity of uterine ablation devices. The client list also features Adobe, Novartis and Google. Marc Cohn in Washington DC made partner and San Francisco’s Michael Berta, Silicon Valley’s Deborah Fishman and New York’s Aaron Stiefel and Daniel DiNapoli are among the key litigators in the practice. Former co-chair Michael Malecek retired.

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)

Within: Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)

Arnold & Porter’s main focus is the life sciences sector where the team not only undertakes a significant amount of PTAB work, but also excels in patent application and portfolio management mandates. Recent examples of PTAB matters include the successful representation of Hologic in two IPRS filed by Minerva to challenge a patent on uterine ablation devices and, as part of a wider litigation, the defence of Boston Scientific against IPRs filed by Edwards Lifesciences relating to replacement heart valves. Long-standing client Monsanto profits from the team’s expertise in plant patents, in particular in transgenic and traditionally bred plants. Clients include Biogen-Idec, Samsung and Google. David Marsh and PTAB specialist Matthew Wolf in Washington DC shoulder the majority of high-profile work. Ginger Dreger left.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

Arnold & Porter’s practice has significant international reach and often takes on high-profile trademark litigation. The well-regarded Louis Ederer and Matthew Salzmann represented Louis Vuitton and its subsidiary Céline in a counterfeiting and infringement action brought against a number of defendants before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Paul Llewellyn has been leading advice to the Hershey Company in various trademark disputes, including opposition proceedings brought before the TTAB and litigation against a number of competitors. Other clients include the Washington Redskins, Gucci and Pfizer. Matthew Wolf heads the practice from Washington DC. Former co-chair Michael Malecek has retired. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

    - Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP

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