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Following the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland v Kraft Food Group Brands in May 2017, the patent litigation market has seen a marked shift of filings away from the Eastern District of Texas towards the District of Delaware and the districts of Northern and Central California. Firms have seen an overall decrease in district court litigation, caused partly by the popularity of inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The growing phenomenon of patent litigation financed by specialized companies, especially private equity investors and hedge funds, has so far not reversed this trend.

The patent litigation landscape might change again soon, however, depending on the outcome of the currently pending Supreme Court case Oil States Energy Services v Green’s Energy Group, regarding the constitutionality of the inter partes review statute. Most firms consider the end of inter partes reviews an unlikely outcome, but there will still be a great deal of interest in the outcome; a verdict is expected during 2018.

The biggest battlefield in patent disputes is infringement litigation between competitors, with firms reporting a notable decrease in patent troll cases. The life sciences and technology sectors remain at the forefront of patent disputes, especially with regard to biosimilars and connected cars.

ITC litigation seems to be picking up again, as the intensity of discovery, the rapidity of the process and the immunity of proceedings from concurrently pending inter partes reviews combine to make the International Trade Commission a more popular venue than the slower district courts.

Faced with the threat of losing patents in inter partes reviews, companies are investing more in prosecution work. Biological patents and technology patents in relation to autonomous vehicles were particularly busy prosecution objects. Fintech-related work is also increasingly in demand.

On the licensing side, standard essential patents remain an important asset in a market that uses licensing as a tool for incremental patent portfolio development, a development towards which the increase in carve-out deals has most likely contributed. As in litigation and prosecution, the pharmaceutical and biological space is a dominant sector.

Technological advances continue to shape the copyright space, and new content distribution services are facing challenges to their business models. The major mechanical royalty rate-setting proceedings for music streaming services offered by Google, Apple, Amazon, Spotify and Pandora will determine the compensation for artists for the next five years. The long-running Oracle v Google battle is now on appeal and its consequences will test the limits of the fair use doctrine; after a series of victories for the defendant, the case will finally settle whether Google can copy Oracle’s software, Java, for use in its commercial Android products. More traditional copyright claims continue to keep firms busy, while there has been an uptick in work arising from user-generated content and its use in news reporting.

The trademarks arena has seen a significant amount of activity in the last year following the Supreme Court’s 2017 decision in Matal v Tam, which dictated that certain provisions in the Lanham Act prohibiting the registration of disparaging trademarks violates the First Amendment. Firms also cited the increasing overlap of laws pertaining to trademarks, trade dress and design patents, which provides greater opportunity for IP-holders to protect their assets. Firms also noticed an increase in cross-border regulatory and compliance work relating to data privacy and cybersecurity in matters involving EU protocols.

In the trade secrets arena, despite the initial excitement over the Defend Trade Secrets Act, lawyers did not report a significant increase in actions under the new federal legislation. What was commented upon, however, was the continuing knock-on effect of the 2014 Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp v CLS Bank International, which imposed stronger restrictions on the patentability of software; firms have seen an uptick in trade secrets work and mandates that combine patent and trade secret defenses as a result of the ruling.

The case attracting the most comment and controversy in 2017 was Waymo v Uber, brought by autonomous car developer Waymo (which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet) against Uber; the case, which settled in February 2018, alleged that an engineer who left Google to set up his own company - a company which was later bought by Uber - stole designs relating to Waymo’s LiDAR technology, and further that that technology was used in Uber’s driverless cars.


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With ‘outstanding industry knowledge and great business acumen’, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC’s New York copyright practice handles both advisory work and high-profile litigation for clients in the book and music publishing industries. It also has experience in fashion-related copyright matters, and Thomas Kjellberg successfully represented Varsity Brands in its infringement action against Star Athletica - a judgment that was affirmed by the US Supreme Court. On the defense side, the team won an emphatic victory for Rosen Publishing Group in its dispute with Palmer/Kane relating to an alleged infringement of a stock photographic license in its children’s books. Richard Mandel is currently representing Universal Music Publishing, as one of the defendants alongside Justin Timberlake, in a claim brought by JC Davis alleging that the song Damn Girl infringes the plaintiff’s composition, A New Day Is Here At Last. Industry heavyweight Richard Dannay is recommended, as is IP litigator Eric Shimanoff. Jonathan King leads the practice.

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘best-in-class’ practice represents broadcasters, publishers, trade associations and individual content owners in the media and entertainment industries. The firm is often seen at the cutting edge of copyright litigation involving online content distribution. The team successfully represented SoundExchange in rate-setting proceedings relating to Sirius XM and Music Choice, resulting in substantial improvements to the royalty rate and structure for the client. In New York, well-regarded practice chair Andrew Bart successfully represented EMI and EMI Music Publishing in a copyright infringement suit against the now defunct content storage site, MP3Tunes; securing a verdict upheld in the appellate court. New York’s Susan Kohlmann achieved a significant victory for Waverly Scott Kaffaga, step-daughter of John Steinbeck, successfully suing other Steinbeck heirs over the ownership rights to East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath - settling a longstanding dispute after an appellate win. In Los Angeles, Richard Stone and David Singer continue to defend Fox Broadcasting in copyright infringement suits regarding a number of the client’s productions. In Washington DC, Kenneth Doroshow serves as outside counsel to FanDuel in a variety of copyright matters.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s practice is led by the ‘commercial-, brand- and industry-awareDale Cendali in New York, whose ‘reputation is unparalleled’ on the copyright litigation front; she is representing various 21st Century Fox businesses in high-profile copyright cases, including a case against the media monitor, TVEyes. Drawing on its experience in technology-related copyright matters, the team is special co-counsel to Oracle alongside Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in its high-profile claim against Google. It also represents IBM as the plaintiff in a suit against Terapoc (a company founded by two former IBM employees) regarding the alleged copyright infringement of source code for high-performance computing software. In another highlight, the group handled copyright enforcement matters for Take-Two Interactive Software’s video game brands. ‘Wonderful’ litigator Bonnie Jarrett, Johanna Schmitt, Joshua Simmons and Claudia Ray are recommended in New York, while Diana Torres is a top Los Angeles-based attorney.

Loeb & Loeb LLP handles copyright advisory and litigation work for high-profile clients in the music, motion picture and television industries. Veteran practice chair Barry Slotnick and Jonathan Zavin in New York and David Grossman in Los Angeles work with a stellar list of clients that includes the likes of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Viacom International. The group successfully represented Spanski Enterprises as the plaintiff in a landmark copyright infringement dispute with Polish broadcaster TVP, in a case involving the application of US copyright law to non-US streaming websites. In another highlight, the team managed to obtain a dismissal of claims brought by the Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation against its client, the estate of Ben E. King, regarding the proposed sale of the estate’s copyright termination rights to There Goes My Baby and Stand By Me. Also on the defense side, the firm is representing the artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in a copyright infringement case brought by Artang Publishing.

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP’s clients are a mix of entertainment and technology industry companies, which the ‘well-versed’ team advises on copyright portfolio matters and represents in various copyright-related disputes. ‘Great’ practice chair Karin Pagnanelli has particular expertise in copyright issues relating to video games, and has represented Blizzard Entertainment and Valve Corporation as plaintiffs in separate copyright infringement suits against mobile gaming developers relating to popular franchises Guitar Hero, Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. In the music space, ‘top copyright lawyer’ Christine Lepera (New York) defended Capitol Records, Dr Luke and Universal Music Group in an infringement case brought by the rapper, Marcus Gray, in relation to Katy Perry’s song Dark Horse. Also recommended are Russell Frackman and Marc Mayer. Attorneys mentioned, unless otherwise stated, are based in Los Angeles.

Experts in both legal and business issues’, the New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP counsels major multinational companies, including Facebook and Walt Disney, on US and global copyright portfolios and is noted for its ability to work ‘seamlessly’ with in-house legal departments. The group in New York also has a strong music copyright licensing practice, which advises major domestic television and radio broadcasters as well as internet hosting companies. On the contentious side, Benjamin Marks has extensive experience representing clients before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) and successfully represented Pandora Media against the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) in proceedings which will determine royalty rates for the on-demand streaming of musical works from 2018 to 2022. Distinguished practice chair Bruce Rich successfully represented eBay and Instagram in separate cases brought by photographers regarding copyright-infringing third-party content on the defendant’s website. Randi Singer and Todd Larson are also recommended.

Arnold & Porter advises major US sports leagues, motion picture studios and broadcast cable networks on copyright matters across new and traditional media. The firm currently counsels Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Football League on all copyright-related issues pertaining to television programming. Robert Garrett in Washington DC successfully represented ABC, Walt Disney, CBS, NBCUniversal and Telemundo in copyright infringement proceedings against the internet television provider, FilmOn, which resulted in a permanent injunction and the payment of damages for unauthorized streaming. In Los Angeles, having represented the artist prior to his death, Rhonda Trotter now represents the estate of Prince Roger Nelson in various copyright disputes, recently securing a victory against Universal Music Group in a breach of contract matter. The team is also representing the heirs of Marvin Gaye at the appeal stage of the Williams et al v Gaye et al case. John Ulin, also in Los Angeles, is another key practitioner. Dori Hanswirth and the ‘clear-headed’ Theresa House joined the New York office from Hogan Lovells US LLP in February 2018. Hanswirth draws on ‘broad-based knowledge’ to advise new journalists, news organizations and content providers on rights protection and enforcement.

Fenwick & West LLP’s ‘top-notch’ team in San Francisco handles copyright matters for some of the major players in Silicon Valley and has particular expertise in how copyright law applies to the internet and other digital environments, giving it an edge in emerging technologies. In one highlight, the ‘responsive and knowledgeableAndrew Bridges secured a series of victories for Giganews and Livewire at the Ninth Circuit appeals court against Perfect 10, which established the non-liability of Usenet service providers with regard to infringements occurring on the platform. The group continues to represent General Motors against a lawsuit brought by the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, which is seeking royalties for a music storage system used in some of the manufacturer’s cars. Jennifer Stanley chairs the non-contentious copyright practice and handles portfolios for a number of the big dotcom names. Jennifer Kelly is another key litigator, and David Hayes handles transactional copyright work.

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s practice is noted for its particular strength in matters on the boundary between technology and copyright. James Trigg in Atlanta advises Interface and Dominion Enterprises on copyright protection and registration as well as enforcement issues. In Los Angeles, Dennis Wilson represents Viacom International against the website operator, Nick Reboot, in a case alleging that the defendant illegally streamed the client’s copyrighted television content. The team also handled major pre-infringement litigation for Showtime in order to protect its right to the pay-per-view distribution of a championship boxing match. Lisa Pearson in New York serves as outside intellectual property counsel to American Eagle Outfitters and has handled several copyright-related actions on behalf of the company. Joseph Petersen in Silicon Valley leads the practice, and is recommended along with Marc Lieberstein, who is based in New York.

King & Spalding LLP’s clients include content distributors from traditional media as well as digital and new media services. Kenneth Steinthal and Joseph Wetzel in San Francisco represented the Radio Music License Committee on behalf of its members in the first rate-setting arbitration with performing rights organization the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, resulting in a 20-year rate-setting agreement that is substantially lower than the pre-settlement rate. The group is also representing ESPN as plaintiff in litigation against Broadcast Music, challenging the defendant’s license structure and rates for audiovisual programming. On the technology side, Bruce Baber in New York and Daryl Joseffer in Washington DC are representing Google at the appeal stage of its long-running dispute with Oracle.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP stands out for its copyright advisory practice and its ability to handle major technology-related copyright litigation for foreign and domestic corporates. The firm has particularly deep expertise in the copyrightability of software and the application of the fair use doctrine. ‘Tough and reliable litigator’ Annette Hurst in San Francisco, ‘brilliant advocate’ Joshua Rosenkranz in New York and Kelsi Corkran in Washington DC were lead counsel to Oracle in the latest phase of its multibillion-dollar dispute with Google regarding its use of Oracle’s Java software, which after the client’s sussessful appeal is now set for retrial. Denise Mingrone in Silicon Valley, where the firm has a significant presence, is representing Synopsys in a number of high-value suits concerning piracy and the counterfeit use of the client’s software and licenses. Other clients include Microsoft, Facebook and the Vera Wang Group. In March 2018, Paul Fakler joined the firm’s New York office from Arent Fox LLP.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s bicoastal practice is retained by major performers, songwriters and music studios as well as wider media and entertainment content owners and producers. Recent highlights included successfully defending long-term client Lady Gaga in separate infringement lawsuits relating to music and artwork on her album, Born This Way. The group is also defending Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing and Fifty-Six Hope Road, owners of the publishing rights to Bob Marley’s back catalogue, in a claim brought by Allan Cole, who claimed to have co-written the songs War and Natty Dread. Other music industry clients include Madonna and Ariana Grande. The practice is led by Los Angeles’ Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks and New York’s Brendan O’Rourke. Also in New York, Alexander Kaplan is recommended for non-contentious matters and has particular expertise in Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and rights management work.

Pryor Cashman LLP’s New York-based group advises and represents major music industry clients as well as a number of motion picture studios. The ‘responsive, informed and aware’ team represented NMPA and NSAI in the high-profile rate-setting proceedings with the major streaming and limited download services, including Amazon, Apple and Google, for the years 2018 to 2022. Frank Scibilia won an appellate victory for EMI Music Publishing as the plaintiff in its dispute with the now defunct MP3Tunes. The group also has a strong track record in defending high-profile recording artists and studios against allegations of infringement - successfully obtaining dismissals of such claims on behalf of Ricky Martin, Kanye West and Jay-Z. Donald Zakarin, Ilene Farkas and Tom Ferber are also recommended for copyright disputes, whilst Brad Rose and James Janowitz are noted for their transactional work.

Litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP focuses on the disputes side of copyright law, and often acts on behalf of online distributors and platforms in litigation with content owners. Recent highlights for Robert Raskopf in New York include securing a complete victory for Vimeo as the defendant against copyright infringement claims brought by major record labels concerning user-uploaded content - a reversal achieved before the Second Circuit. Todd Anten (also in New York) successfully represented TVEyes in an action brought by the Fox News Network regarding the defendant’s television monitoring service. Margret Caruso and Rachel Kassabian in Silicon Valley are also recommended.

Winston & Strawn LLP has formidable expertise in the digital service provider and content distribution space and represents major players in technology, new media and entertainment in a number of bet-the-industry copyright lawsuits. Alongside contentious work, the firm has a notable advisory practice and a strong transactional focus. The team successfully appealed a $25m award to BMG Rights Management on behalf of cable company Cox Enterprises, in a case concerning service-user copyright infringements. It also secured favorable terms for Amazon in the Phonorecords III rate-setting case. In New York, Michael Elkin successfully represented PepsiCo against advertising agency Betty, which alleged Pepsi’s 2016 Joy of Dance Super Bowl halftime advertisement was derived from a copyright infringement. Thomas Lane in New York, Jennifer Golinveaux in San Francisco and Erin Ranahan in Los Angeles are also recommended.

Baker & Hostetler LLP is best known for its music distribution expertise, but also has significant strength in technology-related copyright issues. The group is currently defending Apple in a copyright infringement claim alleging the use of an infringing design in an app offered through the iTunes Store. It is also defending ReDigi at the appeal stage of its dispute with Capitol Records pertaining to its digital music resale technology. On the advisory front, it assists Blackheart Records Group with copyright registration, monitoring and enforcement, and is currently representing the company in a copyright infringement claim against Epic Rights and other merchandisers. Oren Warshavsky in New York, Dennis Loomis in Los Angeles and Katrina Quicker in Atlanta are recommended.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a respected copyright advisory and litigation practice, which has experience in the copyrightability of software and other licensing issues that emerge from new media. Highlights include being retained to defend Take-Two Interactive Software against a claim brought by the Psychic Readers Network, a fortune-telling service, alleging infringements contained within the client’s video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Jeffrey Cunard is recommended in Washington DC, Jeremy Feigelson and practice chair Jim Pastore are recommended in New York.

San Francisco-based Durie Tangri LLP is focused on technology-related copyright issues. Founding partner Daralyn Durie is advising Google on a number of matters, most notably a longstanding dispute with the Authors Guild and American Society of Media Photographers over Google Books. Joseph Gratz is also recommended.

New York boutique Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. is noted for representing media, entertainment and advertising companies engaged in copyright litigation. On the defense side, highlights included representing an entertainment news websites against a number of infringement claims brought by professional photographers. The firm is also acting for the foundation set up by a prominent 20th century artist in a dispute with a California gallery for allegedly misusing the artist’s name, likeness and copyrighted works. It also has a strong non-contentious practice, and recently advised Bonobos on its copyright portfolio in connection with its acquisition by Walmart. Laura Popp-Rosenberg, David Donahue and Craig Mende are the key practitioners.

The ‘excellentHogan Lovells US LLP has notable expertise in media- and technology-related copyright matters, although it also works with clients in the entertainment industry. The team represents both traditional and new media clients in copyright litigation. Recent work includes defending Walt Disney, Marvel Entertainment, Paramount Pictures and others in a claim brought by Horizon Comics alleging copyright infringement pertaining to designs used in the film Iron Man. It also counsels Fox News on various aspects of its copyright portfolios. Dori Hanswirth and Theresa House moved to Arnold & Porter in February 2018.

Mayer Brown’s team regularly represents content distributors in disputes with copyright owners and has significant expertise in online and digital distribution channels. The team recently defended Spotify in class action copyright litigation in which the plaintiffs alleged the client had failed to pay proper royalties to songwriters, securing a more favorable settlement than initially anticipated. The firm is also representing Nestlé and Scotia Bank as defendants in separate copyright infringement claims. Litigators John Mancini and Allison Stillman in New York, and Richard Assmus in Chicago are recommended.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team provides expert advice on copyright matters, often with a digital angle, and also represents a number of high-profile content owners and online retailers in copyright-related disputes. The team has particular experience acting on behalf of trade bodies, and recent won on summary judgment for the American Society for Testing and Materials in its claim against Public.Resource.Org regarding the publication of copyrighted industry standards on a government website. The group also defends Amazon in a number of infringement matters pertaining to user-uploaded content. In the media space, the firm represents The Boston Globe as both plaintiff and defendant in a number of enforcement and infringement claims. Kevin Fee in Washington DC is recommended, as are San Francisco-based John Polito and Carla Oakley.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s copyright litigation team predominantly represents copyright licensees and owners in the technology and entertainment sectors. In one of many software-related copyright mandates, the group successfully defended VMware against a $110m claim by Phoenix Technologies alleging infringement of the plaintiff’s licensed BIOS software. It also represented Paul McCartney in a declaratory judgment lawsuit against Sony/ATV over copyright interests in the Beatles back catalogue. The department is chaired by Michael Jacobs and Richard Hung in San Francisco. Los Angeles’ Benjamin Fox is also recommended for litigation.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP represents companies involved in the creation and distribution of media and entertainment content. It is currently representing a mixture of motion picture studios and new media companies in several high-profile copyright lawsuits, on both the defense and plaintiff side. In San Francisco, Darin Snyder is representing Artifex as plaintiff against Hancom in a dispute alleging the breach of an open source GNU license relating to the defendant’s proprietary cloud software. The team is representing Warner Bros in several high-profile lawsuits, including defending the client alongside New Line Production in a dispute over the rights to The Conjuring franchise brought by the author, Gerald Brittle; and successfully representing it against a claim brought by the estate of JRR Tolkien and Harper Collins involving the merchandising rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, leading to a favorable settlement. Matthew Kline and Daniel Petrocelli in Los Angeles, and David Eberhart in San Francisco are also recommended.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is particularly noted for its representation of songwriters, music publishers and trade associations, but it also has expertise in the wider media and entertainment sector. The group represents the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in various matters, including major rate-setting proceedings. It is also representing Altice USA in a re-transmission consent dispute filed by CBS, which was resolved out of court. New York litigators Lynn Bayard, Jay Cohen and Les Fagen are the key contacts.

Arent Fox LLP specializes in entertainment-related copyright matters and advises a number of major broadcasters in both television and radio. The firm is retained by HBO in relation to numerous copyright matters, including the registration of claims for its original program, Game of Thrones. It also represented Sirius XM Radio and Music Choice in separate royalty-rate proceedings, resulting in favorable rate decreases. In Washington DC, Anthony Lupo is recommended for advisory matters.

New York-based boutique Davis & Gilbert LLP has notable strength in copyright advisory work in the advertising and marketing space, which stands alongside the firm’s busy litigation and transactional practices. In a recent highlight, the team successfully represented online viral content company Brainjolt in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by its competitor, Distractify. The group also successfully defended the Puerto Rico Public Broadcasting Corporation against an action brought by a music publisher and performing rights licensing society alleging infringement; the case was resolved amicably. Ashima Dayal is recommended on the non-contentious side; Marc Rachman and Guy Cohen are the key litigators.

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC is best known for its litigation practice, which often defends publishers against infringement claims. It also advises a number of copyright owners on licensing matters arising from their copyright portfolios. The team continues to defend Scholastic against various claims brought by photographers alleging the company used their photographs in excess of license limits. The group also successfully represented the Blue Man Group, obtaining the dismissal of an appeal in a case brought by a former band member who claimed writing and design credits. On the advisory side, the firm assists the Roald Dahl estate with licensing matters. The practice is chaired from New York by Edward Rosenthal, who is a recommended litigator along with Maura Wogan. Andrew Hurwitz in Los Angeles is noted for advisory work.

Jeff Dodd in Houston and Edward Colbert in Washington DC chair Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s team, which excels in copyright advisory and transactional work as well as handling litigation. The firm counsels the World Baseball Softball Confederation on all matters related to its copyright portfolio. It also assists DHX Media with copyright protection matters arising from its $345 acquisition of Iconix Brand Group. On the contentious front, the firm successfully defended Mattel against allegations of copyright infringement regarding its book series, American Girl. New York-based copyright litigators Jonathan Reichman and James Rosini are also recommended.

Los Angeles-based Irell & Manella LLP mainly handles copyright-related litigation and transactional work for clients in entertainment and media. The group, led by Robert Schwartz and Victor Jih, won on summary judgment for CBS, dismissing a case brought by ABS Entertainment involving the client’s radio broadcast of pre-1972 sound recordings. Of counsel David Nimmer is a highly respected practitioner and thought leader in copyright law.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s expertise in the entertainment industry is reflected in its stellar client roster of authors, musicians, publishers and studios, which it advises on all aspects of copyright litigation, protection and transactions. The team successfully defended Cumulus Media against a lawsuit brought by ABS Entertainment regarding copyright infringement and unpaid royalties for the broadcast of pre-1972 recordings. It is also defending 50 Cent and Starz Entertainment against two separate claims, both alleging the television series, Power, infringed the plaintiffs’ copyright. Zia Modabber and David Halberstadter in Los Angeles and Floyd Mandell in Chicago are recommended.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP’s Los Angeles-based practice represents copyright owners, including prominent recording artists, in disputes arising from their portfolios. The firm won on summary judgment for IN2N entertainment Group in a lawsuit brought by the alleged co-author of the song Bad Girl. It is also representing Yomei Chiang McLellan in a dispute over the ownership of diaries inherited from the defendant’s great grandfather, Chiang Kai Shek. Other clients include Will.I.Am and Kendrick Lamar. Robert Jacobs and Michelle Cooke are recommended.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s clients include copyright owners and producers in the entertainment industry. It also has expertise in technology- and fashion-related copyright. In a recent highlight, the group defended Forever 21 in a claim brought by Puma alleging copyright infringement relating to a line of shoes. It is also representing the Beastie Boys in a number of lawsuits relating to the band’s copyright portfolio. Laura Chapman in San Francisco and Daniel Yannuzzi in San Diego lead the practice.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington DC-based team represented BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music as the plaintiffs in a copyright infringement case brought against Cox Communications, which found that the defendant was not entitled to ‘safe harbor’ protection under the DMCA, after being found to have aided and abetted the online infringement of over 1,400 copyrighted works by its subscribers. The group also advises the NMPA on a number of copyright enforcement initiatives. Practice chair Michael Allan often counsels Louis Vuitton on fashion-related copyright matters. John Caracappa and Harold Fox are also recommended.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP has a niche in cross-border copyright matters involving the Spanish-speaking world. The group successfully defended the Spanish Broadcasting System against a copyright infringement claim brought by the Latin American Music Company and La Asociación de Compositores y Editores de Música Latinoamericana alleging music broadcasted on the defendant’s radio station infringed copyright. Other clients include Televisa, BTF Media and Lee Daniels. New York’s Laura Goldbard George and Miami’s James Sammataro are the key contacts.

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With a particular strong standing in the life sciences and technology industries, DLA Piper LLP (US) demonstrates expertise in transactional licensing, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, and asset sales, flanked by a strong due diligence track record; settlement negotiations, in particular with non-practicing entities, as well as domestic and international research and development agreements are other focus areas. The San Diego-based Mark Lehberg led advice to Qualcomm on a large number of cross-border licence agreements in the context of its $3bn joint venture with TDK. The team also assisted Geneius Biotechnology with the creation of its patent portfolio in the personalized oncology therapeutic platform space. In other work, San Diego’s Lisa Haile was key in obtaining a notice of allowance for Revolution Contraceptive from the Parsemus Foundation regarding a reversible male contraceptive. The Philadelphia-based Darius Gambino and Mike McGurk in Boston are other noteworthy practitioners. Clients also include Nanotherapeutics and the University of Texas at Austin.

IP giant Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP excels in patent portfolio analysis and monetization and acts for a diverse client base that includes major multinationals such as Abbott Vascular, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and LG Electronics alongside start-ups. The group is adept at negotiating and drafting agreements for business and technical collaborations, and has strong experience in handling corporate transactional work, including due diligence. Litigation settlement agreements are another key strength. Reston’s Anthony Gutowski and Washington DC’s William Pratt advised Toyota on multiple patent and technology licence agreements, including contracts with universities, research agreements with government laboratories, and commercial transactions, and non-profit institute Cognitive Research Enterprises engaged the team to assist with the licensing aspects of the acquisition of most of its IP assets. In a recent example of pharmaceutical work, the group negotiated an exclusive licence agreement for Dermavant Sciences with Portola Pharmaceuticals for the development and commercialisation of a hematologic cancer treatment. Other mandates stemmed from the chemical, robotics and electronics sectors. The firm’s deep bench also includes practice head John Paul, managing partner Mark Sweet, Doris Johnson Hines, Michele Bosch, Adriana Burgy, and Brian Kacedon, all from the Washington DC office.

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Foley & Lardner LLP acts in both research and development and transactional matters, with experience spanning licensing agreements with universities, government contracting, joint development agreements and research services contracts as well as due diligence work for M&A transactions. Practice head Michele Simkin and vice-chair Andrew Rawlins, both in Washington DC, welcomed former Ropes & Gray LLP partner Karen Mangasarian to its New York office, thereby further bolstering the practice’s biotechnological and pharmaceutical strength. Key advisers include the Chicago-based Aaron Tantleff, San Diego’s Beni Surpin and Richard Kaufman, as well as Milwaukee’s Joseph Ziebert and Jeffrey Gundersen. In addition to assisting new client Menarini Silicon Biosystems with the integration of a Circulating Tumor Cell System from Janssen Diagnostics to facilitate Menarini’s entry into the US diagnostics market, the group also represented new client Acasti Pharma in its negotiations with a leading Chinese pharmaceutical company regarding the development and commercialisation of a prescription drug. Hitachi Automotive Systems, Kraft Foods Group and Takeda are clients.

Morrison & Foerster LLP specializes in the technology, life sciences and consumer product sectors, where large cross-licensing agreements are a core area of expertise, as are litigation settlement agreements, and patent-adjacent antitrust matters. San Francisco-based practice head Michael Ward and Shannon Reaney in Palo Alto jointly assisted Bayer with licensing agreements and patent strategy development and implementation, in particular for Bayer’s Crop Science and Consumer Health Division, and a highlight from the pharmaceutical sector was the representation of Gilead Sciences regarding the licensing aspects of the development of its oncology and HIV treatment patent portfolios. On the technology side, the group advised BlackBerry on the licensing aspects of its strategic alliance with Emtek; the transaction involved the licensing of BlackBerry’s Messenger Service to Emtek to advance the Messenger’s position in the consumer market and allow Emtek to develop new Messenger-related applications and services for Android, iOS and Windows phones. The client list features Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Genentech and VMWare. Catherine Polizzi in Palo Alto, San Francisco’s Rufus Pichler and John Delaney in New York are also notable practitioners.

Baker Botts L.L.P. focuses on licensing matters in the technology sector, with strong experience in transactional work, including due diligence, and traditional licence agreements, such as multi-party research and development, distribution and outsourcing agreements. The large team shoulders an impressive caseload that recently featured advising Facebook on the development and management of its patent portfolio, including due diligence and licence negotiations for the acquisition of patent portfolios. And Cisco regularly engages the firm to negotiate litigation settlement agreements and cross-licence agreements with multinational technology companies, allowing the group to combine its litigation prowess with its counselling and negotiation strength. Ethypharm, Dell and Halliburton are also on the client roster. The core team includes Dallas-based practitioners Bart Showalter, Christa Brown-Sanford, Douglas Kubehl and Kurt Pankratz. Luke Pedersen in Washington DC and Paul Ragusa in New York are also noteworthy.

Fenwick & West LLP’s key strengths include transactional matters alongside research-oriented licensing work, with a strong focus on the biotech sector. The group’s experience spans due diligence, internal IP audits, licensing work in the context of mergers and acquisitions as well as licence agreements with universities and research institutes, including negotiations with Offices for Technology Transfer (OTT) on behalf of companies. In a recent highlight, the team assisted biotech venture GRAIL with its spin-out from Illumina and with the development of its patent portfolio, both under the lead of Jake Handy and Michael Shuster from San Francisco. Mountain View’s Daniel Becker acted for Corvidia Therapeutics and Vtesse in the development of their respective patent portfolios, partly through patent acquisition. David Hayes, also from San Francisco, has extensive experience in patent, copyright and trade mark matters and Michael Farn in Mountain View chairs the patent group as part of Rajiv Patel’s IP department. Denali Therapeutics, Halozyme and LG Display are also clients.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s practice encompasses a large number of sectors, with the pharmaceutical, life sciences and technology sectors generating the majority of work. Recent examples of this specialisation are New York attorney David MacDonald’s representation of Actavis in relation to its patent licence agreement with Supernus regarding an epilepsy and migraine treatment, and his advice to Teva on its exclusive development and commercialisation licence agreement with Otsuka regarding a migraine drug. Matthew Lovell, Neil Hirshman and Seth Traxler are noteworthy practitioners in the Chicago office. Other clients include Cerberus Capital Management, Intel and the Open Invention Network.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s key area of expertise is technology transactions, but the team is also adept at assisting life sciences clients. On the corporate transactional side, the group covers licences in relation to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances, while the non-transactional practice includes research and development agreements as well as e-commerce contracts, outsourcing transactions and professional service agreements. The firm is present in New York, where practice head Michael Epstein, Jeffrey Osterman and Charan Sandhu are based, and on the West Coast; here Karen Ballack is the main contact in Silicon Valley after John Brockland left for Hogan Lovells US LLP. Despite Brockland’s departure the group handles a large number of high-profile matters, such as advising Sanofi on the licensing aspects of its $25bn agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim through which the client swapped its animal health business Merial for Boehringer’s consumer healthcare business. General Electric, Signet Jewelers and Eli Lilly are other key clients.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s practice scope includes mainly transactional work, but the group also assists with strategic collaborations, supply and distribution agreements and research and development agreements. Daniel Ilan led in advising OpenText on licensing agreements and asset divestitures related to the $1.62bn acquisition of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division, involving the transfer of patents and copyrighted software. Leonard Jacoby assisted Samsung Electronics with the transfer of patents and trade marks in the context of the sale of its printer business to HP Inc. Other clients include 3M and Verizon.

Cooley LLP’s core area of expertise are transactions in the life sciences sector, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. The team regularly acts as an outsourced patent licensing business development counsel. Scott Talbot in Reston, Nan Wu and Mika Reiner Mayer in San Francisco and Ivor Elrifi in New York are the main contacts.

The ‘very responsive’ team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is ‘willing to go the extra mile’ and has in-depth experience in technology licencing matters. Jeff Dodd and Edward Colbert, based in Houston and Washington DC respectively, direct the team which includes the ‘creative’ and ‘thorough’ Washington DC-based Ping Wang who has ‘deep understanding of drug patenting’. Other practitioners to note are Gary Abelev and Michael Lennon in New York, Shawn O’Dowd in Washington DC and Gregory Porter in Houston. In a recent highlight, the group advised Dr. Jack Arbiser and his company Natuderm on the negotiation of several licences and option agreements with pharmaceutical companies in the dermatology sector. Sean Wooden joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Michael Ye joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

Jones Day acts for a broad range of clients including large multinationals, start-ups, venture capital firms and non-profit organisations. The team demonstrates strength across the pharmaceutical, bio- and information technology, semiconductor and industrial chemical sectors. Strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions and venture and other private equity transactions form the largest part of the practice, though litigation settlement agreements and collaborative licence agreements are also evident in the caseload. The San Diego-based Thomas Briggs and the Boston-based Warren Nachlis head the practice that also includes John Wehrli from San Diego and Joseph Melnik in Silicon Valley. ScinoPharm Taiwan engaged the firm to advise on its strategic development, manufacturing and commercialisation alliance with Baxter International regarding injectable cancer drugs. A recent transactional highlight was advising Astellas Pharma on its acquisition of Ogeda. SAP, City of Hope and Celgene are long-standing clients.

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP predominantly focuses on the biotechnology, electronics, technology and medical device sectors, but is also experienced in the aerospace, mechanical, chemical and environmental engineering industries. In recent highlight work, San Diego-based key contact Michael Fuller led advice to Pure MHC on negotiating a multi-year licence agreement with AbbVie regarding Pure MHC’s cancer target discovery process, allowing AbbVie to use the process for the development of therapeutics in the immuno-oncology sector; he also assisted Anivive Lifesciences with the analysis and licencing of patents from Karyopharm Therapeutics relating to a cancer treatment in companion animals. Eric Furman, also in San Diego, advised Stora Enso on its licencing negotiations with specialty chemicals company Rennovia in the context of their cooperation on the development of bio-based chemicals. The Irvine-based Lori Yamato heads the group.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP undertakes both transactional and strategic licencing work and is particularly active in the technology sector, though biotechnological and electrical work is also present in the caseload. Daniel Yost, who jointly heads the Global Technology Transactions Group with Glynna Christian, as well as Steven Routh in Washington DC and John Bautista form the backbone of the practice. The group advised new client Tesla on the global warranties and Terms & Conditions of rechargeable lithium-ion battery Powerwall. Bautista and Yost represented Twist Bioscience in relation to multiple commercial agreements and the acquisition of Genome Compiler to facilitate Twist Bioscience’s development of digital products in the gene design space. Microsoft, Canon and Flextronics feature on the client list. Named attorneys are based in Menlo Park, except where otherwise stated.

Ropes & Gray LLP is active in the pharmaceutical, life sciences and technology sectors. The firm’s main presence is in Boston where practice head David McIntosh and Mark Bellomy are based. Silicon Valley’s Megan Baca is also noted. A major highlight was assisting Akebia Therapeutics with its $1bn collaboration licence agreement with Otsuka Pharmaceutical for the development and commercialisation of an aenemia drug treatment, one of several strategic licence agreements that the client entrusted the practice with. In other work, Edward Black led in advising investment managing firm Tudor Investment on a collaboration agreement with an engineering firm in the field of artificial intelligence to advance trading strategies. Other clients include AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Lantheus Holdings and TPG Capital. James McGraw joined Gray Reed.

WilmerHale focuses on domestic and international transactional advice in the technology sector, acting for both licensors and licensees, with strategic collaborations and research transactions being other main strengths of the team; further industry expertise includes computer software, biotechnology and pharmaceutical work. Boston’s Michael Bevilacqua is the main contact.

Fish & Richardson P.C.’s caseload includes licensing strategy development as well as transactional work, mainly in the technology sector. The team acts for a broad range of clients, including large multinationals, university research institutes and start-ups. The key licensing expert is Kevin Gray in Dallas.

The ‘responsive’, ‘consummate professionals’ at Goodwingo the extra mile’ and are experts in the technology and life sciences sectors. The team assists with transactional work, including joint ventures, strategic alliances and collaboration agreements, as well as with research and development agreements, and various commercial contracts. Stephen Charkoudian and Kingsley Taft are the key players in Boston. Sarah Solomon from the San Francisco office is ‘a recognized leader’ with an ‘extraordinary knowledge’. In addition to advising Warp Drive Bio on a strategic collaboration with Roche on antibiotic development, the group represented alternative energy player Plug Power in relation to a licence agreement covering stationary power products. ImmuNext, Delinia and Royalty Pharma are also clients.

Latham & Watkins LLP excels in matters on the intersection between the life sciences and technology sectors and demonstrates strong experience in cross-licencing work and joint development agreements, but also in transactional mandates, including due diligence and other licencing aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Life sciences licensing chair Judith Hasko in Silicon Valley is the main contact, with key support coming from Christopher Hazuka, also in Silicon Valley, and San Diego’s Steven Chinowsky. The team advised Allergan on a collaboration agreement with Editas Medicine regarding gene editing therapies for ocular diseases, and assisted a major pharmaceutical player with its strategic alliance with a foreign start-up regarding population genomics research. Guardant Health, Arista Networks and Roxane Laboratories also feature on the client list.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP predominantly covers the technology, life sciences, electronics, mechanical and software sectors. Randall Sunberg in Princeton and Rahul Kapoor in Palo Alto jointly lead the practice, with Kapoor shouldering a heavy portion of the caseload. SanDisk engaged the group to advise on the patent licencing aspects of its joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic in the SD flash card space, including non-assert agreements and standard essential patents. The team also assisted Jazz Pharmaceuticals with its development, manufacturing and commercialization licence agreement with German pharmaceutical player XL-protein in relation to a leukemia treatment. Other clients include Sandvik Coromant and Yandex.

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The ‘very knowledgeable’ team of IP giant Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP impresses with its wide sectorial breadth and deep bench. The team is especially active in the pharmaceutical, electronics and technology sectors, and has extensive experience in combined district court litigation and IPR matters. Managing partner Mark Sweet, chair James Monroe and head of litigation Christine Lehman are based in Washington DC while appellate department head Erik Puknys sits in Palo Alto. Atlanta’s Virginia Carron and Washington DC’s Jeffrey Tottenare meticulous with follow-ups and follow-throughs’. Reston’s Charles Lipsey and Washington DC’s Justin Hasford are also noted. Among the many notable recent matters was the representation of Aqua Products and Fluidra Group in a Federal Circuit Appeal from an IPR regarding an automated pool-cleaning patent, securing a new precedent governing the burden of patentability in IPR proceedings. Equally impressive was the litigation work for Biogen in which thirty suits were filed against twenty-six sets of defendants seeking to obtain approval from the Food and Drug Administration for the marketing of generic versions of blockbuster drug Tecfidera®. Other clients include AbbVie, LG Electronics and Sony.

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Fish & Richardson P.C.’s litigation practice is extremely visible before the district courts, the Federal Circuit, the PTAB and the ITC and its large team size allows for wide-ranging sector coverage and concurrent activity in multiple high-profile matters. Kurt Glitzenstein in Boston directs the litigation department while Washington DC’s John Hayden heads the post-grant group. David Hoffman in Austin, Kevin Gray in Dallas, Juanita Brooks in San Diego and Martina Tyreus Hufnal in Wilmington are among the main contacts. Chief among recent highlights is the headline-grabbing representation of Smith & Nephew in a patent infringement case involving a patent on orthopedic suture anchors in which preclusion issues regarding validity and infringement defences were the main points of contention after a first case had been settled favourably in 2015. A major ongoing piece of litigation in the pharmaceutical sector is representing Sanofi-Aventis in a Hatch-Waxman suit filed against Merck Sharp & Dohme regarding two formulation patents. Other clients include Allergan, Bose and Google. Of counsel Katherine Prescott joined the Redwood office from Miclean Gleason, Houston principal Jayme Partridge joined from Patterson + Sheridan LLP and Boston principal Brian Gaff joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Jones Day impresses with a steady list of bet-the-company mandates, ranging from work in the technological and pharmaceutical sectors to work in the medical device and consumer product industries. San Diego’s Anthony Insogna heads the practice that is comprised of key attorneys in Chicago, Cleveland, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC; noteworthy contacts include Federal Circuit team chair Gregory Castanias and PTAB expert David Cochran. The team achieved a major victory for Idenix Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement suit against Gilead Sciences concerning a patent on a hepatitis C treatment, where it secured a record $2.54bn in damages. In a currently pending case before the Supreme Court, the group is representing SAS Institute in a case questioning the constitutionality of the USPTO’s partial-decision practice for third party challenges under the America Invents Act. And in a combination of IPR and Federal Circuit litigation, the team acted for Google in an infringement suit filed by Industrial Quick Search alleging infringement by Google search result patents. The client list also features Canon, Celgene and Qualcomm. Andrea Weiss Jeffries joined the Los Angeles office from WilmerHale while Emily Tait joined the Detroit team from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.

Top-tier firmKirkland & Ellis LLP belongs to the ‘cream of the crop’, ‘provides uniformly first-class service in terms of strategy, research, investigations, responsiveness and creativity’ and is renowned for its ‘effective oral advocacy and courtroom work’. Very strong in pharmaceutical work, the team also fields an impressive practice in the technology, electronics and consumer product sectors, both before the civil courts and the PTAB. A team of Washington DC, Chicago and New York lawyers defended Abbott Laboratories in a False Claims Act case against a former Abbott sales representative involving the off-label use of Abbotts’ medical devices; New York’s Leora Ben-Ami and Jeanna Wacker represented Boehringer Ingelheim in Hatch-Waxman litigation against HEC Pharm Group regarding patents on a diabetes II drug component; and Washington DC’s Gregg LoCascio and Chicago duo Bryan Hales and Dennis Abdelnour are assisting Dyson in a design patent infringement case filed against SharkNinja. Gregory Arovas in New York, Adam Alper in San Francisco and Michael De Vries in Los Angeles are ‘hard-working, always prepared and good problem-solvers’. In Chicago, Amanda Hollis is another main contact. Clients include Alcatel-Lucent, GlaxoSmithKline and Teva.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s ‘highly estimated’ litigation team is ‘among the best’: the group’s deep bench of first chair trial lawyers regularly handles high-profile litigation for clients from the technology, pharmaceutical, life sciences and electronic industries. ‘Great trial lawyer’ Sean Pak in San Francisco co-leads the litigation practice with the Chicago-based David Nelson. Victoria Maroulis is ‘a great litigator’ and has ‘very good client handling skills’. Ray Nimrod is another main contact. San Francisco’s Charles Verhoeven led in representing Waymo in a combined trade secret and patent infringement suit against Uber and Ottomotto in the driverless car area. Recent work for Samsung includes the successful overturning of a $930m judgment initially obtained by Apple for trade dress and design patent infringement, involving a Federal Circuit Appeal and a petition before the Supreme Court. Qualcomm, Varian Medical and The Broad Institute also feature on the client list.

WilmerHale’s team ‘operates at an extremely high level’ and ‘consistently obtains extraordinary results’; the group also enthuses clients with the depth of its ‘extremely knowledgeable’ bench and its ‘phenomenal service’. Co-chairs Lisa Pirozzolo and Mark Selwyn, based in Boston and Palo Alto respectively, direct a team that includes ‘brilliant oral advocate and strategist’ William Lee, the ‘highly strategical’ Cynthia Vreeland, ‘top-notch appellate advocate’ Mark Fleming, ‘skilled’ PTAB expert Peter Dichiara and ‘great strategist and team manager’ Michael Summersgill, all based in Boston. Joseph Mueller, also in Boston, ‘is wonderful in court’ and the ‘very responsive’ Nina Tallon in Washington DC ‘provides good strategic advice’. The team possesses extensive experience before the district courts, Federal Circuit, ITC, PTAB and Supreme Court, as well as the ability to cover a broad spectrum of industry sectors, with technology-related litigation making up a large portion of the busy caseload. Another standout feature is the practice’s strength in developing and implementing global patent litigation strategies. In a recent Federal Circuit highlight, the group successfully represented Braintree Laboratories in a Hatch-Waxman suit filed against Breckenridge Pharmaceutical regarding a colon cleanser. Other clients include Akamai Technologies, Eastman Kodak and Intel. Andrea Weiss Jeffries joined Jones Day; James Quarles left to work for the US government; and Elizabeth Reilly now works for the Noble and Greenough School. Nathan Walker joined Sony Interactive Entertainment as in-house counsel.

Based mainly in New York, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto combines strong district court and Federal Circuit skills with an impressive IPR record and also has proven expertise in ITC proceedings; the group continues to shoulder a remarkable caseload in the pharmaceutical sector and also succeeds in high-profile litigation for technology and electronics industry players. In a recent headline-grabbing highlight, a team under the lead of Michael Sandonato secured a victory for Canon against General Plastic Industrial and Color Imaging, obtaining a combined total of $4.4bn in damages for infringement of a toner bottle technology patent. In other work, Charlotte Jacobsen led the successful defence of Novartis against a petition filed by Roxane Laboratories to institute IPR proceeding regarding a patent on a pancreatic tumor treatment. The client roster also includes Geotab, Sanofi, Johnson Outdoors and Merck. Bruce Haas, Dominick Conde, William Solander and administrative partner Christopher Borello are other noteworthy contacts. Susanne Flanders, Natalie Lieber as well as Dennis McMahon made partner and Jonathan Berschadsky joined Merchant & Gould PC.

Southern Californian litigation powerhouse Irell & Manella LLP assists with the full spectrum of technology-related patent litigation, with expertise ranging from the software, semiconductor and computer peripheral device sectors to life sciences work, including biotechnological, pharmaceutical and medical device experience, telecoms and e-commerce matters. In recent notable work, the team represented the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in an infringement action against Apple regarding Apple’s A7, A8 and A8X processors, securing a total of $506m in damages; and a Federal Circuit highlight in the medical devices sector saw the group successfully represent Zoll Medical in a cross-appeal patent infringement suit initially filed by Koninklijke Philips. Important PTAB victories include defeating a Celltrion IPR challenge against a patent on a Genentech blockbuster drug. Immersion, Tessera and Juniper Networks are also clients. The renowned Morgan Chu directs the practice, which also includes key players Jonathan Kagan, David Gindler, Richard Birnholz and Gary Frischling, all in Los Angeles. Andrei Iancu is now director of the USPTO.

Noted for its ‘overall excellent service level’ and ‘top-notch legal advice’, McKool Smith acts for clients from the electronics, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, telecoms, technology and consumer product sectors. Key players Theodore Stevenson and Scott Hejny, both in Dallas, ‘are skilled oral advocates’ and have ‘a wealth of trial experience’. Practice head Mike McKool acted for Sanofi and Regeneron in litigation against Amgen regarding patents on new biologic antibody Dupixent® as well as in IPR proceedings against Immunex regarding interleukin-4 receptor antibodies. Together with Dallas’Samuel Baxter and Austin’s Kevin Burgess, Stevenson acted for Nokia in multiple infringement actions against Apple regarding, among others, video coding patents, eventually ending with a high-value settlement. In Los Angeles, Roderick Dorman is representing TiVo in a combined ITC and district court litigation against Comcast in relation to set-top box patents. The client base also includes Halliburton, AT&T and Eolas.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s ‘deep bench’ knows ‘patent litigation inside and out’, thereby providing a ‘service of the highest calibre’ and ‘sophisticated and practical strategy guidance and advice’. ‘Thorough and experienced’, the group fields a particularly strong practice in the technology, consumer products and life sciences sectors, with an impressive track record in district court and appellate work on top of extensive PTAB expertise. In a major highlight, Palo Alto’s Erik Olson together with Deanne Maynard and Joseph Palmore in Washington secured a landmark victory for Sandoz before the Supreme Court on the contentious issue of patent dispute resolution under the Biologics Price and Competition Innovation Act. And ‘ultimate litigation strategist’ and co-chair Michael Jacobs in San Francisco teamed up with Palo Alto’s Catherine Polizzi to represent Genentech in infringement litigation regarding breast cancer drug Kadcyla, involving victories against Phigenix before the PTAB and the Federal Circuit. Other clients include Sandoz, Uber and Whirlpool. San Francisco’s Richard Hung, who co-leads the practice with Jacobs, ‘has an encyclopaedic knowledge of patent law’ and ‘marries the law and the technical facts of a case exceptionally well’. Mark Whitaker in Washington DC and San Francisco-based Arturo González are other key contacts. Jennifer Schmidt and Stefani Shanberg joined from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and San Francisco’s Nathan Sabri made partner.

The ‘excellentWinston & Strawn LLP is particularly active in defence work. Los Angeles’ David Enzminger, noted for his ‘command of subject matter’ and ‘excellent client service’, and Chicago’s Michael Brody lead the team. A recent highlight was the successful representation of Teva in a Federal Circuit case regarding the interpretation of the on-sale bar as amended by the America Invents Act. Securing a precedent-setting opinion from the Federal Circuit on behalf of Smith International regarding a patent on an oil well drilling device was another major success. Dell, Schlumberger and Hospira are also on the client roster. The practice has recently opened a Dallas office, staffed among others by former Fish & Richardson P.C. litigators Thomas Melsheimer, Tom Walsh, Michael Bittner and Brett Johnson. In Silicon Valley, Michael Rueckheim and Kathi Vidal joined from Fish & Richardson P.C. and Esha Bandyopadhyay joined from Turner Boyd. New Los Angeles additions Andrew Grossman from Paul Hastings LLP and Nimalka Wickramasekera from Kirkland & Ellis LLP further strengthen the group. Other key lawyers are Chicago’s George Lombardi and Kurt Mathas. Luke Culpepper went in-house to ARM; Tyler VanHoutan joined McGuireWoods LLP and Constance Ramos left to found AKIRA IP.

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.

DLA Piper LLP (US) visibly strengthened its expertise in the media, sports and entertainment sectors through the merger with Los Angeles boutique Liner LLP and in 2017, was increasingly busy in the electronics, semiconductor, software and life sciences sectors. A recent success was the victory secured for Toshiba in infringement litigation filed by Intellectual Ventures, involving patents on semiconductor memory chips and consumer electronics products. The practice’s experience in the automotive sector showed when defending Mazda, Subaru, Volvo and Robert Bosch against an infringement suit filed by Blitzsafe. Other clients include Samsung, Nike and Lululemon. US litigation practice head Mark Fowler in Silicon Valley, global Intellectual Property and Technology chair John Allcock in San Diego, and the Chicago-based Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell are the main contacts. The ‘responsive, reliable and knowledgeable’ Steven Park is based in Atlanta. In Los Angeles, Douglas Emhoff joined from Venable LLP and Jeremy Elman left for Dorsey & Whitney LLP. In July 2018, the former head of McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s trade secrets practice, Eric Hagen, joined the firm’s Los Angeles office.

At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Wayne Barsky in Century City, Mark Reiter in Dallas and Josh Krevitt, who splits his time between New York and Palo Alto, lead a practice that handles a prolific caseload across a broad variety of industry sectors. Medical device player Medtronic engaged the team for the defense against a software patent infringement suit filed by Medgraph involving trials at district court and Federal Circuit level. Other highlights include defending T-Mobile against a multi-patent suit brought by Huawei regarding patents in wireless network technology and defending Novartis against suits filed by generic producers in the multiple sclerosis treatment sector. FitBit, Apple and Sanofi-Aventis are also clients. Jane Love and Benjamin Hershkowitz in New York and Brian Buroker in Washington DC are key players. Brian Rosenthal joined the New York office from Mayer Brown. Timothy Best and Kate Dominguez, in Los Angeles and New York respectively, made partner.

Goodwin’s practice has ‘deep legal and technical expertise’, provides ‘spot-on advice’ and is led by the ‘exceptionally capable trial and appellate advocateDouglas Kline in Boston, ‘who always possesses a complete command of the technical subject matter’. New York’s Mark Abate, Washington DC’s Jennifer Albert and Boston’s Elaine Blais joined forces to represent Gillette in patent infringement litigation filed against Dorco, Pace Shave and Dollar Shave Club in relation to patents on blade coatings. Other clients include Teva, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Celltrion. Daryl Wiesen in Boston, Brett Schuman in San Francisco, and Elizabeth Holland and Robert Cerwinski in New York are other names to note; in Silicon Valley, Neel Chatterjee joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Noted for its ‘diligence’, ‘trial strategy work’ and ‘excellent service’, McDermott Will & Emery LLP boosted its technology and electronics bench with the arrival of Washington DC litigators Nicole Jantzi, Paul Schoenhard and Ian Brooks from Ropes & Gray LLP; the newly-joined team represented Contour in an infringement action against GoPro, involving district court litigation, Federal Circuit Appeals and PTAB proceedings. However, the healthcare and life sciences work remains a core area alongside technology sector work: Boston-based practice head Sarah Columbia and ‘excellent litigatorWilliam Gaede in Silicon Valley assisted Amgen with obtaining a high-stakes jury trial victory for Amgen in a suit filed against Sanofi and Regeneron regarding patents on cholesterol-lowering drugs. BlackBerry, Diablo Technologies and Novartis are also clients. Los Angeles experts Jon Dean and Russell Hayman are recommended.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP specializes in technology, life sciences and telecoms work and predominantly focuses on the representation of Japanese clients. In Seattle, Mark Parris led advice for Nintendo on a long-running dispute with Recognicorp regarding an important software patent, securing a favourable precedential decision on subject matter eligibility under the Supreme Court’s Alice decision. A team under the lead of Silicon Valley’s Bas de Blank assisted Robert Bosch with competitor litigation against Cardiocom involving multiple patents, several IPRs and ex-parte reexaminations, eventually settling the case on favourable terms. Microsoft, Fujifilm and Dow Agrosciences are long-standing clients. Denise Mingrone, Sten Jensen and Mark Wine head the practice from Silicon Valley, Washington DC and Orange County respectively and the ‘prompt, proactive and reliable’ Alex Chachkes in New York as well as Travis Jensen in Silicon Valley are ‘skilled oral advocates’ and ‘great at managing cases’. In May 2018, Jared Bobrow joined in Silicon Valley from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and now jointly leads the firm’s global IP group.

Paul Hastings LLP’s ‘very responsive’ team ‘is sensitive to its clients’ needs’ and ‘has great technical and legal experience’. The practice focuses mainly on life sciences matters, but also serves technology clients, with strong PTAB expertise ranging from IPRs to post-grant reviews and covered business method reviews. New York’s Gerald Flattmann and Washington DC’s Naveen Modi advised Acorda Therapeutics on four IPRs filed by the Coalition for Affordable Drugs regarding patents on a flagship multiple sclerosis drug. In Palo Alto, Yar Chaikovsky, who co-directs the practice with Joseph O’Malley in New York, acted for Trend Micro in a precedent-setting Federal Circuit litigation against Intellectual Ventures regarding subject matter eligibility of software patents. And together with Modi, New York’s Eric Dittmann, Bruce Wexler and Isaac Ashkenazi represented Boehringer Ingelheim in IPRs regarding key patents on an arthritis drug. Hitachi Maxell and Fujitsu Semiconductor are new clients. Chris Kennerly in Palo Alto is also noted. Stuart Bartow joined Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s ‘superbly capable’ team is particulary adept at representing clients from the technology, chemical and life sciences sectors. In Silicon Valley, Edward Reines secured a rare preliminary injunction for Illumina against competitor Qiagen regarding the sale of a DNA sequencer and he also assisted Stanford University with a high-profile inventorship appeal against the Chinese University of Hongkong regarding a test for Down’s Syndrome. In other work, Washington DC-based co-practice head Brian Ferguson and New York’s Anish Desai represented BASF in three IPRs filed by Johnson Matthey regarding patents on diesel exhaust filters. Clients also include General Electric, Oracle and Pacific Biosciences. Silicon Valley’s Anne Cappella, Elizabeth Weiswasser in New York and Houston’s Garland Stephens are key contacts. Derek Walter in Silicon Valley made counsel.

Baker Botts L.L.P. combines a strong track record in IPRs, district court and appellate litigation with proven ITC expertise and handles a caseload that primarily consists of work from the electronics, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and technology sectors. Dallas duo Douglas Kubehl and Kurt Pankratz 53714 are representing Genband in multiple infringement suits against Metaswitch Networks, including a precedent-setting appellate win regarding preliminary injunctions, and in Austin, Stephen Hash successfully represented Pozen in ANDA litigation against Dr. Reddy, Mylan and Lupin. New York’s Robert Maier and Neil Sirota defended Samsung Electronics against a ContentGuard regarding digital rights management technology. Ericsson, Fujifilm and Oxford Nanopore Technologies also feature on the client list. Dallas’ Barton Showalter heads the practice and in Washington DC, special counsel Katharine Burke joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

In New York, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP specializes in the technology, pharmaceutical and semiconductor sectors. Recent highlights include defending against a suit filed by Vivent regarding patents covering remote monitoring, equipment control and home-located electronic devices and location-based alerting system patents. The group also represented Amgen in litigation filed by AbbVie regarding a biosimilar patent, eventually settling the case favourably. And plaintiff Merck engaged the team to assist with three Hatch-Waxman suits against Actavis Laboratories, Roxane Laboratories and Par Pharmaceutical regarding generic versions of an antifungal agent. Other clients include Qualcomm, Juno Therapeutics and OrbusNeich Medical. Richard Stark, Keith Hummel, David Greenwald, David Kappos, David Marriott and Evan Chesler are the key players. Roger Brooks retired. Teena-Ann Sankoorikal joined Levine Lee LLP.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP’s practice around San Francisco’s Robert Van Nest regularly acts in high-stakes litigation across the technology and semiconductor sectors. The team’s illustrious client base includes Arista Networks, Qualcomm, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and Google.

Latham & Watkins LLP delivers ‘excellent service in terms of understanding the client’s business objective’, is ‘responsive’, ‘dedicated to the client’s mission’ and subject matter patentability litigation, PTAB proceedings and appellate work are particular areas of expertise; another standout feature is the practice’s close collaboration with the firm’s antitrust lawyers. Trio Matthew Moore, David Callahan and Jennifer Barry 53243 direct the practice from Washington DC, Chicago and San Diego respectively. In addition to successfully obtaining a summary judgement for Jaguar Land Rover North America in litigation against Vehicle Interface Technologies regarding dashboard displays, the team also assisted plaintiff Tessera with multi-patent litigation in seven suits against Samsung. Arista Networks, Symantec and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals are also on the client list. Washington DC’s Maximilian Grant is a ‘formidable first-chair litigator’. ‘first-class appellate attorneyGabriel Bell in Washington DC recently made partner. San Francisco’s Perry Viscounty, Chicago’s Kenneth Schuler and New York’s Daniel Brown are also noted. Kevin Wheeler joined the Washington DC office from Fish & Richardson P.C..

Mayer Brown focuses on the technology and life sciences sectors, flanked by expertise in the telecoms and consumer goods industries. Alan Grimaldi in Washington DC, New York’s Lisa Ferri and Gabriela Kennedy in Hong Kong direct the practice. In Washington DC, appellate expert Andrew Pincus led the successful representation of Impression Products in a much-publicised Supreme Court case regarding the patent owner’s right to post-sale product control. The team also acted as co-lead for plaintiffs Gilead Sciences and Emory University in Hatch-Waxman litigation against Mylan, involving patents on blockbuster HIV drug Truvada. Additionally, the group assisted LG Electronics with an international arbitration against Nokia regarding FRAND rates for patents on cellular standards. Other clients include Endo Pharmaceuticals, Google and Marvell Semiconductor. Joseph Mahoney in Chicago, John Mancini, Jamie Beaber and Colleen Tracy James in New York as well as Stephen Baskin in the Washington DC office, are the key contacts.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP combines ‘perfect response times’ with ‘deep industry knowledge’. The practice’s main line of activity is high-stakes competitor litigation, in particular technology-, life sciences- and electronics-related disputes. Washington DC’s David Ball, who ‘shows strength in litigation strategy development’, joined forces with practice head Nicholas Groombridge and Eric Alan Stone, both based in New York, to represent Biogen in a long-running litigation against several competitors regarding patents covering Biogen’s blockbuster drug Avonex®. Additionally, the practice is acting for Amgen in multiple interconnected high-stakes suits against Sandoz, Apotex and Coherus and Hospira, involving appellate work and a Supreme Court petition, and in a recent PTAB highlight, the group successfully represented Epson in an IPR against Cascades Projection regarding a digital projection system patent. Catherine Nyarady in New York and Kenneth Gallo in Washington DC are also noted. In Washington DC, Steven Baughman and counsel Megan Raymond joined from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Mainly active in the electronics, life sciences and technology sectors, Ropes & Gray LLP has recently bolstered its PTAB practice with the arrival of Washington DC’s Scott McKeown from Oblon and increased its life sciences expertise in New York with Filko Prugo from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Richard McCaulley in Chicago and Andrew Thomases from the Silicon Valley office jointly lead of the practice. The recent caseload includes representing Godo Kaisha IP Bridge in multi-patent litigation against Broadcom and assisting TiVo with the filing of patent infringement suits against, among others, Comcast, ARRIS and Technicolor. CJ CheilJedang, Fujitsu and Honeywell are also clients. Mark Rowland, James Batchelder and Gabrielle Higgins in Silicon Valley and Jesse Jenner in New York are key contacts. Steven Baughman and counsel Megan Raymond left for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, while Nicole Jantzi, Paul Schoenhard and Ian Brooks joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

With a strong track record in the technology and life sciences sectors, Cooley LLP’s broad litigation practice combines district and appellate expertise with PTAB experience. Recent highlights include successfully representing BroadSoft in a declaratory judgment suit against Callwave Communications after BroadSoft clients had been sued for patent infringement by Callwave Communications regarding call processing systems. Orion Armon in Broomfield, Colorado and Michael Rhodes in San Francisco are key contacts. Thomas Friel joined King & Spalding LLP. James Brogan left.

Dentons’ team primarily assists clients from the consumer products, technology and electronics sectors. The team of practice heads Song Jung in Washington DC and Robert Hanson in Dallas includes ‘team leader’ and co-chair of the patent litigation practice Mark Hogge, the ‘clear and concise’ Shailendra Maheshwari and counsel Carl Bretscher, all in Washington DC. A recent highlight was the representation of Pulse Electronics in long-running litigation in which the award of treble damages for egregious infringing conduct was the main point of contention. Additionally, the group successfully advised plaintiff FastShip in patent infringement litigation against the US government before the United States Court of Federal Claims regarding a patent covering the lifting stem on a war vessel. Clients also include Nistica, Silver Spring Networks and Inteplast Group. Co-head of the patent litigation group Robert Kramer in Silicon Valley and Tyler Goodwyn in Washington DC are other key contacts. Joshua Curry joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is particularly experienced in district court litigation, but also shows strength in appellate work; Hatch-Waxman litigation is another key area. Washington DC’s John Hutchins is defending Apple in litigation against Limestone Memory Systems and is also representing the client in the corresponding IPR proceeding. In New York, Michael Lennon successfully assisted defendant Volkswagen Group of America in an infringement litigation involving multiple IPRs against West View Research regarding patents on a wireless apparatus and a display apparatus. Susan Smith in Washington DC and John Flock in New York are also noted. Clients include Kawasaki Rail Car and Volusion.

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP’s specialism is the representation of clients seeking to enter new markets, in particular in the medical device, computer, electronics and chemical industries. With an impressive track record in district court, PTAB and appellate representation, the group often profits from its close collaboration with its prosecution practice. Stand-out highlights from the team’s recent caseload include the representation of Masimo in a dispute with Philips Electronics regarding pulse oximetry technology, ultimately settling on favourable terms. Lintec, Illumina Cambridge and Deca International are also on the client list. In Irvine, Joseph Cianfrani took over the lead of the practice from John Sganga and other noteworthy contacts include PTAB practice head Brenton Babcock, Jon Gurka and Joseph Re in Irvine, and Washington DC’s William Zimmermann.

At Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, the arrival of Jeffrey Lewis from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as well as of high technology expert Michael Solomita, who joined the New York office following the merger with Chadbourne & Parke, increased the team’s litigation prowess after Erik Swenson joined Cozen O'Connor and Bert Greene departed to Duane Morris LLP. In Houston, Charles Walker heads the IP disputes group, which also includes fellow Houstonians Daniel Scott Leventhal and Richard Zembek as well as New York’s Paul Keller. The team secured a Federal Circuit victory for AT&T in litigation against CallWave regarding alleged patent infringement through direct carrier billing. Uni-Systems, Wicked Cool Toys, Qualcomm and Expedia are also on the client roster.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP specializes in the computer electronics, computer hardware and software, and telecoms sectors, but also demonstrates strength in representing clients from the pharmaceutical industry. Practice head Ryan Yagura in Los Angeles led the representation of Advanced Micro Devices in multi-patent litigation against Zond regarding high-power plasma generators used in semiconductor manufacturing, including the representation in 17 IPR applications and the following Federal Circuit appeal. The team is also acting for AstraZeneca in Hatch-Waxman litigation against multiple defendants to protect its breast cancer drug FaslodexTM . San Francisco’s Mark Miller and Lisa Pensabene in New York are also noted and Drew Breuder in Century City made partner. Susan van Keulen became a magistrate judge, while Filko Prugo joined Ropes & Gray LLP.

Baker & Hostetler LLP has a strong track record in PTAB proceedings and fields a particularly strong practice in the pharmaceutical, technology, mechanical engineering and electronics sectors. In addition to acting for Bayer in two patent infringement cases against competitors regarding patents covering flea-and tick drugs for companion animals, the team represented Caterpillar in competitor litigation against Wirtgen America, concerning patents on road paving equipment. Other clients include Ascend Performance Materials, Cardinal Health and Crown Holdings. Cincinnati’s Kevin Kirsch jointly heads the group with Philadelphia’s Daniel Goettle and Gary Levin. Pierre Yanney in New York joined from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, Steven Spears in Houston came from McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Inge Larish joined the Seattle office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and former McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP lawyers Leif Sigmond and Michael Gannon bolstered the Chicago practice.

Hogan Lovells US LLP excels in large cross-border patent disputes and combines deep PTAB expertise, including the rare derivation proceedings, with a strong appellate practice and an impressive track record in district court litigation. Active across a vast spectrum of technologies and in the life sciences sector, the team of Washington DC practice head Celine Jimenez Crowson recently represented PPG Industries in multi-patent competitor litigation against Valspar regarding interior spray coatings for beverage cans. San Francisco’s Christian Mammen and New York’s Arlene Chow represented BASF in a declaratory judgment action involving patents on genetically modified fatty acids. Other clients include Merck, Amgen and T-Mobile.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s landmark win for sweetener manufacturer TC Heartland before the Supreme Court in the decision of the same name establishes the practice safely in the high-end patent litigation market. The team specializes in providing complex litigation strategy development and implementation. Based in New York, James Dabney, Patrice Jean and former Ropes & Gray LLP litigator Khue Hoang advise an illustrious client base that includes the Institut Pasteur and Costco Wholesale. Since publication, Stephen Rabinowitz has moved to Dechert LLP.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP’s home turf are the technology, electronics and pharmaceutical sectors. Practice head Jonathan Waldrop and Darcy Jones, both based in Silicon Valley, recently secured a motion to transfer venue for defendant Google in litigation against Ryujin Fujinomaki before the District Court of the Eastern District of Texas and the team also successfully obtained a rare writ of mandamus from the Federal Circuit for Google in litigation against plaintiff Eolas Technologies. LG, ASUS and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals also engaged the team with high-stakes patent suits. Other clients include Sony Electronics, Verizon and June Life. Silicon Valley’s Marcus Barber made partner.

Based in New York and Los Angeles, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP fields a sterling practice with a compact core team consisting of Mark Scarsi, Christopher Gaspar and Errol Taylor. The group demonstrates excellent sectorial breadth, with the technology and pharmaceutical sectors making up the largest part of the practice’s busy caseload. Recent highlights include representing Bayer CropScience in a commercial arbitration against Dow AgroSciences concerning a multibillion-dollar genetic engineering technology. The representation of Orexo in infringement litigation against Actavis involving patents on an opioid drug addiction treatment was another outstanding matter. Other clients include Google, Fujitsu Network Communications and the New York Stock Exchange.

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The ‘very experienced’ ITC specialists at Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP offer ‘a great combination of technical knowledge and business acumen’ and are often retained as local counsel. The ‘very strong’ team shows impressive sectorial breadth with the recent caseload ranging from the dominant technology sector to the agriculture, automotive, consumer product, energy, heavy industry, and pharmaceutical industries. Louis Mastriani advised GPS multinational Garmin on enforcement proceedings before the ITC regarding marine sonar imaging devices, while Deanna Tanner Okun assisted Cisco with patent infringement investigations regarding network devices and related software. Clients include 3M, LEGO, Qualcomm and Virtus Pharmaceuticals. Managing partner James Adduci, Paul Bartkowski and Tom Schaumberg are other key players. Asha Allam made partner and Beau Jackson joined Husch Blackwell LLP’s Kansas office.

Impressing with ‘professional and efficient service’, IP heavyweight Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP acts for complainants and defendants from a broad array of sectors, including the technology, automotive, electronics, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and often assists with matters involving parallel ITC, district court and USPTO proceedings. Recent highlights include representing respondent Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology in two Section 337 investigations regarding hoverboards, and advising complainant DSM Desotech on an optical fiber patent infringement matter. Hytera America joined Caterpillar, Eli Lilly and LG Electronics on the client list. Noteworthy practitioners include practice head Smith Brittingham, Mareesa Frederick, Christine Lehman, John Livingstone and Elizabeth Niemeyer. Qingyu Yin has ‘significant experience in IP disputes with Chinese clients’. Luke McCammon made partner.

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ITC experts Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel PC typically act as co-counsel for Section 337 cases, representing complainants and respondents. The group’s caseload shows a strong technology track record as well as expertise in the electronics, heavy industry, pharmaceutical and semiconductor sectors. James Altman led advice for respondent Nite Ize in a patent infringement investigation regarding a phone and tablet holding system, while Barbara Murphy acted for complainant Immersion in two consolidated patent infringement cases involving mobile devices incorporating pressure-enabled haptic feedback technology. Another highlight was defending respondent Broadcom against patent infringement allegations by Tessera regarding communication chips. Other clients include MaSteel, Skechers and Sony. David Foster, David Nickel and counsel Susan Koegel are also noted.

The ‘responsive and creative’ team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides ‘uniformly first-class service’ for complainants and respondents, with a particularly strong track record in the electronics and technology sectors. Gregg LoCascio and Sean McEldowney successfully acted for BASF in a patent infringement case against Umicore regarding patents on cathode materials, including an exclusion order for infringing cathode materials and the ‘hard-working’ ‘problem solversAdam Alper in San Francisco and Michael De Vries in Los Angeles are defending respondent MediaTek against a complaint brought by Advanced Micro Devices and ATI Technologies ULC related to alleged patent infringement on graphics processing units. Cisco, IBM and Motorola Solutions are also on the client roster. Paul Brinkman joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, to which Steven Cherny departed.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP covers a broad range of industries including the technology and electronics, consumer products and agricultural sectors. In a recent highlight, the group advised complainant Kemin Industries on an ITC complaint against OmniActive regarding patents covering xantophylls and Bestway engaged the team for an ITC investigation and parallel district court litigation regarding patents for inflatable products, securing an early conclusion based on a consent order. And Washington DC’s Jay Reiziss and Chicago-based Charles McMahon assisted respondent ZTE with ITC cases involving standard essential telecoms patents. Other clients include HP Inc., Qualcomm and Funai Electric.

DLA Piper LLP (US)understands the management and decision-making processes in large corporations’, provides ‘effective legal service’ and is well versed in high-profile work from the technology, electronics and automotive sectors. ‘Outstanding trial lawyersPaul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell, both in Chicago, represented respondent Denso in a large ITC investigation brought by Intellectual Ventures regarding patents of thermoplastics used in motors and Silicon Valley partner Mark Fowler led advice for Samsung Electronics and Samsung Semiconductor on an investigation following a complaint by ParkerVision targeting radio frequency chips, eventually securing a favourable settlement. Other key practitioners include the San Diego-based Sean Cunningham and Washington DC’s Joseph Lavelle. BMW, Toshiba and Techtronic Industries also feature on the client list.

Fish & Richardson P.C.’s caseload comprises complainant and respondent work, with recent highlights including successfully representing Nautilus Hyosung in two ITC investigations against Diebold. Additionally, the group represented Honda as one of the respondents in a complaint filed by Intellectual Ventures regarding thermoplastic encapsulated electric motors, and acted for respondent Momentive UV Coatings in a four patent ITC case against DSM Desotech regarding optical fiber coatings and coated optical fibres. Michael McKeon and Ruffin Cordell are the key players, with Linhong Zhang providing regular support. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC. Kevin Wheeler joined Latham & Watkins LLP.

The ‘excellent’ team at Latham & Watkins LLPis dedicated to its client’s mission’. The practice’s core expertise lies in the technology sector, but the group also excels in advising clients from the electronic and automotive sectors. ‘Extremely engaging and persuasive’ practice head Bert Reiser and ‘formidable first-chair litigatorMaximilian Grant, both in Washington DC, are particularly active ITC practitioners, with Julie Madeleine Holloway in San Francisco, Douglas Lumish in Silicon Valley as well as Matthew Moore and Adam Greenfield, both in Washington DC, also handling a fair share of the caseload. The addition of former Fish & Richardson P.C. litigator Kevin Wheeler in Washington DC already proves fruitful as the recent caseload contains impressive highlights under his lead: chief among them was Wheeler’s and Reiser’s successful representation of LG Chem in a matter combining ITC and district court proceedings against Amperex Technology to protect the Safety Reinforced Separator technology. Other clients include Tessera, Honda and Arista Networks.

Winston & Strawn LLPprovides high quality work’ and is lauded for its ‘very good understanding of the judges and the commission’ as well as for ‘providing sound guidance throughout’. The group regularly handles a broad gamut of technology sector work, including wireless communications, microprocessors and semiconductor matters. Practice head Thomas Jarvis is ‘a master in the high-stakes, high-pressure ITC environment’ and regularly co-leads matters with Paul Goulet, who ‘handles procedural issues expertly’ and Steven Anzalone, who ‘has a deep engineering background’. Recent work includes defending Comcast against claims involving seven patents used in set-top boxes used by Comcast cable TV subscribers. Ericsson is a long-term ITC client. Managing partner Kathi Vidal joined the Silicon Valley office from Fish & Richardson P.C..

Baker Botts L.L.P.’s bench is particularly adept at hi-tech work and often handles work combining ITC, district court and PTAB proceedings. Former Senior Investigative ITC Attorney Lisa Kattan shoulders most of the caseload, often in collaboration with New York’s Robert Scheinfeld and Robert Maier: recent highlights include representing Fujifilm in four ITC matters against Sony regarding magnetic data cartridges and magnetic data storage tapes. On the biotech side, Kattan led in acting for Oxford Nanopore Technologies in a case against Illumina concerning DNA sequencing technology. The client list also features Dell, Cirrus Logic and Western Digital.

Based mainly in Boston, the ITC team at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. specializes in technology-related disputes, with recent work also including matters in the semiconductor sector. James Wodarski and Michael Renaud are the main practitioners, with Michael Newman acting as co-lead alongside Wodarski when representing Intellectual Ventures in ITC investigations and related Federal District Court cases regarding patents covering thermoplastic-encapsulated electric motors.

Morrison & Foerster LLP advises clients from the technology, consumer products and life sciences sectors. Based in Washington DC, practice head and senior counsel Brian Busey led the defense of respondents Honda and Fujitsu Ten against a complaint filed by Advanced Silicon Technologies involving patents on graphics and display systems technologies for cars, eventually settling favourably. In Washington DC, Daniel Muino successfully led in advising BlackBerry on a complaint filed by Creative Technology and Creative Labs regarding patents covering the organisation and display of music tracks on Android devices. Other clients include Toshiba, Sharp and Home Skinovations.

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is a ‘formidable opponent or a strong ally, depending on one’s outlook’. The practice‘s expertise ranges from the electronics, medical device and life sciences sectors to consumers goods and industrial materials. The heart of the practice are Robert Benson in Orange County and Washington DC-based duo Steven Routh and Jordan Coyle, who recently made partner and ‘offers a wealth of ITC experience and knowledge while maintaining a level of responsiveness and approachability that is second to none’. Recent highlights include defending Shenzhen Howshow Technology against a complaint by Kent Displays involving eWriters with liquid crystal displays, and representing Bosch and Foxconn in an ITC investigation and parallel district court litigation brought by J. S. T. Corporation regarding electronic connectors used in body control modules. Other clients include Umicore, Fujifilm and NVIDIA.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP fields an impressive practice in the technology sector, mostly acting on the offensive side. The group’s recent work ranges from advising complainant Bio-Rad on its multi-patent infringement action concerning microfluidic devices to representing Qualcomm in an infringement action against Apple related to performance-enhancing technologies in iPhones. The key players are practice head Alex Lasher, Jeff Gerchick (both in Washington DC), Kevin Johnson (Silicon Valley), Charles Verhoeven, David Eiseman and Sean Pak, all in San Francisco, as well as New York’s Raymond Nimrod. Paul Brinkman joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP, while Steven Cherny came in the other direction. Varian, Epson and U.S. Steel are also on the client roster.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s strong technology focus is reflected in recent work, such as assisting Broadcom with a multi-patent complaint against more than twenty respondents involving semiconductors and audiovisual products. The group’s sectorial breadth shows in the representation of Nano Tech against infringement allegations by Aspen Aerogels involving aerogel insulation materials. After the departure of Steven Adkins to McGuireWoods LLP, the core team in Washington DC consists of practice head John Caracappa, Michael Allan and Harold Fox, who has a strong prosecution background in the life sciences and engineering sectors. Of counsel Matthew Bathon provides key support.

WilmerHale is primarily active in the technology and semiconductor sectors. Renowned trial lawyer William Lee in Boston is the main contact.

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP‘s ‘very knowledgeable’ team fields a very active PTAB practice - the main focus of Reston’s Erika Harmon Arner and Atlanta’s Jason Stach - with a strong track record in covered business method reviews, post-grant reviews and inter partes reviews (IPR); the group is also exceedingly well versed in patent applications and portfolio strategy development, with experience including utility, plant and design patents and its large sectorial breadth renders possible a varied caseload that recently included strategic patent counselling for Vertex Pharmaceuticals regarding cystic fibrosis products. Washington DC-based managing partner Mark Sweet led advice for NanoFlex Power on its worldwide patent portfolio in relation to application drafting work and due diligence work regarding competitors, while Elizabeth Ferrill and Gregory Gramenopoulos, both also in Washington DC, assisted Google with design patent application preparation and counselling matters regarding graphical user interfaces and icons. Arkema engaged the team, here led by Sweet, Mark Feldstein and Brian Kacedon, for a representation in a post-grant review before the PTAB, challenging a Honeywell patent regarding automobile air conditioning chemicals. Other clients include AstraZeneca, Caterpillar and Toyota. Elliot Cook in Reston, Li Feng, Joshua Goldberg and Erin Sommers in Washington DC made partner and former Lead Administrative Patent Judge at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trenton Ward joined the Atlanta office.

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Fish & Richardson P.C. has extensive experience in portfolio management for large multinationals and start-ups, assisting primarily with the filing of US and foreign utility and design patent applications, as well as an exceedingly strong track record in PTAB proceedings, acting for patent owners and petitioners alike. IPRs form a large part of the team’s workload, with covered business method reviews and post-grant reviews being other areas of strength. The large size of the team allows for a broad sector coverage, including the technology, life sciences and electronics sectors. Washington DC’s Karl Renner is a key contact. New York’s Samuel Borodach successfully represented petitioner Koito Manufacturing in an IPR against an Adaptive Headlamp Technology patent owner covering an automatic directional control system for vehicle headlights, thereby contributing to the later dismissal of several district court litigation proceedings. A recent example of the group’s prowess in portfolio management was assisting Avnet with the analysis of its IP portfolio before transferring the portfolio to new entity Avnet Technology solutions.

Foley & Lardner LLP is adept at developing patent portfolio strategies and demonstrates particular strength in PTAB work. The team regularly represents clients in IPRs, covered business method and post-grant reviews, acting for both patent owners and petitioners. Michele Simkin’s team possesses broad sector scope, as evidenced by a varied list of matters, ranging from Simkin’s work for 22nd Century Group in relation to transgenic tobacco products to the representation of Broadcom in portfolio development matters and advice for Daiichi Sankyo on the preparation and filing of an IPR against a therapeutic antibody patent owned by Alethia. The group also acted for Google in relation to portfolio development, application drafting and post-grant matters. The client list features BASF, Hitachi and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Other main contacts include Stephen Maebius, Kristel Schorr and Pavan Agarwal in Washington DC, Mark Kassel in Madison, Wisconsin, Joseph Ziebert in Milwaukee, Christopher McKenna and John Lanza in Boston, as well as senior counsels Cliff Liu in Palo Alto, Meng Pua in Boston, Tianran Yan in Washington DC and Christopher Bolten in San Diego. Frederic Henschel left for Potomac Law Group while Marc Morley joined Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C..

Providing ‘invaluable foresight and guidance’, McDermott Will & Emery LLP has broad sector expertise across the technology, electronics, automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and is a popular choice for IPRs. The team’s main contacts are based in Boston, Chicago, Orange County, Silicon Valley and Washington DC and include US-Korean dual-qualified Hosang Lee, who led the filing of several hundred patent applications for Samsung, including applications in the electro-mechanical sector. For new prosecution client Carnival Cruises, the group advised on the prosecution of strategic patents covering the client’s Ocean Medallion, a wearable device to be used by passengers on-board cruiseships. Edward Gordon and Michael Dreznes led in assisting Google with prosecution and portfolio management issues in relation to, among others, online advertising technologies, productivity tools and cloud computing. The client list includes several Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese household names, such as Hyundai, Panasonic and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, alongside US giants including Apple. Washington DC’s Michael Fogarty and Ahsan Shaikh, the ‘shrewdRobert Underwood and Kristin Connarn in Boston are other attorneys to note. Bernard Knight left to become a member of the Public Policy Advisory Committee of the USPTO. Stephen Becker retired. Since publication, Mark Itri has moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

On top of fielding a strong domestic and international patent application practice, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC also excels in PTAB proceedings, has deep expertise in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors and also exhibits strength in semiconductor and technology-related work.Robert Sokohl, Donald Banowit and Jorge Goldstein direct the ongoing prosecution work for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, including devising strategies for PTAB proceedings. Design patent expert Tracy-Gene Durkin assists Apple with the development and implementation of its global design patent strategy, including the coordination of patent filings in over twenty countries worldwide. In a highlight from the biotech sector, Eric Steffe advised Bioverativ on the development of its patent portfolios for two hemophilia drugs, subsequently also representing Bioverative in ex-parte reexaminations. Other clients include Bristol-Myers Squibb, Broadcom and adidas. Richard Coller, Eldora Ellison, Michael Ray and Robert Greene Sterne are also noted. Lei Zhou left for Actavis Generis while Michael Messinger departed to co-found Shami Messinger and Kenley Hoover joined Nixon & Vanderhye PC.

Cantor Colburn LLP demonstrates strength in utility and design patents matters, with the life sciences and software sectors as core areas of expertise, and serves a multi-national client base, including clients from China, Japan and Brazil. With the addition of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, the Korea Institute of Energy Research and the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology to the client roster, the practice considerably strengthened its connections with South Korea. In a recent highlight, the team successfully represented Epicor Software in two related covered business method reviews regarding cell-level encrypted database technology. Other clients include ZTE, Siemens and IBM. Co-managing partners Michael Cantor and Philmore Colburn are based in the Hartford office, but the firm also has presences in Atlanta, Washington DC, Troy and Houston. Key attorneys include chemical, materials and life sciences experts Leah Reimer and Pamela Curbelo as well as Dave Christensen and PTAB practice chair Andrew Ryan. William Cass as well as George Pelletier became of counsel and Grant Ehrlich, Krista Kostiew and Paul Rodriguez made partner.

Fenwick & West LLP provides ‘a deep team with strong subject-matter expertise, good industry knowledge’ and ‘high-end services’. The practice is particularly renowned for its prosecution work in open source-related mandates, but with its technology and life sciences expertise, the Silicon Valley-based team also provides multinationals and start-ups broad services across the computer science, molecular biology and chemistry sectors; electrical engineering-related work is another key strength. On the post-grant side, the practice acts for a number of household names, including Amazon and another standout feature is its work for academic and research institutes. Rajiv Patel directs the practice and regularly represents high-profile clients such as Twitter and GoPro. Robert Hulse and Antonia Sequeira are in charge of the ongoing prosecution work for Facebook that involves design patent work in addition to the more recent mandate to assist with securing virtual reality-related patents through acquisitions. Biopharmaceutical Venture GRAIL engaged the practice with the development of its patent portfolio.

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto excels in the pharmaceutical sector where the team focuses on advising branded companies, but the group’s experience also includes high-profile work from the electronics and technology sectors. The practice successfully represented Canon in a PTAB proceeding against General Plastics Industrial regarding the rehearing of five prior decisions denying institution of IPRs where the group secured a favourable informative decision from an expanded judge panel. Other post-grant highlights included defending Novartis in an IPR proceeding requested by Roxane Laboratories. Sanofi, Merck and Johnson Outdoors are also on the client roster. PTAB specialist Justin Oliver and litigators Edmund Haughey in Washington DC and Michael Sandonato in New York were particularly active before the PTAB. Jonathan Berschadsky and Frank DeLucia joined Merchant & Gould PC.

The IP specialists at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP deliver an ‘outstanding level of service’ and understand their ‘clients’ products on a deep level’. The very large team allows for broad sector coverage, with a focus on life sciences, including medical devices and biotechnology work; electrical engineering and computer science mandates are other core areas. Handling both a strong PTAB and patent application-related caseload, the team’s recent highlights include successfully representing Kamstrup in an IPR proceeding regarding ultrasonic fluid flow meters, and assisting Becton Dickinson with the application for a patent on a smart module that converts syringes into smart devices. The client list features Illumina, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Faraday Future. Post-grant chair Brenton Babcock and prosecution committee chair John King in Irvine and San Diego’s Michael Fuller and Gerard von Hoffmann are the main contacts. Clients praise Salima Merani’s ‘business acumen and industry knowledge’ in the life sciences sector, particularly for start-ups.

In addition to its active PTAB practice, Baker Botts L.L.P. advises clients on patent application filings and portfolio management; core areas the group’s vast portfolio of expertise include the technology, chemical, electronics and pharmaceutical sectors. With offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, the team services numerous high-profile technology clients such as Facebook for which the practice acts as portfolio development and management counsel. New York’s Robert Maier and Robert Scheinfeld are assisting Hitachi with patent applications involving, among others, semiconductor and mechanical systems patents and Dell is regularly relying on Kevin Meek in Austin and Roger Fulghum in Houston for its patent development needs involving inter alia servers and enterprise software. Other clients include Cisco, BASF and Aker Solutions. Dallas’ Barton Showalter heads the IP team, which also includes the Palo Alto-based Hogene Choi.

Based in Virgina, Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP excels in patent application and portfolio management work as well as in IPRs and post-grant reviews. The team’s sector span includes the electronics, mechanical and technology sectors, but the life sciences sector is particularly visible in the caseload. In a recent highlight in the pharmaceutical sector, the group successfully represented BioMarin Pharmaceutical in several PTAB proceedings and related appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concerning patents on enzyme replacement therapy. Other clients include LG, Honda Motor and Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Biotech, biochemical and pharmaceutical specialists Gerald Murphy, MaryAnne Armstrong and Craig McRobbie as well as James Eller, an expert in mechanical and electro-mechanical patents, are the names to note.

Morrison & Foerster LLP specializes in high-end prosecution work in the technology, life sciences and consumer product sectors. A standout feature is practice head Michael Ward’s expertise in agricultural IP involving patents on plants and plant products: the Regents of the University of California benefited from this expertise when entrusting the group with work involving new plant varieties. Biotech giant Genentech relied on Catherine Polizzi for its defence against an IPR filed by Arch Development and Dana Farber Cancer Institute as part of a patent infringement offensive regarding chemotherapy drug Tarceva. Dyson, Sanofi and Netlist are also clients. Jonathan Bockman in Northern Virginia complements the groups strong West Coast presence in San Francisco and Palo Alto and San Francisco’s Jie Zhou is another name to note. Former head of the electronics, software and telecoms group Peter Yim as well as Brian Ho and Christopher Eide joined Dentons.

Virginia-based IP boutique Oblon’s particular strengths include utility patent applications in the life sciences, chemical and electrical sectors, but the team is also well versed in post-grant work. The group acts for US household names as well as foreign clients, such as French ophtalmic lens manufacturer Essilor and the IMAM Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in Saudi Arabia and in a strong domestic highlight, it advised Immunolight on its platform technology patents. An example of the group’s PTAB prowess is the representation of petitioner Safran Aircraft Engines in an IPR regarding various turbine technology patents. Other clients include Ericsson, Renault and Schneider Electric. The group around managing partner Bradley Lytle includes Todd Baker, Philippe Signore and new team member Alexander Hadjis who joined from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Scott McKeown departed to Ropes & Gray LLP and Kirsten Grüneberg and Richard Chinn left for Grüneberg Myers.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP marries a strong patent application and portfolio management practice to a wide-ranging PTAB offer that includes expertise in IPRs, covered business method reviews and post-grant reviews. The team behind Jack Barufka, wo co-chairs the IP practice with Callie Bjurstrom and litigator and PTAB specialist Patrick Doody, shows broad sectorial breadth, covering the electrical, life sciences, mechanical and chemical engineering, and computer science industries: in a recent highlight, it successfully represented Kroger in an IPR against NexusCard regarding product discount application technology as part of a broader litigation initiated by NexusCard. The client list contains both domestic and international corporations such as AOL, UBS and Stanley Black & Decker.

The ‘efficient’ team at WilmerHale provides ‘excellent quality’ and ‘really listens to its clients’ priorities’. As a litigation powerhouse, the practice’s prosecution strength lies mainly in PTAB proceedings, although the group also demonstrates expertise in patent application and portfolio management. Technology-, life sciences- and automotive-related work is particularly frequent. David Cavanaugh in Washington DC directs the prolific PTAB group that includes Boston-based intellectual property department chair Donald Steinberg and Monica Grewal. A recent success was obtaining the final written PTAB decision on behalf of Unified Patents in an IPR against Acacia Research based on an airbag patent. Clients include Akamai Technologies, GlaxoSmithKline and Ford. James Hill joined FisherBroyles while Michael Twomey left for Wolf Greenfield & Sacks.

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. especially stands out through its particularly prolific design patent practice, but also impresses with strong work on the utility patent side and its track record before the PTAB. The electrical, computer science and mechanical engineering sectors are particularly busy areas of work. The Washington DC-based Robert Katz and Darrell Mottley continue to assist household names such as Nike and Microsoft with the development of their design patent portfolios and the group also represented Nike in several IPRs against petitioner adidas. Bank of America and Brother Industries regularly entrust the team with the prosecution of utility patents and other clients include Bayer, Comcast and NASA. Chicago litigators Christopher Renk and Michael Harris as well as Christopher McKee in Washington DC are key contacts.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Alexandria team guides clients through patent application filings and PTAB proceedings, both domestically and internationally. The group has extensive experience in mainstream post-grant work including IPRs, post-grant reviews and covered business method reviews, but is also adept at representing clients in the rarer interference and derivation proceedings. The sectorial scope of the practice ranges from the electrical, mechanical and computer science sectors to matters for biotechnological, chemical and material science clients. Erin Dunston, Matthew Schneider, Travis Boone and Patrick Keane are the main contacts.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP‘s ‘responsive’ team delivers ‘thorough work’ and ‘is willing to go the extra mile’. With experience in devising offensive and defensive patent portfolios, the team regularly assists large corporates, start-ups and non-profit entities. Washington DC partners Ping Wang and Daniel Shanley as well as Houston’s Gregory Porter are the main contacts. Apple engaged the team with the representation in an IPR involving a semiconductor memory device and in the electro-mechanical sector, the group assisted the University of Tennessee Research Foundation with the prosecution of domestic and international patents. Nichia recently joined Toyota, Sony and Image Processing Technologies on the client roster. Michael Levy is now in-house counsel at Bayer HealthCare, Douglas Rommelmann left for Bracewell LLP and Sean Wooden joined Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Michael Ye joined Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP.

The ‘highly engaged team’ at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stocktondelivers fantastic work’ and covers myriad industry sectors. Practice head Vaibhav Kadaba’s ‘technical knowledge and his creativity, especially in defence work, is fantastic’. Standout recent work includes assisting adidas with the development of its patent portfolio and advising Oracle on the strategic expansion of its global patent portfolio in relation to a diverse range of patents, including cloud computing patents. Clients such as Color Genomics and the Laboratory Corporation of America attest the practice’s life sciences expertise while the presence of Celanese and Fine Agrochemicals on the client list points to its experience in the chemical field. GoPro, Applied Materials and SAS Institute are also clients. The Washington DC-based Justin Krieger and Silicon Valley’s Arrienne Lezak are the main contacts, adding geographical scope to the Atlanta-focused group.

Arent Fox LLP has proven experience in the semiconductor and software sectors and fields a strong practice in the electronic, technology, and life sciences industries. The Washington DC-based James Bindseil heads the patent practice and jointly handles the portfolio management work for Qualcomm with Craig Gelfound, who splits his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Microsoft has included the practice in its Strategic Partnership Program, where the group assists with prosecution work in relation to operating systems, laptops and graphics processing patents. General Electric, Becton Dickinson and Astra Zeneca subsidiary ZS Pharma also engage the team.

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.

Baker & Hostetler LLP places strong emphasis on work in the electrical, mechanical and computer science sectors, but also has a dedicated biotechnological, chemical and pharmaceutical practice. Highlights included advising Apple on prosecution of graphics and video coding patents, and assisting DePuy Synthes with numerous medical device patents. Other clients include Teva, Johnson & Johnson and Avigilon. The arrival of Pierre Yanney from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in the New York office has strengthened the group’s PTAB expertise. Kenneth Sheehan in Washington DC, Michael Stein in Seattle and Philadelphia’s David Farsiou are other key contacts.

The life sciences, electrical, chemical and software sectors are Baker McKenzie LLP’s key areas of expertise and the group is adept at patent application, portfolio management and post-grant work, with particular strength in IPR representation. The team assists Coflex, Schlumberger and Sentiens with prosecution matters. Other clients include Brooks Brothers, Harsco and Zippo Manufacturing. New York’s Pamela Church heads the North American Intellectual Property Group, while Brian McCormack in Dallas and the Washington DC-based Richard Wells and Matt Dushek shoulder most of the caseload. Harry Hyunho Park joined the Washington DC office from Mayer Brown.

Jones Day’s team of ‘legal and scientific experts’ stands out through its strong PTAB practice and services a number of high-profile clients from the life sciences and technology sectors, with particular expertise in organic, medicinal and biochemistry, immunology and biology on top of a strong electrical engineering track record. San Diego’s Tamera Weisser and New York’s Adriane Antler co-chair the prosecution group which also includes PTAB lead David Cochran in Cleveland. Notably, the group represented AbbVie in an IPR proceeding against Coherus Biosciences in relation to the antibody therapeutic Humira®. Clients include SAP, Genentech and BioMarin Pharmaceutical.

Outstanding’ Boston IP boutique Wolf Greenfield & Sacks combines ‘expertise in a broad variety of industry sectors’ with the ‘ability to understand its clients’ business objectives’ and ‘highly tailored advice’. The team’s representation of the University of Florida Research Foundation in three IPRs filed by Covidien helped shape new law regarding protection against IPRs for state universities and related entities through extending the sovereign immunity defense. Keurig Green Mountain, Oxford Nanopore and the Massachussetts Institute of Technology are also clients. Timothy Oyer heads the practice, which also includes post-grant chair Richard Giunta as well as biotech expert Michael Twomey and counsel Zachary Piccolomini, who both joined from WilmerHale. Robert Jensen and Andrew Tibbetts made partner and Robert Abrahamsen joined Pierce Atwood LLP.

Brinks Gilson & Lione exhibits particular strength in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, but also has a strong track record in the technology, automotive, chemical and alternative energy sectors. Recent highlights include advising Dynamic Food Ingredients, Hyundai and Kia, and BASF on prosecution matters, and acting for Continental Automotive Systems in an IPR regarding a tire pressure monitoring patent. The client list also features Accenture and Gilead Life Sciences. William Boudreaux in Ann Arbor and Andrew Stover head the practice; Chicago’s Heidi Dare, Durham’s Allen Baum and Ryan Marshall in Salt Lake City are other names to note. Amir Penn joined Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC.

Cooley LLP fields a prolific patent application practice in the technology and life sciences sectors, but also has strong PTAB expertise. The group’s experience includes IPRs alongside covered business method reviews and ex-parte reexaminations. New York’s Ivor Elrifi heads the practice.

At Dentons the arrival of Peter Yim and Brian Ho in San Francisco and Christopher Eide in Silicon Valley, all from Morrison & Foerster LLP, has significantly increased the group’s prosecution strength. Life sciences, technology and electronics are core areas of expertise. Dallas life sciences expert Robert Hanson, who led in successfully representing Monsanto in tree IPR proceedings regarding soybean seed oil patents, and Washington DC-based technology specialist Song Jung share the lead of the IP and Technology group. Eric Sophir in Washington DC is another main contact. Clients include Coca Cola, LG and the University of Texas at Austin.

Post-merger Eversheds Sutherland has considerably expanded its client base and now serves an impressive list of clients, mainly from the consumer products industry, but also from the e-commerce, automotive, electronics and technology sectors. Microchips Biotech, Magnolia Liquefied Natural Gas and Novaled are clients. The Atlanta-based team of practice head Peter Pappas includes key attorneys Ann Fort, Malvern Griffin, Daniel Warren and Christopher Chan.

Based in Chicago, Leydig, Voit & Mayer Ltd. has expertise in the healthcare, biotech, electrical and manufacturing and heavy equipment sectors and advises a diverse group of clients including the National Institutes of Health, Huawei Technologies and Caterpillar. Samsung Electronics engaged the team to assist with the prosecution of biotechnological patents. John Kilyk directs the team and mechanical engineering and fluid dynamics expert Charles Mottier is also noted.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s group maintains a steady stream of plaintiff as well as defendant work, in sectors ranging from real estate and construction to life sciences, technology and manufacturing. Financial sector clients also form a substantial part of its client roster, which is dominated by large corporates such as Honeywell International, The Boeing Company and Virgin Cruises. New York-based Dale Cendali is leading a team representing Apollo Aviation Group, AAG Capital Markets and Apollo Aviation Management in a trade secret and copyright claim against 100X and its executive. Craig Primis in Washington DC is acting for The Boeing Company in a data misappropriation dispute filed by its former subcontractor and pertaining to the multi-year contract with the US Air Force. Chicago-based Reed Oslan and Daniel Bress in Washington DC are also recommended, as are Diana Torres in Los Angeles and Joshua Simmons in New York. Katharine Burke joined Baker Botts L.L.P..

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s team boasts a comprehensive offering and guides clients from the pre-litigation stage to full-blown trials. Whether in the biotech, technology, financial services or manufacturing sectors, the group manages work across the country. San Francisco-based duo Robert Shwarts and Catherine Lui is defending Dr Yuan against trade secrets misappropriation claims filed by his former employer, CP Kelco. Glenn Dassoff in Orange County is acting for the plaintiff in BBB Industries, LLC v Cardone Industries, Inc, a case involving estimated damages in excess of $20m. Meanwhile, Michael Weil in San Francisco is handling the longstanding trade secrets dispute with Jawbone for Fitbit. Silicon Valley-based Denise Mingrone ‘drives strong results’. James McQuade in New York is also recommended.

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Paul Hastings LLP houses ‘strong leaders’, who provide ‘timely, proactive, business-oriented, pragmatic’ assistance to employees as well as employers, particularly in contentious matters. The team manages high-risk matters in addition to handling the enforcement of non-compete agreements and contractual disputes. Its client base includes hedge funds, international technology companies and private equity firms. Litigator Victoria Cundiff in New York and Palo Alto-based Bradford Newman head the practice. Mark Pollack in Chicago and Carson Sullivan are defending Harvest Power in a trade secrets misappropriation claim against former employees. Los Angeles-based Jennifer Baldocchi is also recommended. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s team focuses exclusively on highly complex disputes, which attracts mandates on the most high-profile cases across the country. Co-head Charles Verhoeven in San Francisco is leading a team representing Waymo in a trade secrets misappropriation and patent infringement case against Uber and Ottomotto, concerning driverless car technology, while co-head Claude Stern in Silicon Valley handled claims for breach of fiduciary duty and trade secrets theft on behalf of Virgin Galactic against its former vice president. Debbie Shon in Washington DC is handling anticompetitive behavior challenges for US Steel Corporation. Edward DeFranco co-heads the practice from New York. Silicon Valley-based Diane Doolittle and Rachel Herrick Kassabian are recommended, as is New York-based duo Robert Raskopf and Michael Carlinsky. Paul Brinkman joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s team maintains a steady stream of contentious work, and counts US Foods, Allstate Insurance Company, 7-Eleven and Kia Motors America among its clients. Chicago-based practice co-head Michael Wexler obtained a favorable jury verdict for Stryker Corporation in a fraud case involving trade secrets theft and data misappropriation filed against the client’s agency. Co-head Robert Milligan in Los Angeles secured a victory for Survey Sampling in a claim against its former vice president of sales regarding the breach of a non-compete clause. Daniel Hart in Atlanta, Chicago-based Scott Humphrey and Boston-based Erik Weibust are also noted.

Jenner & Block LLP’s ‘excellent’ team houses ‘great strategists’, who ‘efficiently manage complex multi-jurisdictional litigation’, and counts Jupiter Telecommunications, Wolters Kluwer and Fox Broadcasting Company among its clients. Rick Richmond in Los Angeles led a team which secured a $420m jury verdict for Epic Systems Corporation in a corporate espionage case against Tata Consultancy Services. Debbie Berman (‘ultra-responsive, always on top of the detail, pleasure to work with’) in Chicago is handling several data misappropriation claims for Methode Electronics and its subsidiary. Washington DC-based Brent Caslin and Richard Stone are also noted.

Jones Day’s team handles high-stakes disputes for plaintiffs as well as defendants, and assists corporates with the implementation of trade secret protection strategies. Co-chair Randy Kay in San Diego is representing the plaintiff in Micron Technology, Inc. v United Microelectronics Corporation, et al, brought under federal and California state legislation, and pertaining to trade secrets theft in DRAM technology. Dallas-based practice co-chair Robert Kantner, Steven Zadravecz in Irvine and Robert Ducatman in Cleveland are also recommended.

Rachael Meny at San Francisco-based Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP manages a range of trade secrets and employee mobility disputes for employers. Meny defended Instacart against a putative class action pertaining to issues arising from the ‘sharing economy’, while Jeffrey Chanin represented SanDisk in a confidential data misappropriation and corporate espionage case against SK Hynix. Brian Ferrall and John Keker are also noted.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s group boasts an enviable client roaster, including American Airlines, Goop, Pandora and Lyft. Following a bench trial in the California Superior Court, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley-based duo Douglas Lumish and Matthew Rawlinson successfully defended Arista Networks in a trade secrets and licensing dispute against OptumSoft. Jennifer Barry in San Diego led a team acting for Lyft in a breach of contract, solicitation and data misappropriation claim against its former COO. Perry Viscounty in Orange County heads the group. Kevin Wheeler joined the Washington DC office from Fish & Richardson P.C..

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Silicon Valley-based Daniel Alberti continues to handle litigation alleging trade secrets theft and patent infringement for Seagate Technology. Washington DC-based Natalie Bennett is part of a team representing Lupin Pharmaceuticals in a trade secrets dispute which emerged from the client’s acquisition of a third party. In the Federal Circuit, Silicon Valley-based Fabio Marino led a team arguing for Diablo Technologies as a respondent in longstanding litigation involving claims of trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract and patent infringement filed by Netlist. Judy Mohr in Silicon Valley is also noted. In July 2018, former practice head Eric Hagen, joined DLA Piper LLP (US).

Bryan Wilson in Palo Alto and Eric Tate in San Francisco lead Morrison & Foerster LLP’s interdisciplinary group, which not only assists clients with a broad range of trade secrets and employee mobility matters but also handles the related privacy and data security aspects. The team is defending Uber against Waymo’s claims of trade secrets misappropriation pertaining to driverless car technology. Mark Zebrowski in San Diego is acting for Obalon Therapeutics in a data theft and breach of non-compete clause dispute with a former employee. Kenneth Kuwayti in Palo Alto and San Francisco-based Michael Jacobs are also recommended. Meridian BioScience is also a client.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s group handles work ranging from breaches of non-compete clauses and restrictive covenants to implementing non-solicitation policies and advising on the relevant aspects of corporate transactions. Eric Amdursky in Silicon Valley and San Francisco-based Darin Snyder successfully represented Zynga in an unfair competition dispute involving trade secrets misappropriation and employee poaching claims against Zynga’s former employees. Los Angeles-based Ryan Yagura chairs the practice. David Almeling in San Francisco and Mark Miller, who splits his time between San Francisco and New York, are also noted.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s group counts high-profile names in entertainment, sports, life sciences and the arts among its clients. The team is also active in financial services, handling matters ranging from restrictive covenants to unfair competition claims for companies such as MetLife and Citizens Financial Group. It continues to assist Creative Artists Agency with claims of tortious interference, unfair competition and breach of contract against its former employees hired by United Talent Agency; Anthony Oncidi in Los Angeles and Guy Brenner in Washington DC are leading the advice. The American Diabetes Association is also a client. Joseph Baumgarten and Elise Bloom head the department from New York, where John Barry, Gregory Rasin and Steven Kayman are also noted.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team handles a wide range of contentious as well as non-contentious matters, and boasts expertise across a range of sectors and on a nationwide scale. The group is favored by technology clients for restrictive covenants disputes as well as internal investigations and pre-litigation counseling. Jeffrey Klein and Nicholas Pappas are defending WoodSpring Hotels against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information filed by Extended Stay America. Meanwhile, Gary Friedman is acting for Kroll in a breach of restrictive covenant and non-solicitation clause claim against one of its former managing directors, who joined BRG. In Silicon Valley, Christopher Cox maintains a steady workload of employee mobility disputes and trade secrets theft cases. Attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

A ‘highly sought-after gem of a firm’, Beck Reed Riden LLP in Boston is renowned for its restrictive covenants expertise and ‘does not shy away from a court fight in order to enforce clients’ rights’. ‘Terrific’ practice head and ‘top-notch strategist’ Russell Beck (who is also ‘extremely effective and incredibly professional, with deep substantive knowledge’) led a team, which included Shannon Lynch, representing Nuvectra Corporation against unfair competition and trade secrets misappropriation claims filed by Boston Scientific.

At Dentons, Mark Hogge led a team representing Flextronics International in a patent and trade secrets misappropriation action filed by Jawbone and BodyMedia before the International Trade Commission, while Lora Brzezynski defended Shane Boone and Bridge Diagnostics against allegations of trade secrets misappropriation, conversion and unfair competition. Both attorneys are based in Washington DC; the team also operates from Chicago, Boston and Atlanta.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s attorneys handle matters ranging from state and federal court litigation and investigations to strategic reviews of data protection and non-disclosure agreements. Eric Fues led a team representing Flexsys America and Solutia in a trade secrets misappropriation claim against Process Engineering Associates; the case settled. Other highlights included defending Hytera against trade secret misappropriation claims filed by Motorola. John Williamson is another name to note. All attorneys mentioned are based in Washington DC, although the group also includes Erik Puknys, who is based in Palo Alto.

Kurt Kappes in Sacramento and Atlanta-based David Long-Daniels and Natasha Wilson lead Greenberg Traurig LLP’s team, which handles investigations and disputes arising from trade secrets misappropriation as well as advising clients on preventative strategy. Todd Wozniak in Atlanta assisted Sprayberry Dental Associates with a non-solicitation clause and data theft lawsuit against its former employees. Highlights also included representing Agilysys with a trade secret misappropriation claim against a former salesperson. Richard McCrea in Tampa is also noted, as is Ian Ballon, who splits his time between Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.

In addition to defending clients in litigation stemming from employee mobility, Baker & Hostetler LLP’s group manages trade secrets issues arising from corporate transactions such as acquisitions. Houston-based Edward Friedman continues to represent M-I SWACO in a challenge to its non-compete agreement with a high-level product development manager and a related counterclaim for breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation. Employment experts Joyce Ackerbaum Cox in Orlando and Drew Tipton in Houston are also noted.

At Boston-based Choate, Hall & Stewart, Paul Popeo and Michael Bunis are defending Saphena Medical against several claims, including confidential data misappropriation, filed by Getinge Group and pertaining to endoscopic vessel harvesting technology. The duo is also assisting Dell EMC with a trade secrets misappropriation dispute with Pure Storage. Anita Spieth is also noted.

From trial through to appellate work, the Mayer Brown team’s comprehensive contentious expertise attracts clients such as Integra Connect, Hypertec and Gemalto. Highlights included obtaining summary judgment in a federal trade secrets misappropriation claim for Frank Russell Company, thus rebutting the plaintiff’s $60m damages claim. New York-based John Mancini and Reginald Goeke head the group, while Dale Giali in Los Angeles is recommended.

Robert Weikert, who splits his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco, heads Nixon Peabody LLP’s ‘nimble’ practice. Weikert, supported by Los Angeles-based Shawn Hansen, represented Karl Heinz Priewasser in a trade secrets misappropriation case against Lintec Corporation which pertained to the manufacturing of semiconductors. Gameloft and WB Mason are also clients.

Schiff Hardin LLP’s Chicago-based group advises clients on a range of matters involving trade secrets protection, such as drafting non-compete agreements and filing for emergency injunctions. Trial attorney Matthew Prewitt manages litigation arising from trade secrets misappropriation, data theft, misuse of confidential information, breaches of restrictive covenants and non-disclosure agreements.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s department is led from Washington DC by John Caracappa and Harold Fox. The group is representing E&J Gallo Winery in a case involving claims of trade secrets misappropriation, unfair competition and breach of contract filed against a number of Belgian companies, and is defending Huawei in a trade secrets dispute brought by Quintel. William Abrams Foster Pepper.

John Keville heads Winston & Strawn LLP’s group from Houston, where Sheryl Falk is also noted. The team assists clients such as Walmart, Yahoo! and Logitech with contentious matters involving breaches of restrictive covenants, unfair competition and data theft. Dallas-based Thomas Melsheimer, who joined the firm from Fish & Richardson P.C., led a team which obtained a favorable judgment for the defendants in a billion-dollar jury trial in Tech Pharmacy Services, LLC v Alixa Rx LLC, et al.

Trademarks: litigation

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Hailed as providing ‘highest-quality’ litigation advice, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s ‘terrific’ department often represents clients in high-profile cross-border disputes. Clients ‘do not hesitate to recommend’ co-head David Bernstein, who, along with Jim Pastore, represented Case-Mate in federal litigation brought against Walmart regarding infringement over the ‘Case-Mate’ mark. Bernstein and Michael Schaper have been acting for WeWork in litigation brought against UrWork arising from the launch of a confusingly similar mark. Jyotin Hamid has been assisting GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) with opposition proceedings brought by Neutec Group and Sandoz regarding GSK’s Advair mark. The department, which is also led by Jeffrey Cunard, was bolstered by the arrivals of Henry Lebowitz from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Paul Rubin from Ropes & Gray LLP in 2017. All partners are based in New York.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice has strong experience acting for clients in litigation brought before federal and state courts, as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Mark Sommers successfully represented LG in obtaining $168m in damages in a counterfeiting case brought against a number of companies. Practice co-head Douglas Rettew and Danny Awdeh led advice to Bridgestone in a suit brought against a number of companies regarding the client’s ‘Firestone’ mark. The firm also assisted Universal Audio with proceedings brought against Earbyte regarding the company’s unauthorized use of the client’s marks. Mark Sweet and James Monroe also lead the practice, which is based in Washington DC.

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The strong team at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton handles all aspects of trademark litigation for clients across a broad range of sectors, including technology, hospitality and entertainment. In Atlanta, co-head William Brewster, Charles Hooker and Charles Henn have been representing adidas and Reebok in a high-profile infringement suit brought against TRB Acquisitions regarding the company’s use of the ‘RBX’ trademark. Brewster- and New York-based Lisa Pearson acted for Coty in administrative actions brought by Revlon regarding allegations that the client’s ‘Miracle Gel’ nail polish mark was deceptive. In Los Angeles, Dennis Wilson defended Snap Inc against a preliminary injunction brought against the company by Eyebobs arising from allegations of infringement. The nationwide team, which is jointly led by David Mayberry in Washington DC and Anthony Malutta in San Francisco, also includes Judith Powell in Atlanta, as well as Larry McFarland and David Caplan in Los Angeles.

Cooley LLP’s department excels in cross-border litigation and has particular strength in the UK and in European jurisdictions. It counts high-profile brands such as Google, Facebook and Nintendo among its clients. Led by the well-regarded Peter Willsey, who is based in Washington DC, the department also includes Janet Cullum in New York and San Francisco-based senior counsel John Crittenden, who specializes in litigation involving trademark, false advertising and copyright issues.

Considered ‘extremely skilled’ in all areas of trademark litigation, New York-based IP boutique Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. has considerable experience in high-profile matters with an international element. Led by litigation head Laura Popp-Rosenberg, the team continues to act for Royal Crown Cola and Dr Pepper/Seven Up in a dispute brought before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding Coca-Cola’s right to claim exclusive rights to the ‘Zero’ mark for soft drinks. The well-regarded James Weinberger has been leading advice to DC Comics and Warner Bros in an infringement action brought against the clients by Hasbro alleging violation of Hasbro’s rights in the use of the character name ‘Bumblebee’. Barbara Solomon and Richard Lehv are names to note. Leo Kittay was promoted to partner in 2018.

Jones Day’s ‘excellent’ group represents high-profile clients across a wide range of sectors, including food and beverages, technology and retail. In Washington DC, co-head John Froemming led the representation of SharkNinja in litigation brought against Dyson regarding false advertising claims. Cleveland-based co-head Meredith Wilkes has been leading advice to McCain Foods in litigation brought against the client by Simplot regarding design issues arising from the client’s potato product. Susan Kayser in Washington DC assisted Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) with litigation brought against Western Rise arising from the use of A&F’s ‘MOOSE’ mark. The group was bolstered by the arrivals of Thomas Vitt from Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Emily Tait from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Jessica Bradley is also recommended in the firm’s Washington DC office.

Rated among the highest firms’, boutique Kelly IP LLP handles high-profile litigation for clients across a broad range of industries. Practice head David Kelly has been leading the representation of Harley-Davidson in various suits regarding a number of the client’s trademarks. Stephanie Bald and Robert Litowitz have been acting for Bugatchi in a number of TTAB and federal court proceedings brought against Bugatti regarding allegations of infringement. Linda McCleod is a name to note. The firm is based in Washington DC.

Noted by clients for its ‘passion for the industry’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s group ‘always provides on-point advice’ and has particular strength in the entertainment, consumer products and technology industries. Claudia Ray, who has a ‘great combination of practical litigation chops and strategic acumen’, and Bonnie Jarrett have been defending Droga5 against infringement and unfair competition claims brought by LRN and its CEO, Dov Seidman, arising from the client’s ‘How Matters’ advertising campaign. The well-regarded Johanna Schmitt, Joshua Simmons, and ‘practical and brand-sensitiveDale Cendali, who is ‘a pleasure to deal with’, have been leading advice to J.K. Rowling in all aspects regarding her trademark portfolio. Cendali and Ray, along with John O’Quinn and Los Angeles-based Diana Torres, have been representing Nike in an infringement suit brought at the US International Trade Commission regarding Nike’s Converse Chuck Taylor designs. Shanti Sadtler Conway and Mary Mazzello were promoted to partner. Attorneys mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s ‘superb’ department has extensive experience representing clients in high-profile federal litigation. Co-head Robert Raskopf has been representing Gucci in an infringement claim brought by Forever 21 arising from the client’s striping trademarks. In Silicon Valley, co-head Margaret Caruso led advice to Google in various trademark actions arising from Google’s AdWords advertising program. Todd Anten acted for Tommy John in a dispute brought against Dick’s Sporting Goods regarding allegations of infringement of the client’s ‘Second Skin’ mark. Other clients include Pro-Football, Inc, YouTube and Alibaba. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘impressive’ New York-based group at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC is often called upon to assist clients with high-profile litigation. Group head Richard Mandel has been assisting Sony Pictures with cancelation proceedings brought before the TTAB. Jonathan King, of counsel Christopher Jensen and Meichelle MacGregor, who was recently promoted to partner, acted for Edible Arrangements in various disputes arising from allegations of infringement of the client’s marks. Eric Shimanoff and Deborah Squiers have been representing Varsity Spirit in an infringement action brought against a third party using the ‘Cheerobics’ mark. The group, which also includes William Borchard, Mary Kevlin and recently promoted partner Robert English, was strengthened by the return of counsel Mary Donovan from her own firm.

The group at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has experience across an array of contentious matters, including proceedings before the TTAB. Co-chair Edward Colbert, who is based in New York, has been leading advice to Constellation Brands on various trademark and trade dress infringement issues, including opposition proceedings. Colbert has also been acting for William Grant & Sons on damages claims brought by the Russian Federation before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York arising from the ‘Stolichnaya’ and ‘Stoli’ marks. New York-based James Rosini has been representing Yeti in a number of disputes brought against Ontel Products regarding allegations of infringement of Yeti’s trade dress. The group also includes practice co-head Jeff Dodd in Houston and the well-regarded Susan Smith in Washington DC.

Rated for its ‘great nuts and bolts knowledge’, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP’s department acts for domestic and international clients across various industries. In Chicago, co-head Floyd Mandell has been defending Pepsi against infringement claims brought by Sportsfuel Supplements in federal court. In New York, co-head Karen Artz Ash has been acting for the estate of Marilyn Monroe in a suit brought against Fashion Central involving allegations of trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition, among others. Clients also recommend Kristin Achterhof in Chicago and Roger Furey in Washington DC.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘excellent’ team handles high-profile litigation, often with an international element, and has notable strength in the technology and entertainment sectors. San Diego-based co-head Jennifer Barry represented NUDE Skincare in various international disputes, including an infringement suit brought against Happiness Group arising from its use of the ‘Nudu’ mark. Greg Garre in Washington DC and Andrew Gass in San Francisco led advice to Pandora Media and iHeartMedia in various litigation brought by a number of record labels alleging piracy. The team, which is also led by Matthew Moore in Washington DC and David Callahan in Chicago, was strengthened by the arrival of Kevin Wheeler in Washington DC from Fish & Richardson P.C.. Clients also recommend Perry Viscounty in Orange County, which is also where recently promoted counsel David Troutman is based.

At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, the team has experience acting for clients across a broad range of sectors, including food and beverages, technology and life sciences. Practice head John Dabney, Robert Zelnick, Richard Kim and Marc Sorini have been acting for Brooklyn Brewery in various disputes, including cancelation proceedings before the TTAB arising from Brooklyn Brew Shop’s registration for beer-making kits. Dabney, Michael Nadel, Natalie Bennett, Mary Hallerman and of counsel Katie Bukrinsky successfully represented Dalmatia Import Group in a bet-the-company dispute arising from trademark infringement and counterfeiting claims brought by a number of parties regarding the client’s fig spread. All partners are based in Washington DC.

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s team excels in trial and appellate work, as well as opposition and cancelation proceedings brought before the TTAB. The team includes San Francisco-based Jennifer Lee Taylor, who often acts for clients on trademark, trade dress and unfair competition matters. Clients include Ubiquiti Networks, Restoration Hardware and VMware. In Los Angeles, Benjamin Fox has experience acting for clients across a wide range of sectors, including entertainment, financial services and healthcare.

Considered by one client to be ‘as good as it gets in this area’, Chicago-based boutique Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP has experience handling litigation for clients in the automobile, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors, among others. Jonathan Jennings and Philip Barengolts have been representing Sandoz in opposition proceedings brought against Glaxo regarding the shade of purple applied to the company’s ADVAIR products. Robert Sacoff, Robert Newbury and Seth Appel defended Medisana against a federal court action brought by HyperIce alleging trade dress infringement. The practice also includes managing partner Bradley Cohn, Ashly Boesche, Belinda Scrimenti and Thad Chaloemtiarana.

Proskauer Rose LLP’s ‘excellent’ New York-based team often acts for high-profile brands and has experience handling litigation with an international element. Co-head Brendan O’Rourke led advice to Energizer in a lawsuit brought against Spectrum Brands alleging trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement claims regarding Spectrum’s confusingly similar packaging. O’Rourke and Alexander Kaplan successfully assisted Triangl with litigation brought against a former Chinese supplier of swimwear manufactured by Triangl alleging trademark and trade dress infringement. Kaplan acted for Ascena Retail Group in a trademark and trade dress infringement dispute brought against BlueStar Alliance. The team, which is also led by Lawrence Weinstein, includes Sandra Crawshaw-Sparks.

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, the practice has particular expertise representing clients in the media and entertainment sectors. Practice co-chair Bruce Rich represented Alibaba in a number of actions brought by US brand owners. The well-regarded Randi Singer has been defending long-term client Houghton Mifflin Harcourt against a number of actions brought by Springboards to Education alleging trademark infringement. Other clients include eBay, Procter & Gamble and Discovery Communications. The practice is also led by Benjamin Marks. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise mentioned.

Arent Fox LLP’s ‘extremely skilled’ team has experience acting for clients across a wide range of sectors, including media and entertainment, technology and fashion. Michael Grow and Elizabeth Cohen have been leading advice to Warner Bros in various trademark matters, including a number of opposition proceedings. Anthony Lupo has been assisting Lacoste with various distribution and counterfeiting matters. The team is headed by Ricardo Fischer, who is also qualified to practice Venezuela. Clients include Google, H&M and Tesla. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) covers a broad range of sectors, including technology and consumer goods, and has seen an increase in media and entertainment clients following its merger with Liner LLP. San Francisco-based group head Gina Durham as well as Frank Ryan and Tamar Duvdevani in New York have been acting for Nike in an infringement suit brought by Why Not Apparel regarding certain Nike products. Duvdevani has also been representing the estate of Marilyn Monroe in an infringement claim under the Lanham Act brought against a merchandiser. The practice includes Ann Ford, who is co-head of the wider IP and technology department.

Fenwick & West LLP’s ‘absolutely wonderful’ team has experience acting for major domestic and international clients, particular within the technology sector. Litigation head Jedediah Wakefield, Eric Ball and Shannon Turner represented video chat app developer Life On Air in an infringement suit brought against Chathouse regarding Life On Air’s ‘Houseparty’ mark. Ball, Patrick Premo and associate William Pierog were engaged by bluetooth tracking devices maker Tile on infringement and unfair competition litigation brought against competitor TrackR. Sally Abel heads the trademark practice in Mountain View. Named lawyers are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.

The ‘impressive’ department at Fish & Richardson P.C. has experience representing clients in various courts and forums. David Hosp and Sheryl Garko defended software company Iconics in a number of copyright disputes arising from allegations of infringement on software. Hosp, Garko and Mark Puzella continue to act for New Balance in various litigation, including false advertising claims. All partners are based in Boston.

Foley & Lardner LLP’s team often handles litigation brought in federal court and before the TTAB. In Los Angeles, group head William Robinson has been acting for Toyo Tires in various federal trade dress and unfair competition actions brought against infringers in California and Illinois. Chicago-based vice-chair Jeanne Gills led the representation of CVS Health in litigation brought against MinutePharmacy arising from allegations of trademark infringement, dilution, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices. In New York, Jonathan Moskin assisted with a dispute brought before the TTAB regarding whether or not its mark was generic. Other clients include Allstate, Herman Miller and the New York Jets.

At Greenberg Traurig LLP, the department has significant experience handling disputes for clients in the fashion and technology sectors, among others. In New York, of counsel Daniel Schloss often represents clients before the TTAB and the US Patent and Trademark Office. In Washington DC, Steven Wadyka is experienced acting for clients in federal court.

The ‘business-orientedKelley Drye & Warren LLP group has particular expertise in the fashion and retail industries. Group chair Andrea Calvaruso and Michael Lynch have been leading the representation of long-term client Bacardi in various litigation, including a dispute brought against Lodestar Anstalt arising from the use of Bacardi’s ‘untameable’ mark. Michael Zinna has been acting for AKDY Appliances in an infringement and false advertising dispute regarding the client’s product images. John Ward defended Belarusian chocolate manufacturer Spartak in a trademark infringement dispute brought by its US distributor Desley regarding the registration and use of the ‘Spartak’ mark. All named partners are based in New York.

Loeb & Loeb LLP’s practice handles litigation across various sectors, including media, consumer products and financial services. Chicago-based co-chair Douglas Masters has been representing the National Collegiate Athletic Association in opposition proceedings before the TTAB, and defending Kizzang in an action brought before the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana arising from allegations of infringement regarding the client’s ‘March Madness’ and ‘Final 4’ trademarks. In Los Angeles, co-chair David Grace has been acting for City National Bank in litigation regarding its ‘City National Bank’ mark. Practice co-chair Barry Slotnick is based in New York.

Mayer Brown’s group is known for its strong international reach. New York-based group head John Mancini and Washington DC-based Carmine Zarlenga continue to advise Nestlé in various disputes, including opposition proceedings brought against third-party users of its mark in foreign jurisdictions. Mancini as well as Emily Nash and Kristine Young in Chicago have been acting for Nespresso in various trademark and trade dress disputes brought against a number of competitors. The group also includes Allison Levine Stillman in New York and Richard Assmus in Chicago.

The ‘incredibly responsive’ and ‘great’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has extensive experience acting for high-profile brands in domestic and international litigation. Group head Timothy Kenny, who is based in Minneapolis, often handles federal court litigation and TTAB proceedings. In San Antonio, Saul Perloff works with clients across a wide range of sectors, including consumer products, food and pharmaceuticals. Austin-based Michael Metteauer is also recommended. Patrick Gallagher is now at Cozen O'Connor. Clients include FICO, Fairview Health Services and Evine.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s practice often handles high-profile litigation for clients in the media, financial services and technology sectors, among others. Daniel Petrocelli led the representation of Live Nation in a dispute brought against a competitor regarding Live Nation’s ‘EDC’ trademark. Mark Miller successfully assisted TuneCore with securing the dismissal of a number of trademark infringement claims brought against the client regarding allegations of unauthorized distribution of music performed by a Turkish musician. The team, which is led by Ryan Yagura, was strengthened by the arrival of Sean Trainor from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Drew Breuder is also recommended. All named attorneys are based in Los Angeles. Other clients include Disney, Trader Joe’s and Warner Bros.

At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, the team has experience handling the full gamut of trademark litigation for high-profile clients. Practice head Peter Vogl has been representing Bic in a suit brought by a number of licensing companies regarding the likeness and name of Jimi Hendrix. The well-regarded Lisa Simpson defended Sony against claims brought by furniture manufacturer VIRAG alleging trademark infringement in relation to Sony’s Gran Turismo racing games. In Silicon Valley, Tom Zellerbach and Diana Rutowski have been acting for Apple in a lawsuit brought against a number of companies arising from the sale of counterfeit Apple products. Named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s group handles all aspects of trademark litigation, including class actions, as well as registration and opposition proceedings. Co-head Laura Chapman and Seong Kim, who are based in San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively, have been acting for Forever 21 in cancelation proceedings brought against Gucci regarding the company’s stripe marks. They also defended Forever 21 against claims brought by Puma regarding Forever 21’s ‘Fenty’ line. The team includes Carlo Van den Bosch in Orange County and Paul Garrity in New York.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington DC-based department acts for clients across a range of sectors, but has particular strength in relation to fashion. Co-chair Michael Allan has been assisting Burberry with a trademark infringement and counterfeit dispute brought against a number of companies regarding Burberry’s trademarks. Allan also successfully represented Campos Brothers Farms in arbitration brought against Campos Family Farms alleging trademark infringement and dilution regarding the client’s name. William Pecau also leads the department.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP’s practice handles domestic and international trademark litigation. Practice chair Laura Goldbard George and Steven Pokotilow have been acting for ProSight Global in a trademark infringement dispute brought against Amimon arising from the unauthorized use of the ‘ProSight’ trademark. George also led advice to SkyBridge Capital in a suit brought against Skybridge Wealth Management alleging trademark infringement, unfair competition and cybersquatting. Other clients include Panor, Emcor and Adrian Original. All named partners are based in New York.

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Noted for delivering the ‘highest levels of expertise’ in trademark and copyright law, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s practice handles registration and advises on portfolio management matters for high-profile domestic and international clients. Douglas Rettew led advice to TD Bank in a broad range of domestic portfolio management issues, including filing, prosecution, investigations and clearances. Brett Heavner assisted Xiaomi with prosecution and global brand enforcement matters, including trademark registrations. The group includes managing partner Mark Sweet, chair James Monroe, Christopher Foley and Danny Awdeh. All partners are based in Washington DC. Capital One, Patagonia and Varsity Brands are among its clients.

Considered the ‘cream of the crop in the trademark world’, New York-based boutique firm Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. acts for clients such as Chanel, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Vevo and WeWork. On the pro bono side, the firm assists clients such as Teach For America and Lawyers Without Borders with domestic and international trademark applications. Nadine Jacobson led advice to Bonobos regarding the IP aspects of its acquisition by Walmart. The team includes James Weinberger, David Ehrlich, David Donahue and Cara Boyle. Leo Kittay was promoted to partner in January 2018.

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The ‘excellent’ trademark and copyright practice at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton handles registration and enforcement matters for domestic and international clients. In Washington DC, David Mayberry assisted Marriott International with various portfolio management issues, including enforcement, clearance and transactional support. In San Francisco, Gregory Gilchrist has been advising Levi Strauss & Co on global trademark enforcement issues. Jointly led by Mayberry, William Brewster in Atlanta and Anthony Malutta in San Francisco, the department also includes Tywanda Lord and Christine James, both of whom are based in Atlanta.

Arent Fox LLP’s ‘excellent’ and ‘knowledgeable’ practice is particularly experienced in trademark matters within the media and entertainment, and technology sectors. Anthony Lupo and Sarah Bruno, who is based in San Francisco, have been acting for LG Electronics in various trademark issues, including clearances regarding advertising campaigns. The team has also been advising a number of restaurant chains on portfolio management and enforcement matters. Ricardo Fischer leads the group, which also includes Cristina Carvalho and Michael Grow. Matthew Mills and Kelli Scheid were promoted to partner in 2017. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

Noted for its ‘outstanding industry knowledge’ and ‘consistent response times’, New York-based Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC’s department has experience advising high-profile clients across various sectors, ranging from financial services to fashion and hospitality. Michelle MacGregor, who was promoted to partner in 2017, and counsel Christopher Jensen led advice to Edible Arrangements in a number of protection issues. The department, which is jointly led by counsel Lynn Fruchter and Deborah Squiers, also includes Mary Kevlin, Jeffrey Epstein, William Borchard and Robert English, who was promoted to partner in 2017. Mary Donovan arrived from Powley & Gibson, P.C. as of counsel.

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘efficient’ and ‘outstanding’ team has considerably strengthened its entertainment offering following its merger with boutique firm Liner. Well-regarded group head Ann Ford continues to lead advice to Dannon on domestic matters, including trademark filing, clearance, registration and prosecution. Of counsel Ryan Compton has been leading advice to long-term client Dr Seuss Enterprises in various trademark matters, including prosecution and enforcement. The team, which includes Mark Feldman and Keith Medansky in Chicago, was strengthened by the arrival of Douglas Emhoff from Venable LLP. Named partners are based in Washington DC, unless indicated otherwise.

The practice at Dechert LLP has experience in trademark prosecution, portfolio management and clearances. In Philadelphia, highly regarded practice head Glenn Gundersen has significant expertise assisting clients with licensing, opposition and cancelation proceedings, as well as the IP aspects of transactions. Clients include DirecTV, Brietling and Zara.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s IP and technology group has considerable experience assisting clients with portfolio management, prosecutions and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). In Washington DC, co-chair Edward Colbert has been representing the World Baseball Softball Confederation in opposition proceedings brought against FIFA regarding registration issues. Also in Washington DC, Susan Smith has been advising Volkswagen Group of America and Audi of America on all domestic trademark matters, including applications, enforcement and registration. Also headed by Jeff Dodd in Houston, the team includes James Rosini in New York and Michele Schwartz in Dallas.

At K&L Gates, the department acts for domestic and international clients across a wide range of industries, with particular strength in the fashion and technology sectors. The group has been advising the likes of TripAdvisor, Valve Corporation and Chromalox on their global portfolios, including assisting with prosecution, enforcement and clearance matters. Headed by Frank Politano in Newark, the department was bolstered by arrivals of Anil Patel in Houston from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and George Summerfield in Chicago from Stadheim & Grear. San Francisco-based Susan Hollander is also recommended.

Hailed for its ‘large amount of experience in the industry’, ‘excellent’ IP firm Kelly IP LLP excels in prosecution, clearance and opposition proceedings for high-profile clients. ‘Knowledgeable, responsive and creative’ head David Kelly, Linda McLeod and Lynn Jordan continue to lead advice to Disney and its related companies ABC, Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Disney Digital Network in the full range of trademark matters, including prosecution. Clients also recommend Robert Litowitz and Stephanie Bald. Other clients include the Hershey Company, Autodesk and Fox.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s practice often advises on the trademark aspects of major transactions, including prosecution, enforcement and portfolio issues. In Chicago, practice head Jennifer Mikulina has been leading advice to Meredith Corporation in various prosecution matters regarding its and Shape Magazine businesses. In Washington DC, Richard Kim has been assisting Medtronic with various enforcement and copyright matters. Jorge Arciniega is also recommended in the firm’s in Los Angeles office. Amgen, Heineken and Hitachi are among the firm’s clients.

Rated for its ‘first-class service’, boutique firm Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP advises on the full range of trademark matters for domestic and international clients, with particular expertise in the automobile, consumer products, life sciences and technology sectors. Thad Chaloemtiarana, who is ‘extremely bright, knowledgeable, organized and easy to work with’, successfully assisted Envoy Global with filing trademark applications to support the launch of a new mark in a number of jurisdictions. Brett August successfully represented Zebra Technologies in cancelation proceedings brought against Zebrapay regarding the client’s mark. Managing partner Bradley Cohn, Jonathan Jennings, Philip Barengolts and Robert Sacoff are names to note. All partners are based in Chicago.

A ‘pleasure to work with’, Baker McKenzie LLP’s group is experienced advising on all aspects of portfolio management, including clearance, prosecution and enforcement matters. Pamela Church, who heads the wider North American group, and Joshua Wolkoff have been assisting Lumileds with a number of matters, including the transfer of the trademark and design portfolio arising from its acquisition by Apollo Global Management from Philips. Lisa Rosaya has been handling clearance and prosecution matters for the Body Shop, including issues arising from its sale to Natura. The group includes Chicago-based head Dave Davis and Dyan House, who joined the Dallas office as counsel in 2017. Named partners are based in New York, unless otherwise indicated.

The team at Chicago-based Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. works with notable clients from the athletic apparel, internet, electronics and travel industries, among others, and is adept at advising on the full range of trademark issues, including clearance, prosecution, and enforcement and litigation. Its household-name clients include the likes of Allstate, Nike, Nokia, Toshiba and Kayak. Practice head Helen Hill Minsker leads the firm’s relationship with Nokia, which has included managing client’s US portfolio of active trademarks since early 2013. Richard Stockton is another key name in the group and his clients include energy management company Schneider Electric.

Bracewell LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice has prosecution and enforcement expertise across a range of industries, including technology, retail and energy. Practice head Erin Hennessy, who splits her time between New York and Seattle, has been acting for BJ Services in various clearance and prosecution matters arising from the launch of a number of products. Hennessy has also been assisting oil and gas exploration company Apache Corporation with clearance, prosecution and enforcement matters, as well as brand protection regarding a number of recent discoveries. David Ball, who is based in New York, is a name to note. Other clients include HTC, SAS Shoes and Fresh Innovations.

Brinks Gilson & Lione’s practice is engaged by clients across a broad range of sectors, including fashion, technology and automotive. In Chicago, co-head Howard Michael has been advising Christian Dior on various trademark and copyright matters regarding the company’s products. In Washington DC, Gregory Hillyer and Evi Katsantonia have been assisting VMR Products with enforcement and prosecution matters, including proceedings brought before the TTAB. In Ann Arbor, Steven Oberholtzer advised Continental on the IP and licensing aspects arising from its joint venture and licensing agreement with Nexteer Automotive. Co-head Andrew Avsec is also based in Chicago.

At Cooley LLP, the department has experience advising clients ranging from start-ups to SMEs across a broad range of sectors. In Washington DC, department head Peter Willsey specializes in trademark prosecution and development matters. New York-based Janet Cullum often assists clients with registration and enforcement issues. San Francisco-based counsel John Crittenden’s clients include Yelp, Tesla Motors and Nintendo.

The ‘very good’ team at Dentons handles the full range of portfolio management issues, including prosecution and enforcement. In Chicago, well-regarded co-head Samuel Fifer has been leading advice to the Drucker 1996 Literary Works Trust in enforcement and protection matters. The team has also been assisting South Coast Plaza with domestic and international trademark matters, including advertising. Co-head Carol Been is also based in Chicago and the team also includes Monica Richman in New York. The practice was strengthened by the arrivals of former Morrison & Foerster LLP partners Peter Yim and Brian Ho in San Francisco and Christopher Eide in Silicon Valley.

Foley & Lardner LLP’s practice has considerable expertise acting for clients in the fashion and automobile industries. Practice head Mark Diliberti continues to advise Harley-Davidson on a wide range of trademark issues, including licensing and sponsorship matters. Richard McKenna has been advising Caterpillar Inc on a number of domestic enforcement matters, as well as global trademark portfolio management. Jonathan Moskin and Norman Rich, who are based in New York and Washington DC respectively, are also names to note. Other clients include Ensurance, Unilever and Aristocrat Technologies. Named partners are based in Milwaukee unless otherwise stated.

The trademark and brand management group at Greenberg Traurig LLP is engaged by clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of trademark matters. In Los Angeles, practice chair Susan Heller has significant experience handling clearance, enforcement and portfolio management matters, as well as proceedings brought before the TTAB. Steven Wadyka, who is based in Washington DC, is also recommended.

Jones Day is ‘knowledgeable’ across a wide range of trademark matters, including portfolio management and branding. In Cleveland, co-head Meredith Wilkes successfully advised Wendy’s on opposition and cancelation matters regarding its global portfolio. In Washington DC, co-head John Froemming and Susan Kayser led advice to Abercrombie & Fitch in various trademark, branding and copyright matters, including trademark prosecution and clearance. Houston-based Anna Raimer and Cleveland-based Carrie Kiedrowski are also names to note. Other clients include Procter & Gamble, BMW and AutoNation.

Considered among clients to be ‘highly responsive, economical, practical and trustworthy’, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP’s New York-based practice handles all aspects of trademark work, with particular expertise in the fashion and retail sectors. Practice head Andrea Calvaruso has been advising Foot Locker on a broad range of trademark matters, as well as TTAB proceedings. Michael Zinna has been assisting Mansur Gavriel with various trademark and trade dress matters, including the execution of a global trademark procurement strategy and enforcement campaign. Other clients include Gucci, Avon Products and Hudson’s Bay.

At King & Spalding LLP, the group acts for clients in sectors ranging from fashion and hospitality to energy. In Austin, Richard Groos has been representing Mary Kay in enforcement and protection matters, including opposition proceedings brought before the TTAB regarding the client’s ‘Journey’ trademark. New York-based Kathleen McCarthy was engaged by Rolex on an opposition brought against Ralph Lauren Corporation before the TTAB arising from an application of marks. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Joseph Diamante and Charles Cantine to the firm’s New York office from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. The wider IP group is jointly led by Holmes Hawkins in Atlanta and Robert Perry in New York.

IP specialist firm Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP often handles domestic and international protection, enforcement and portfolio management. Practice head Jeff Van Hoosear and the well-regarded Susan Natland have been acting for Kate Spade in a number of enforcement and trade dress matters. Natland has also been assisting Chico’s with all aspects of trademark protection and enforcement regarding its three business lines. Diane Reed has been advising Partners In Leadership on all IP aspects arising from a change in management. All partners are based in Orange County.

The ‘practical’ and ‘business-focused’ group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has strong international capabilities and experience acting for clients before the TTAB. In Washington DC, well-regarded group head Karen Butcher and Anita Polott have been leading advice to Anthem in various matters, including international trademark portfolio management, enforcement and the implementation of global trademark ownership. Butcher, Philadelphia-based Kenneth Davis and Washington DC-based Kevin Fee assisted Dr Pepper Snapple Group with the IP aspects regarding its $1.7bn acquisition of Bai Brands. Eric Kraeutier leads the wider department in Philadelphia. Clients also recommend of counsel Kristin Altoff in Washington DC.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s ‘incredibly responsive’ department excels in handling protection and transactional matters for clients across a wide range of sectors. In Minneapolis, department head Timothy Kenny has been advising FICO on all aspects of trademark work, including the development of a global strategy to rename the company from ‘Fair Isaac’ to ‘FICO’ as well as enforcement issues. In Austin, the ‘hardworking and very practicalAlicia Morris Groos acted for Yorktown Technologies on the trademark aspects regarding the sale of its GloFish brand to Spectrum Brands Holdings. Patrick Gallagher is now at Cozen O'Connor.

The team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP assists clients with trademark clearance, licensing and portfolio management, often around the globe, and works across the industries as diverse as technology, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, fashion, entertainment and financial services. Examples of big name clients include BIC Corp, for which the team has recently advised on clearing social media and television advertising copy, and Donna Karan, on behalf of whom the firm manages the worldwide trademark portfolio for luxury lifestyle brand Urban Zen. New York-based Peter Vogl handled the work for BIC and San Francisco-based Beth Goldman is the key contact for Donna Karan. Denise Mingrone chairs the IP business unit from Silicon Valley.

At Troutman Sanders, the group covers the full gamut of trademark matters for high-profile clients. Atlanta-based group head Ryan Schneider and Richmond-based Robert Angle have been leading advice to Polygroup on various matters, including trademark prosecution, clearance and acquisition issues. In Orange County, Susan Stabe has been assisting Lucky Brand Jeans with trademark portfolio issues, including enforcement and global opposition proceedings. Other clients include Sugarfina, Reckitt Benckiser and Capital One.

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  • Korean Financial Regulators Advance Legislation to Introduce Regulatory Sandbox to Spark FinTech

    The 2018 year in review in Korea was notable for the sluggish overall economy, uncertainty surrounding the geo-politics and impact on Korea due to the global trade wars, on-going concerns related to the lack of jobs and unemployment, increased taxes and burdens for businesses and families, and no meaningful improvement or clarity in the current situation for 2019. In response, the Korean National Assembly passed a legislation called the Financial Innovation Support Act (the “FinISA”) on December 7, 2018 to spark the financial services industry in conjunction with FinTech products and services. The FinISA, which will soon take effect in March 2019, is intended to lay the legal foundation to introduce a regulatory sandbox for innovative financial services, where FinTech firms test their new products and services without certain regulatory oversight pursuant to exemptions for a limited period of time (“Sandbox”). As the FinISA exempts or defers application of existing finance-related regulations for new financial technology, products or services with the purpose of fostering the creation of innovative and new financial products and services, it will also support the stabilization of such services in the financial services market at the end of the testing period and is expected that the FinISA will support a revitalization of the FinTech industry which experienced sluggish growth in recent times. In particular, as companies and investors become more interested in security tokens and Security Token Offerings (“STO”) which are regulated by the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act (the “FSCMA”), there have been on-going discussions and debates as to whether the FinISA could lead to a breakthrough in the crypto-asset industry based on blockchain technology. Crypto assets encompasses those assets which utilize blockchain technology where the asset is digitalized by utilization of cryptography, peer-to-peer networks and a public ledger of verified transactions resulting in a ‘units’ of such a crypto asset without any involvement by middle-persons or brokers (e.g., cryptocurrency.

    The sacking of Nissan’s high-profile chairman may have beenproof that nobody is infallible. But Nicola Sharp argues that it should also beseen as an indicator that no company can be considered safe from wrongdoing.
  • 2018 FCPA Enforcement Actions and Highlights

    Overall, 2018 was a more active year in terms of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") enforcement actions compared to 2017.
  • Legality of advertising with statements on the effects of medical treatments

    Advertisements featuring statements on the effects of medical treatments are only permissible if they are supported by sound scientific evidence. This was reaffirmed by the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt.
  • Sayenko Kharenko announces new partner promotion

    Sayenko Kharenko announces new partner promotion
  • ECJ – Distinctive character necessary for registration as EU trade mark

    For a sign to be capable of being registered as an EU trade mark, it must be distinctive across the entire European Union. This was confirmed by the Court of Justice of European Union (ECJ) in a ruling from 25 July 2018.
  • Supporting local and international charitable organizations

    As one of the leading law firms in Cyprus, we are active promoters and supporters of local economic growth by sponsoring local events, applying environmental-friendly practices, minimizing our ecological impact, and most importantly, by raising money for local charities and non-profit organizations.
  • BAG – Employers can claw back bonus payments

    The Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, confirmed in a recent ruling that employers can claw back collectively agreed bonus payments from employees under certain circumstances.
  • Stricter supervision in relation to the Scheme for Naturalisation of Investors in Cyprus by Exceptio

    Recently there were a lot of publications within the European Union expressing concerns about the allegedly very high number of Cypriot passports being given to foreign investors the last few years. The Council of Ministers has decided on 9th January 2018 with the decision with number 84.069, to impose a stricter supervision of all the parties involved in the Scheme for the naturalisation of non-Cypriot investors in Cyprus by exception.
  • 19% VAT on Plots

    In order to harmonize the  Acquis Communautaire on the Taxation of untapped and undeveloped plots of land, the Cyprus Government enacted, on 03/11/2017, relevant legislation for the imposition of 19% Value Added Tax (VAT) on these properties, with a date of enforcement being 02/01/2018. The relevant legislation refers to plots/pieces of land offered and/or provided for construction for economic purposes.

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