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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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