Patents: litigation (full coverage) in United States
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, a full-service IP boutique, offers a very deep bench of experienced practitioners and covers an exceptional range of sectors. Pharmaceutical cases are a particularly important focal point for the practice, with disputes regarding medical devices, electronics and consumer products also accounting for a significant number of instructions. The practice is also well versed in cases relating to cutting-edge inventions, including biosimilars and biologics, artificial intelligence and fintech matters. In addition to the team's strength in district courts and the Federal Circuit, the group also fields an outstanding PTAB offering and a specialized ITC team, making it well suited for complex litigation involving different courts. The majority of the firm's offices are in the US, with Washington DC, Reston, Palo Alto and Atlanta as particularly important locations. With an office in London and offices in Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo, the practice also has strategic international bases to better handle multi-jurisdictional disputes. Managing partner Anand Sharma, chair Mark Sweet and litigation practice chair Frank DeCosta are the heads of the practice. Charles Lipsey is another key contact. Danielle Duszczyszyn and Reston's Derek McCorquindale made partner in January 2019. Unless otherwise stated, all named practitioners in the paragraph are based in Washington DC. Andrew Holtman and Brandon Rash left for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in September 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘Finnegan attorneys are experienced and dedicated.‘
‘The attorneys we work with are responsive, and informative, and they usually have similar experiences from previous cases.‘
American Regent, Inc.
Bausch Health Companies Inc.
Dorco Co. Ltd.
Eli Lilly & Co.
Intuitive Surgical Inc.
Kaken Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
LG Electronics, Inc.
REC Solar Pte. Ltd.
Sprint Communications Company LP
Vifor Pharma Ltd.
Zimmer Holdings, Inc.
- Represented Valeant, Salix, and Progenics in Hatch-Waxman patent infringement litigation concerning an ANDA for generic oral versions of Relistor® tablets, securing judgment in favor of Valeant from the district court of New Jersey following trial on U.S. Patent No. 8,524,276 covering Relistor® tablets through 2030.
- Successful represented Sprint Communications Company, L.P. before the Federal Circuit, upholding a $140m verdict finding that Time Warner Cable’s Internet voice service infringed five Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) patents owned by Sprint Communications Company.
- Represented Eli Lilly and Company in litigation against Teva regarding the alleged infringement of nine patents owned by Teva by Eli Lilly’s drug Emgality® in addition to representing the client in the corresponding nine inter partes reviews before the PTAB.
- Successfully defended PROPEL Orthodontics, LLC; Propel Orthodontics USA, LLC against a preliminary injunction action filed by a competitor for patent infringement on orthodontic devices, including affirmation of the court’s decision by the Federal Circuit on appeal.
- Successfully defended LG Electronics, Inc. against patent infringement claims brought by Uniloc USA, Inc. relating to bluetooth technology.
- Represented Duchesnay Inc. in a Hatch-Waxman Act patent infringement litigation based on Actavis’s and Teva’s filing of an ANDA seeking to market a generic copy of Bonjesta®.
Jones Day remains a go-to firm for complex cross-border disputes. With its wide geographical footprint both in the US and across the world in addition to the practice's broad technology expertise, the team continues to attract high-profile cases from major players from diverse industries. Life sciences- and pharmaceuticals-related disputes are areas of particular strength, including gene therapy, immunotherapy and oncology cases, but the group also excels in litigation in the technology, software, electronics and telecommunications sectors. Active in all US litigation fora, i.e. district courts, the Federal Circuit, the PTAB and the ITC, the practice offers clients a one-stop shop for their patent litigation needs. Anthony Insogna in San Diego and Dave Maiorana in Cleveland are the heads of the team. The firm underwent a number of team changes since December 2018, starting with the retirements of Mark Paulson, William Smith and Louis Touton, continuing with the partner promotions of An Doan in Silicon Valley and Scott Lyne in New York, followed by the arrival of former Perkins Coie LLP practitioner Michael Oblon in Washington DC, the departures of Patrick Michael and Krista Schwartz to Hogan Lovells US LLP in San Francisco and the departure of Andrew Woodmansee to Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC. The arrival of former Morrison & Foerster LLP litigator Nicole Smith in the Los Angeles office added more heft to the West Coast offering. Other important offices are in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, Columbus, Dallas and Pittsburgh.
Other key lawyers:
Johnson & Johnson
Merck & Co.
Micron Technology, Inc.
Purdue Pharma L.P.
- Represented Qualcomm Incorporated in its global antitrust and patent war with Apple and Apple’s Taiwanese contract manufacturers (Foxconn, Pegatron, Compal, and Wistron), including in the lead consolidated cases in the Federal District Court in San Diego.
- Represented SKC Kolon PI, Inc. in a series of patent infringement disputes against Japanese competitor Kaneka Corporation, taking over from another law firm and securing judgment in the client’s favor on all claims and later attorneys fees.
- Represented US Bancorp and its subsidiary, Elavon, Inc. before the Federal Circuit in patent infringement litigation against Solutran regarding a patent on a method of electronic check processing, involving questions concerning Section 101.
- Represented NXP Semiconductors in competitor litigation against claimant Impinj who accused the client of infringing 26 patents relating to different aspects of radio frequency identification.
- Acted for Vascular Solutions LLC, Arrow International, Inc., and Teleflex Innovations Sarl in litigation brought against QXMedical regarding the defendants boosting catheter, alleged to infringe six of the clients’ patents that cover a flagship product.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP impresses with its successful track record before all major patent litigation venues in the US, including the PTAB and the ITC. The practice stands out through its commitment to preparing every case for trial, drawing on its excellent bench of senior and junior litigators with experience in a wide spread of technologies thanks to a team consisting to three quarters of practitioners with a science or engineering background. Major domestic and, increasingly, international clients entrust their complex high-stakes disputes to the team, including several pharma giants, global telecommunications and consumer product companies, blue chip technology and electronics players as well as food and beverage multinationals. Gregory Arovas, Jeanne Heffernan, Todd Friedman, Joseph Loy, James McConnell and Robert Appleby in New York, Adam Alper in San Francisco, Michael De Vries in Los Angeles, John O’Quinn and Jason Wilcox in Washington DC and Chicago trio Amanda Hollis, James Hurst and Gianni Cutri are key names in the practice. In Ellisen Turner, who arrived from Irell & Manella LLP in September 2019, the firm gained one of the country's finest patent and trade secret litigators. In summer 2019, Sarah Piepmeier joined Perkins Coie LLP and Kenneth Adamo left to open an independent practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘Kirkland Ellis has proved itself to be among the very best of the firms we use at providing quality analysis and writing as well as exceptional legal strategy. They always meet deadlines in a timely fashion, and their analysis and research is always extremely well thought out.‘
‘Many of the partners are among the best in the industry. They are both tactical and strategic – and deliver impeccable work product.‘
‘Reactivity and communication is excellent.‘
‘One of the highest quality teams of IP professionals at all levels.‘
‘Jeannie Heffernan provides great value both as a case manager and as an individual lawyer. As a case manager, Mrs. Heffernan is especially effective at managing complex issues and directing her teams appropriately to ensure that everything is handled timely and correctly. As an individual lawyer, Mrs. Heffernan’s analytical skills and work ethic are top notch. Mrs. Heffernan is as involved in her cases as any other member of the team, rolling up her sleeves so to speak on both the factual and legal issues.‘
‘I’ve never known Gianni Cutri to raise an issue without also presenting a well thought out solution. Mr. Cutri is also an excellent writer. This is one of the key skills I look for in any outside counsel. His briefs are concise, convincing, and clear, requiring little more than review and approval. Mr. Cutri is also prompt and responsive. He delivers drafts of work product well before they are due with plenty of time for review and comment.‘
AECOM Energy & Construction, Inc.
AT&T Services, Inc.
Charter Communications, Inc.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Dollar Shave Club
Equinox Holdings, Inc.
Heineken International B.V.
Impax Laboratories, Inc.
Kapsch TrafficCom North America
Lidl US, LLC
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Pindrop Security, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Schlumberger Limited & Schlumberger Technology
Sierra Wireless, Inc. and Sierra Wireless America, Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.
Syngenta Seeds, LLC
Teva Pharmaceuticals North America
The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
- Successfully represented Alere, an Abbott Laboratories subsidiary, in a patent infringement dispute against claimant Rembrandt Diagnostics regarding Alere’s iCup drug-screening product, brought to seek royalties of several millions of dollars.
- Achieved a complete victory for Abbott Laboratories before the Federal Circuit in litigation against claimant Enzo Life Sciences, Inc., securing a sealed opinion affirming a district court’s previous ruling that invalidated claims in two patents related to DNA and RNA probe technologies that Enzo accused Abbott of infringing.
- Secured an appellate victory for AT&T in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Sycamore IP Holdings, LLC regarding alleged infringement of a patent on a network communication coding scheme.
- Represented Cisco Systems Inc., Motorola Inc., Thomson Electronics and Netgear, Inc. as defendants in multidistrict litigation brought by Rembrandt Technologies LP against virtually the entire cable industry alleging infringement of eight data-over-cable transmission patents.
- Represented Motorola Solutions and Motorola Solutions Malaysia Sdn. Bdn. against its competitor Hytera Communications in a series of global disputes with significant geopolitical implications concerning Motorola’s allegations that Hytera misappropriated its trade secrets relating to two-way radio products by stealing thousands of confidential Motorola documents, and allegations of infringing multiple Motorola patents.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is well-known for its outstanding litigation track record, having secured headline-grabbing wins for a number of major technology and pharmaceutical clients. As exemplified by the practice's successful representation of Qualcomm in its global dispute against Apple or by the group's representation of Samsung in its global cross-licensing dispute against Huawei, the team has mastered the coordination of strategic multi-jurisdictional disputes and remains one of the finest addresses in the market for cross-border litigation. In the US, the team's success rate has its source in the combination of strong PTAB practitioners and an experienced group of seasoned federal court litigators, with the firm's ITC expertise further adding to the group's appeal. The practice heads and key contacts are Charles Verhoeven and Sean Pak in San Francisco, Edward DeFranco in New York, David Nelson in Chicago, Claude Stern in Silicon Valley, Frederick Lorig and Tigran Guledjian in Los Angeles. James Pak joined the Los Angeles office from Baker McKenzie LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Quinn Emanuel fields very strong patent litigation teams. It has both a strong technical bench and experienced courtroom lawyers, which place it among the elite patent litigation firms in the country.‘
Samsung Electronics Co.
The Broad Institute, Inc.
Charter Communications, Inc.
C.R. Bard, Inc. (now part of Becton Dickinson)
American Express, InAuth
- Represented Qualcomm Incorporated in a series of worldwide disputes against Apple in California state and district courts, including a trial in the Southern District of California arisen from the alleged infringement of five Qualcomm patents relating to a variety of technologies.
- Represented Samsung in a significant cross-licensing dispute against Huawei relating to portfolios of patents declared essential to 3G and 4G mobile technology standards, involving a dispute in the Northern District of California running parallel to a number of lawsuits filed in China.
- Successfully represented Olaplex LLC in a patent, trade secret and breach of contract case against L’Oréal regarding a hair product category for repairing hair that is damaged from chemical services like bleaching, obtaining complete dismissal of all counterclaims and summary judgment finding L’Oréal guilty of infringement, awarding a permanent injunction, enhanced damages and attorneys’ fees and costs.
- Represented The Broad Institute, Inc. in patent interference proceedings against the University of California, University of Vienna, and Emmanuelle Charpentier who challenged key Broad Institute patents directed to use of CRISPR in eukaryotic cells, humans, other mammals, and plants.
- Successfully defended SemaConnect, Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by competitor ChargePoint, Inc., securing a precedential opinion at the Federal Circuit ruling in favor of the client regarding electric vehicle charging stations.
WilmerHale offers extensive experience in all major US patent venues, including the key district courts; the Federal Circuit; the PTAB, especially in IPR and covered business method review proceedings; and the ITC. Additionally, the team has litigated a significant number of Supreme Court cases since 2014. The practice enjoys continuous popularity as a trial firm for complex patent disputes, acting for major technology and life sciences clients, but also for smaller domestic companies and players from a number of other sectors, including a manufacturer of land and water crafts and clients from the consumer products and software sectors. In addition to its strong domestic practice, the firm also offers international capabilities thanks to its own office network and regularly joins forces with colleagues from the German and British offices to coordinate cross-border disputes. Boston's Lisa Pirozzolo and Palo Alto's Mark Selwyn share the lead of the IP litigation practice while Donald Steinberg, based in Boston, is the chair of the IP department, with Joseph Haag acting as vice chair. William Lee is also noted. In 2019, Sonal Mehta joined the Palo Alto office from Durie Tangri LLP, Nathalie Hanlon Leh left to become Deputy Attorney General in Colorado and Evelyn Mak joined Intel Corporation as in-house counsel. In late 2018, Keith Slenkovich retired and Jamie Wisz joined the USPTO. Other important offices are in Denver and Washington DC.
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong, capable, large team with one point entry through one highly capable individual.‘
‘The WilmerHale team is both flexible and endlessly self-critical, in a way that ensures the right work upfront results in the right outcomes at the end of the day.‘
‘Professional, dedicated, honest.‘
‘David Cavanaugh understands business and strategic needs and is responsible, responsive, kind, and capable. Most of the associates we have worked with have been superlative, and their appeals practice is unparalleled.‘
Astellas US LLC and Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
CSL Behring LLC, CSL, Behring GmbH and CSL Recombinant Facility AG
Bombardier Recreational Products
Swatch SA and Omega SA
- Represented Genentech, Inc. in biosimilar patent litigation and a significant number of related IPR matters involving its $7bn a year breast and gastric cancer drug Herceptin, including a dispute against Amgen at the District Court of Delaware.
- Acted for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in several lawsuits against ANDA filers regarding blockbuster oncology drug Velcade® following the successful representation of the client at the Federal Circuit in 2017 that resulted in a precedential opinion regarding the validity of the cancer drug patent.
- Represented Ancestry.com in patent and trademark litigation defense brought by rival genetic testing company 23andMe.
- Represented AbbVie in a number of disputes related to Humira that arose under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), including patents to novel compositions, methods of treatment, formulations, and manufacturing methods, as well as multiple IPR proceedings.
- Successfully defended Apple in patent suits filed by Core Wireless alleging infringement of patents formerly owned by a telecommunications company, involving three separate lawsuits covering 24 different patents.
DLA Piper LLP (US) demonstrates particular strength in complex cross-border disputes involving the US as a key international patent venue. With expertise in district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC and the PTAB, the practice offers the full range of litigation skills thanks to its deep bench of first chair trial lawyers and often acts in matters involving several domestic venues. Many international and US giants from a diverse sector range rely on the practice's expertise, including technology, electronics, consumer products, semiconductor and automotive clients. Increasingly, the group also acts for clients from the media and entertainment sector. In 2019, the firm grew its Hatch-Waxman practice with the arrival of Michael Sitzman, formerly of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Soumitra Deka, formerly of Arnold & Porter, in the San Francisco office. In New York, Tony Pezzano and of counsel Michael Dougherty from Hogan Lovells US LLP also bolstered the life sciences bench. Further strategic changes were the arrival of patent and trade secret litigator Michael Jay from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Los Angeles and the strengthening of the firm's technical expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain matters with the recruitment of former McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP practitioner Lisa Hillman to the Boston office. The arrival of former Nixon Peabody LLP patent experts Maria Swiatek and Christopher Mooney in the Silicon Valley office and the recruitment of former Venable LLP life sciences specialist Michael Furrow were another key events. Other important offices are in New York, San Diego, Chicago, Austin, Reston and Wilmington. Sean Cunningham in San Diego US patent litigation practice, with Matthew Satchwell in Chicago and Kathryn Grasso, who splits her time between the San Diego and Washington DC offices, are acting as vice chairs. Mark Fowler in Silicon Valley is the vice chair of the intellectual property and technology practice. Eric Hagen left for an in-house position at Austin FC. Gerald Sekimura retired.
Other key lawyers:
Covidien Inc. and Covidien, LP (now Medtronic)
The Home Depot, Inc.
BMW of North America, LLC and BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
Toyota Motor Corporation
Citrix Systems, Inc.
- Represented Microsoft in a four-patent, multi-respondent ITC and Western District of Texas dispute involving touchscreen technology.
- Represented Toyota Motor Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, DENSO TEN Limited, and Japan Radio Co. Ltd. in a multi-patent, multi-respondent ITC case and the corresponding district court litigation involving technologies associated with vehicle head units, rear seat entertainment units, units for displaying information or entertainment, and cameras, controllers, processing components, modules, chips, GNSS processing devices, and circuits used therein or therewith, along with the corresponding automobiles.
- Acted for Medtronic through its subsidiary, Covidien in a competitor patent infringement case against Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, involving several patents directed to bipolar electrosurgical instruments.
- Represented Searchmetrics GmbH and Searchmetrics Inc. in a five-patent infringement and trade secret matter against claimant BrightEdge, securing a favorable outcome for the claimant both before the district court and the Federal Circuit.
- Represented Mazda Motor Corporation; Subaru Corporation; Volvo Car Corporation; Robert Bosch LLC in a series of related patent matters before the District Court of the Eastern District of Texas.
Fish & Richardson P.C.
IP boutique Fish & Richardson P.C. is particularly well known for its strong PTAB practice, but also for its long string of successes in district court and Federal Circuit litigation. The team of Boston-based practice head Kurt Glitzenstein is based in offices across the US and offers wide-ranging sector expertise, including expertise in pharmaceuticals and semiconductor cases.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is particularly active for clients from the media, technology and software industries, but is also very experienced in representing pharmaceutical and chemical clients, for example in Hatch-Waxman cases. Known for its ability to take on highly complex cases, including multi-venue litigation, disputes involving parallel proceedings before the PTAB and lawsuits involving a significant number of patents, the firm's bench is based across the US in offices in New York, Orange County, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Washington DC and Dallas, close to clients and the key patent venues. The recent track record includes several Federal Circuit victories in high-stakes matters, attesting the team's trial skills and experience in developing and implementing innovative litigation strategies. Los Angeles' Wayne Barsky, Josh Krevitt, who splits his time between the New York and Palo Alto offices, and Mark Reiter in the Dallas office form the trio at the head of the practice. Michael Sitzman left for DLA Piper LLP (US) in November 2019.
Other key lawyers:
- Represented T-Mobile in a 16-patent infringement case brought by Intellectual Ventures regarding patents covering a wide range of disparate technologies, including messaging services, Wi-Fi services, networking equipment, and customer-facing services, securing dismissal of the case for all 16 patents.
- Acted for claimant Novartis AG against Ezra at the Federal Circuit in asserting a patent on the active ingredient for the client’s best-selling drug multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya, leading to clarification of the ruling in Gilead v. Natco, a preceding case that revolved around issues of obviousness-type double patenting.
- Represented defendant Amgen against patent infringement suit brought by Coherus BioSciences arisen from alleged infringement of four of the claimant’s patents pertaining to compositions of the monoclonal antibody adalimumab by Amgen’s biosimilar AMGEVITA™.
- Acted for Merck Sharp & Dohme and Merck, Inc. as defendants in a patent infringement suit brought by Mayne Pharmaceuticals in Delaware District Court relating to alleged infringement of a formulation patent by an anti-fungal product, securing cancellation of the claimant’s patent and consequently victory at the district court, later confirmed by the Federal Circuit.
- Represented defendant EMC Corporation in in a patent dispute against ACQIS LLC involving 11 patents covering modular storage systems, 500 claims, two district courts, three IPR proceedings and the Federal Circuit.
Latham & Watkins LLP specialises in complex bet-the-company cases, drawing on a pool of experienced trial lawyers from its offices in Boston, California, Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC. The practice stands out through its string of successes in disputes taken over from other firms, turning around previously unsuccessful litigation results. Under the lead of Chicago-based practice head David Callahan, the firm has become a go-to address for high-stakes pharmaceutical and life sciences cases, complementing its existing strength in myriad other sectors, including the key technology, electronics and automotive sectors. In addition to its proven track record in federal district courts and the Federal Circuit, the practice also impresses with its PTAB caseload and the success of its ITC team. Other key lawyers include the global vice chairs of the firm's IP litigation practice, Washington DC's Michael Morin and San Diego's Jennifer Barry, the renowned Douglas Lumish in Silicon Valley and appellate specialist Gabriel Bell in Washington DC.
Other key lawyers:
‘Latham & Watkins has a very deep and broad bench. Most firms are one or the other. Each member of the team is first-rate and they work well as a team.‘
‘Absolutely terrific. A team patent litigation practice, unrivaled amongst all the other firms that we have used over the years. They are extremely strategic, fantastic in trial, and dogged (they never give up).‘
‘You have a competent team from top to bottom.’
‘The Latham team I’ve worked with on several matters is extremely thorough, creative, technically adept, client-focused, and responsive.‘
‘Preeminent intellectual property litigators. Latham offers broad and deep litigation expertise and provides the responsiveness, business acumen, industry knowledge and zealous advocacy expected by a demanding and legally sophisticated client. Staffing is always fit-to-order: Latham is cost-conscious and staffing is appropriate to each matter, but Latham also has the right people available to staff up a matter whenever required. Latham’s lawyers are outstanding at every level, from senior partners to young associates. We place a great deal of value on Latham’s work, both from a legal and business perspective, and we feel that we get excellent value for our money.‘
‘The level of understanding of the legal process and strategy involved in litigation is very, very deep. Charles Sanders is absolutely brilliant. Max Grant is also very, very bright and his ability to read the situation and respond accordingly in front of a judge is outstanding.‘
‘Charles Sanders stands for highest quality in all legal and strategic aspects combined with exceptional soft skills and organizational excellence. He is expensive, but he sets up small, efficient teams and works very precisely and target-oriented. Excellent communication.‘
‘Lawrence Gotts and Charles Sanders are outstanding. Lawrence is a veteran trial attorney and the person you want in your corner on a bet-the-company patent litigation. Charles has an extremely pleasant demeanor that belies his careful, strategic nature; he’s creative, a wonderful writer, excellent at oral argument, and he has a great technical background. Both are efficient and effective.‘
‘Charles Sanders and Lawrence Gotts are very distinguished attorneys. Mr. Sanders has strong understanding to command technology and litigation strategy. Mr. Gotts has strong insight and sense to read the judge and jury – together with strong expertise on technology and law.‘
‘Charles Sanders is a phenomenal case manager, which is a rarity in litigators. He has always remained on budget and ahead of deadlines. Not to mention he has the technical expertise and trial skills to be an extremely effective advocate.‘
‘Michael Morin – fantastic oral advocate in court or arbitrations. Masterful at telling story and integrating complex facts and legal principles. Excellent overall team leader with focus on big picture and the client’s goals. Excellent writer too. Very ethical.
‘David Frazier – excellent mix at a very senior level of technical scientific know-how and deep scientific experience with patent litigation skills. Outstanding working with experts, and also directing and cross-examining witnesses. Very ethical.’
‘Gregory Sobolski – outstanding legal writer with excellent technical abilities. Very strong rapport with expert and factual witnesses, is very strong at setting the stage and providing appropriate context and background with witnesses. Very responsive, hard-working, and solid oral advocate.’
‘Gabriel Bell: One of the fastest-rising IP appellate specialists in America. Gabe distills complex legal and technical issues into irresistibly persuasive briefs, and he convincingly drives his points home during oral argument. Gabe is a reliable winner and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Julie Holloway: Smart, aggressive and talented, Julie is a top tier patent litigator. Superior technical abilities combined with skilled advocacy and cross-examination skills make Julie a must-have member of any patent litigation team.’
Honda Motor Co.
Janssen Biotech, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson company), Genmab US, Inc. and Genmab A/S
Velodyne LiDAR, Inc.
LG Display, LG Electronics, and Sony
Quest Integrity USA, LLC
AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd.
Volvo Cars of North America LLC and Volvo Cars Corporation
Amphenol and AT&T
Ciena Corporation, Ciena Communications, Inc.
Jaguar Land Rover Limited
Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Par Pharmaceutical, Inc.
McKool Smith impresses with its track record of high-stakes litigation and the high verdicts the practice secures for its clients. The group unites district court prowess, strong PTAB expertise and ITC experience to assist clients from various sectors, chief among them the pharmaceutical, life sciences, technology and telecommunications sectors, with their strategic patents disputes. Texas is home to the team's main offices in Dallas, Austin and Marshall, with other key hubs in New York and Los Angeles. Mike McKool, Douglas Cawley and Theodore Stevenson, all Dallas-based, are the heads of the practice.
‘McKool Smith provides excellent work at a good value. They have top-notch legal research and litigation skills, and the most trial experience of any of the firms that I use. Their substantive analysis is spot-on, but just as impressive is their prowess at case management. McKool handles all deadlines comfortably, and their work product never suffers even in the busiest of times.‘
‘Ted Stevenson provides great value both as a case manager and as an individual lawyer. As a case manager, Mr. Stevenson is especially effective at managing complex issues and directing his teams appropriately to ensure that everything is handled timely and correctly. As an individual lawyer, Mr. Stevenson’s analytical skills and work ethic are top notch. Mr. Stevenson is as involved in his cases as any other member of the team, rolling up his sleeves so to speak on both the factual and legal issues.‘
‘Nicholas Mathews is an excellent writer. His briefs are concise, convincing, and clear requiring little more than review and approval.‘
Rovi Corp and TiVo
Blitzsafe Texas, LL
Eolas Technologies Inc.
Odyssey Wireless, Inc.
- Acted for WiLAN in a patent infringement case against Apple before the District Court of Southern California, obtaining $145m in damages for infringement of voice over LTE (‘VoLTE’) wireless communication technology used in many Apple products.
- Represented claimant Ericsson in a patent infringement case against TCL Communications Technology Holdings Ltd in the District Court of the Eastern District of Texas, securing a $75m infringement verdict for infringement of a patent covering a mobile terminal access system before ultimately securing $110m in damages, including enhanced damages for wilful infringement and prejudgment interest, after the initial verdict had been overturned before being reconsidered.
- Acted for defendant Ericsson in a FRAND case against HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. brought for alleged breach of an obligation to the claimant to offer a license to its 4G standard-essential patents related to cellular and wireless technology on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms.
- Represented claimants Optis Wireless Technology, LLC and PanOptis Patent Management LLC in a patent infringement case against Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Huawei Device USA, securing over $10m in damages for wilful infringement of five PanOptis patents covering wireless communication technology, four of which are essential to the 4G LTE standard.
- Represented Sanofi and Regeneron as lead counsel in IPR proceedings before the PTAB, in challenging an Immunex/Amgen patent asserted in district court litigation against Regeneron and Sanofi’s novel biologic medication Dupixent®.
Paul Hastings LLP is particularly well versed in extensive patent disputes, often featuring cross-border issues. Life sciences and pharmaceutical litigation is at the heart of the practice, including biotech disputes, but the group also counts many major technology, telecommunications and financial services companies among its clients. With the practice's additional strength in post-grant proceedings before the PTAB, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews and covered business method reviews, and the group's growing ITC practice, the firm is well equipped to assist with high-stakes matters. In the US, the key offices are in Palo Alto, where Yar Chaikovsky is based; New York with Bruce Wexler; Washington DC, where Naveen Modi is based; Chicago, the home turf of Robert Unikel; San Diego and San Francisco. Chaikovsky, Wexler, Modi, and Eric Dittmann share the lead of the practice. Thanks to the firm's international footprint, the group can form cross-border teams, for example with colleagues from the Tokyo office. Palo Alto's Philip Ou made partner in February 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘The IP litigation team at Paul Hastings is very practical and focused on strategies that are useful to win cases. It typically will not waste time and money chasing every possible angle. Rather it is more strategic and focused.‘
‘Attention to the client, business focus, outstanding legal expertise.‘
‘Deep bench of experienced trial lawyers. The team coordinates seamlessly between offices and work well with each other. They also have excellent insight into the PTAB, providing sound advice regarding IPR and PGR proceedings.‘
‘The IP Litigation is very strong. In particular, they are extremely knowledgeable regarding life sciences litigation They have excellent judgment, knowing when and what battles to fight. They work as partners to achieve the best outcome for the client. They are judicious in building their teams, including attorneys of different levels so that the work can be done by the appropriate level and managing cost. They are more savvy regarding the nuances of life science litigation than other firms.‘
‘I would recommend this firm for high-exposure or complicated cases.‘
‘Highly recommended when it comes to Hatch-Waxman cases. They know the trends, judges, attorneys’ of the counterparts. Excellent at building litigation strategy. They formed an impressive team by combining experienced lead counsel, supporting mid-/junior- associates, supervised and guided by senior of counsel.‘
‘Bruce Wexler is a consummate first chair trial attorney. He is very personable, intelligent and a seasoned veteran when it comes to trial preparation and presentation. Preston Ratliff is an up-and-coming IP trial attorney.‘
‘Joseph O’Malley and Eric Dittmann have been able to establish a long-term exceptionally strong relationship with us as the client but also as individuals within the company, always delivering high-quality advice, showing deep knowledge of all matters at stake.‘
‘The attorneys at Paul Hastings are superb. Across the board, from partner to associate, they are excellent strategic thinkers, who are easy to work with and masters at complex pharmaceutical litigation. Naveen Modi is at the very top when it comes to PTAB proceedings. His insight and strategic advice is excellent. Joseph O’Malley is a brilliant legal mind who digs into the science to provide top notch representation. Bruce Wexler has extensive experience with pharmaceutical matters, is a superb writer and really has the complete arsenal of skills.‘
‘Philip Ou is particularly exceptional.‘
‘Melanie Rupert is great to work with. She is very creative in her thinking and insightful. She has an excellent manner and way with working with experts and with her team of attorneys, both senior and junior members of the team. Bruce Wexler is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the life sciences area and is very thoughtful in devising a case strategy. He thinks things through and explains his strategy well so that options can be readily evaluated. Young Park is great to work with and very knowledgeable. Eric Dittman is very knowledgeable and great to work with. He is very thoughtful and works tirelessly for his clients. He understands the relevant case law and is great at thinking through and explaining strategy.‘
‘Yar Chaikovsky is their 1st chair partner who is one of the best on patent litigation strategy. He treats in-house counsel with respect but is not afraid to provide strong opinions on strategy and tactics.’
‘Working with Preston Ratliff gives me a lot of comfort, confidence, and positive motivation. Preston is always forward-looking, knows the situations and rules of the road, has insights, and listens/senses carefully what the client’s priority and client’s perception is. In addition, he is responsive.’
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP combines wide-ranging technology expertise, spanning semiconductors, software, electronics and telecommunications among others, with longstanding experience in life sciences and pharmaceutical litigation, ranging from oncology, DNA sequencing and biotech matters to chemicals, medical devices and diagnostics. Thanks to its national office network in the US, with key offices in Silicon Valley, Texas, New York and Washington DC, and its proven PTAB and Federal Circuit strength, the practice is well suited for complex multi-venue litigation. At the PTAB, the group performs especially well in inter partes reviews and covered business method reviews, and frequently handles district court litigation and the parallel-running corresponding post-grant proceedings. The heads of the practice are Brian Ferguson in Washington DC, Edward Reines in Silicon Valley and Elizabeth Weiswasser in New York. Derek Walter, also based in the Silicon Valley office, made partner in 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Johnson & Johnson
LiquidPower Specialty Products, Inc.
- Represented Bio-Rad Laboratories and the University of Chicago in patent infringement litigation against competitor 10X Genomics regarding genetic analysis patents, first securing a $24m jury verdict and subsequently obtaining a permanent injunction barring 10X Genomics from manufacturing or selling a number of accused products that infringed the patents-in-suit.
- Successfully represented HP Inc. in multi-district patent litigation against a plaintiff holding company controlled by Acacia Research Group, Inc. regarding patents covering digital printing systems, securing a complete summary judgment and awarding of attorney fees in two of the cases.
- Represented LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc. in a major patent infringement dispute regarding methods for using drag reduction polymers in pipelines against competitor Baker Hughes in district court litigation and PTAB proceedings.
- Represented Sanofi in patent litigation against competitor Mylan regarding Sanofi’s insulin biologic Lantus Solostar, including representation in IPR proceedings and in the District Court of New Jersey.
- Represented GE in patent litigation against competitor Vestas Wind Systems in the US District Court for the Central District of California regarding two wind turbine patents owned by General Electric and two patents asserted by Vestas Wind Systems.
Winston & Strawn LLP remains one of the most sought after trial firms in the country and is especially active in defense litigation. The group's recent successes in 2019 confirmed its reputation as one of the finest dispute addresses in the US, with several high-profile Federal Circuit wins and successes in district courts across the country adding to the team's track record. With its historic bases in Chicago, New York and Washington DC and its more recent hubs in California and Texas, the practice has a foot on the ground near all major litigation venues in the US, ready to try cases from a wide range of sectors, including the life sciences, pharmaceutical and technology sectors. Section 101 invalidity motions are an instrument that the practice wields especially well. David Enzminger in Los Angeles, Charles Klein in Washington DC and New York's Thomas Patrick Lane form the trio at the helm of the practice which includes Chicago's Kurt Mathas. The firm saw multiple departures in 2019: Thomas Dunham joined Ruyak Cherian LLP, Vivian Kuo and Andrew Sommer joined Greenberg Traurig LLP, Paul McGrady joined Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Scott Samay left for Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik, LLP, Eric Schlichter joined McGuireWoods LLP, Jonathan Retsky left for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and Kathleen Barry became senior litigation counsel at Corning. Allan Fanucci retired.
Other key lawyers:
‘Winston has a very experienced team in many different types of IP litigation, including pharmaceuticals. The team has first chair lawyers who have a deep understanding of the science and can provide unique perspectives to clients. Judges and opponents immediately respect the firm and they draft well-reasoned briefs and motions. The team appreciates how the industry functions, business considerations, and work with clients to respond to market dynamics.‘
‘Fantastic lawyers with a very deep bench of scientific knowledge and degrees. I find them to be always professional and always enjoyable to work with.‘
‘Having worked with a number of firms on litigation around the world, I was surprised by how much of a step-up Winston Strawn are. They are technically superior, commercially astute and easy to work with. Always prepared and a step ahead in terms of their thinking, I never have to chase them for work product or worry that they have missed something.‘
‘Ivan Poullaos is client-oriented, very intelligent and has tremendous experience in pharmaceuticals. Ivan strives to work closely with clients and make sure their priorities are addressed. Ivan is a great case manager ensuring the right arguments are advanced at trial rather than every argument (good or bad).‘
‘Kurt Mathas is the real deal, he knows the law backwards and forwards, gives fantastic strategic advice, is able to wrap his head around deep scientific theories despite no formal academic training and is simply a pleasure to work with. He and his team go above and beyond at every turn.‘
‘Kurt Mathas is an outstanding litigator. He has an exceptional ability to grasp the underlying science and a mastery of our case. I am continually amazed at how he handles our case almost single-handedly – while he calls on the right support when needed, we do not suffer from a bloated team or a feeling that he needs to have other lawyers with him for support.‘
Alphatec Holdings, Inc. 2
Associated British Foods
Discover Financial Services
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Electronic Arts, Inc.
Energy Transfer Partners
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Take Two Interactive Software
Teva North America
- Represented Teva Pharmaceuticals (Actavis) before the Supreme Court following a Federal Circuit judgment that had invalidated Helsinn’s patents for its anti-nausea drug Aloxi® because of the requirements of the on-sale bar, securing an affirmative ruling from the Supreme Court that the America Invents Act did not narrow the scope of the on-sale bar.
- Acted for Associated British Foods PLC in a six-patent infringement dispute in the District of Delaware, involving inter partes reviews, filed by Huvepharma EOOD and Huvepharma, Inc. regarding alleged infringement of six patents covering an animal feed additive enzyme by the client’s Quantum® products.
- Secured a Federal Circuit victory for SAP America in litigation concerning the invalidation of a patent for reasons of ineligibility because of abstraction, obtaining affirmation of the district court ruling that had awarded attorney fees in addition to invalidating the patent in question.
- Represented T-Mobile USA as defendant in two patent infringement cases: 1) against non-practicing entity Mentone regarding a patent covering dynamic resource allocation schemes for data transfer, terminated by the claimant before judgment; 2) against William Grecia relating to digital rights management technology, terminated through a favorable settlement for the client.
- Acted for Ericsson as co-counsel in litigation brought by SOL in the Eastern District of Texas, asserting thirty patents against major carriers (ATT, Verizon, Sprint), with Ericsson acting as indemnitor to the carriers on all patents related to base station equipment it provides and therefore responsible for defending about 22 patents with well over 50 claims at issue.
Arnold & Porter secured several major trial wins for medical device clients in 2019, further cementing the group's reputation as a go-to patent litigation address. With in-depth expertise of the technology, pharmaceutical, life sciences and consumer products sectors, proven experience in Hatch-Waxman litigation for major international clients, and a successful practice in the district courts, before the Federal Circuit and the PTAB, the group is able to take on major disputes, including multi-venue cases, not the least because of its presence on the East and West coast of the US as well as in Texas. The main offices are in Washington DC, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Denver and Chicago. Washington DC duo Matthew Wolf and Jennifer Sklenar direct the practice. James Blank left for Baker McKenzie LLP in January 2019 and counsel Soumitra Deka left for DLA Piper LLP (US) in November 2019. Lisa Blatt joined Williams & Connolly LLP. The arrival of Beatriz San Martin, who specialises in the life sciences and emerging and disruptive technologies, in the firm's London office, improved the firm's ability to seamlessly assist with transatlantic patent disputes.
Other key lawyers:
- Represented Boston Scientific Corporation in patent infringement litigation against Edwards Lifesciences regarding transcatheter aortic valve replacement patents, one patent asserted by Boston Scientific against Edwards and three patents asserted by Edwards against Boston Scientific by way of counterclaim, with the team acting as lead US counsel and the head of the global strategy for parallel disputes outside the US and securing a $35m jury verdict for infringement and a complete victory on the counterclaims.
- Acted for Hologic Inc. in a multi-patent case against Minerva Surgical, obtaining a complete summary judgment victory of infringement and validity of two patents against Minerva Surgical, followed by a jury trial and verdict of substantial lost profits and reasonable royalties in addition to securing rejection of Minerva’s breach of contract and Lanham Act counterclaims.
- Represented Sanofi and Regeneron in the re-trial of a patent action brought by Amgen to determine the validity of patents involving Sanofi and Regeneron’s cholesterol-reducing drug Praluent, ultimately securing a complete victory for the clients after a Federal Circuit judgment found partly in favour of Amgen and clarifying important written description and enablement issues relating to antibody patents.
- Successfully represented Google in multiple patent cases, including multiple patent litigations filed by plaintiff Uniloc in the Eastern District of Texas across multiple Google technology areas from WiFi to Photos to secure log-in protocols.
- Acted for Adobe in multiple IP cases, including copyright, trade secret and patent cases involving cloud-based content applications and internet commerce solutions.
Baker Botts L.L.P. offers one of the deepest benches in the market and remains one of the most active patent litigation practices among general practice firms, especially in defense cases and PTAB proceedings. Additionally, the group shoulders an impressive Federal Circuit caseload. The client list includes an stellar string of US giants as well as a large number of Asian multinationals, chief among them several major Japanese and South Korean players. Thanks to the high number of practitioners with technical and scientific backgrounds, the group is able to assist clients from a wide range of sectors, with hi-tech, telecommunications, electronics and biotech generating as core focus sectors. Under the lead of Lisa Kattan the firm has also established itself as a go-to ITC address. New York's Robert Scheinfeld took over from Dallas' Barton Showalter as the head of the practice. The Dallas-based Christa Brown-Sanford is the deputy chair. In former Venable LLP practitioner Michael Sartori, the firm's Washington DC office gained a well rounded patent expert with experience in infringement, validity and enforceability matters. Other key locations are Palo Alto, Houston, San Francisco and Austin.
Other key lawyers:
Barton Showalter; Christa Brown-Sanford; Robert Maier; Douglas Kubehl; Kurt Pankratz; David Wille; Wayne Stacy; Sarah Guske; Eliot Williams; Neil Sirota; Paul Morico; David Weaver; Hop Guy; Bryant Boren
‘Baker Botts has a very strong IP team with a deep bench and very talented attorneys (that can handle a large range of cases in multiple venues). I fully trust them as a go-to firm for IP matters. More than that, they are personable and work hard to please the client.‘
‘Strong technical expertise; diverse litigation teams; having a large group allows flexibility in staffing.‘
‘Excellent attorneys that are knowledgeable and accessible. Always were available to update or answer questions.‘
‘Unique characteristics: The team’s breadth of knowledge and ability to consider an international company’s legal issues and strategies in multiple very complex matters.‘
‘The Baker Botts patent litigation team in New York, headed by Rob Scheinfeld, has worked with us for many years. They are a top-notch team that has a great deal of experience with patent litigation.‘
‘Very strong litigation that engages in strategy from the start.‘
‘Hop Guy and his team at Baker Botts are fantastic. Having Hop Guy’s trial-savvy, senior attention on the daily aspects of our cases makes a big difference in strategic decisions and developing the evidentiary record.‘
‘The team was composed of multiple lawyers to be sure to cover all the aspects of the lawsuit. Very professional.‘
‘They are willing to go the extra mile to meet the clients’ needs and are very knowledgeable. Given the depth of their bench, it is likely that they have run into the cutting edge issues that a company would be facing. They also make themselves available at whatever hour – including odd hours for regular calls.‘
‘They genuinely care about their clients (the people and the entities) and work hard for them.‘
‘Robert Maier is an excellent and knowledgeable attorney and is always available to answer our questions as they arise.‘
‘Extremely smart and responsive; great at providing strategic legal advice and understanding the company’s risk profile and desired outcomes, without being overly conservative.’
‘Robert Scheinfeld, Eliot Williams – they are both thorough professionals.‘
‘Hop Guy is one of the best patent litigators/trial lawyers around. His knowledge, expertise and abilities are unmatched in the industry. He has a team that consistently obtains great results.‘
‘Hop Guy is outstanding in court and his attention to details throughout the life of an infringement case makes a big difference. Kurt Pankratz is also excellent in court and Eliot Williams is excellent before the PTAB and the Federal Circuit.‘
‘Every lawyer was specialized in their field, very competent and dedicated to the lawsuit.’
Genband US LLC
FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc.
Ericsson, Inc. and T-Mobile
Mastercard International Inc.
Baylor College of Medicine
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Bright House Networks, LLC
iFLY Holdings, LLC
DISH Network LLC
Oxford Nanopore Technologies.
- Represented GENBAND/Ribbon in several cases against its competitor Metaswitch, achieving victories for GENBAND as the patent holder and victories for GENBAND defending against Metaswitch’s patents in the Eastern District of Texas, securing a verdict from one jury finding seven asserted patents infringed and awarding 90% of the requested damages, and a second verdict from the other jury finding no infringement by GENBAND and invalidating all of Metaswitch’s asserted patents.
- Successfully represented Manitowoc Cranes in a patent and trade secret dispute against Sany Heavy Industry, obtaining a summary judgment from the District Court of the Eastern District of Wisconsin after successfully suing the defendant at the ITC.
- Represented defendant Twilio, Inc. in multiple patent litigations against TeleSign Corporation in the Northern District of California, securing dismissal of all claims for ineligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101.
- Represented Ericsson and other wireless carriers as defendants in in a series of cases brought by Intellectual Ventures, asserting 12 different patents, including the representation of Ericsson and T-Mobile in the appeal of their cases to the Federal Circuit and in multiple follow-on cases filed by Intellectual Ventures asserting an additional ten patents.
- Successfully represented Mastercard International Inc. in patent litigation against plaintiff D’Agostino regarding patents relating to systems and methods for performing secure credit card transactions, invalidating all two patents in-suit at the PTAB and on appeal at the Federal Circuit.
Cooley LLP enjoys a stellar reputation as a go-to firm for complex high-stakes patent disputes. Adept at technology and life sciences litigation alike, the group has built an excellent track record of victories regarding a broad range of patents, including blockbuster biosimilar patents, medical device patents and software patents. The team demonstrates strength in all US patent venues and is well versed in the management of multi-venue cases, drawing on its pool of experienced PTAB practitioners, district court and Federal Circuit specialists and ITC experts to strategically staff each case. Clients include many blue-chip companies, especially from the technology sector, but also a number of start-ups specialising in disruptive technologies. Practice head Stephen Smith is based in Washington DC. The renowned Heidi Keefe operates from the Palo Alto office. Other key offices are in New York, Reston and Boulder. Chris Campbell joined King & Spalding LLP in March 2019.
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP fields a wide-ranging caseload that is diverse in sectors and varied in the type of work undertaken. The consumer products, life sciences, IT, industrials and chemical sectors are core focus areas of the group and with all practitioners having undergone extensive training in handling different types of IP and different types of matters, such as disputes, transactions, and antitrust, the team offers outstanding expertise for complex patent litigation. The group is well versed in domestic and cross-border work, including in the supervision and coordination of disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions. In addition to its extensive trial experience, the practice also impresses with its corporate IP practice, covering portfolio development, exploitation and protection as well as strategic advice in the context of mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, and due diligence work. The key contacts are Keith Hummel, Richard Stark, David Marriott and David Greenwald. Lauren Kennedy made partner in 2019 and Sharonmoyee Goswami made partner in 2020. The firm is based in New York, with a transatlantic office in London.
‘An excellent litigation group with excellent associates.‘
‘The Cravath team is just the best. They approach the case by not only focusing on the litigation, but providing a comprehensive business solution.‘
‘They provide top-tier representation for bet-the-company patent infringement or defense matters.‘
‘David Greenwald is a superstar and provides excellent client service. He is smart, efficient, and always thinks ahead.‘
- Represented Alarm.com in patent infringement litigation brought by Vivint over interactive security and home automation technology, including representation in three successful appeals following PTAB decisions in favour of the client.
- Acted for plaintiff Amgen in the retrial of a patent infringement case against Sanofi, Sanofi affiliates and Regeneron in the District Court of Delaware, confirming the validity of Amgen patents on its cholesterol-lowering drug Repatha®.
- Secured a unanimous jury verdict in favor of client DRI Capital in a complex licensing dispute with subsidiaries of GlaxoSmithKline plc regarding the payment of royalties on a lupus drug, winning a breach of implied covenant claim following a six-day trial in Delaware Superior Court.
- Represented Mylan Laboratories, Inc. in a consolidated set of antitrust lawsuits against Cephalon in Pennsylvania federal court concerning alleged ‘reverse-payment’ settlement agreements between Cephalon and generic drug manufacturers.
- Acted for Qualcomm Incorporated in its litigation against Apple, involving among others claims of breach of contract, patent infringement issues, and various forms of declaratory relief, securing a global settlement for Qualcomm in April 2019 resolving all litigation between the parties across three continents.
Especially renowned for its powerful life sciences and pharmaceutical practice, Goodwin is one of the most active Hatch-Waxman litigation firms in the US, offering in-depth experience in biosimilar litigation and is well-versed in medical device disputes. A string of technology clients attests the practice's strength in litigation regarding technology patents. With its high performance appellate team and versatile PTAB group that has experience in representing patent owners and petitioners in IPR and covered business method review proceedings, the firm remains an excellent choice for high-stakes patent litigation. ITC investigations are also included in the portfolio of skills offered by Boston-based practice head Daryl Wiesen's team. Other key offices are in Silicon Valley, New York and Washington DC. In 2019, Jennifer Albert retired and Cynthia Lambert Hardman became an Administrative Patent Judge.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Abate; William Jay; David Zimmer; Elaine Blais; Robert Cerwinski; Robert Frederickson; Ira Levy; Alexandra Valenti; Mark Davis; Patrick McCarthy; Ronald Pabis; Stephen Shahida; Elizabeth Holland; Linnea Cipriano; John Bennett; Neel Chatterjee; Calvin Wingfield
‘Goodwin has an excellent life sciences practices, which includes an intellectual property department with exceptional patent litigation expertise. The firm has a deep bench of partners and associates who can handle cases with a varying complexity. The firm not only has a strong scientific expertise, but lawyers that have substantial trial experience.‘
‘Daryl Wiesen and John Bennett have provided exceptional results. Both have extensive experience in all aspects of pre-trial and trial and have a unique understanding of the interplay between IP, regulatory, and business issues in the pharmaceutical sector.‘
Irell & Manella LLP
Irell & Manella LLP underwent significant changes in 2019 and early 2020, with the strategic decision to focus on complex litigation work and to shed its transactional practice leading to a number of high-profile departures: a quartet consisting of David Gindler, Lauren Drake, Yite John Lu and Gary Frischling joined Milbank, while Ellisen Shelton Turner left for Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Elliot Brown became a mediator. In counsel Jonathan Lindsay, who joined from Crowell & Moring LLP, the practice gained a versatile patent practitioner with experience in a broad spread of sectors. With the partner promotion of Amy Proctor, who runs the firm's in-house Technical Analysis Laboratory with science advisor Thomas Barr, the firm underlined its commitment to provide an exceptional patent litigation offer. The Southern California outfit has offices in Los Angeles and Newport Beach and impresses with its wide sector range, spanning among others semiconductor, software, pharmaceutical, medical devices, e-commerce, biotechnology and telecommunications-related disputes. The Los Angeles-based Morgan Chu directs the practice.
Other key lawyers:
- Represented the United Services Automobile Association as claimant in a patent infringement dispute against Wells Fargo relating to patents for mobile check deposit technology, obtaining an award of $200m in damages and a finding of wilful infringement after successfully blocking seven covered business method reviews and inter partes review proceedings filed by Wells Fargo.
- Acted for Nantkwest in oral arguments before the US Supreme Court in a case revolving around the USPTO policy on the obligation to pay the USPTO’s legal bills after an appeal to a district court regardless of outcome of the appeal.
- Successful defended Juniper Networks in a seven-patent infringement matter against Finjan regarding cybersecurity patents, securing a complete victory over all of Finjan’s asserted patents.
- Represented VLSI Technology LLC in five infringement suits asserting a total of 21 patents against Intel.
- Successfully defended Skysong Innovations against a suit by Altela, Inc., filed following the alleged improper termination of a patent license and seeking more than $50m in damages, ultimately securing dismissal of the claimant’s case in an arbitration proceeding.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP offers the full range of patent litigation expertise, fielding not only a busy federal court caseload and a substantial Federal Circuit practice, but also a successful PTAB and ITC practice. The group is frequently visible in headline-grabbing cases from a variety of sectors, including the hi-tech, life sciences, healthcare, food and beverage, automotive and consumer product sectors. The group excels in domestic and cross-border litigation, with US offices in Washington DC, where practice head Nicole Jantzi is based, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Boston and San Francisco in addition to a wide international footprint, including offices in key patent jurisdictions such as Germany. James Oehler joined the Chicago office from Brinks Gilson & Lione in January 2019, strengthening both the prosecution and the litigation bench. Jeffrey Toney arrived in the Atlanta office from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, adding his patent, antitrust and trade secret experience to the firm's portfolio. Hosang Lee left for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in January 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘Initiative, creativity, resourcefulness, analytical thinking, determination, results-oriented.‘
‘The uniqueness of their practice lies in an acute understanding of not only the intellectual property at issue but the business context in which the dispute is being conducted and the unflagging attention to the ultimate goals of the client. I have never experienced such in-depth planning involving the client, explanations of each likely step of the litigation process, and the costs and risk calculus attendant to each.‘
‘Michael Chu’s work on our account has been value-accretive to the organization overall. We see tremendous impact on our company valuation thanks to his work.‘
‘The incredible experience that both Paul Schoenhard and Nicole Jantzi bring to the case that constantly takes into account the big picture, the nuanced details, the client needs and the opponent’s likely moves are like having two magnificent conductors of a symphony orchestra.‘
Contour IP Holding LLC
Michael Todd Beauty
Traeger Pellet Grills LLC
- Successfully represented Amgen in patent infringement litigation against Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals over a new generation of cholesterol-lowering blockbuster drugs, including representation before the Federal Circuit and assistance with the coordination of litigation outside of the US, with Japan and Germany as key jurisdictions in the global dispute.
- Representing Orthopaedic Hospital in a five-patent infringement litigation in the district court of the Southern District of California brought against DJO Finance LLC and DJO Global Inc. for infringement of patents related to human joint replacements.
- Represented Contour IP Holding LLC in IPR proceedings against GoPro, brought by GoPro after the client had asserted two patent portfolios against GoPro, securing a complete patent owner victory for Contour IP Holding LLC.
- Acted for Novartis as defendant in patent infringement litigation against Plexxikon, a subsidiary of Daiichi Sankyo, regarding melanoma drug Tafinlar®, alleged to infringe two of the claimant’s patents.
- Represented keychain tracker manufacturer Cellwitch Inc. as claimant in a patent infringement litigation against Tile Inc. in the Northern District of California related to its patent covering a way for mobile apps to use tracking devices to monitor the location of a user’s items.
Morrison & Foerster LLP is known for its strength in the life sciences and technology sectors. Key figures Richard Hung and Michael Jacobs are based in the San Francisco office. Nicole Smith joined Jones Day in August 2019.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP unites extensive district court and ITC experience with a remarkably successful PTAB practice, having achieved above-average outcomes for both petitioners and patent owners. Many of the team's cases are multi-venue disputes, often fought for high-profile clients from a range of sectors, including the technology, electronics and semiconductor sectors, who come to the group for its successful patent litigation track record. The client list includes a significant number of Asian multinationals, chief among them a number of global Japanese players. Following the group's patent team expansion in 2018, 2019 brought in a team of trademark and copyright specialists from Fish & Richardson P.C., further bolstering the group's IP heft in the market. Sten Jensen in Washington DC and Jared Bobrow in Silicon Valley share the lead of the firm's IP Business Unit. Richard DeLucia left for an of counsel position at Robins Kaplan LLP while Antony Pfeffer joined Tractable Ltd as general counsel. The Washington DC-based Christopher Higgins, one of the chairs of the firm's 3D printing group, joined the partnership in January 2019. Other key offices are in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Houston and Orange County in the US as well as Taipei and Tokyo for cross-border disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Micron Technology, Inc.
Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch LLC, Bosch Automotive Products (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., Robert Bosch, Sistemas Automatrices, S.A. de C.V., Robert Bosch Ltda.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., and Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Ltd.
Sansi North America, LLC; Shanghai Sansi Electronic Engineering Co., Ltd.
Vivo Mobile Communication Co., Ltd
CreateLED Electronics Co. Ltd.; CreateLED USA LLC
Yaham Optoelectronics Co., Ltd.; and Yaham LED U.S.A., Inc.
- Successfully represented H2O.ai in a patent infringement dispute against claimant and competitor PurePredictive Inc. at the Federal Circuit, securing a judgment stating that the client did not infringe a claimant’s patent on machine learning technology.
- Successfully defended Stripe, Inc. against a patent infringement suit filed by Boom! Payments regarding alleged wilful infringement of three electronic payment system patents, obtaining a verdict ruling that all three patents claimed ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. section 101 and were directed to the abstract idea of a payment escrow, and challenging the three patents separately in covered business method reviews based on obviousness grounds.
- Acted for Micron Technology, Inc. in patent infringement litigation brought by semiconductor industry expert Daniel Flamm alleging infringement of three patents, and successfully obtained final written PTAB decisions for two of the patents, holding all their claims to be unpatentable, and later securing an affirmative verdict from the Federal Circuit on appeal.
- Successfully led three IPR proceedings on behalf of network security company Zscaler, pertaining to a patent competitor infringement suit filed by Symantec Limited.
- Represented Nitto Denko Corporation in infringement litigation against defendant Hutchinson Technology Inc. claiming infringement of six of the client’s patents relating to flexures, provoking the filing of five IPRs and a counter-lawsuit alleging infringement of ten patents, ultimately negotiating a favourable settlement after a string of PTAB successes for the client.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP specialises in high-stakes competitor litigation. Steeped in the practices of the key US patent litigation venues, including the PTAB, the Federal Circuit and the ITC, the team stands out through its high share in the most important biosimilar disputes in the US, but also excels in other areas, such as electronics, software and computer hardware, financial services and telecommunications patents. Major domestic and international clients, often with East-Asian roots, entrust the practice with their most important patent disputes. New Yorkers Nicholas Groombridge, the practice head of the group, deputy chair Catherine Nyarady, Jennifer Wu, Eric Alan Stone and, in the Washington DC office, David Ball, Steven Baughman, Kenneth Gallo and counsel Megan Raymond are the names to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Paul Weiss team understands that what counts as a ‘win’ in a certain case really depends on our business objectives. They, unlike many firms I’ve worked with, are not surprised and often anticipate that certain approaches to aspects of litigation may not be options for us, given our business objectives. In addition, their ability to dive into complex scientific issues and meet the witnesses where they are is equally impressive. While they understand the technology, they never lose sight of the fact that ultimate the trier of fact also needs to understand these issues.‘
‘They know the practices and litigation strategy well and are very smart.‘
‘Catherine Nyarady: She is good at communicating with the clients and the courts.‘
Venable LLP offers longstanding experience in life sciences patent litigation. After the merger with former New York firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto in 2018, the group has remained a key name for Hatch-Waxman litigation and disputes arising from medical device patent infringement allegations. The practice regularly acts in competitor litigation and combines district court, PTAB, Federal Circuit and ITC strength. Additionally, clients find a solid licensing and transactional practice at the firm. The main practitioners include the Washington DC-based Justin Pierce and the New York-based Dominick Conde as the heads of the IP division, the heads of litigation Scott Reed , Michael Sandonato, Frank Gasparo, Megan Woodworth and Frank Cimino, all based in New York except the Washington DC-based Woodworth and Cimino. Recent departures between late 2018 and late 2019 include Simon Roberts and Jason Leonard joining Hogan Lovells US LLP, Michael Furrow's departure to DLA Piper LLP (US), Todd Nosher's departure to Calhoun Bhella & Sechrest LLP, Michael Sartori's departure to Baker Botts L.L.P. and Damon Wright's departure to Gordon & Rees.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, LLC (FCA)
- Represented Alnylam Pharmaceuticals as petitioner in a post-grant review at the PTAB regarding five patents owned by Silence, covering RNA interference, and as claimant in an infringement case before the District Court for the District of Massachusetts, seeking declaratory judgment of non-infringement of the same patents by the client’s drug ONPATTRO®, ultimately negotiating a favourable settlement for the client.
- Acted for medical device manufacturer Arthrex, Inc. as defendant in a infringement case brought by competitor TriMed Inc., relating to patents covering bone fracture fixation systems and methods.
- Represented Mentor Graphics Corporation as defendant in a patent infringement case filed by E-System Design, Inc. regarding a patent covering software for modeling electrical interconnections in three-dimensional structures, first before the district court and subsequently before the Federal Circuit.
- Acted for Nalpropion Pharmaceuticals in a Federal Circuit case against Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc., successfully obtaining confirmation of the district court’s judgment in the client’s favour regarding the validity of the client’s patent on weight management product Contrave®.
- Acted for Novartis in an appeal before the Federal Circuit against West-Ward Pharmaceuticals International Limited, Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc., securing a reversal of the district court’s verdict that had held the client’s patent on the commercially significant compound everolimus to be invalid. The Federal Circuit ruling clarified the application of the obviousness-type double patenting doctrine.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, one of the largest and most established IP boutiques in the US, impresses with a particularly high number of practitioners with a science or engineering degree and its extensive trial expertise, both in the district courts and at the Federal Circuit. The group acts for plaintiffs and defendants alike, with a track record of successes above the national average, not only in federal court, but also before the PTAB where the prolific practice is especially successful for patent owners. The group's East coast and West coast teams regulary join forces for optimal representation in court, a key selling point for its diverse client roster that includes major life sciences, pharmaceutical, technology, consumer products and electronics players, many of which have stayed with the firm for decades. Jeremy Anapol and Kendall Loebbaka made partner in January 2019. John Holcomb retired following his nomination to serve as a United States District Judge for the Central District of California. Managing partner Steven Nataupsky and litigation chair Joseph Cianfrani are both based in the Orange County office. Other offices are in Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC, New York, San Diego and San Francisco.
Other key lawyers:
‘Knobbe Martens has been fantastic in representing us in a patent litigation matter. They are top-notch, dedicated, committed, and strive to bring the best possible work product every single day. They also provide strategic advice, counsel, and mentorship. My company works with a decent number of law firms, and I have to say the Knobbe Martens relationship is at the top of my list for the level of quality, value, commitment, and overall client satisfaction. I know that I am getting value when working with this team and it is money well spent. It is hard to find firms and teams that are deeply invested, committed, that act as strategic value-added partners and not just a service provider. Knobbe Martens is definitely the deeply invested, committed, strategic value-added partner. I feel like I have the A-Team on my side.‘
‘The Knobbe Martens team has always approached each case with thoughtfulness. The Knobbe Martens team does a great job of using current trends in IP litigation to guide their strategy and helps us to craft a precise approach rather than a generic one-size-fits-all strategy that I have seen in many firm’s proposals.‘
‘A pragmatic firm that routinely finds the experience/knowledge required for a given challenge and makes it available to us.‘
‘The group of attorneys working in our patent litigation team are some of the best I’ve seen. They are all committed, dedicated, engaged, and work to maximize value for us.‘
‘Joseph Re- his presence in the courtroom is unparalleled. He commands a presence, has an exceptional grasp of the law and our case. He is passionate about our case and it comes through in his persuasive arguments.’
‘John Sganga has truly earned my trust over the years as a conscientious litigator who always keeps the company’s best interest in focus throughout proceedings. He is reserved and thoughtful during the planning process, but confident and assertive in his communications with opposing counsel, etc.‘
Taoglas Group Holding Ltd.
Bulletproof Digital, Inc.
Monster Energy Company
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd.
Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Smith & Nephew, Inc.
Nobel Biocare USA, LLC
Fisher & Paykel Appliances Ltd.
Personal Genome Diagnostics, Inc.
Lund Motion Products, Inc.
- Represented Edwards Lifesciences in multiple litigations and IPR proceedings relating to transcatheter aortic valve replacement technology against Boston Scientific Corporation.
- Defended Personal Genome Diagnostics, Inc. against allegations of patent infringement brought by Guardant Health regarding liquid biopsy patents.
- Represented SecureAuth in a patent infringement suit brought by StrikeForce Technologies in the District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia, successfully moving the case to the Central District of California and securing a victory for the client both at the district court and on appeal at the Federal Circuit.
- Represents Edwards Lifesciences in a patent infringement litigation against Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. involving technology related to treatments for the mitral valve, part of a larger dispute in multiple jurisdictions across the world.
- Acted as lead counsel for SureCall in a complex patent litigation involving nine patents asserted by Wilson and three patents asserted by SureCall, all regarding cellphone booster technology, obtaining a complete victory for the client at the PTAB in the six IPR proceedings filed by Wilson.
Mayer Brown covers a broad spread of sectors, with the telecommunications, electronics, consumer products, food and beverage, life sciences and semiconductor ones as particularly busy areas of work. The practice primarily acts for defendants, but can also draw from its experience as plaintiff representative in a number of cases, allowing for a well rounded perspective on litigation strategies. With a successful track record in the major patent venues in the US, including the PTAB, the group is well positioned to assist with high-stakes patent disputes. Practice head Lisa Ferri is based in New York. Chicago is another key location. The firm also has an international office network, with its Düsseldorf and Beijing office as important antennas for cross-border work. Stephen Baskin and Dara Kurlancheek joined King & Spalding LLP in spring 2019.
Other key lawyers:
LG Electronics, and LG Display
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Zhejiang Medical Co., Ltd.
Man Wah Holdings Limited
HemoSonics LLC, Stago
- Represented Maxell Ltd. in patent infringement litigation against ZTE USA, Inc. over seven patents directed towards smartphone and tablet technology including walking navigation, power management, audio and camera features, securing $43.3m in damages and ultimately ending the dispute with a settlement.
- Represented Japanese tech giant Maxell in a patent litigation matter against Apple regarding alleged infringement of ten Maxell patents regarding location sharing, walking navigation, camera design, video calling, alarm clock and timer, and battery-saving technology.
- Acted for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation as defendant in litigation against Ultravision Technologies, LLC regarding two patents related to modular display panels.
- Successfully represented Sanofi and Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC in a Federal Circuit appeal against the Washington Research Foundation and Genentech, getting the appellant to dismiss the appeal, following a successful outcome at district court level where the group secured a summary judgment decision that Sanofi’s cancer medication Elitek® did not infringe the plaintiff’s patent.
- Represented Gilead Sciences, Inc. in a Hatch-Waxman patent litigation filed in the District Court for the District of Delaware against six different defendants groups regarding a patent covering a pharmacologic agent used in cardiac nuclear stress tests.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP offers extensive experience in all major US patent venues, including the PTAB and the ITC, in addition to experience in litigation patent disputes before the Supreme Court. The group's PTAB strength stems from its long track record of representing clients in PTAB proceedings, such as appeals, reexaminations and reissues, and some of the first IPR proceedings to be brought before the Board. The mix of legal, engineering and science expertise offered by the team makes the practice an attractive choice for a growing number of high-profile companies, not the least because the firm also impresses with its prosecution and licensing capabilities. The combination has proven to be particularly appealing for clients from highly regulated sectors, chief among them life sciences companies, but the team's caseload reveals a diverse sector mix which also includes electronics, technology and consumer products clients. The Philadelphia-based practice head Eric Kraeutler and his deputy Louis Beardell direct the team that includes practitioners in Silicon Valley, Chicago, Orange County, Washington DC, San Francisco, Wilmington, Miami and Houston. Hosang Lee joined the Washington DC bench from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in January 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has a great scientific understanding of the chemistry and science underlying pharmaceutical patents. They provide excellent advice on a timely and consistent basis and offer practical solutions to a revolving set of problems.‘
‘Attention to detail, passion for the law, upstanding conduct, I’m very proud to have Morgan representing us.‘
‘Well prepared and strategically sound. Going into settlement discussions we felt we had the information and pathways at our fingertips.‘
‘Jeffrey Gargano, Kevin Shortsle and Zachary Miller are all excellent.‘
‘Christopher Bright: Very detailed in his analysis and work product; deep understanding of the litigation process.‘
Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research
Gavrieli Brands LLC
General Electric Lighting
Nestlé Purina Petcare Company
Tolmar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Acted for Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research in a longstanding patent infringement case against Cochlear, securing a $268m judgment in favour of the client for wilful infringement of the client’s patents.
- Represented footwear brand Gavrieli Brands LLC in connection with the prosecution and enforcement of its patent portfolio, including in a design patent and trade dress infringement case against competitor Soto Massini (USA) Corp. and its principal, obtaining a $2.95m jury verdict.
- Represented Praxair Inc. and Praxair Distribution Inc. before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a 10-patent ANDA case filed by Mallinckrodt Hospital Products IP, INO Therapeutics LLC, and Ikaria Inc, securing a decision that upheld the district court’s favourable verdict for the ten patents on appeal.
- Represented Brunswick Corporation in patent litigation against Cobalt Boats regarding swim steps, obtaining a judgment that the client’s redesigned swim steps were sufficiently different to not fall under the injunction imposed on the client and, by appealing the underlying judgment, eliminating a judgment of more than $8m and resolving Brunswick of any liability.
- Secured a major victory for Nestlé Purina in a US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois jury trial against Oil-Dri Corp. of America, reducing a potential award of $73m to only $3m in damages.
Norton Rose Fulbright stands out through its combination of cross-border strength, a highly successful PTAB practice and its in-depth knowledge of the patent issues underlying autonomous vehicles. The US team shoulders a busy district and Federal Circuit caseload, with ITC experience to boot, and can look back on a long string of successes in IPRs and covered business method reviews. With degrees in a wide spread of disciplines, including electrical, civil and mechnical engineering as well as physics, pharmaceuticals and biochemistry, the versatile team appeals to a varied client base, including many major international companies which benefit not only from the firm's domestic strength, but also from its global network spanning five continents. Charles Walker, the head of IP disputes, and James Repass, the global head of IP, are both based in Houston. Gina Shishima, the US head of intellectual property, is based in the Austin office. Felicia Boyd joined the Minneapolis office from Barnes & Thornburg LLP in November 2019, adding her broad IP practice in a key US location to the team. Other key offices are in Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Laura Borst left the firm and Paul Keller joined Allen & Overy LLP in March 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Machinex Industries, Inc.
Match Group, LLC
Deepwater Drilling Inc.
- Represented Qualcomm Incorporated in litigation against Apple and regulators across the globe, including multiple proceedings at the ITC and the US district courts, for example asserting patent infringement claims against Apple in multiple cases in the Southern District of California, and both defending claims brought by and asserting claims against Apple and its contract manufactures in a significant case in the Southern District of California that led to the settlement ultimately ending the dispute.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP stands out through its focus on high-stakes litigation for major technology clients, including satellite service providers, with subject matter including consumer electronics, telecommunications technology, and computer hardware and software. Additionally, the practice fields a busy Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA caseload. Practice head Ryan Yagura is based in the Los Angeles office. Fellow Angeleno Vincent Zhou made partner in January 2019. The firm's other main US offices are in San Francisco, New York, Newport Beach and Silicon Valley.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD)
Artifex Software, Inc.
Micron Technology, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
The Walt Disney Company
Twentieth Century Fox
- Successfully defended Samsung against an high number of patent cases filed by Tessera Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Xperi Corporation, and related companies, including a complaint in the US International Trade Commission, accusing Samsung of infringing patents relating to semiconductor wafer-level packaging and related district court cases.
- Acted for Google, parachuting in as trial counsel in a patent case which was slated to go to trial just five months later, ultimately turning around a $20m jury verdict in favour of the client.
- Represented Onyx Therapeutics, Inc., an Amgen Inc. company, in Hatch-Waxman litigation against against 11 generic pharmaceutical companies enforcing patents relating to multiple myeloma drug Kyprolis®.
- Represented AstraZeneca in four waves of Hatch-Waxman litigation against multiple generics companies, enforcing patents relating to breast cancer treatment Faslodex™.
- Successfully defended Google in a patent infringement dispute against Tierravision involving technology for organizing and transmitting maps over the Internet.
Ropes & Gray LLP offers a well-rounded patent practice, with particular litigation strengths before the PTAB, where the group is exceptionally successful for petitioners while also acting for patent owners, an established ITC practice and a successful track record in the major US district courts for patent litigation. The firm's life sciences disputes practice is developing well and complements the group's existing technology, semiconductors and electronics practice nicely. The Silicon Valley office, from which practice head Andrew Thomases directs the team, and the offices in New York and Washington DC are the key locations.
Other key lawyers:
Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 (IP Bridge)
Emerson Electric Co.
CJ CheilJedang Corp
TiVo Corporation (Rovi Corporation)
Extreme Networks Inc.
- Represented Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 in series of patent infringement suits against TCL, Intel and Qualcomm, both at federal district courts and the PTAB, including litigation over cellular essential patents and patents relating to semiconductor fabrication.
- Represented Emerson Electric in multi-patent, multi-venue litigation against SIPCO, involving an ITC investigation, a ten-patent district court lawsuit and over 18 inter partes review and covered business method review proceedings, several ex parte reexaminations and Federal Circuit appeals relating to mesh network technology.
- Represented Dolby Laboratories in a patent infringement suit against Intertrust Corporation, seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement of eleven patents covering movie rendering technology asserted by Intertrust Corporation.
- Represented Dolby Laboratories in a patent infringement suit against Intertrust Corporation regarding eleven movie rendering patents.
- Acted for Roku Inc.in patent infringement suits against Blue Spike and Canon regarding patents that protect secure transactions and TV and remote technology respectively.
Williams & Connolly LLP, based in Washington DC, impresses with the range of its expertise, fielding a highly successful pharmaceutical and biotech caseload in addition to a powerful hi-tech and software practice. Hatch-Waxman litigation, licensing disputes, patent and trade secret litigation, often for medical device manufacturers, are all visible in the caseload. The group possesses the necessary PTAB experience to act in disputes involving parallel district court and PTAB proceedings, primarily IPRs and covered business method reviews. Big domestic clients and international players alike rely on the team's legal and technical strengths, attracted by the group's reputation as a safe pair of hands for patent litigation and the firm's deep bench of practitioners with science and engineering backgrounds. The team also has experience in assisting law firms in disputes regarding professional responsibility claims arisen from patent litigation or prosecution work. Lisa Blatt joined from Arnold & Porter and heads the firm's appellate and Supreme Court practice. Sarah Harris joined from the US Department of Justice, further bolstering the group's appellate and Supreme Court practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team I worked with at Williams & Connolly brought a focused and detail-oriented approach to our representation. I felt that their advocacy was consistently much better than that of our adversary – which (obviously) put us at a big advantage. Williams & Connolly thinks around the corners, and is aggressive in an intelligent, strategic way. I appreciate that the partners are supportive of development opportunities for their associates. Their written work product is top-notch. They were also great partners and really took the time to listen to and absorb feedback. I truly enjoy working with them.‘
‘Thomas Selby is a great lead partner. He is warm and inclusive, and maintains good relationships with everyone (court reporters, opposing counsel, his associates, and his clients). He’s very sharp and excellent in depositions and other situations that require quick thinking.‘
‘Adam Harber is incredibly hard-working, super sharp, and can absorb and hold very tricky, nuanced, technical information without getting lost in the weeds – rather, he keeps the litigation strategy mindset top of mind at all times, and uses the technical information to serve that strategy. He’s also an excellent oral advocate – clearly articulating the important points, nimbly and succinctly responding to arguments from the bench and opposing counsel.‘
‘David Krinsky can speak English as well as Engineering and helped to translate the technical details into persuasive arguments. Like the rest of the team, David is also a delightful person who I enjoyed spending time with on a personal level. He is also a great (and funny) writer.‘
Eli Lilly & Co.
ION Geophysical Corp.
Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH
Google (and subsidiary YouTube)
Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Pfizer subsidiary)
Hoffmann-La Roche AG
- Represented Eli Lilly & Co. against several generic drug manufacturers who challenged a patent protecting Lilly’s blockbuster anti-cancer drug Alimta®, obtaining a key victory in favor of Lilly before the Federal Circuit, which affirmed that two judgments holding Dr. Reddy’s’ and Hospira’s proposed products would infringe Lilly’s patent, and obtaining another victory before the Federal Circuit which affirmed the validity of the client’s patent.
- Successfully represented Dropbox in patent infringement litigation brought by Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. alleging that Dropbox’s products infringe three US-based synchronization-related patents, securing summary judgment in favor of Dropbox, finding that Dropbox does not directly infringe the two remaining patents, and that one of the remaining patents is also invalid.
- Represented Bayer in Hatch-Waxman patent litigation against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sigmapharm Laboratories, LLC concerning the validity of Bayer’s patent protecting the compound rivaroxaban, the active ingredient in Bayer and Johnson & Johnson’s drug Xarelto®, securing a judgment in the client’s favor.
- Represented Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in connection with a complaint filed by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Huawei Device USA, Inc. and Huawei Technologies USA, Inc. in the District Court for the Northern District of California, involving allegations that Samsung breached a contractual commitment to license certain of its standard essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms during its negotiations with Huawei for a cross-license to each party’s patents that have been declared essential to the implementation of 3G and 4G telecommunications standards.
- Successfully represented ION Geophysical Corporation in proceedings before the Federal Circuit on remand from the US Supreme Court where WesternGeco accused ION of patent infringement based on ION’s sales of devices in the marine seismic survey mark.
Fenwick & West LLP impresses with its track record of successfully fought federal court disputes and PTAB proceedings. Recently, the practice acted in a number of Section 101 disputes and secured victory in several cases at the Federal Circuit, including precedential verdicts. The group acts for a varied client base that includes international giants alongside start-ups, primarily from the technology, electronics and pharmaceutical sectors. In addition to its strong national practice, the group also offers experience in multi-jurisdictional matters. Michael Sacksteder in the San Francisco office is the head of the practice. Other offices include Mountain View, Seattle and New York.
Other key lawyers:
‘Terrific knowledge of technology, patent law, and generally very practical on discovery.‘
‘Ability to focus quickly on key issues and to think strategically about how to address such issues. This ability is based on both their expert legal knowledge and their in-depth understanding of our business.‘
‘David Hadden – great litigation strategist, superior understanding of tech.‘
‘Saina Shamilov – good at efficient discovery.’
‘Jeffrey Oelke is an excellent litigator who is able to clearly communicate and explain complex legal issues to both internal management and to judges. He also has an excellent demeanor and rapport with both expert witnesses and inventors.‘
- Represented Cray, Inc. in litigation brought originally in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by defense contractor Raytheon, alleging infringement of several of its patents relating to the hardware configurations and software for supercomputers, obtaining a landmark decision from the Federal Circuit establishing the standard for determining venue under 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), ultimately securing summary judgment in Cray’s favor, with Raytheon moving to dismiss its appeal to end the litigation.
- Acted as trial and appellate counsel for UCB against Mylan Pharmaceuticals regarding five UCB patents covering the drug TOVIAZ®, obtaining a precedent-setting litigation success for the client.
- Represented Supercell Oy in a multi-jurisdictional patent in defense of seven separate patent infringement lawsuits brought in the Eastern District of Texas, involving a total of 20 different video game patents asserted by Japanese company GREE and 16 petitions for post-grant review filed on behalf of the client.
- Defended Tile, Inc. against patent infringement claims brought by Cellwitch regarding Tile’s products and services for locating personal items, involving questions of patent-eligible subject matter.
Milbank gained a new practice head in 2019 with the arrival of David Gindler who joined the Los Angeles office together with Gary Frischling, Lauren Drake and Yite John Lu from Irell & Manella LLP, which significantly strengthened the firm's patent litigation bench, especially on the West coast. The combined expertise of the new arrivals and the existing practitioners, chief among them New York trio Christopher Gaspar, Errol Taylor and special counsel Nathaniel Browand is extremely wide-ranging, spanning the life sciences, biopharmaceuticals, technology, electronics and semiconductor sectors as core focus areas. With the firm's track record as a successful litigation outfit in the key US patent venues, including the PTAB, the practice is well equipped to assist its high-profile clients with strategic cases, often involving high-stakes. Former practice head Mark Scarsi left the firm in early 2020 in order to be confirmed as an United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Other key lawyers:
‘Errol Taylor has been able to put together a strong team with an environment that makes it fun working with them even under very stressful and though conditions. I think this is key to success in the end that you have a team that is engaged and committed to its client.‘
‘Errol Taylor is truly a star in the courtroom and has a very deep understanding of the pharmaceutical business as well as an impressive experience of litigation.‘
‘Nathaniel Browand is exceptionally sharp and is able to explain the most complex things to you in an understandable way.‘
‘David Gindler is an extraordinarily smart and gifted lawyer with gravitas inspiring confidence and respect – both as counsel to address, in a practical manner, complex legal and business issues, and as a fierce patent litigator and trial lawyer in bet-the-company cases.‘
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
MRSI Systems, Inc.
The Oneida Group
Emeram Capital Partners
Boards and More
EB Research Partnership
- Represented Orexo AB; Orexo US, Inc. in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a patent infringement lawsuit against Actavis relating to patents that cover Orexo’s flagship Zubsolv® product.
- Represented Fujitsu Network Communications (FNC) in defense of a patent infringement complaint initially filed in the Southern District of Florida by Capella Photonics, Inc. regarding patents covering Wavelength Selective Switches.
- Represented plaintiff, Tris Pharma, Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit against Actavis relating to a patent covering Tris Pharma’s QuilliChew® product.
- Represented Tris Pharma, Inc., in a lawsuit against Actavis on patents that cover Tris Pharma’s Quillivant XR® product, securing an important victory in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a decision that vacated the district court’s opinion invalidating three of the client’s patents.
- Acted for MRSI Systems, LLC (MRSI) in connection with patent infringement claims brought by Palomar Technologies, Inc. against MRSI relating to the use of a machine in the manufacture of semiconductor products.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's varied client roster attests the team's technical and strategic versatility. From start-ups to research centers, universities, government agencies and international corporations, the group offers extensive experience in the main patent litigation district courts, at the PTAB, the Federal Circuit and the ITC. The healthcare and pharmaceutical sector is the practice's mainstay, but the group is also active for major technology and electronics companies. Thanks to the firm's neighboring appellate, international trade and policies departments, the group can draw on additional resources to cover every angle of a case, offering added value to their clients. The Philadelphia-based Steve Maslowski directs the practice, with the San Antonio, New York, Houston, Irvine and Washington DC offices as the other main patent litigation hubs. Kevin Cadwell and David Clonts left for Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in April 2019. Andrew Holtman and Brandon Rash, formerly at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, joined the Washington DC office.
Other key lawyers:
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary)
Helen of Troy
Inguran dba STgenetics
Janssen Biotech, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary)
Johnson & Johnson
Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
New York University
Pratt & Whitney
Raytheon Technologies Corporation
The Walt Disney Company
- Represented Inguran (dba STgenetics) and its subsidiary, XY, LLC, in a patent infringement suit against their competitors ABS Global, Inc. and Genus plc in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, including appeal proceedings, ultimately securing a favourable verdict for the client.
- Representing Bristol-Myers Squibb, E. R. Squibb & Sons, Ono Pharmaceutical and Professor Tasuku Honjo as defendants in an action brought in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts by the Dana-Farber Institute regarding the correct inventorship of six patents covering antibody cancer treatments owned or licensed by the defendants.
- Represented XY, LLC in appeal proceedings against a competitor in the bovine semen sorting market, securing an affirmative verdict of a district court decision that had found the plaintiff to have committed breach of contract and wilful patent infringement.
- Acted for 3M Company and Northstar Chemicals as defendants in a patent infringement suit brought by Westech Aerosol Corporation regarding a patent related to an aerosol adhesive canister system, securing a favourable outcome for the client in one of the first cases following the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland.
- Represented 3M Company and Merck entities in a patent infringement suit filed by AptarGroup and Aptar France in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for alleged infringement of fluid dispenser systems patents, additionally representing the clients in two corresponding IPR proceedings.
Baker & Hostetler LLP stands out through its longstanding experience in litigation before the Court of Federal Claims, combining its IP capabilities with its in-depth knowledge of government contract law. The group also impresses in the classic US patent litigation venues, offering experience in district court, PTAB, Federal Circuit and ITC disputes, and covers a wide sector spectrum, ranking from the life sciences and technology sectors to the chemical, telecommunications and electronics sectors. IP practice head Mark Tidman is based in Washington DC. The co-chairs of the patent litigation practice, Kevin Kirsch and Daniel Goettle are based in Cincinnati/Columbus and Philadelphia respectively. Other key offices are in Atlanta, Denver and Chicago. Shawnna Yashar left for an in-house position at MicroStrategy.
Other key lawyers:
L-3 Harris Technologies
Tyco Integrated Security
Hewlett- Packard, Inc.
Match Group, Inc.
- Represents Jubilant and its subsidiaries in defense of a patent infringement case brought by Bracco in the New Jersey District Court, alleging infringement of five patents by Jubilant’s RUBY rubidium infusion system—a state-of-the-art medical device used with PET cameras to image patients’ hearts for diagnosis of heart disease, obtaining a stay of the case pending the final resolution of a pending ITC Investigation involving the two companies, saving Jubilant substantial litigation fees and allowing the client to continue to sell its RUBY systems in the United States.
- Defended IAC/InterActiveCorp and its subsidiaries against infringement claims brought by British Telecom involving six patents, obtaining a decision that four of the six asserted patents were invalid and obtaining judgments of dismissal for those claims as a first success in the dispute.
- Represented Saudi Basic Industries Corporation in multiple matters before the PTAB.
- Acted for IAC Search & Media, Inc. and ooVoo, LLC in two appeals filed by MyMail, seeking reversal of judgments in favour of the clients stating that two of MyMail’s patents were invalid.
- Acted for Xerox Corporation in patent infringement litigation against plaintiff Infinity Computer Products Inc. brought for allegedly infringing and inducing others to infringe four separate patents related to interface circuits for linking a fax machine to a computer, enabling the fax machine to serve as a printer and scanner.
Dechert LLP can look back on an exceptionally successful 2019, having secured multiple jury trial victories and several IPR successes. The practice demonstrates particular strength in the life sciences, especially in Hatch-Waxman litigation, but also delivers in disputes arisen from a range of other sectors, including the telecommunications and technology sectors. Litigation regarding licensing agreements is another core area of the team. Thanks to the firm's international office network, the group is able to join forces with overseas colleagues for cross-border disputes. The practice heads are Jeffrey Plies in Austin and Martin Black in the Philadelphia office. Stephen Rabinowitz joined the New York office in October 2018, coming from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Other key locations are the Princeton and Silicon Valley offices.
Other key lawyers:
Eli Lilly and Company
Hitachi Maxell Holdings, Ltd./Mondis Limited
Quest Diagnostics Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
- Represented Endo Pharmaceuticals in multiple litigations against generics regarding its OPANA® ER tablets, including representation in an appeal before the Federal Circuit against Teva which affirmed an injunction preventing the launch of a generic.
- Represented Eli Lilly and Company in a patent infringement action by Genentech involving Lilly’s autoimmune antibody drug Taltz®.
- Eli Lilly and Company in a series of nine IPRs and in related district court patent infringement actions brought by Teva, involving Eli Lilly’s new antibody product Emgality®, a calcitonin gene-related peptide antagonist indicated for the preventative treatment of migraines and for the treatment of episodic cluster headaches.
- Acted for Quest Diagnostics Inc. and Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute as defendants in in a jury trial in federal court in Los Angeles against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, involving allegations of infringement of a patent for a method for detecting irritable bowel syndrome, of having misappropriated trade secrets, and of having breached a confidentiality agreement.
- Represented IOENGINE, LLC as a plaintiff in two patent infringement casesin the District Court of Delaware against 1) PayPal Holdings and 2) Ingenico regarding patents covering mobile payment devices.
Dentons, known for its particularly wide international office network, is particularly well suited for cross-border litigation. The group's client base is correspondingly very international and includes several high-profile European and Asian clients in addition to the team's impressive US clients. The practice unites an active district court and appellate practice with ITC expertise, forming a well-rounded practice able to tackle patent disputes in the major US patent litigation venues. The Dallas-based Robert Hanson, the San Francisco-based Brian Ho and Eric Sophir in Washington DC form the trio at the head of the Intellectual Property and Technology practice, with Mark Hogge, also based in Washington DC, in charge of the patent litigation practice more specifically.
Synchronoss Technologies, Inc
International Fruit Genetics
- Represented FastShip LLC in a statutory fee petition in the context of the client’s litigation against the US Navy, securing $7.4m in attorneys’ fees and costs, on top of the approximately $12.5m initial judgment.
- Successfully defended Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. against a patent infringement suit brought by Dropbox, Inc. and a suit brought on by a Dropbox Inc. subsidiary, Orcinus Holdings, LLC regarding data storage and security patents.
- Represented Ecobee, a smart home technology manufacturer, in an inter partes review proceeding regarding a lighting control device before the PTAB filed against Lime Green Lighting.
Hogan Lovells US LLP specialises in high-stakes patent disputes in the technology and life sciences sectors, with additional experience in the automotive, aerospace, chemicals and energy sectors. Practice head Celine Jimenez Crowson, based in Washington DC, changed her team considerably in 2019, adding technology experts Krista Schwartz and Patrick Michael, formerly at Jones Day, to the San Francisco office, and bolstering the New York office with the arrival of life sciences and biotechnology specialist Simon Roberts and pharmaceutical expert Jason Leonard, who joined from Venable LLP. The group offers extensive experience in all major US patent venues, including the PTAB and the ITC, and is a go-to firm for multi-jurisdictional litigation thanks to the firm's global office network. Tony Pezzano and Michael Dougherty joined DLA Piper LLP (US), Lucky Vidmar went in-house to Western Union and Christian Mammen left for Womble Bond Dickinson.
Other key lawyers:
Google and HP
Merck & Co., Inc.
PPG Industries, Inc.
- Successfully defended Google and HP against patent infringement suits brought by Cypress Lake Software, involving allegations of infringement of 13 US patents covering technology found in laptops, smartphones and tablets, and a successful petition for writ of mandamus from the Federal Circuit.
- Successfully represented Daimler in numerous patent infringement litigations in federal district court and the ITC, concerning automotive technologies, including defending a lawsuit brought by Beacon Navigation and successful invalidation of the claims brought by the plaintiff in the corresponding ex parte reviews.
- Represented Merck & Co., Inc. on multiple litigations in relation to its blockbuster V114 pipeline product, including a significant number of successful IPR proceedings and assistance with legal actions brought in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan.
- Acted for PPG Industries, Inc. in patent litigation filed by competitor The Valspar Corporation (now Sherwin-Williams Company) regarding five patents related to chemical compositions used for interior spray coatings for beverage cans, a dispute involving venue questions, Federal Circuit appeals and assistance with related disputes in Europe.
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP fields a wide-ranging practice that unites experience in the district courts, in appeals, at the ITC and in post-grant proceedings and broad sector expertise, with the technology sector accounting for a significant portion of the caseload, but also including the aerospace, automotive, consumer products, electronics and manufacturing sectors. Since the early 2018 merger that created the current firm, the practice offers a wide geographical presence, with key offices in New York, Washington DC, Atlanta and Richmond. The practice heads are John Flock and James Rosini in New York and Tyler Maddry, John Gary Maynard and Michael Oakes in Washington DC. Shawn O’Dowd joined Banner & Witcoff, Ltd., Rose Cordero Prey and Robert King joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Eric Hanson left for Polsinelli PC and James Mahon went in-house to NET Power, LLC.
Other key lawyers:
‘They are professional in providing their high-level legal service and led to a successful result.‘
‘Sheila Mortazavi is knowledgeable and very attentive.‘
Volkswagen AG and affiliates
Sweet Green Fields
- Acted as lead counsel for CivicSmart in a patent infringement matter that resulted in two successful appeals to the Federal Circuit.
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is especially active for large technology and pharmaceutical companies and successfully acts in complex matters thanks to the practice's longstanding trial experience. One of the most diverse benches in the market, the team of practice head Jonathan Waldrop represents plaintiffs and defendants in the key district courts for patent litigation, at the Federal Circuit, the ITC and in post-grant proceedings at the PTAB, steadily growing its client roster that already includes an impressive string of international giants in their respective fields. The key offices are in Silicon Valley, where Waldrop is based, and in New York. Jeffrey Toney joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP in March 2020.
Native American Intellectual Property Enterprise Council
- Represented Google in an action brought by Eolas Technologies alleging infringement of a patent covering methods that enable internet users to interact with online video, music, or audio clips, and other browser-embedded features, securing grant of a writ of mandamus to transfer the case to the Northern District of California.
- Represented Fintiv against Apple Pay in a patent infringement matter involving the management of virtual cards stored on mobile devices, one of which includes provisioning a contactless card in a mobile device with a mobile wallet application, successfully defeating Apple’s motion to transfer venue from the Western District of Texas to the Northern District of California.
- Represented MV3 Partners as plaintiff in patent infringement litigation against leading streaming media company Roku in federal court in the Western District of Texas regarding a patent covering, among other things, the use of a media player that can receive both a television signal and mobile phone streaming content for display on a screen, successfully defeating a motion to transfer venue filed by Roku.
- Represented ASUS against XR Communications, d/b/a Vivato Technologies in the Central District of California, involving technologies for adaptive antennas and beam switching.
- Defended Reddit in a consolidated multi-district patent infringement case brought for alleged use of Ruby on Rails software implementing the HTTP web protocol as of well as Amazon Simple Storage Service.