Kirkland & Ellis LLP specialises in high-stakes competitor litigation and offers an outstanding track record in the full range of patent disputes, with extensive experience in the district courts, the PTAB, the Federal Circuit, the ITC and the Supreme Court. The group's trial clout attracts prestigious US and international clients, especially from the pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing, semiconductor and electronics sectors. In a number of disputes, the team parachuted in as a replacement at a late stage in particularly challenging proceedings, securing favourable outcomes in strategic proceedings. Gregory Arovas, Robert Appleby, Jeanne Heffernan, Joseph Loy, Leora Ben-Ami and Todd Friedman in New York, James Hurst, Amanda Hollis, Bryan Hales and Russell Levine in Chicago, Michael De Vries in Los Angeles and Adam Alper in San Francisco, and Gregg LoCascio and John O’Quinn in Washington DC are key contacts.
Patents: litigation (full coverage) in United States
Other key lawyers:
Gregory Arovas; Robert Appleby; Jeanne Heffernan; Joseph Loy; Todd Friedman; James Hurst; Amanda Hollis; Bryan Hales; Russell Levine; Michael De Vries; Adam Alper; Gregg LoCascio; John O’Quinn
‘They provided my company exceptional strategic advice in a bet-the-company litigation. Then they executed the strategy with perfection.’
‘Jeanne Heffernan is extraordinary at providing strategic direction, managing client expectations, and advocating before judges.’
‘Excellent in patent litigation and strategy for all forms of IP. Able to manage very complex litigations spanning multiple jurisdictions around the world.’
‘Adam Alper is a very even-keeled, strategic general in IP litigation campaigns. Also excellent first chair counsel for very complex, high stakes IP litigation (patents, copyrights, trade secrets).’
‘Michael De Vries has an incredible breadth of knowledge in patent litigation, is able to adeptly deal with aggressive opposing counsel, and think quickly on his feet in the courtroom.’
‘Brandon Brown is a rising star in IP litigation, with a very smooth demeanor that almost understates his excellent ability to question witnesses in the courtroom.’
‘Akshay Deoras is another rising star in IP litigation, with excellent knowledge of both IP law as well as the technologies at issue in a case. No question is too small, and he’s very responsive to client requests.’
‘Smarter and more hardworking than their adversaries.’
‘Russell Levine is the best. Smart and always thinking and working toward a better solution for us.’
‘This team is my go-to team when I have litigation that I can’t lose. They look at the issues from all angles and leave no stone unturned when necessary.’
‘Gregg LoCascio is knowledgeable, personable, and easy to work with. His personality allows him to develop a good rapport with the jury and judges.’
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Club Champion LLC
Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Heineken International B.V. et. al.
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Sony Corporation of America
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
In 2020, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP grew its already deep bench with the June arrival of Kevin Hardy in Washington DC, formerly at Williams & Connolly LLP, and of Angus Chen, who joined from Haug Partners in February, bolstering the team's expertise in standard-essential patent-related disputes and pharma- and biopharmaceutical-related patents respectively. Best-known for its ability to win complex cross-border competitor cases, the group is active in the US' main patent litigation forums, including at the ITC and the PTAB, and frequently joins forces with colleagues abroad, for example in Germany as a European patent litigation hub, for multi-jurisdictional disputes. San Francisco's Charles Verhoeven and Sean Pak, Edward DeFranco in New York, David Nelson in Chicago, Silicon Valley's Claude Stern, Frederick Lorig and Tigran Guledjian in Los Angeles share the lead of the practice.
Charles Verhoeven; Edward DeFranco; David Nelson; Claude Stern; Frederick Lorig; Tigran Guledjian; Sean Pak
Other key lawyers:
Kevin Johnson; Ray Nimrod; Peter Armenio; Matthew Robson
Allergan USA and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
C.R. Bard, Inc
The Broad Institute
California Institute of Technology
Primer Technologies, Sean Gourley, Amy Heineke and Emannuel Yera
- Secured a $1.1bn verdict for Caltech against Apple and Broadcom for infringement of three patents relating to an error correction technology that was used in Apple and Broadcom’s Wi-Fi devices.
- Represented Allergan and its partner Ironwood Pharmaceuticals in a consolidated Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving Linzess® (linaclotide) capsules, which are indicated for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation and chronic idiopathic constipation.
- Won a complete defense verdict for Google before a jury in Marshall, Texas, in the PMC v. Google case in which licensing company PMC had sued Google for infringement of four patents.
WilmerHale's patent litigation practice unites experienced litigators, including appellate specialists, and a large number of attorneys with advanced science and engineering degrees under one roof. In the US, the team remains among the most respected opponents in district courts and at the PTAB, primarily in inter partes reviews and covered business method reviews, and is well known for its strength in Federal Circuit proceedings. The complementary ITC practice completes the patent dispute offering. The technology, semiconductor, consumer products, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors are the group's mainstays, with Boston's Lisa Pirozzolo and Mark Selwyn in Palo Alto as the heads of the IP litigation practice. Donald Steinberg and Joseph Haag, also based in Boston and Palo Alto respectively, chair the wider IP department. The Washington DC team welcomed James Quarles back from the Special Counsel's office in autumn 2019. The renowned William Lee in the Boston office is among the market's most seasoned litigators. Sonal Mehta in Palo Alto focuses on technology and life sciences litigation. Also noted are Brittany Amadi in Washington DC, who made partner in 2020, and Boston-based Kevin Prussia who impresses with his life sciences work. In November 2019 Nina Tallon left to found Nina Tallon Law PLLC while Yung-Hoon Ha joined Desmarais LLP in August 2020.
Lisa Pirozzolo; Mark Selwyn; Donald Steinberg; Joseph Haag
Other key lawyers:
William Lee; Michael Summersgill; Sonal Mehta; Amy Wigmore; David Cavanaugh; Robert Gunther; Donald Steinberg; Kevin Prussia; Brittany Amadi; James Quarles
‘What makes WilmerHale’s practice unique is its deep bench of competent attorneys who are able to work on complex cases. When the scope of a matter expanded, adding associates and other resources was never an issue.’
‘I highly recommend Robert Gunther, Andrew Danford, and Nora Passamaneck. They are all valued strategic partners who offer creative, practical solutions for case management. I appreciate their engagement and ability to collaborate effectively both with in-house lawyers and co-counsel.’
‘Strong in all aspects, and best one point contact out there.’
‘Top of the top.’
Becton, Dickinson and Company
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
CSL Behring GmbH
Envista Holdings Corporation
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Lenovo Group Limited
- Secured a complete victory for Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer in one of the largest Hatch-Waxman cases ever filed, involving patents covering the clients’ blockbuster drug Eliquis which were found to be valid and infringed by all generics challenging them.
- Secured a victory for Swatch Group Ltd., the parent company of watchmaker Omega, in a landlord liability case against the owner of a Canal Street building in which Swatch/Omega alleged that counterfeit Omega watches were being sold.
- Represented Intel Corporation in litigation against X2Y Attenuators, LLC, securing a Rule 36 summary decision affirming the dismissal of two X2Y patent infringement actions against Intel, Intel’s second victory against X2Y in the Federal Circuit which ultimately led to the end of X2Y’s litigation campaign against Intel.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, one of the few IP boutique giants in the US, houses a very deep bench of experienced litigators, able to cover an impressive number of sectors thanks to longstanding experience and a high number of practitioners holding advanced scientific and engineering degrees. In addition to its busy district court and Federal Circuit practice, the group is also among the most active players in PTAB disputes. The ITC specialists contribute their expertise in proceedings brought in import-related matters. Disputes from the pharmaceutical sector, including Hatch-Waxman litigation, and from the technology, telecoms, semiconductor and electronics sectors account for a particularly significant portion of the caseload. With offices in Washington DC, Atlanta, Palo Alto, Boston and Reston the firm has deep roots in the US, with its international offices in London, Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo and Shanghai providing the bases abroad for cross-border matters in key markets. Managing partner Anand Sharma, chair Mark Sweet, Frank DeCosta as the leader of the litigation section, PTAB trials section lead Joshua Goldberg and Michael Jakes as the head of the firm's appellate section are all based in the Washington DC office. Charles Lipsey in the Reston office is another key name.
Anand Sharma; Mark Sweet; Frank DeCosta; Joshua Goldberg; Michael Jakes
Other key lawyers:
John Livingstone; Erik Puknys; Robert McCauley; Charles Lipsey; Jill McAlpine; Robert Yoches
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP focuses on the technology, software, pharmaceutical, chemical and media sectors and specialises in crafting creative litigation strategies to conduct disputes efficiently. Practice heads Wayne Barsky in Century City, Josh Krevitt in New York and Palo Alto, and Mark Reiter in Dallas are in charge of a practice that also extends to Washington DC and Denver. In Kenneth Parker, formerly at Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., the practice gained an experienced patent and trade mark litigator whose ITC experience complements the firm's powerful district court, Federal Circuit and PTAB practice. The recent victory for Smith + Nephew, Inc. and ArthroCare Corp. at the Supreme Court in a matter concerning the constitutionality of the appointment of PTAB judges shone a light on the group's experience in disputes brought before the highest US court.
Wayne Barsky; Josh Krevitt; Mark Reiter
Other key lawyers:
Benjamin Hershkowitz; Mark Perry; Brian Rosenthal; Kate Dominguez; Paul Torchia; Brian Buroker; Howard Hogan; Jeffrey Thomas; Kenneth Parker
EMD Serono and Pfizer
Smith + Nephew/ArthroCare
With its extensive international network of offices, Jones Day is an excellent choice for multi-jurisdictional disputes. The US practice is well versed in litigation in the country's most significant forums, including the PTAB, especially in inter partes review proceedings, the ITC and the Federal Circuit. In 2020, the group secured particularly impressive victories for pharmaceutical and technology clients, but its track record in the semiconductor, electronics, software and consumer product sectors is no less noteworthy. Anthony Insogna in San Diego is the chair of the firm's global IP practice, with David Maiorana in Cleveland acting as the co-chair of the IP litigation practice. The partner promotions of Sarah Geers (New York) and Thomas Ritchie (Chicago) and the departure of John Kinton to an in-house position at Walmart rang in a year of changes that continued with the departure of Christopher Harnett to Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. in February 2020, the August 2020 departure of Pablo Hendler to Potomac Law Group and the departure of Ognian Shentov to launch a business.
Anthony Insogna; David Maiorana
Other key lawyers:
Michael Hendershot; Andrea Jeffries; Sasha Mayergoz; Jennifer Swize; David Cochran; David Witcoff; Christian Platt; Gregory Castanias; Yeah-Sil Moon; Sarah Geers; Greg Lanier; Thomas Ritchie
Bristol Myers Squibb
Merck & Co., Inc.
NXP Semiconductors N.V.
- Represented Google in several patent litigation matters across the US, involving a broad range of products and technologies and including victories on summary judgment, motions to transfer, and motions to dismiss.
- Defended Qualcomm at the PTAB in 29 IPR proceedings filed by Apple and Intel related to Qualcomm’s global patent, licensing, and unfair competition war with Apple and the Taiwanese manufacturers who manufacture iPhones and iPads.
- Obtained a complete trial victory for Takeda in a patent infringement action against two generic pharmaceutical companies, safeguarding Takeda’s three important products from competition by generic companies for nearly a decade.
Latham & Watkins LLP is an excellent choice for high-stakes disputes, including litigation taken on from other firms at a late stage in the proceedings. Led by David Callahan in the Chicago office, the patent litigation team added a number of significant victories to its portfolio in 2020, including wins at the Federal Circuit, the PTAB and the ITC. In June 2020, Arlene Lee Chow and Ernest Yakob joined the New York office from Hogan Lovells US LLP, six months after Adam Perlman joined the Washington DC office coming from Williams & Connolly LLP, which significantly increased the team's clout in the life sciences space and continued the firm's considerable growth and, more particularly recruitment of first chair trial lawyers, over the past few years. Antibody, biotechnology and Hatch-Waxman litigation specialist Brenda Danek in Chicago and federal court and PTAB litigator Inge Osman in Washington DC made partner in January 2020. Douglas Lumish in Silicon Valley, Maximilian Grant in Washington DC, appellate specialist Gabriel Bell in Washington DC and Gregory Sobolski in San Francisco, who focuses on trial and appeal work, are other key contacts.
David Callahan; Michael Morin; Jennifer Barry
Other key lawyers:
Bert Reiser; Maximilian Grant; Michael Morin; Giri Pathmanaban; Tara Elliott; Gabriel Bell; Gregory Sobolski; Douglas Lumish; Richard Frenkel; Jeffrey Homrig; Matthew Moore; Adam Greenfield; Clement Naples; David Frazier; Arlene Lee Chow; Ernest Yakob; Adam Perlman; Brenda Danek; Inge Osman
‘From the start, we received an honest assessment and developed a litigation strategy with the Latham team. The team adapted to our strategy, worked with us, challenged us as appropriate – and helped us develop a settlement strategy as well.’
‘Max Grant provides sound leadership and outstanding big picture analysis. Along with the other team members, we had a well-rounded group appropriate for the case. I value the candor and honest assessment and the very clear view that they were in it with us. I also valued the assistance in preparing materials for internal communication and messaging. Overall, it was clear that Max wanted to help us get to the right outcome for the company. ’
‘This is one of my go-to firms when I have a litigation I can’t lose.’
‘Max Grant is very tenacious and focused on the end goal of winning the litigation. Greg Sobolski was tireless in his pursuit of every aspect of the case. If you hire these guys you can rest assured you will get the best representation money can buy.’
‘Knowledgeable in their field. Excel as litigators. Accessible partners.’
‘Max Grant is methodical and smart, thorough and tenacious. A formidable opponent.’
‘Doug Lumish and his team at Latham and Watkins is the team to call for high-stakes IP litigation. Doug and his team are very good at managing difficult witnesses, difficult facts, and difficult hearings.’
‘Doug Lumish, Bert Reiser, and Patricia Young were exceptional in their knowledge of the case and the facts.’
LG Display, LG Electronics, and Sony
Amphenol; AT&T and Verizon
Jaguar Land Rover
Ciena Corporation, Ciena Communications
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
AbbVie Inc. and Pharmacyclics LLC
Altria Client Services LLC; Philip Morris USA, Inc.; Altria Group, Inc.; Philip Morris International Inc.; Philip Morris Products S.A.
- Achieved a final victory for client, Latchable, Inc. (Latch) and its CEO, Luke Schoenfelder, in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with an investor group from a prior company (LETIG).
- Successfully defended Abbott Laboratories in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by competitor, Edwards Lifesciences, in the US District Court for the Central District of California.
- Delivered a win in the Federal Circuit for Schlumberger in a patent infringement suit brought by EnerPol, an operating company, for alleged willful infringement of a patent it contended covered most of Schlumberger’s North American fracking revenue.
Paul Hastings LLP fields a team that includes several of the most successful life sciences patent litigators in the market. Experts in high-stakes patent disputes, the team of global co-chairs of the IP practice Bruce Wexler in New York and Yar Chaikovsky in Palo Alto secured a string of headline-grabbing victories for its clients in 2020, including in cross-border disputes for which colleagues from the firm's international offices contribute their expertise. In addition to the core caseload in the life sciences and particularly in the pharmaceutical sector, the practice also impresses with its successes for technology, semiconductor, consumer product and software clients. Matters involving Section 101 issues frequently appear in the caseload. The wider firm's expertise in financing, venture capital, employment law and trade secrets is of additional benefit to clients. New York's Eric Dittmann and Naveen Modi in the Washington DC offices are the vice chairs of the global IP practice. Robert Unikel in the Chicago office, where Aaron Charfoos joined from Jones Day in April 2020, is also noted. Philip Ou focuses on high tech-related litigation.
Bruce Wexler; Yar Chaikovsky; Eric Dittmann; Naveen Modi
Other key lawyers:
Preston Ratliff; Allan Soobert; Bruce Yen; Philip Ou; Isaac Ashkenazi; Robert Unikel; Chad Peterman; Young Park; Aaron Charfoos
‘Paul Hastings’s post-grant practice is led by Naveen Modi who I consider by far the country’s leading expert on post-grant proceedings. Naveen’s even temperament is only exceeded by his thoughtful strategies and encyclopedic knowledge of practice before the PTAB.’
Align Technology, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Merck & Co., Inc.
Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.
- Successfully represented Snap, Inc. in high-stakes litigation brought by BlackBerry on six patents related to mobile messaging technology.
- Representing Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation in an unprecedented trial via Zoom – the first Zoom Hatch-Waxman Act trial in a key venue (DNJ).
- Leading Google’s defense of nine separate patent infringement cases brought by plaintiff Uniloc in the Eastern District of Texas relating to video conferencing features, video encoding, and text message attachments, among other things.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP stands out through its combination of in-depth technology and life sciences sector knowledge and comprehensive patent disputes offering, with the strong district court experience and PTAB practice , especially in inter partes reviews, combining well with the team's Federal Circuit and ITC investigations skills. The locations of practice heads Brian Ferguson in Washington DC, Edward Reines in Silicon Valley and Elizabeth Weiswasser in New York indicates the national scope of the practice, with recent highlights also including a number of cross-border matters, for example involving Japan, China or France. Garland Stephens and Doug McClellan are the key contacts in the Houston office. Derek Walter in Silicon Valley is particularly effective in life sciences litigation.
Brian Ferguson; Edward Reines; Elizabeth Weiswasser
Other key lawyers:
Anish Desai; Derek Walter; Garland Stephens; Doug McClellan; Anne Cappella
‘Weil is without question one of the very best patent law firms in the US! They did a fantastic job! They had total credibility with the judges.’
‘Garland Stephens is amazingly smart and very, very experienced both in bringing and defending patent infringement actions. I have seen him argue several times before the PTAB and the Federal Circuit and he was outstanding.’
‘Judges love Ed Reines. Total credibility. Excellent trial skills.’
Johnson & Johnson
LiquidPower Specialty Products, Inc.
- Representing Sanofi in IPR proceedings, district court, and Federal Circuit litigation to protect Sanofi’s multibillion-dollar Lantus Solostar franchise, which featured a noteworthy certiorari petition before the Supreme Court implicating the Federal Circuit’s Arthrex opinion.
- Representing Illumina in two Federal Circuit litigations against Ariosa relating to patents concerning methods for prenatal testing, securing wins in both cases.
- Representing Nuance in IPR proceedings against competitor M*Modal, successfully invalidating two asserted patents by M*Modal and defeating a challenge to one of Nuance Communications’ patents before the PTAB.
Williams & Connolly LLP has an outstanding reputation and impresses with its ability to continuosly attract and win high-stakes patent disputes, especially in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device sectors, but also software-related litigation. High-profile Hatch-Waxman litigation is an area of particular strength, but the practice excels across the board, including in disputes arising from licensing agreements and trade secret issues. Led by David Berl and Jessamyn Berniker, the team acts for plaintiffs and defendants in district courts across the US, at the PTAB and the Federal Circuit, all from the Washington DC office. Andrew Trask is particularly active in appeal matters. Adam Perlman joined Latham & Watkins LLP in January 2020. Kevin Hardy left for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP the following April.
David Berl; Jessamyn Berniker
Other key lawyers:
Thomas Selby; Bruce Genderson; Christopher Mandernach; Stanley Fisher; Aaron Maurer; Adam Harber; David Krinsky; Andrew Trask
Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH
ION Geophysical Corporation
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
- Won a trial victory on behalf of Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH and Cephalon, Inc. in an ANDA litigation concerning Teva’s flagship branded product, Bendeka®, a drug used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma with more than $2bn in cumulative sales.
- Represented Dropbox in patent infringement litigation brought by Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. alleging that Dropbox’s products used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide infringe three US-based synchronization-related patents, winning summary judgment in favor of Dropbox.
- Represented AstraZeneca in Hatch-Waxman litigation against Mylan Pharmaceuticals and 3M accusing the defendants of infringing AstraZeneca’s patents covering Symbicort®, an inhaled product used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Arnold & Porter is best known for its life sciences strength, with a number of recent victories for medical device clients, but has also built a substantial track record in the technology sector, often acting for major international players. The group's complementary expertise in PTAB proceedings and Federal Circuit appeals are other strengths. In August 2020, the practice gained three new team members in Christopher Renk, Michael Harris and senior counsel Helen Mill Minsker, all formerly at Banner & Witcoff, Ltd., their experience in the consumer products sector in particular and additional expertise in soft IP and unfair competition law matters add further strings to the firm's bow. Washington DC duo Matthew Wolf and Jennifer Sklenar direct the practice.
Matthew Wolf; Jennifer Sklenar
Other key lawyers:
Michael Berta; Evan Rothstein; Jin-Suk Park; Deborah Fishman; Marc Cohn; David Barr; David Caine; Christopher Renk; Michael Harris; Helen Mill Minsker
Boston Scientific Corporation
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Successfully represented Sanofi and Regeneron in litigation against Amgen, invalidating Amgen’s patents and preserving Sanofi and Regeneron’s ability to continue to market its life-saving cholesterol-reducing drug Praluent.
- Acted as trial counsel for Hologic in patent litigation involving HIV-1 amplification technology, securing a complete jury victory by invalidating the asserted claims on two separate grounds.
Baker Botts L.L.P., which is particularly well versed representing defendants in patent disputes, has a very busy Federal Circuit caseload and, thanks to its large team, is able to cover a wide range of sectors and to quickly take on sizeable litigation. With the arrival of Peter Kang from Sidley Austin LLP in the Palo Alto office in September 2020, the practice gained a seasoned technology expert whose experience in advising Korean clients ties in very well with the firm's already strong practice of acting for clients in the Asia-Pacific region. The group stands out as one of the most successful patent litigation practices in a full-service firm, not least thanks to its substantial experience in PTAB proceedings and its established ITC practice. Robert Scheinfeld in New York is the chair of the IP group, with Dallas-based Christa Brown-Sanford acting as deputy. Douglas Kubehl, also in Dallas, and Roger Fulghum in New York share the lead of the IP litigation practice. David Weaver moved on to a public service role in April 2020. In June 2020 Wayne Stacy left the firm following his appointment as director of the Silicon Valley USPTO.
Robert Scheinfeld; Christa Brown-Sanford; Douglas Kubehl; Roger Fulghum
Other key lawyers:
Robert Maier; Sarah Guske; Eliot Williams; Neil Sirota; Hopkins Guy; Paul Morico; Barton Showalter; Paul Morico
‘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). They are priced similarly as other large law firms, but are worth it for high-stakes litigation. 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.’
‘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.’
‘Strong technical expertise; diverse litigation teams; having a large group allows flexibility in staffing.’
‘They genuinely care about their clients (the people and the entities) and work hard for them.’
Oxford Nanopore Technologies Inc.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Brother Industries, LTD.
AT&T Mobility LLC
DISH Network L.L.C.
Baylor College of Medicine
GrubHub Holdings Inc.
Symantec Corporation (now NortonLifeLock)
Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
MasterCard International Incorporated
- Won a landmark patent jury trial for Oxford Nanopore, the developer of a revolutionary sequencing platform that is a fundamental change in the way DNA is sequenced.
- Successfully acted for DISH Network in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which ruled in favor of the client by holding that merely configuring a computer to implement an improvement to an abstract concept is not patent eligible.
- Represented defendant Lyft in the Northern District of California, obtaining a decision finding all claims of a patent asserted by plaintiff RideApp against Lyft invalid.
Cooley LLP excels in life sciences and technology-related disputes, with its successes in a number of other sectors, including the electronics, pharmaceutical, computer hardware and software industries particularly notable. The group is especially well known for its success in leading challenging disputes for some of the market's largest technology and life sciences players, but is also very active for start-ups and emerging companies, many of which also entrust the firm with their prosecution and licensing matters. Hatch-Waxman litigation is also dealt with. With a presence in Palo Alto, where Heidi Keefe is based, in Washington DC, from where Stephen Smith directs the practice, in New York, in Reston, San Francisco and Denver, the group is close to the country's main innovation hubs. In March 2020, the Washington DC practice gained an expert in pharmaceutical and biotechnology disputes with the arrival of Jonathan Davies and a life sciences dispute and transactional specialist in Sanya Sukduang, who also brings his Hatch-Waxman experience to the table. Both were formerly at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP. In February 2020, Susan Krumplitsch and Ellen Scordino joined DLA Piper LLP (US).
Other key lawyers:
Heidi Keefe; Phillip Morton; Erik Milch; Lowell Mead; Sanya Sukduang; Jonathan Davies; DeAnna Allen; Joseph Drayton; Mark Weinstein; Adam Pivovar; Reuben Chen; Matthew Brigham; Jon Graves
‘The team ran lean and efficiently. No wasted phone calls, no ‘boil the ocean’ exercises. They formed working plans early and stuck to them. I never dreaded the check-in with them on the litigation because I knew it would actually be useful, not just clocking time.’
‘Heide Keefe and Lowell Mead were amazing day to day contacts. They really do partner with you; Heide tells it how it is and Lowell often knew my next question before I thought to ask it. They never once said they were unavailable when I needed to speak with them and were overall a pleasure to work with.’
‘Joe Drayton is a fantastic partner. Max Bernstein is a phenomenal associate.’
‘Stephen Smith is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced patent litigators on the market. Extremely business-oriented and always willing to provide business advice, based on the strategy of the company.’
‘Cooley’s deep experience in litigating biotech patent disputes was clearly reflected in the sound legal advice provided during each phase of the matter. The strong commitment of the Cooley team showed in their high-quality work product. Cooley’s strategic thinking and attention to detail led to a favorable result.’
‘Michelle Rhyu’s dynamic leadership of the Cooley team, her responsiveness to client requests, and overall dedication to the matter were remarkable.’
‘Eamonn Gardner made communication easy, had great insights on strategy, and was a pleasure to work with. ’
‘We are pleased to work with the team consisting of highly qualified lawyers, because they know our case very well . The team’s particular strengths are their extensive expertise, flexibility in terms of timing and a client-oriented approach.’
‘It’s a great experience to work with Joe Drayton. Joe suggested a business-oriented approach for us. His recommendations are always well considered. He proved to be a confident and experienced lawyer, but at the same time he is calm and polite.’
‘Our Cooley IP team members work seamlessly together. Individually, they are responsive, quick to get to the point, excellent in strategy, and write and communicate well.’
‘Jon Graves is a great strategizer and wonderful writer. His arguments are always crisp, succinct and well organized’
‘Shawn Yu is excellent in both the understanding of the science and the patent matters. He is quick to grasp the essential, and strong in prioritizing and strategizing.’
‘This is an excellent IP litigation team. Very detailed, professional and knowledgeable.’
‘Erik Milch is an excellent lawyer. Extremely knowledgeable, professional and meticulous in analysis and leadership.’
‘Cooley takes control of their cases and as in-house counsel you never have to worry about things being driven forward or slipping through the cracks. Heidi Keefe is very ‘take charge’, knowledgeable, and strategic. She and the whole team really conveys that they very much care about providing great service and most importantly, winning the case. They are expensive, but not among the most expensive of firms, and they are worth the expense for the right case.’
‘Heidi Keefe is confident and open to discussion on points of strategy.’
‘Mark Weinstein is also very strategic, and exceptional when it comes to transactional work like licenses.’
Content Square SAS
BAI Intelligence LLC
Biolux Research Holdings, Inc.
DalCor Pharma UK
Usher III Initiative, Inc.
- Represented Microsoft after Arendi alleged infringement by hundreds of different models of Nokia-branded cell phones and other devices.
- Represented Facebook in patent infringement-related cases before courts throughout the US, including representing Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp in two district court cases and multiple concurrent PTAB proceedings against plaintiff BlackBerry in which BlackBerry has accused Facebook of infringing nine patents related to instant messaging, security, gaming and user interfaces, among other technologies, and Facebook has sued BlackBerry for infringing several patents related to instant messaging, GPS systems, computer security and other functions.
- Won a complete summary judgment victory for Directed, a manufacturer of aftermarket vehicle electronics, in a high-stakes, cross-border case brought by its primary competitor Automotive Data Solutions which sought tens of millions of dollars in damages for alleged trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement and patent infringement.
In 2020, DLA Piper LLP (US) confirmed is status as one of the country's most active patent litigation practices. As one of the largest teams in the US, the group is able to handle large disputes from a wide range of sectors, with technology, automotive, life sciences and retail-related litigation forming the heart of the caseload. With the arrival of life sciences experts Susan Krumplitsch, formerly at Cooley LLP, Soumitra Deka, formerly counsel at Arnold & Porter, and former Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP practitioner Michael Sitzman in the San Francisco office between November 2019 and January 2020, the West Coast life sciences practice received a noticeable boost. In addition to the comprehensive US offering that includes district court, PTAB, Federal Circuit and ITC disputes, the practice also scores with its wide international network and especially with its presence in other key patent jurisdictions such as Germany, making the firm a very good choice for cross-border litigation. Ann Ford in Washington DC is the US chair and the global co-chair of of both the IPT and the clients and sectors practice, with Silicon Valley's Mark Fowler acting as the vice chair of the IPT group. Sean Cunningham in San Diego is the chair of the US patent litigation team. Of counsel Aaron Bowling joined the Chicago team in June 2020, coming from judicial clerkship at the Federal Circuit, and pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device expert Ellen Scordino joined the Boston office from Cooley LLP. In Washington DC, cross-border specialist Justin Ilhwan Park joined from Mayer Brown. Brian O’Reilly joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in September 2020 while Michael Dougherty left in August 2020 to start his own firm and Tony Pezzano joined Offit Kurman the following September. John Allcock retired.
Ann Ford; Mark Fowler; Sean Cunningham
Other key lawyers:
Erin Gibson; Nicholas Papastavros; Richard Mulloy; Paul Steadman; Matthew Satchwell; Michael Strapp; Aaron Fountain; Erik Fuehrer; John Guaragna; James Heintz; Kathryn Riley Grasso; Ferlilia Roberson; Christine Corbett; Carrie Williamson; Susan Krumplitsch; Soumitra Deka; Michael Sitzman; Aaron Bowling; Justin Ilhwan Park; Ellen Scordino
‘Sincere commitment. I always felt like I had the DLA team riding right next to me during the entire process and like they were as invested in a successful outcome as me and my company were. ’
‘John Guaragna was exceptional in every way.’
‘The team took a very diligent and thorough approach from the beginning on a very complex and important biotech patent litigation matter. Work product was always timely and high quality. The team’s strong attention to detail and commitment resulted in a sound strategy that was quickly developed and constantly refined as the matter progressed which led to a favorable result.’
‘Susan Krumplitsch and Ellen Scordino were valuable team members. Their responsiveness and excellent communication skills along with their flexibility made managing a complex dispute easy.’
‘Justin Ilhwan Park is a relentless litigator and a skilled negotiator, persistent in getting a positive outcome every step of the way. His unmatched strength is being one of the few if, not the only US litigator who attended a top law school in Korea and is well versed in Korean law. Mr. Park looks at every angle.’
‘The team is very thorough, and always produced work of the highest caliber.’
‘Justin Park at DLA is incredibly knowledgeable and provides practical solutions focused on the clients.’
‘DLA Piper always think client first. The practice is professional and very cost-efficient.’
‘Matthew Satchwell and his team are outstanding.’
‘Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell did a wonderful job for us.’
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.
Medtronic (formerly Covidien)
Toyota Motor Corporation
Honda Motor Co.
Japan Radio Co.
DENSO TEN Ltd.
The Home Depot
Asus and AsusTek
Citrix Systems, Inc.
Techtronic Industries / One World Technologies
- Representing Microsoft and HP and acting as co-counsel for Dell in a four-patent multi-respondent ITC case and eight-patent non-overlapping series of Western District of Texas cases involving touchscreen technology.
- Representing a multinational technology company in multiple matters regarding its flagship products as a long-term advisor.
- Represented Dexcom in patent infringement litigation in United States District Court, Southern District of California regarding chemical compositions used in implantable sensors used in medical devices.
Goodwin's renowned life sciences practice unites Hatch-Waxman specialists, inter partes review experts and experienced appellate litigators under one roof. In addition to its strength in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and biosimilar matters, the group is also among the finest addresses for technology-related disputes. With the firm's wide geographical footprint, the cross-border nature of many of its patent matters comes as no surprise and makes the group's ITC litigators, among the few in the market with experience in pharmaceutical-related investigations, a particularly valuable asset. Clients also benefit from the firm's global operations team which focuses on advising clients on legal operations issues and has won the firm a number of accolades. Boston-based Daryl Wiesen is the head of the team.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Abate; Neel Chatterjee; Calvin Wingfield; Elizabeth Holland; Linnea Cipriano; Elaine Blais; Srikanth Reddy; Patrick McCarthy; Alexandra Valenti; Robert Frederickson
‘Goodwin is a full-service, top notch firm that can handle my most complicated litigation matters.’
‘Daryl Wiesen is one of the best life sciences trial counsel working today. John Bennett and Emily Rapalino are also excellent litigators and trial counsel.’
Absen Inc., Glux, Liantronics LLC, Leyard American Corporation, Unilumin LED Technology FL LLC
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Interlude.fm d/b/a eko (“eko”)
LEDVANCE LLC and OSRAM SYLVANIA INC.
MSN Laboratories Private Limited and MSN Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Novartis International AG
Pass & Seymour, Inc.
Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
- Secured a rare verdict of patent invalidation due to obviousness representing Pass & Seymour in a declaratory judgment action alleging invalidity of a patent owned by Leviton Manufacturing Co.
- Obtained dismissal of a multi-patent case brought by Thaddeus Gabara against Facebook.
- Represented complainant Novartis in an action against Regeneron Pharmaceuticals before the International Trade Commission (ITC), Northern District of New York and Southern District of New York.
Irell & Manella LLP
Irell & Manella LLP is known for its extensive trial experience in the life sciences, including disputes regarding biotechnology patents, the semiconductor and technology sectors. The group offers expertise in disputes arisen from standardessential patents and combines longstanding experience in federal court litigation with seasoned PTAB litigators and complementary arbitration expertise. The West coast IP boutique with offices in Los Angeles, from where practice head Morgan Chu leads the team, and Newport beach won a number of headline-grabbing disputes in 2020, following a number of departures in 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Jason Sheasby; Lisa Glasser; Jonathan Kagan; Benjamin Hattenbach; Alan Heinrich
Personal Genomics Inc.
DePuy Synthes (Johnson & Johnson subsidiary)
Honey Science (PayPal subsidiary)
- Represented PanOptis in a patent infringement suit against Apple involving 4G LTE technology, convincing a federal jury to award PanOptis its full damages request of $506.2m in past damages.
- Represented Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and Juno Therapeutics, Inc. in a patent infringement suit, securing an award of $752m against Kite Pharma Inc., followed by enhancement of the award in April 2020 to $1.2bn.
- Successfully defended Juniper against a patent infringement lawsuit brought in the Northern District of California, obtaining a verdict ruling that Juniper did not infringe a malware detection patent held by Finjan Inc.
At Mayer Brown, the promotions of San Francisco's Cliff Maier, a registered patent attorney with a PhD in electrical engineering, New York's Clayton McCraw and Washington DC's Michael Lindinger, experienced in federal courts, the ITC and the PTAB, increased the practice's weight in the market. Under the lead of New York-based practice head Lisa Ferri, the team is mostly active for defendants, but its successful representations of plaintiffs in the past indicate the group's skills in both sides of a dispute. The group's wide sector range includes the pharmaceutical, technology, consumer products, food and beverage, and electronics sectors as core areas of activity. The other main patent hubs are in Chicago, Charlotte and Palo Alto.
Other key lawyers:
Gary Hnath; Edward Johnson; Michael Molano; Joseph Mahoney; Brian Nolan; Richard McCormick; Jamie Beaber; Alan Grimaldi; Kfir Levy; Clayton McCraw; Michael Lindinger; Cliff Maier
‘Not only the partners, but also young associates enjoy working very hard.’
‘They are doing necessary work as efficiently as possible.’
LG Electronics, and LG Display
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Zhejiang Medical Co., Ltd.
Man Wah Holdings Limited
HemoSonics LLC, Stago International (France)
- Secured a significant final judgment for Nestlé Nespresso SA and Nespresso USA on patent and antitrust claims brought by competitor Ethical Coffee Company (ECC) in the District of Delaware.
- Secured a victory at the Federal Circuit for Maxell, Ltd., in its long-running case against Apple for patent infringement.
- Secured an important and high-profile victory for Ninestar and Static Control when the Federal Circuit, in a Rule 36 affirmance, upheld a US International Trade Commission (ITC) finding that the clients did not infringe seven patents asserted by Canon Inc. related to laser toner cartridges with a pivotable coupling.
At McDermott Will & Emery LLP, William Gaede in Silicon Valley took over the lead of the practice from the Washington DC-based Nicole Jantzi in July 2020. The group is primarily active in the technology, healthcare, food and beverage, automotive and consumer products sectors as well as in life sciences. The arrival of several new team members gave the practice a boost across different areas: in February 2020 pharmaceutical, software, medical device, ballistics and chemistry expert April Weisbruch, formerly at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP joined in Washington DC, March 2020 saw the arrival of former Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP practitioners Jeffrey Toney and counsels Ralph Gaskins and Jackie Toney in Atlanta, all three experts in pharmaceutical litigation, followed in September 2020 by the arrival of Shane Nichols from Alston & Bird LLP, a specialist in petroleum technology and medical devices with a degree in electrical engineering. With its federal court, appellate, PTAB and ITC practice and offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Orange County in addition to the already mentioned hubs in Washington DC and Silicon Valley, clients can rely on the practice as a one-stop-shop in US patent litigation. The firm's international capabilities and particularly IP colleagues in France and Germany are another asset. Margaret Duncan retired in December 2019. Nicole Clouse joined Biogen in an in-house role in May 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Columbia; Thomas Steindler; Paul Schoenhard; Nicole Jantzi; Shane Nichols; Bhanu Sadasivan; Judy Mohr; April Weisbruch; Jeffrey Toney; Ralph Gaskins; Jackie Toney
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc.
Bausch Health US
Regal West Corporation d/b/a Regal Logistics
The Coca-Cola Company
Straumann USA, Inc.
Way Interglobal Network, LLC
Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC
Next Caller Inc.
10x Genomics Inc.
Amgen Inc. / Immunex Corporation
- Representing Amgen in its long-fought battle with Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals over the new generation of blockbuster drugs proven to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL).
- Representing Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in a patent infringement litigation filed by Plexxikon, a subsidiary of Daiichi Sankyo, related to Novartis’ melanoma drug Tafinlar.
- Representing Bausch Health US in a patent litigation suit against Mylan Pharmaceuticals involving an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA).
McKool Smith is best known for its experience in handling complex patent disputes with high financial amounts at stake. With offices in Dallas, Austin, Marshall and Houston, the firm is close to two of the busiest district courts in the country, but its offices in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles demonstrate the national scope of the practice which also includes Federal Circuit and ITC matters. Particularly well versed in technology-related disputes, the team also offers experience in litigation in the energy, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Dallas-based trio Mike McKool, Douglas Cawley and Theodore Stevenson are at the helm of the practice. Kevin Burgess joined Caldwell Cassady & Curry in April 2020.
Mike McKool; Douglas Cawley; Theodore Stevenson
Other key lawyers:
Joshua Budwin; Jennifer Truelove; Samuel Baxter; Nicholas Mathews; Warren Lipschitz; Robert Manley; Ashley Moore; Lauren Fornarotto
‘McKool 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.’
‘Ted Stevenson and Nick Mathews are truly exceptional lawyers at McKool. They both provide great value as case managers and as individual lawyers. As a case manager, each of them is especially effective at managing complex issues and directing their teams appropriately to ensure that everything is handled timely and correctly. As individual lawyers, their analytical skills and work ethic are top notch. When confronted with a problem or challenging task, they fully think through the issues before presenting a recommendation’
Rovi Corp and TiVo
Dr. Ford Albritton IV
- Secured a $85m patent damages verdict on behalf of WiLAN Inc. in litigation against Apple, Inc.
- Acted as co-counsel for PanOptis, securing an over $506m patent infringement verdict against Apple, Inc. regarding patents that cover wireless communication technology essential to the 4G LTE wireless standard.
- Represented various Sanofi entities and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in patent infringement litigation regarding the companies’ novel biologic Dupixent®.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP impresses with its comprehensive patent litigation offering, spanning the country's most significant district courts, the ITC, the Federal Circuit and the PTAB, with the latter practice including inter partes reviews, re-examinations, reissue applications and covered business method patent reviews as core proceedings. Since its major team growth in 2018 and 2019, the practice continues to gain market share, not least thanks to its strong prosecution group in addition to its seasoned litigators, with both teams specialising in the life sciences and technology sectors. The experience of the firm's transaction specialists is another asset. Clients include market giants and emerging companies and the firm is well versed in adapting litigation strategies to benefit its clients. Michael Abernathy and Krista Vink Venegas in Chicago share the lead of the life sciences disputes practice, while Wilmington's John Gorman, Silicon Valley's Michael Lyons and Chicago's Jason White direct the technology litigation practice. Philadelphia's Julie Goldemberg, a versatile litigator with particular experience in Federal Circuit proceedings, and Wilmington's Amy Dudash, who specialises in complex disputes and also has experience in antitrust and commercial litigation, joined the partnership in October 2020. The firm also has a key patent hub in Houston.
Michael Abernathy; John Gorman; Michael Lyons; Krista Vink Venegas; Jason White
Other key lawyers:
Jeffrey Gargano; Eric Kraeutler; Scott Sherwin; William Peterson; Sanjay Murthy; Collin Park; Julie Goldemberg; Amy Dudash
‘Team with strong capabilities across all fora–district court, PTAB, and ITC. Ability to work effectively across offices as a seamless group to ensure that the people with the right set of technical expertise and skills are staffed on cases. Experience and successful track record on both sides.’
‘Natalie Bennett is a standout litigator–shrewd strategist, unflappable oral advocate, and a consummate professional who is also personable. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience at both trial and appellate levels, representing clients in technology disputes, not just in patent or trade secrets cases, but also in commercial disputes. She takes the time and effort to get to know her clients at a deep level to offer advice and counsel that fits the long-term goals of her clients.’
‘Eric Kraeutler is a seasoned trial lawyer who is adept at handling both IP and commercial disputes. He is always more prepared than anyone else in the room. A commanding presence in a courtroom, he lends instant credibility to your case with a calm, collected demeanor. As long-time leader of the IP practice group, he knows how to build and foster a team that thrives and collaborates well, bringing synergy and efficiency to the client and matter management.’
‘Teamwork, collaboration, responsiveness.’
‘Mike Abernathy is a first-rate trial lawyer who knows how to put a team and a case together. Sanjay Murthy is excellent at preparing a case for trial.’
‘The team is very experienced in the patent space, and offers good coverage in courts across the country. They also have good knowledge of and relationships with the plaintiff’s bar.’
‘Scott Sherwin has been great to work with. He is extremely on top of the case and provides updates without being asked, and is also very much personally engaged in the case.’
‘Availability. Great listening skills.’
‘Very thorough in their analysis of our situation. Excellent listeners. Good adviser.’
Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research
Baxalta (affiliate of Takeda Pharmaceuticals)
BlackBerry Limited and BlackBerry Corporation
Gavrieli Brands LLC
General Electric Company and Consumer Lighting (US), LLC (d/b/a GE Lighting, LLC)
One World Technologies
Praxair (an affiliate of Linde plc)
Tolmar, Inc., Tolmar Therapeutic, Inc., and Tolmar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Obtained appellate victories at the Federal Circuit on behalf of Alfred Mann Foundation for which the firm previously secured a $268m judgment in favor of the client.
- Secured a significant appellate victory on behalf of Baxalta against Genentech regarding Genentech’s market-leading drug Hemlibra®, a bispecific antibody for the treatment of hemophilia A.
- Secured a permanent injunction following the $2.95m jury trial win for Gavrieli Brands LLC in a design patent and trade dress infringement case against competitor Soto Massini (USA) Corp. that also bars it from further acts of design patent infringement, trade dress infringement, and false advertising.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP distinguishes itself through its very successful PTAB practice as one of the most efficient firms acting for patent challengers, its combination of a high-profile federal court and ITC practice and its sector focus on the semiconductor, networks, software and consumer electronics sectors. Under the lead of practice heads Sten Jensen in Washington DC and Jared Bobrow in Silicon Valley, the group continues to secure significant wins in the country's most important venues. In February 2020, Jason Yu, a patent and trade secret litigator and IPR expert, and Robert Uriarte, who specialises in technology litigation relating to software and security matters and is a member of the firm's cyber, privacy and data innovation practice, made partner in the Silicon Valley office.
Sten Jensen; Jared Bobrow
Other key lawyers:
Bas de Blank; Clement Roberts; Alyssa Caridis; Steven Routh; Joseph Calvaruso; Vann Pearce; Jason Yu; Robert Uriarte
‘The practice combines technical and patent expertise, and real litigation savvy. In interviewing a variety of firms, Orrick rose to the top for their ability to take a case to trial. They also have a strong international presence that has been helpful to my team. The lawyers are very communicative and receptive to collaboration on strategy, document drafting, etc.’
‘Steve Routh has stood out for his litigation chops. We have valued his clear communication and willingness to collaborate. Chris Higgin’s technical expertise and attention to detail have been invaluable. Diana Fassbender’s help and efficiency, especially with discovery, have been very valuable.’
Donghee America (Textron)
Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch LLC, Bosch Automotive Products (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., Robert Bosch, Sistemas Automatrices, S.A. de C.V., Robert Bosch Ltda.
Check Point Technologies
Micron Technology, Inc.
- Represented Micron in an IPR proceeding against SecureWave, securing a Final Written Decision that invalidated all 14 claims of the challenged patent against SecureWave.
- Represented Sonos in its most important patent litigation ever against rival Google regarding the sale of low-cost audio speakers, smartphones, computers, and tablets.
- Represented Donghee America as co-counsel in a multi-front patent litigation over Donghee’s ground-breaking automotive fuel tanks brought by competitor Plastic Omnium, alleging infringement of eight different patents and seeking tens of millions of dollars.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP demonstrates particular strength in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors, with notable recent victories in biosimilar patent litigation and ANDA litigation, but also impresses with its experience in the energy, electronics, technology, including computer software and hardware, telecoms and financial services sectors. The group's strong PTAB practice is of particular relevance for its pharmaceutical, biotechnology and technology clients and the complementary expertise in Federal Circuit and ITC proceedings allows clients to rely on the firm as a one-stop patent litigation shop, able to coordinate proceedings in the different US venues. Practice head Nicholas Groombridge, deputy practice head Catherine Nyarady, Eric Alan Stone and Jennifer Wu are based in the New York office. The key Washington DC contacts are Steven Baughman, counsel Megan Raymond an of counsel David Ball.
Other key lawyers:
Catherine Nyarady; Eric Alan Stone; Jennifer Wu; David Ball; Steven Baughman; Megan Raymond
‘Rarely, if ever, have I dealt with a professional so expert in the knowledge of his craft and so persuasive meetings and court as Eric Stone. Eric was at my side whenever I needed him. He was always informed and up-to-date. He was creative and had an ability to seemingly see around corners–as he predicted the next steps of our opponents extraordinarily well. I would be remiss in not also commending Jennifer Gordon, who was expert in providing biotech sector knowledge and who was a joy to work with.’
‘Eric Stone is a giant in the land of IP law. His knowledge in this specialized area is renowned, but his spirit and attention to the task at hand is what makes him excel compared to his competitors. He is very client-oriented and completely focused on the client’s interest.’
‘Outstanding team, super smart, trial focused.’
‘Eric Stone is phenomenally smart and strategic. He stays two moves ahead of everyone else. Nick Groombridge is a tremendously talented courtroom advocate.’
‘They brought a very high skill level, professionalism, empathy and respect.’
‘Nicholas Groombridge provided calm and expert leadership to the team. Catherine Nyarady brought a tenacity and fun energy that made her a true leader among the global team. They both brought a humility that helped ensure global cooperation of firms. They aren’t just lawyers. They are leaders and highly skilled attorneys at the top of their game in dealing with complexity.’
‘The Paul Weiss patent litigation team is incredibly creative and detail-oriented. Best patent and technical experience in the business. The judges love these lawyers because they are obviously accurate, fair, and ethical. This team wins at an incredible rate compared to any law firm I know.’
‘Steve Baughman wins through hard work, attention to detail and accuracy, civility, and innovative approaches to winning. I trust him to present my cases to decision makers. Megan Raymond is thoroughly prepared and works extremely hard to present your best case. The team’s associates Saurabh Gupta and Stefan Geirhofer are better educated than any associates I have ever worked with.’
The team at Venable LLP focuses on life sciences, pharmaceutical and electronics litigation. With its wide range of expertise in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sector, including medical devices, Hatch-Waxman disputes, and related trade secret and unfair competition litigation, the loyalty of the group's clients comes as no surprise. The group's electronics clients benefit from the firm's prosecution practice in the sector. With a long string of litigation involving non-practicing entities under its belt, the team is a very good choice for this particular type of litigation. Additionally, the group is able to draw on the expertise of its colleagues in the government and regulatory affairs departments, for example for matters involving government contracts or FDA regulations. New York's Dominick Conde and Washington DC's Justin Pierce co-chair the practice. The trio at the helm of the technology litigation practice consists of Frank Gasparo, Michael Sandonato, both in New York, and Megan Woodworth in Washington DC. New York duo Scott Reed and William Solander lead the life sciences practice.
Dominick Conde; Justin Pierce; Frank Gasparo; Michael Sandonato; Megan Woodworth; Scott Reed; William Solander
Other key lawyers:
Frank Cimino; Christina Schwarz
FCA US LLC
Urschel Laboratories, Inc.
Schaeffler Group USA Inc.
Mentor Graphics Corporation
Currax Pharmaceuticals LLC
Koninklijke Philips N.V.
Candid Care Co.
Prudential Financial Inc.
Novartis AG & Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
- Acted for FCA US LLC in ITC proceedings brought to exclude certain motorized vehicles and components thereof that are imported, sold for importation, or sold after importation by Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd of India and Mahindra Automotive North America, Inc.
- Defending Allergan in a post-grant review proceeding relating to its blockbuster aesthetic drug, Botox, against its direct competitor, Galderma.
- Acted for Novartis as plaintiff in multiple lawsuits against multiple companies for infringing patents covering Entresto®, Novartis’s highly successful chronic heart failure drug.
Winston & Strawn LLP is particularly well suited to disputes in the pharmaceutical, technology and life sciences sectors and is among the most successful practices in the country for Section 101-related litigation, a key strength of the group's Californian team around Kathi Vidal. With practice heads David Enzminger, Chuck Klein and Thomas Patrick Lane based in Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York respectively, George Lombardi and Kurt Mathas in Chicago and Thomas Melsheimer in Dallas, the group has experienced practitioners across the US. As a result of its strategic alliance with Shanghai-based Yuanda China Law Offices, the firm bolstered its presence in China, a key market in the group's international caseload. In July and August 2020, Steven Anzalone, Michael Murray and Paul Goulet joined FisherBroyles, LLP. Andrew Grossman left for a position at Game Mind. Joseph Lechtenberger retired.
David Enzminger; Chuck Klein; Thomas Patrick Lane
Other key lawyers:
Kathi Vidal; George Lombardi; Kurt Mathas; Thomas Melsheimer; Krishnan Padmahabhan; Nimalka Wickramsekera; Michael Rueckheim; Michael Bittner; John Keville; Jovial Wong
‘They understand the client’s needs and work very closely to address those. The team has subject knowledge and applies it effectively in strategizing pre-litigation and litigation matters.’
‘Kurt Mathas is the individual who stands out. He gels with the client’s team very well, understands their needs, is flexible, innovative, strategizes properly.’
Associated British Foods
Discover Financial Services
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Electronic Arts, Inc.
Energy Transfer Partners
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software
- Scored a victory for Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. in a high-stakes patent infringement case after five years of litigation across multiple forums, including nearly a dozen inter partes reviews and a trip to the Federal Circuit.
- Obtained a significant appellate victory for Hikma Pharmaceuticals against Amarin Pharma Inc., securing affirmation of a lower court order invalidating six patents.
- Represented Contour IP Holdings patents in a competitor patent case brought by GoPro, successfully obtaining a ruling that GoPro had infringed Contour’s video game technology and that partly granted Contour’s summary judgment motion.
The New York-based trial specialists at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP bring their comprehensive litigation and transactional experience to patent disputes. As part of the firm's wider commercial litigation department, the patent litigation practice is a particularly good choice for disputes involving related antitrust or breach of license matters. For its often very voluminous matters, the firm works with software innovator Text IQ to quickly review large amounts of documents through the use of AI, an initiative that earned the firm the New York Law Journal's Innovation Award for 2020. Keith Hummel, whose recent successes include victories for medical device and biosimilar clients, and Richard Stark, a registered patent attorney with a computer science degree who has a number of high-stakes technology-related disputes under his belt, are among the key contacts. Sharonmoyee Goswami made partner in January 2020. David Greenwald retired in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Keith Hummel; Richard Stark; Sharonmoyee Goswami
‘Exceptionally bright and fast learners; tireless in their efforts and work product; excellent trial strategists.’
‘Sharon Goswami has the capacity to manage huge swaths of complex issues, internalize facts and legal arguments quickly, and is a pleasure to be around. Keith Hummel is compelling to juries, knows and understands what makes juries and judges feel swayed to your positions, and is hardworking and readily available to his clients.’
‘Cravath’s IP team is one of the very best I’ve ever worked with. Their command of the law around the world and their impressively written briefs and other advocacy documents set them apart and helped secure major wins in high-profile matters for us.’
‘Rick Stark, Vanessa Lively, and Evan Chesler are brilliant legal minds. They come up with creative and effective solutions and are an absolute joy to work with. ’
‘Cravath’s patent litigation team is amazing – their partners fight on the frontline of deposition and court hearings, their associates work day and night to bridge all the parties and open matters, their paralegals and other staff provide full support throughout. This team is well positioned to resolve the most challenging and complex patent disputes.’
‘Richard Stark – senior expert in standard-essential patents and many other patent-related issues with insightful views to the industry. Gary Bornstein – excellent litigator down to every detail. Yonatan Even – great partner handling matters involving interaction of patent and antitrust issues.’
- Representing Abiomed Inc. and related entities in patent infringement litigation against Maquet Cardiovascular LLC in Massachusetts federal court relating to patents for guidance systems used in intravascular blood pumps.
- Representing Alarm.com in an International Trade Commission investigation initiated by EcoFactor, Inc. seeking an exclusion order to prevent certain products, among them Alarm.com’s smart thermostats, from entering the US.
- Secured a unanimous jury verdict in favor of our client DRIT on a rarely won breach of implied covenant claim following a six-day trial in Delaware Superior Court.
Fenwick & West LLP sets itself apart from its competitors through its focus on the technology and gaming sector in addition to its busy caseload of disputes from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and wider life sciences sectors. With mediation and arbitration experience that complements the district court, PTAB, ITC and Federal Circuit practice, the group is equipped for any type of patent dispute arising in the US. Its ability to also take on multi-jurisdictional disputes, including those involving several foreign jurisdictions, is another bonus for the firm's many international clients. The practice has developed a strategic eDiscovery service to provide its in-house discovery attorneys with a fast and cost-reducing tool for litigation preparation. The dedicated pricing and budget team further helps clients with the management of litigation costs. San Francisco-based Michael Sacksteder directs the practice which includes a team of life sciences and pharmaceutical experts in New York, with Laura Moran, who made partner in January 2021 and specialises in complex litigation, Hatch-Waxman disputes, arbitration and inter partes reviews, as the most recent partner addition. Other key offices are in Mountain View, Seattle
Other key lawyers:
Jeffrey Oelke; James Trainor; Robert Counihan; David Hadden; Saina Shamilov; Bryan Kohm; Kevin McGann; David Tellekson; Laura Moran
LTS Lohmann Therapie-Systeme
Meril Life Sciences
Quest Diagnostics Investments
- Represented UCB in connection with a Hatch-Waxman litigation involving Apotex’s proposed generic version of Xyzal Allergy 24HR, securing a win for the client at the PTAB upholding a UCB patent that covers liquid levocetirizine formations substantially free of bacteria.
- Acted for Supercell Oy in a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute.
- Secured a win for Almirall in an IPR relating to a US patent that covers topical drug formulations containing dapsone for treatment of acne and rosacea.
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP is particularly well known for its strong life sciences litigation practice, including its successful track record in Hatch-Waxman litigation. With experience in defending patents that cover some of the market's most valuable blockbuster drugs and in medical device-related litigation, the IP boutique attracts major US and international players in need of a legal team that has expertise in proceedings in the US' most prominent patent litigation venues, including at the PTAB for inter partes reviews, the Federal Circuit and the ITC. The firm's dedicated electrical, semiconductor and computer technology litigation team impresses with its experience in high-stakes disputes, including those that require additional expertise in trade secret law. Managing partner Steven Nataupsky and Joseph Cianfrani, the head of the litigation department, are based in Orange County. The other key offices are in Washington DC, with William Zimmerman as a particularly notable practitioner, Los Angeles and San Diego. In January 2020, technology litigation expert Justin Gillett in Orange County and PTAB and district court specialist Hans Mayer in Los Angeles made partner. Loni Morrow joined Aviben for an in-house position in July 2020.
Steven Nataupsky; Joseph Cianfrani
Other key lawyers:
William Zimmerman; Joseph Re; Ali Razai; Jon Gurka; John Sganga; Craig Summers; Joseph Reisman; Justin Gillett; Hans Mayer
‘Amazing depth of knowledge on all things IP law, a great place to handle your IP needs. All the partners I worked with were some of the best. I felt like I had the A-Team all the time.’
‘Joe Re was a fantastic lead litigation counsel. He is especially skilled at both trial and appellate matters. He is experienced in representing both holders and alleged infringers of patents at trial and on appeal across a range of venues throughout the US. Multiple parties were in the case and Joe was always clearly the best litigator in the room so much so that the other party’s outside counsel would comment on that fact as well.’
‘Salima Merani is hands down simply one of the best outside counsel I’ve ever worked with. Her client management skills are top notch. She not only has a command of patent law, but also of transactions/negotiations, and the business knowledge and acumen to go along.’
‘Steve Larson is dedicated, responsive, very knowledgeable, and resourceful.’
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.
Milbank can look back on another successful year of life sciences litigation. With a number of headline-grabbing wins in district courts and the Federal Circuit in particular, the group's pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device experts continue to impress. BPCIA and Hatch-Waxman litigation are core components of the caseload, as are post-grant proceedings at the PTAB. Thanks to the practitioners who also hold advanced engineering and science degrees and bring industry experience to the table, the firm can draw on a wealth of in-house knowledge, including in the technology and telecoms sectors. Disputes at the intersection of patent law and regulatory matters, such as those handled by the FDA and FTC, and licensing disputes are another area of strength. Located in Los Angeles, from where practice head David Gindler directs the team, and New York, the team has a bi-coastal presence near the country's busiest innovation centres. Mark Scarsi left the firm at the beginning of 2020 following his appointment as a district court judge for the Central District of California.
Other key lawyers:
Errol Taylor; Lauren Drake; John Lu; Gary Frischling; Christopher Gaspar; Nathaniel Browand
‘David Gindler is simply one of the finest and most respected litigators and trial lawyers for patent litigation in the country. ’
‘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.’
Tris Pharma, Inc.
TMT Systems, Inc.
Rosenberger Technology (Kunshan) Co. Ltd., Rosenberger Asia Pacific Electronic Co., Ltd., Rosenberger Site Solutions, LLC
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
Unicorn Energy GmbH
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
MRSI Systems, Inc.
Emeram Capital Partners
Boards and More
EB Research Partnership (EBRP)
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
- Represented plaintiff Tris Pharma, Inc. in patent infringement lawsuits against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and its subsidiary Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc. relating to Tris’ QuilliChew®, the first ever extended-release chewable tablet to treat ADHD, and Quillivant®, the first ever extended-release liquid suspension to treat ADHD.
- Defending Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. against claims of patent infringement concerning shadow rendering techniques in certain video games, including blockbuster games Grand Theft Auto V.
- Represented plaintiff Unicorn Energy GmbH, a pioneer in modular, scalable energy storage systems, in a patent infringement lawsuit against Tesla, Inc. alleging that Tesla’s Powerpack product infringes Unicorn’s US Patent No. 10,008,869, which involves a novel energy supply network made up of individual energy storing components with intelligent capabilities that can safely deal with component failures or network incompatibilities.
Norton Rose Fulbright excels in multi-jurisdictional disputes, drawing on the firm's extensive global network to advise clients across borders. With Charles Walker, the head of the IP disputes practice in the US, and James Repass as the head of IP in the US, based in the Houston office, the practice has a strong foothold in one of the busiest patent litigation states in the country. The Minneapolis-based Timothy Kenny is the firm's global head of IP. Jeffrey Lewis joined Foley Hoag LLP in June 2020.
Charles Walker; Jim Repass; Timothy Kenny
Other key lawyers:
Richard Zembek; Daniel Scott Leventhal; Brett Govett; David Ben-Meir;
AMC Entertainment Group Inc.
Match Group and subsidiaries, including PlentyOfFish
Media ULC, and Humor Rainbow
Proppant Express Investments, LLC
Saracen LLC, Saracen Energy Advisors LP, and Saracen
Energy Power Advisors LP
Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd
- Advises Qualcomm Incorporated on global IP and competition matters, with a particular emphasis on technology, FRAND, and patent licensing issues, and acted as co-counsel in defending Qualcomm in a case brought by the FTC in which the Ninth Circuit threw out the antitrust ruling against Qualcomm.
- Representing Match Group and several of its subsidiaries in multiple matters, including acting as lead counsel for IAC/InterActiveCorp, Match Group, LLC, and Match Group, Inc., in a three patent suit directed to implementing and managing efficient and effective data communications over networks and improving the utility of information services.
- Defended VidStream LLC in IPR proceedings brought by Twitter to challenge the validity of two VidStream patents relating to video streaming technology, obtaining a favorable decision for the client.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP's mainstays are the consumer electronics, computer software and hardware, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors, with the latter generating a steady stream of Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA litigation for the team. The group primarily acts for established international players, but also takes on litigation for start-ups and emerging companies, acting for defendants and plaintiffs alike. Experienced in competitor litigation and disputes involving non-practicing entities, the team of Los Angeles-based practice head Ryan Yagura is very versatile. The practice offers a number of technological tools to prepare and conduct litigation efficiently, for example innovation platform OMMNIscient, a tool to facilitate the staffing of matters with the best practitioners. Other key offices are in San Francisco, New York, Newport Beach and Washington DC. In January 2020, Brian Berliner, Mark Miller and David Murphy retired.
Other key lawyers:
Lisa Pensabene; Hassen Sayeed; Darin Snyder; Luann Simmons; Brett Williamson
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
Hyundai Motor America and KIA Motors America, Inc.
Resideo (formerly part of Honeywell)
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Top Victory Electronics
- Represented Onyx Therapeutics in litigation involving the multiple myeloma cancer drug Kyprolis®, securing victory for the client.
- Represented Samsung Electronics in litigation brought by Image Processing Technologies, involving multiple patents and IPR proceedings, twice securing eve-of-trial successes for Samsung.
- Defending Samsung in a series of high-stakes cases filed by Dublin-based company Neodron Ltd., including three W.D. Texas District Court cases and two Section 337 Investigations in the US International Trade Commission.
Ropes & Gray LLP stands out through its strong PTAB practice that continues to secure an exceptionally high success rate for petitioners in addition to successfully representing patent owners. PTAB practice head Scott McKeown and his team have one of the country's busiest PTAB caseloads. Well versed in district court and Federal Circuit appeals as well as in ITC proceedings, including in the commission's early deposition pilot programme, the team has well-rounded expertise in the US' main forums. The group's biopharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice continues to grow in volume, taking on high-profile Hatch-Waxman cases and joining forces with the firm's Boston-based transactional life sciences experts. Other core sectors are the electronics, semiconductor, telecoms and manufacturing sectors. Additional in-depth technical expertise comes from the firm's technical advisors program which includes a number of practitioners with advanced science and engineering degrees who frequently have in-house experience. Andrew Thomases in San Francisco is the head of the practice. Other offices are in New York, Silicon Valley, Washington DC. In March 2020 Leslie Spencer joined Desmarais LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Scott McKeown; Filko Prugo; Charlotte Jacobsen; James Batchelder; Matthew Rizzolo; Steven Pepe; Mark Rowland; David Chun; James Davis; Kevin Post
‘Lots of industry experience in the semiconductor industry; really top notch senior associate and counsel backed up by great partners; the team has great experience coordinating cases across ITC, PTAB, and district courts.’
‘Jim Batchelder partners closely with client companies and seeks to understand the client, the client’s business, and how the litigation fits into the bigger picture; it would be hard to find a better appellate lawyer than Douglas Hallward-Driemeier. Alex Middleton and Sam Brenner are dedicated and responsive counsel.’
Emerson Electric Co.
Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 (IP Bridge)
TiVo Corporation (Rovi Corporation)
- Represented Emerson Electric in a multi-patent, multi-jurisdictional litigation against SIPCO, securing multiple successes.
- Represented Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 at the Federal Circuit, achieving a precedential win in a patent litigation adverse to Chinese consumer electronics company TCL Communication and various TCL subsidiaries.
- Represented Roku in multiple district court and ITC actions, including achieving a favorable settlement that includes a license for all of Roku’s TV partners in a litigation against Canon.
The team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP stands out through its diverse client base that includes major multinationals alongside small and medium-sized companies, universities, research foundations and government agencies. The strong healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences litigation team is the core focus of the practice, but the wider caseload also includes high-profile matters from the technology, consumer product and semiconductor industries, not only in federal courts, but also at the ITC and PTAB. The firm continues to attract praise for the quality of its digital innovation tools. Steve Maslowski in Philadelphia is the head of the practice. The firm also has patent hubs in New York, Washington DC, San Antonio, Houston and Irvine.
Other key lawyers:
Cono Carrano; David Vondle; Kevin McBride; Michael Kahn; Daniel Moffett; Kirt O’Neill; Rubén Muñoz; Matthew Pearson; Pratik Shah; Julius Chen; Dianne Elderkin; Rachel Elsby
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary)
George Strait Productions, Inc.
Helen of Troy
Inguran d/b/a STgenetics (formerly Sexing Technologies)
Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary)
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
Merck & Co., Inc.
Minerva Surgical, Inc.
Newfield Exploration Company
Ono Pharmaceutical, Ltd.
Pratt & Whitney
Raytheon Technologies (formerly United Technologies Corporation)
Scribe Labs Inc.
Signify Holding B.V.
- Won a complete victory before the Federal Circuit on behalf of Sorenson Communications with three summary affirmances of nine consolidated appeals invalidating all of Ultratec Inc.’s ‘crown jewel’ patents which are a part of a multi-front battle between Sorenson’s CaptionCall business and its primary competitor.
- Achieved an important appellate victory for long-term client XY, LLC in the Federal Circuit related to bovine semen sorting patents.
- Represented 3M and Merck in a patent infringement suit filed by AptarGroup, Inc. relating to fluid dispenser systems, in particular pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs), successfully invalidating asserted patents in parallel IPRs and securing dismissal of the case with prejudice.
Baker & Hostetler LLP unites federal court, PTAB and Food and Drug Administration expertise and stands out through its extensive experience in patent litigation involving federal claims, providing combined knowledge in patent and government contract law. The team regularly handles highly complex multi-patent disputes, often involving multiple venues, including the Federal Circuit, and patents of strategic importance for the clients. With patent litigators in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, New York, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Wilmington, Los Angeles and Seattle, the group offers a very good presence in the US and remains close to its clients. Jason Grier left to join CryoLife in July 2020 while counsel Steven Borsand joined the Chicago office from Trading Technologies International the following October, adding his extensive litigation expertise and in-house experience in private and public companies to the team’s portfolio of expertise. Mark Tidman in Washington DC is the chair of the IP group, with Daniel Goettle (Philadelphia/Wilmington), Katrina Quicker (Atlanta) and Kevin Kirsch (Cincinnati) forming the trio at the helm of the US patent litigation group.
Mark Tidman; Daniel Goettle; Katrina Quicker; Kevin Kirsch
Other key lawyers:
William Bergmann; Meghan Kelly; William Oxley; Kenneth Sheehan; Michael Anderson; Christopher Arena; Steven Borsand; Jason Hoffman
‘I’m impressed with their top-down broad capabilities. The depth of their bench is impressive as well as the wide spectrum of experience that the firm has.’
‘I’ve been impressed with how attorneys in the firm interact and get to know the client in order to come to the right outcome.’
‘I have always appreciated Jason Hoffman’s thoroughness and ability to ask the right questions. I have seen him in action in court and depositions and have always come out impressed with his preparation.’
‘Baker has uniquely talented litigators who have experiences in all forums ranging from district Courts, the ITC, the PTAB and the Federal Circuit. It is these experiences that allows Baker to leverage the right attorneys for a particular engagement and sets it apart from other firms.’
‘Jason Hoffman is an outstanding litigator at Baker & Hostetler. He immerses himself not only in the case to fully understand the issues, but also the business objective of the clients. Most attorneys don’t focus on the business objectives and thus, potentially waste valuable resources and time for a client. Jason is able to decipher complicated issues for my internal stakeholders to understand, which helps me to guide the stakeholders in the right direction for the company. ’
‘Baker Hostetler just gets it. Having worked with different firms I have always felt that Baker Hostetler understands us best and is most willing to consider different options with us as opposed to just going through the motions. Baker Hostetler’s understanding of our industry and how we work together has made them my go-to for patent litigation and general IP advice.’
‘In addition to his expert legal knowledge, Michael Anderson understands the often complicated industry in which we operate. He gives quick and practical advice and is willing to think outside of the box (suggesting various strategies and alternative ways of approaching an issue that are not always obvious). Michael makes a point of understanding our strategic goals.’
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
Showa Glove Co.
PL Developments, Inc.
PuraCap Pharmaceutical LLC
Smart Communications Holding, Inc
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Henny Penny Corporation
L3 Harris Technologies, Inc.
AT&T/AT&T Services Inc.
Guest-Tek Interactive Ltd.
- Defending Comcast Cable Communications in a twelve-patent litigation involving data and information security cutting across a large swath of Comcast’s cable-delivery and data-delivery systems.
- Acting as lead counsel for Crown Holdings in an ongoing 15-year patent infringement dispute between patent owner Crown and Crown’s competitors Ball and Rexam involving aluminum beverage cans.
- Defending HP Inc. in a three-patent lawsuit involving technology alleged to be standardized as part of Universal Flash Storage used in HP Inc., laptop and tablet computers.
Dechert LLP offers Hatch-Waxman and life sciences litigators whose reputation and track record continues to attract some of the market's most renowned companies as clients. In addition to its strong US practice, including PTAB proceedings and ITC investigations, the group also assists with litigation conducted abroad, especially in Europe and Japan, providing strategic advice in the context of multi-jurisdictional disputes. The group is well versed in developing and implementing global patent enforcement campaigns. The complementary US appellate and licensing expertise are other assets. Philadelphia-based Martin Black and Austin-based Jeffrey Plies head the team. New York, Silicon Valley, Princeton are other key locations.
Martin Black; Jeffrey Plies
Other key lawyers:
Katherine Helm; Scott Warren; Robert Rhoad
Mondis Technology, Ltd., Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
Eli Lilly and Company
- Acting for Eli Lilly & Co. in a patent litigation case initiated by Genentech, cascading into Genentech’s capitulation in legal forums worldwide.
- Successfully concluded the representation of Microsoft in a patent royalty dispute with leading smartphone manufacturer Foxconn (a/k/a Hon Hai Precision).
- Secured a dismissal with prejudice on behalf of LinkedIn in GreatGigz Solutions, LLC v. LinkedIn Corporation (W.D. Tex.).
Hogan Lovells US LLP's mainstays are the life sciences and technology sectors. The Washington DC-based Celine Jimenez Crowson is the head of the practice. Arlene Chow moved to Latham & Watkins LLP in June 2020.
Celine Jimenez Crowson
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP acts for plaintiffs and defendants, mainly in the technology, electronics and life sciences sectors, with a particularly good track record in on-demand telecoms services and interactive web technologies as well as in disputes arising from patents covering pharmaceutical products. Active in patent litigation venues across the country, the practice has accrued extensive experience in disputes brought before the district court of the Western District of Texas. Led by Jonathan Waldrop in the Silicon Valley office, the group includes a number of practitioners with advanced science degrees, for example in biochemistry, molecular biology and chemical engineering. The New York office is the firm's other patent litigation hub.
Other key lawyers:
Darcy Jones; Jay Deshmukh; Marcus Barber; Hershy Stern
- Represented Fintiv, a mobile payment company, in a case against Apple involving a patent that covers the management of virtual cards stored on mobile devices, including provisioning a contactless card in a mobile device with a mobile wallet application.
- Represented Zydus Pharmaceuticals in two Hatch-Waxman patent infringement actions involving generic versions of diabetic drugs INVOKANA® and INVOKAMET®.
- Represented defendant Reddit against allegations that Reddit, as well as over 100 other Amazon customers, including Airbnb and Square, use Ruby on Rails software implementing the HTTP web protocol as well as Amazon Simple Storage Service (‘S3’), successfully securing summary judgment on non-infringement on behalf of Reddit.
Schiff Hardin LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP has become one of the best firm's for Hatch-Waxman litigation in the US, with a high number of ANDA litigation and 505(b)(2) applications under its belt. The group is well versed in matters involving issues of patentability, inherent anticipation, and obviousness, and has secured several precedent-setting and favourable wins for its clients. In the software, computer hardware and electronics sectors, the practice primarily acts for defendants in litigation launched by non-practicing entities. The growing patent portfolio review caseload, increasing number of compounder litigation, and the uptick in disputes at the intersection of patent and antitrust law, especially in the pharmaceutical sector, are the firm's most recent areas of growth. Chicago duo Imron Aly and Sailesh Patel direct the practice. Melvin Robinson retired in March 2020.
Imron Aly; Sailesh Patel
Other key lawyers:
‘The IP team at Schiff Hardin is exceptionally experienced and provides litigation strategy counseling and implementation that aligns with our objectives and budget for a particular matter.‘
‘What separates Schiff Hardin’s IP team, and particularly Imron Aly, from other firms is the high level of client engagement and the focus on maximizing value for the client in achieving successful outcomes‘
‘Schiff Hardin’s team is highly professional, has a very good understanding of and experience in pharma IP Hatch-Waxman litigation. Their technical and legal skills are their strength, which they keep updated and advanced through their work and success rate. Their key capability is the strategy they suggest to get the best out of the suit for their clients. They are trustworthy and very easy to work with.‘
‘Schiff Hardin’s IP practice group has the right amalgamation of chemistry and formulation experts, along with the legal skills and expertise. They provide joint representation options and suggest cost-saving methods and are open to provide alternative fee arrangements.‘
‘I have worked with Imron Aly of Schiff Hardin and I find him extremely sharp and up-to-date and well-versed with Hatch-Waxman litigation. He is very good in prior art search and suggesting invalidation strategy for NCE/Product patents. He is good at challenging patents through inter partes review (IPR). His skills in suggesting favorable clauses in settlement agreements are very appreciable.‘
‘Schiff Hardin features a group of incredible patent litigators who carefully balance efficiency and business considerations with providing sound legal advice.‘
‘Schiff’s litigation team is highly diverse, and they have been using billing and tracking technologies to help budget matters in a highly accurate fashion.‘
‘Imron Aly is an exceptional first chair trial lawyer who still can involve himself in the ongoing litigation of his cases – that’s rare in the current profession.‘
‘Imron Aly is very passionate about his work & very proactive.‘
‘A very experienced and attentive trial team for a patent litigation. This team appreciates the complexity of patent strategy and the importance of how intellectual property fits into the larger product and business lifecycle.‘
‘The firm has been exceptional in collaborating within my legal team to help with billing, payments, and forecasted costs. In addition, Schiff places a high value on important initiatives such as diversity which are also a focal point for us.‘
‘Imron Aly is one of the most skilled trial lawyers. He brings a level of tenacity and enthusiasm which not only motivates his team, but also signals to the opponent we are prepared for trial. Imron has decades of experience and is very diligent about responding to clients and making himself available at anytime rather than delegating to his team at every turn.‘
Ajanta Pharma Ltd
Akorn Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Alkem Laboratories Ltd.
Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.
HCL America, Inc.
Intas (Accord) Pharmaceuticals
- Acted for Fresenius Kabi USA in a patent infringement suit brought by Hospira Inc., securing a ground-breaking victory for the client through showing the invalidity of a formulation patent claim and helping generics further develop the ‘inherent obviousness’ case law.
- Advised Hikma on the enforcement of a settlement agreement to enable the client to launch on an agreed date with FDA approval before expiration of the patent.
- Represented Intas Pharmaceuticals in a trial regarding a major drug product, invalidating a family of patents so that the generic could be launched several years before patent expiration.