Ms Christa Brown-Sanford > Baker Botts L.L.P. > Dallas, United States > Lawyer Profile

Baker Botts L.L.P.
DALLAS, TEXAS 75201-2980
United States


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United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Baker Botts L.L.P. houses a sturdy and active patent litigation practice, which garners praise for its ‘excellent technical chops; litigation savvy; first-rate work product; and excellent oral advocacy’. The group is particularly skilled in acting for defendants side and handling PTAB proceedings in addition to shouldering a significant Federal Circuit caseload, consistently achieving ‘great results’. The technology, telecommunications, and electronics are core focus sectors. New York’s Robert Scheinfeld and the Dallas-based Christa Brown-Sanford act as chair and deputy of the IP group, while Douglas Kubehl, also in Dallas, and Roger Fulghum in New York co-head the IP litigation practice. Robert MaierSarah Guske, who stands out for her ‘intense strategic approach to every aspect of litigation’, Eliot Williams, ‘an excellent advocate in PTAB hearings’,  ‘outstanding strategistHopkins GuyPeter Kang, who has a focus on major Korean companies which ties in well with the firm’s solid Asia-Pacific region coverage, Jennifer Tempesta, and Syed Fareed are other key names of the department.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: licensing

The licensing practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. appeals to clients for being ‘unusually adept at creating business-savvy licensing frameworks & agreements’, and garners additional praise for feeling ‘comfortable doing things in a new way’. With life sciences, technology, electronics and education as the main sectors of focus, the group is well known for handling a variety of licensing agreements, encompassing cross-border contracts for the acquisition or disposal of portfolios, the research and development of new technologies, and outsourcing agreements, for products and services in the US and abroad. The group is also well versed in transactional work, and the proximity with the firm’s litigation team reflects on the practice’s caseload. Robert Scheinfeld chairs the group from New York, with Christa Brown-Sanford in Dallas acting as deputy chair. Luke Pedersen in Washington DC and ‘exceptional licensing attorneyMargaret Sampson in Austin are other names to note.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

Baker Botts L.L.P. is the firm of choice for a notable roster of clients that includes Dell, Cisco, Halliburton, Hitachi, Abbott, and Columbia University, thanks to its well-known patent prosecution practice which stands out among general practice firms. With electronics, technology, telecommunications, and life sciences as the team’s mainstays, the group impresses with its busy PTAB caseload, comprised of inter partes reviews and covered business method reviews. Their ‘excellent drafting skills’ are another key factor which makes them the ‘go-to firm for these types of proceedings’. Robert Scheinfeld steers the IP practice from New York, with Dallas’ Christa Brown-Sanford as his deputy. Meanwhile the prosecution group is jointly headed by Sandra Lee and Samir Bhavsar from New York and Dallas respectively. Palo Alto’s Eliot Williams, ‘an excellent IPR advocate’, is another name to note. Hogene Choi left the firm in August 2021.