Mr Marcus Sernel > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 NORTH LASALLE
CHICAGO, IL 60654
United States
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Marc Sernel concentrates his practice on patent and other technology-related litigation with a particular focus on chemical, biotechnology, and computer science-related matters. Representative of Marc’s experience in the biotech area are patent matters involving DNA microarrays, intracellular transcription factors, and transgenic plant technology. Praised in the Legal 500 for his “excellent legal instincts,” Marc has acted as lead counsel and handled all aspects of trial work in district courts and at the International Trade Commission, and has successfully argued at the Federal Circuit.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is praised by clients for its ‘exceptional combination of legal, business and technical understanding‘. ‘Indisputably one of the nation’s largest and most qualified teams‘, the ‘very well-coordinated‘ group ‘tends to dig deeper than most firms‘; it has a broad sectorial spread and proven expertise in all the major US patent litigation venues, including the PTAB. Marcus Sernel in Chicago and New-York based practice head Gregory Arovas successfully defended Apex Tool Group against a patent infringement suit brought by LoggerHead Tools regarding a patent covering a wrench. New York’s Jeanne Heffernan defeated Sycamore IP Holdings in infringement litigation it had brought forward against AT&T Services over a coding scheme patent, sparing the client $200m in damages. In Chicago, Kenneth Adamo is ‘one of the nation’s top legal minds‘ and Russell Levine is ‘an exceptional litigator‘. San Francisco’s Sarah Piepmeier is ‘a great lead counsel‘. Adam Alper, also in San Francisco, and Los Angeles colleague Michael De Vries ‘are thorough and focused on ensuring decisions are made that support the long-term view of a case‘. IP practice head Gregg LoCascio in Washington DC, Amanda Hollis in Chicago and Leora Ben-Ami in New York are also recommended. Abbott Laboratories, Cisco and Samsung Electronics also feature on the client roster.