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Andrew Thomases is chair of the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice group and co-head of the firm's technology, media & telecommunications group. He is a nationally-recognized, first-chair trial lawyer with 25 years of experience litigating complex patent and trade secret cases in federal courts throughout the country, as well as before the International Trade Commission. He has achieved numerous successes for companies in the fields of computer technology, semiconductors, analog circuits, wireless technology and medical devices, among other areas.

Andrew recently served as lead counsel for flash memory chip maker Spansion in a large set of multi-patent litigations against its rival Macronix International. Andrew’s representation included four ITC investigations, three district court cases, eleven inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office, and coordination of multiple patent litigations in Germany. After two successful trials before the ITC, and after obtaining sanctions against Macronix, the litigations settled favorably for Spansion.

As a first-chair litigator, Andrew also obtained a complete defense decision at the ITC for Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc., a semiconductor device company, and supported that decision in two appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was also a key member of a team that obtained a $57 million-plus jury verdict on behalf of a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions – one of 2009’s largest plaintiff verdicts in California. He has extensive experience in many U.S. district courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Districts of California, and the District of Delaware.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Ropes & Gray LLP‘s team of skilled IP attorneys is split across the country in key strategic legal centers in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Washington DC. The group frequently acts before all major patent litigation forums, but is particularly distinguished for its remarkable PTAB practice headed by seasoned litigator Scott McKeown. Garnering praise for offering ‘unique ideas’, the department is well known for its strength in the semiconductor, electronics, telecoms and manufacturing sectors.  It is also steadily gaining a foothold in the life sciences sector, with a busy biopharmaceutical and medical device practice managed by a ‘fantastic team’ comprised of Filko Prugo and Charlotte Jacobsen, who have a focus on Hatch-Waxman litigation. Kevin Post and Matthew Rizzolo, who are ‘deeply versed in the relevant technologies’; James Batchelder; and practice head Andrew Thomases are the other key contacts.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

Ropes & Gray LLP is especially busy on the transactional front. The team advised on several prominent SPAC mergers, often with a strong cross-border element, such as as Altimeter Growth’s $40bn combination with Singapore’s Grab Holdings. The firm’s market-leading private equity practice also generates a steady flow of related investment mandates. The team regularly assists underwriters and issuers on IPOs and bond listings. Additional support is provided on regulatory matters and high-end contractual negotiations including shared services agreements. Key partners include Boston-based Edward Black, who heads the firm’s global fintech practice and has a good track record in cryptocurrency, payments technology and robo-advisors. Black co-heads the TMT practice with San Francisco corporate partner Matthew Jacobson and Silicon Valley IP litigator Andrew Thomases. New York’s Scott Abramowitz is busy on the private equity side while Samer Musallam in Washington DC is a lead partner for fintech regulatory investigations and disputes.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

Ropes & Gray LLP‘s practice garners praise for being ‘highly client-oriented, prompt, efficient and practical’. The group is noted for its extensive ITC experience as well as for its prowess in handling multi-forum cases, and expertise in recognizing the unique issues raised by parallel ITC and PTAB proceedings. Recent work highlights include successfully representing Emerson Electric at the ITC as part of its long-running international dispute against SIPCO concerning Emerson’s Smart Wireless products. Heading the team is Washington DC’s Matthew Rizzolo, who has a focus on technology companies and is well-versed in all facets of litigation, from pre-suit investigation through trial, post-trial proceedings, and appeals. Over in the Silicon Valley office, Andrew Thomases, who leads the wider IP practice, and James Batchelder, are the key contacts.

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Ropes & Gray LLP‘s cross-departmental team regularly litigates cases in state and federal courts across the country, working with an assortment of clients from the fields of med-tech and biotechnology, healthcare, and software. Washington DC-based Peter Brody handles various trade secrets disputes, with recent highlights including arbitral victories for clients in the semiconductor and renewable energy sectors. In Silicon Valley, IP litigation chair Andrew Thomases is additionally reputed for his wide-ranging capabilities in the technology sector, ranging from semiconductors to streaming platforms.  David Chun appears before district and appellate courts on the full spectrum of technology trade secret cases. Boston-based Doug Brayley advises employers on issues arising from non-compete clauses and breach of contract.