United States - Georgia


Alston & Bird LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
King & Spalding
Ballard Spahr LLP
Meunier Carlin & Curfman, LLC
Morris Manning & Martin LLP
Troutman Sanders LLP
Dentons US LLP
Hill Kertscher & Wharton LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Alston & Bird LLP
Home-grown full-service ensemble Alston & Bird is a formidable player on the market. Experienced in cutting-edge scientific areas such as genetic engineering, immunology and microelectronics, the set files more than 1,350 US patents and 650 foreign patents annually. It also represents plaintiffs and defendants in brutal court showdowns, with particular proficiency in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings. Seizing on the opportunities afforded by the America Invents Act, Jason Cooper dominates the post-grant space. He is a savvy administrator of rights who has lately been putting in the hours for Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products. Contentious ace Frank Smith has chalked up countless favourable results; most recently, he won $120 million for Mylan in an infringement action against SmithKline Beecham and Forest Labs. Patrick Flinn “continues to be the top-rate litigator and the main force in Atlanta”. He has been cracking skulls in major disputes for UPS. David Teske is a font of value-adding advice. Keith Broyles breaks into the guide for the first time this year; the litigation co-chair is a master of both ex parte and inter partes review proceedings.
Ballard Spahr LLP
Ballard Spahr’s reputed IP department provides the full range of services, from patent prosecution to strategic IP counselling and full-scale litigation in federal and local forums. Responsiveness is the calling card of this forward-thinking set, which always ensures that clients are one step ahead of national and international developments. Having spent more than 44 years in the patent game, William Needle has been certified as an ‘IP Legend’ by Georgia State University; the venerable adviser’s recommendations on validity, infringement and damages are highly sought after. Biotechnology star Scott Marty counsels many of the world’s leading drug companies. He is a prominent practitioner in the emerging growth and private capital spheres. An adjunct professor of patent law at Emory University School of Law, Mitchell Katz has a sound grasp of diverse technologies; chemical, pharmaceutical and nanotech briefs are all par for the course for him. Heading up the litigation squad, the steadfast Lawrence Nodine has served as first-chair trial counsel on a wide variety of cases.
Dentons US LLP

When Dentons merged with McKenna Long and Aldridge in June 2015, a new legal juggernaut was born. The newly enhanced US team now comprises 1,100 lawyers; and with the added support of 125 locations worldwide, clients of the Atlanta office benefit from even greater expertise in 24 discrete industry groups. William Long is an “outstanding” battle-tested litigator who has tried and arbitrated a phenomenal number of disputes in technologies ranging from computer software to medical devices.

Finnegan is “particularly impressive. It is estimable competition”. The group’s laser focus on intellectual property makes it a reliable source of incisive, knowledgeable guidance in both prosecution and thorny disputes. The Peach State set – together with an outpost in Reston, Virginia – handles a variety of work for Fidelity National Information Services (FNIS), including patent applications, portfolio management, litigation and PTAB proceedings. Lately, it successfully challenged two check-imaging patents owned by DataTreasury on behalf of FNIS. At the head of the charge was Virginia Carron. With “a strong focus on litigation and great client contact”, she is “considered a leader in the patents space”. She has built up a powerful contentious practice, as has Roger Taylor, who also helms the Japanese operation. Bruce Bower thrives on complex commercial transactions, while Robert Stanley is a strategic thinker and true maestro of abbreviated new drug application litigation.
Hill Kertscher & Wharton LLP
Nationally recognised Hill, Kertscher & Wharton represents a panoply of individuals and businesses in intricate legal matters. Its compact size ensures personal, partner-led support every step of the way. An accomplished trial lawyer with a proven record of success in multimillion-dollar brawls, Steven Hill has secured victories in more than 200 cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Having also dispatched antitrust and franchise-related briefs with aplomb, he knows how to defend companies’ intellectual property from every conceivable angle. Unfair competition claims – including PRE and Walker Process claims – as well as patent misuse and Lanham Act actions are meat and drink to seasoned litigator John North; the courtroom is his home away from home.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
“Kilpatrick is a prime pick. It has a strong patent group in Dogwood City and is growing a lot in terms of pharma and biotech. Its prosecution offering is up there with the best.” Technical horsepower coupled with a pragmatic, business-oriented approach invigorates the contentious offering at the gilt-edged ensemble, which has also distinguished itself in inter partes review proceedings before the PTAB. Mitchell Stockwell is an able swordsman whose argumentation routinely deals devastating blows to opponents. William Boice is a lightning rod for praise; the swaggering advocate has recently mounted staunch defences of Motorola. The sagacious James Ewing focuses his legal practice on IP strategy, patent litigation and patent portfolio prosecution and management. Therapeutic antibodies, stem cell technology and recombinant technologies all fall under the purview of the agile-minded Tina McKeon, whose deft portfolio management skills win plaudits. The eloquent Dean Russell always makes his voice heard in crucial deal negotiations, commanding immense respect among peers. “You can’t help but like Wab Kadaba”; the amiable practitioner is a courtroom colossus and an “all-round great lawyer”. John Pratt “does everything to a high standard. He really is impressive”. A senior statesman at the patent bar, he is a deep well of wisdom.
King & Spalding
“In the Southeast, it’s all about King & Spalding.” AstraZeneca, British American Tobacco, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM and Microsoft are but a small clutch of the household names on the client roster of this regional legend. Myriad technical areas are covered by its bright cast of lawyers. Heading the group is gold-rated first-chair litigator Holmes Hawkins. The internationally renowned brawler keeps his finger firmly on the trigger in cross-border infringement suits and is particularly well equipped to handle computer sciences briefs. Scott Petty is a talented drafter with acute legal nous. Pharmaceuticals doyenne Rebecca Kaufman shepherds clients down the road to success with ease, carefully avoiding any pitfalls and traps along the way. This national outfit is an industry trailblazer in constructing strategically grounded global IP portfolios and is among the most prolific filers around. It offers impressive new methodologies, including an innovative, internally developed technology-based indexing system for custom patent information, which thoroughly integrates IP portfolio development and use into all aspects of a business. Networking technology and wireless communications have kept its litigation arm busy lately; while Amazon, Alibaba and Eastman Chemical have relied on the meticulous efforts of the non-contentious team. Leonard Hope is a key name for the contact book.
Meunier Carlin & Curfman, LLC
Native Peach State ensemble Meunier Carlin & Curfman fuses law and science in a groundbreaking fashion. One of the largest boutiques in the South, it provides top-quality legal services comparable to those of major national outfits, minus the armies of paralegals and attendant high-dollar mark-up. Cisco Systems, American Megatrends and Georgia State University are among its patrons. Famed for his tenacity at trial, Anthony Askew triumphs in big-ticket disputes without breaking a sweat. Stephen Schaetzel is another valiant gladiator. Complex portfolios are adroitly managed by the fleet-footed Miles Hall.
Morris Manning & Martin LLP
This firm measures its success by that of its clients. More than acting as on-demand external counsel, it develops strong, long-term relations with patrons by fostering a culture of deep commercial insight among its staff. Both emerging companies and Fortune 500s – in locations ranging from Asia to Europe and the United States – turn to the Atlanta team for vigorous defensive strategies. The group suffered a setback when it lost former IP lead Tim Tingkang Xia to Locke Lord in June 2015, but clients can still rely on esteemed litigation chair John Fry. A master of incipient technologies, he boasts broad expertise in the Internet of Things and drones.
Paul Hastings LLP
Eminent international law group Paul Hastings continues to lead the pack when it comes to PTAB filings. In 2015 it was involved in more post-grant proceedings than any other full-service firm; it also ranked in the top five for representations of petitioners and in the top three for representations of patent owners, according to Lex Machina. With integrity, superior knowledge and a spirit of innovation, it has made significant strides on the contentious front, too. Robin McGrath spearheads this campaign with flair; formerly of Alston & Bird, she is an “outstanding litigator”. The zealous Steven Park is a commendable trial lawyer who recently secured victory for a major smartphone manufacturer in an International Trade Commission investigation regarding digital camera technology.
Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP
Committed to excellence in serving clients of all shapes and sizes since 1893, this respected practice gets business done quickly and efficiently by assigning exactly the right talent to any given task. Multi-party disputes are a forte, although it shines across the IP spectrum. Gregory Kirsch heads up the squad. Able to turn his sharp mind to the full range of technologies, he is a sure hand at strategic portfolio management. Electronics maven Dale Lischer has a nose for commercialisation and shrewd drafting.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
International player Sutherland Asbill & Brennan finds elegant solutions to the most challenging commercial and legal issues for many of the world’s largest concerns; it represents 61 of the Fortune 100 and 90 of the Fortune 200 companies. Patrons enjoy partner-level attention at every turn; complex matters are handled with utmost dexterity, no matter what the geographical location. Extensively experienced in-house, Griff Griffin has an outstanding grasp of legal minutiae.
Troutman Sanders LLP
With more than 650 lawyers operating out of 16 offices across the United States and Asia, this native outfit is a prime pick for entrepreneurs and multinationals in virtually every sector. Knowledgeable legal advisers who provide effective, tailored services abound in the IP department; while deep experience in life sciences and consumer products makes it a reliable source of strategic guidance. Prosecutor Ryan Schneider takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the most complex contemporary issues in the development, protection and exploitation of IP assets. Silver-tongued litigator Doug Salyers is a persuasive courtroom operator with a string of eye-catching wins to his name.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Womble Carlyle’s IP group boasts many years of experience across the spectrum of patent law, representing international, national, regional and local concerns. The attentive, talented team has taken part in some of the biggest campaigns in Atlanta, orchestrating sustainable strategies and chalking up impressive results in the process. US Patent and Trademark Office sharpshooter James Vaughan has more than 30 years’ experience under his belt. He deftly analyses patents to devise bulletproof action plans. William Ragland makes light work of complex business litigation, winning plaudits for his persuasive way with juries. Louis Isaf drills deep to find the maximum value in companies’ intangible assets.

Individuals: prosecution

Nigamnarayan Acharya - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Jason P Cooper - Alston & Bird LLP
Griff Griffin - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Miles Hall - Meunier Carlin & Curfman, LLC
Scott A Horstemeyer - Thomas Kayden Horstemeyer & Risley LLP
Louis T Isaf - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Mitchell A Katz - Ballard Spahr LLP
Rebecca Kaufman - King & Spalding
Sherry M Knowles - Knowles IP Strategies LLC
Jeffrey R Kuester - Taylor English Duma LLP
Dale Lischer - Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP
Scott Marty - Ballard Spahr LLP
Daniel McClure - McClure Qualey & Rodack LLP
Tina McKeon - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Cynthia Parks - Parks IP Law LLC
W Scott Petty - King & Spalding
John S Pratt - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Dean W Russell - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Ryan A Schneider - Troutman Sanders LLP
Robert Stanley - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Tim Tingkang Xia - Locke Lord LLP

Individuals: litigation and transactions

Anthony Askew - Meunier Carlin & Curfman, LLC
Virginia L Carron - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Patrick Flinn - Alston & Bird LLP
Holmes J Hawkins III - King & Spalding
Wab Kadaba - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
John S Pratt - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
William H Boice - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Keith Broyles - Alston & Bird LLP
James L Ewing - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
John P Fry - Morris Manning & Martin LLP
Gregory J Kirsch - Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP
Jeffrey R Kuester - Taylor English Duma LLP
William Needle - Ballard Spahr LLP
Lawrence K Nodine - Ballard Spahr LLP
John L North - Hill Kertscher & Wharton LLP
Steven L Park - Paul Hastings LLP
Katrina M Quicker - Baker & Hostetler LLP
William M Ragland Jr - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Frank Smith - Alston & Bird LLP
Mitchell G Stockwell - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Roger Taylor - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
R Bruce Bower - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Christopher Green - Fish & Richardson PC
Steven G Hill - Hill Kertscher & Wharton LLP
L Norwood Jameson - Duane Morris LLP
William F Long - Dentons US LLP
Robin L McGrath - Paul Hastings LLP
Douglas D Salyers - Troutman Sanders LLP
Stephen M Schaetzel - Meunier Carlin & Curfman, LLC
David S Teske - Alston & Bird LLP
James F Vaughan - Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

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