United States: National

While the desire to protect intellectual property remains constant, the practice of IP law is in a constant state of flux in the United States. For example, although the test for distinguishing patents that claim abstract ideas from patents that are practical applications of abstract ideas has been refined post Alice v CLS Bank, a great deal of uncertainty remains surrounding the question of eligible subject matter; as a result, it is almost impossible to draw a straight line from recent court decisions to what the outcome may be in the next case. This – together with the growing popularity of the America Invents Act’s post-grant review mechanisms – has contributed to a significant decline in the patent litigation market. In addition, the Supreme Court recently granted a petition from TC Heartland which is looking to put an end to forum shopping in patent cases; the outcome of this may also put a further dent in litigation filings. However, at least anecdotally, the market for high-stakes competitor-on-competitor suits appears to be healthy, while Section 337 filings at the International Trade Commission are also picking up.

Firms: transactions

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Cooley LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
Jones Day
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Firms: plaintiff

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Caldwell Cassady & Curry
Fish & Richardson PC
Heim Payne & Chorush LLP
McKool Smith
Susman Godfrey LLP
Tensegrity Law Group LLP

Firms: litigation

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Durie Tangri LLP
Fish & Richardson PC
Irell & Manella LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
White & Case LLP

Individuals: International Trade Commission

Highly recommended
Jamie B Beaber - Mayer Brown LLP
Paul F Brinkman - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
G Brian Busey - Morrison & Foerster LLP
Carl C Charneski - Brinks Gilson & Lione
Ruffin B Cordell - Fish & Richardson PC
Alexander J Hadjis - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Gary M Hnath - Mayer Brown LLP
Thomas L Jarvis - Winston & Strawn LLP
William F Lee - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Michael McKeon - Fish & Richardson PC
Brian Nester - Sidley Austin LLP
Bert C Reiser - Latham & Watkins LLP
Charles F Schill - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Sturgis Sobin - Covington & Burling LLP
Marcia H Sundeen - Goodwin Procter LLP
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Mark J Abate - Goodwin Procter LLP
Michael J Abernathy - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Steven Adkins - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Steven Anzalone - Winston & Strawn LLP
Smith R Brittingham - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Maureen F Browne - Covington & Burling LLP
Yar R Chaikovsky - Paul Hastings LLP
Alexander Chinoy - Covington & Burling LLP
Joseph V Colaianni - Fish & Richardson PC
James B Coughlan - Perkins Coie LLP
Mark G Davis - Greenberg Traurig LLP
Edward J DeFranco - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Edward C Donovan - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Shamita D Etienne-Cummings - White & Case LLP
Thomas J Fisher - Oblon
Daniel R Foster - McDermott Will & Emery
Eric J Fues - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Paul Goulet - Winston & Strawn LLP
Maximilian A Grant - Latham & Watkins LLP
Blaney Harper - Jones Day
Blair M Jacobs - Paul Hastings LLP
Jonathan D Link - Latham & Watkins LLP
Laura Beth Miller - Brinks Gilson & Lione
Eric W Schweibenz - Oblon
Nina S Tallon - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Andrew N Thomases - Ropes & Gray LLP
D Sean Trainor - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Jamie Underwood - Alston & Bird LLP
Mark L Whitaker - Morrison & Foerster LLP
Daniel E Yonan - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC

Individuals: post-grant proceedings

Highly recommended
Erika Harmon Arner - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
J Steven Baughman - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Eldora L Ellison - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
R Danny Huntington - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
Naveen Modi - Paul Hastings LLP
W Karl Renner - Fish & Richardson PC
Recommended
Bing Ai - Perkins Coie LLP
Brent Babcock - Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
W Todd Baker - Oblon
Timothy E Bianchi - Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner PA
B Jefferson Boggs Jr - Merchant & Gould
David L Cavanaugh - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Erin M Dunston - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Michael Fleming - Irell & Manella LLP
Greg H Gardella - Gardella Grace PA
Edward R Gates - Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC
Lori A Gordon - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
Kevin Greenleaf - Dentons
Herbert D Hart III - McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd
Joseph A Hynds - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
Thomas L Irving - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
John Kilyk Jr - Leydig Voit & Mayer Ltd
Bernard Knight - McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Matthew I Kreeger - Morrison & Foerster LLP
Stephen G Kunin - Oblon
Kevin B Laurence - Laurence & Phillips
Stephen B Maebius - Foley & Lardner LLP
Susan McBee - McBee Moore Woodward & Vanik LP LLC
David L McCombs - Haynes and Boone LLP
Scott A McKeown - Oblon
John T McNelis - Fenwick & West LLP
Lissi Mojica - Brooks Kushman PC
Robert G Mukai - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Chun M Ng - Perkins Coie LLP
Joseph E Palys - Paul Hastings LLP
Brad Pedersen - Patterson Thuente IP
Matthew C Phillips - Renaissance IP Law Group LLP
George E Quillin - Foley & Lardner LLP
Timothy W Riffe - Fish & Richardson PC
Jason M Shapiro - Edell Shapiro & Finnan LLC
Vincent K Shier - Oblon
Robert Greene Sterne - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
Clifford A Ulrich - Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP
Todd R Walters - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Dorothy P Whelan - Fish & Richardson PC
Martin M Zoltick - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
Anthony M Zupcic - Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Individuals: Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Meredith Martin Addy - Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC
Robert L Baechtold - Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Gregory A Castanias - Jones Day
Morgan Chu - Irell & Manella LLP
John A Dragseth - Fish & Richardson PC
Donald R Dunner - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Nicholas Groombridge - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Blair M Jacobs - Paul Hastings LLP
J Michael Jakes - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
William M Jay - Goodwin Procter LLP
William F Lee - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Mark A Lemley - Durie Tangri LLP
Charles E Lipsey - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Sasha Mayergoyz - Jones Day
Deanne E Maynard - Morrison & Foerster LLP
William L Mentlik - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
John J Molenda - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Adam L Perlman - Williams & Connolly LLP
Mark A Perry - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Carter G Phillips - Sidley Austin LLP
Frank Porcelli - Fish & Richardson PC
David T Pritikin - Sidley Austin LLP
Joseph R Re - Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
Edward Reines - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
William C Rooklidge - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
E Joshua Rosenkranz - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Frank Scherkenbach - Fish & Richardson PC
Lisa A Schneider - Sidley Austin LLP
Kathleen M Sullivan - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Constantine L Trela Jr - Sidley Austin LLP
Seth P Waxman - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Roy H Wepner - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
Matthew Wolf - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Individuals: design patents

Christopher V Carani - McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd
Tracy-Gene Durkin - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
Elizabeth D Ferrill - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Michael A Jacobs - Morrison & Foerster LLP
Robert Katz - Banner & Witcoff, Ltd
Darrell Mottley - Banner & Witcoff, Ltd
Perry Saidman - Saidman DesignLaw Group
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