United States United States - New York Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Founded in 1819, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP is widely recognised as one of the pre-eminent law firms in the world. Each of its practices is highly regarded and its lawyers are recognised for their commitment to the representation of their clients’ interests in the United States and internationally.

Intellectual property is one of Cravath’s core practice areas and a cornerstone of Cravath’s reputation as the firm of choice for clients with respect to their most challenging legal issues, most significant business transactions and most critical disputes. In the 19th century, the firm handled the electric light bulb patent litigation for Thomas Edison and mechanical reaper patent matters for Cyrus McCormick. Today, the firm’s expertise covers the entire innovation marketplace, spanning the consumer products, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, information technology, entertainment, industrial products and chemicals industries, among others.

Cravath’s strength in intellectual property stems in part from the firm’s unique culture. Cravath’s lawyers are trained as generalists and, over time, as partners, many focus on and deepen their expertise in specific areas. As a result, Cravath has a dedicated team of IP practitioners with an extensive understanding of patent and other issues, as well as experience in a broad range of trial and transactional work, which enables them to devise creative and commercially practicable solutions to complex problems. Cravath’s governance as a true partnership with a ‘lock-step’ compensation system ensures that all clients receive the benefit of the firm’s overall knowledge, expertise and experience.

Corporate IP practice

Cravath has a broad-based corporate IP practice representing companies in connection with patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, designs, licensing, service marks and trade secrets. Its lawyers provide strategic advice related to protection, licensing and other exploitation, development and alliance agreements, M&A, policy, international issues, unfair competition and antitrust. In addition, the firm provides strategic counseling, review and analysis in developing and managing IP portfolios and optimising IP rights, and ensuring clients are maximally effective in realising value from their intellectual property in the United States and globally. Its lawyers also advise companies throughout the process of preparing to go public, which typically includes conducting defensive patent studies and positioning to respond, IP acquisition, protection and programme regularisation, portfolio acquisition and due diligence on royalty and technology agreements.

Litigation IP practice

Representing both plaintiffs and defendants at the trial level, on appeal, in investigations or in an advisory capacity, Cravath’s litigators are adept at handling a wide variety of matters involving patents, trade secrets, copyright and trademarks, as well as the commercial litigation that frequently arises from IP matters, such as antitrust and breach of licence claims. Whatever the subject matter at issue, the firm’s litigators bring to each case a trial lawyer’s courtroom perspective and deep trial expertise in a variety of matters. As a result, clients turn to Cravath to protect them from infringement of their most important intellectual property or to defend valuable products against claims of infringement. Cravath has supervised and coordinated IP disputes that span the entire globe. The firm regularly advises on national and worldwide IP strategy and the identification of patents and other assets that can be used effectively for offensive or defensive purposes; its practice also includes participation in inter partes review matters.

International clients

Cravath regularly advises clients based outside the United States on a wide range of transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international capital markets and bank financings, general corporate and Securities and Exchange Commission compliance matters. Its lawyers also handle US litigation, international arbitrations and investigations for non-US clients, and plan, coordinate and supervise multinational proceedings. The firm works closely with a network of leading law firms in major international markets, each of which has demonstrated a commitment to achieving the same high standards that clients expect from Cravath.

Cravath and its lawyers have been recognised as leaders in intellectual property by numerous industry media, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, Law360, Managing Intellectual Property, IAM and Best Lawyers-US News & World Report.

Languages spoken

English, Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Mandarin, Norwegian, Poilsh, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Shanghainese, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian and Urdu.

Main address

Worldwide Plaza
825 Eighth Avenue
New York NY 10019
United States

Contact details

E: newyork@cravath.com
T: +1 212 474 1000
F: +1 212 474 3700
W: www.cravath.com

Professional contacts

Keith R Hummel, Partner
E: khummel@cravath.com

David J Kappos, Partner
E: dkappos@cravath.com

Other offices

London

Sample client list

  • Avon
  • DuPont
  • First Solar
  • IBM
  • Merck
  • Mylan
  • Novartis
  • Qualcomm
  • Time Warner
  • Unilever
  • Xerox

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