Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi runs a sterling IP practice within its full-service offering. With an instinctive grasp of what it takes to succeed in a competitive market, it provides practical, commercially on-point counsel on patent portfolio development and monetisation. Few professionals have a bigger business brain than Jeffrey Weinick
, who is most impressive in the telecommunications space. He regularly acts for AT&T before the US Patent and Trademark Office and recently helped it to obtain a patent for detecting unauthorised use of a text-based messaging system.
With five US offices listed across the United States – as well as rankings in France and Russia – Dentons has the resources to assemble tailored teams with exactly the right skill set for any brief. Collaboration is the watchword here: its practitioners think strategically, helping clients to understand the business implications of different courses of action and ensuring that budgets are shrewdly spent. Columbia University is one famous fan of its comprehensive service. A smooth operator on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, Joel Bock
exemplifies the firm’s holistic approach. The lights are always on in his office: he works tirelessly drafting watertight applications and penning pleadings that bring complex technical concepts to life in the courtroom.
Intellectual property is a central pillar at general practice Gibbons. Deep IP expertise across the board means that patents are prosecuted with aplomb, technology transfers are swiftly sewn up and high-stakes cases are favourably resolved. As nearly half of the firm’s IP attorneys formerly held significant in-house positions at prominent multinationals, long-term business interests are always kept front and centre. Two such individuals are George Johnston
and George Gould
, who both served as chief patent counsel at Hoffmann-La Roche. “Johnston stands out because he looks at things through the eyes of an in-house counsel and that’s really helpful. Management is one of his key strengths; another is his international knowledge. He is an excellent IP practitioner and on top of that is also a great guy.” Formulating flawless strategies comes as second nature to Gould; of late, he has been doing just that in the pharmaceutical space alongside David De Lorenzi
, chair of the IP division. “David is a smart, sensible, practical and cost-effective attorney who gets superb results and whom clients trust. What is really impressive is the way he can move from zealous advocate in the courtroom to savvy negotiator if the time comes to settle. Excellent in all respects, he really brings a lot to the picture.” For significant Hatch-Waxman actions, key players such as Merck Sharp & Dohme and Aptalis enlist him without hesitation.
Greenberg Traurig LLP
The sizeable patent practice at Greenberg Traurig is home to a cosmopolitan crew who boast collective insight into all scientific and technical fields imaginable. A safe pair of hands can be found no matter what the mandate – filing, portfolio management or enforcement. To further streamline its service, it has developed sophisticated internal electronic tools and has even set up a dedicated group focused on process automation. A keen proponent of this trend is James DeCarlo
, a forward-looking electrical engineer who “offers superb advice on all matters relating to intellectual property”. Both he and Ralph Selitto
are trusted guides throughout the patent lifecycle, thanks to their 360-degree practices. Selitto shines in particular on inter partes
and post-grant reviews; he is currently acting on two significant inter partes
reviews for the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, a client whose entire portfolio he manages. A certified instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Michael Nicodema
knows exactly what pays off in the courtroom – and what doesn’t. For premium filing and portfolio building, companies make a beeline to Barry Schindler
, co-chair of the US prosecution practice. His grasp of business method patents is second to none.
Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
“Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik is an excellent firm with an impressive client base and a knack for hiring brilliant attorneys – it identifies and retains the top talent. The practitioners there work very hard.” Its USP is the ability to make clients of all sizes feel that they are the firm’s top priority. Leading from the front, managing partner and IP head William Mentlik
embodies this to the hilt: he puts in a tremendous amount of face time with patrons and stays up to speed on all the latest developments in their industries. In his element before appellate judges, he also has an “excellent reputation” among peers as a “voracious litigator”. Also setting the tone are founding partners Joseph Littenberg
and Sidney David
. Of Littenberg, one interviewee remarks: “He is the person I would call if I had a very tricky patent issue. There’s no substitute for experience and he has that – plus balance and foresight. He looks at things not three-dimensionally, but rather four-dimensionally.” David keeps his finger on the IP pulse and remains a lodestone for up-and-coming practitioners. Roy Wepner
, Bruce Sales
and Keith Gilman
add further heft to the team. Wepner is another enforcement heavyweight who writes masterful briefs that convey complex concepts with crystal clarity. When a respectful but results-oriented negotiator is needed, Sales enters the picture. Having previously headed the firm’s China office, he has real insight into the mindsets of Asian clients in particular and his business nous is invaluable. Like Sales, Gilman knows how best to mitigate risk; he builds strategies brick by brick until they are shatterproof, with due diligence a strong suit.
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Start-ups, universities and Fortune 100 titans alike flock to the doors of Lowenstein Sandler with their most pressing IP problems. The firm’s 40-strong team makes light work of a prodigious workload comprising some 8,000-plus patent matters and shows no signs of slowing down; indeed, it recently opened a Utah office, further bolstering its western presence. Computer science and entertainment are key provinces, with Google, Intel and Electronic Arts all on the client roster; but its expertise is all-encompassing – the world’s largest chemical company, BASF, is another loyal fan, working with the team on critical emissions and pollution controls. Taking the lead on this brief is Robert Paradiso
, a “forward-thinking and very communicative partner who immediately responds to developments with new strategic paths forward”. He heads the life sciences group. Stephen Buckingham
’s broad knowledge base extends from pharmaceuticals to engineering. Having chalked up over 25 years at the patent coalface, he is a worldly-wise litigator with a glowing reputation on the market. Captaining the firmwide IP practice with a steady hand, Mark Kesslen
is a client magnet whose tenure in-house at JPMorgan Chase has given him a first-hand appreciation of how best to satisfy the commercial demands of the world’s biggest companies. Passionate about technical innovation, he also has an affinity for the needs of start-ups, for which he devises sound IP strategies for success.