United States: Utah


Holland & Hart LLP
Maschoff Brennan
Stoel Rives LLP
Workman Nydegger
Brinks Gilson & Lione
Parsons Behle & Latimer PLC
Brinks Gilson & Lione
Skilled practitioners and seamless support systems make the Salt Lake City office of Brinks Gilson & Lione a compelling choice for patent prosecution, particularly in the pharmaceuticals field. Adopting a tailor-made approach to each mandate, the “small but high-quality shop” is a favourite among start-ups, universities and multinational corporations alike. “An exceptionally talented lawyer, with good business sense”, office leader Ryan Marshall is an incisive drafter and perspicacious rights manager. The former research chemist outshines many peers in terms of technical knowledge.
Holland & Hart LLP
An imposing presence on the US IP landscape, Holland & Hart stands tall in the Beehive State, where it is “exceptional across the patent spectrum”. The firm’s illustrious non-contentious team is headed by Bryan Pratt, a precision patent drafter who is equally renowned for adroit IP management. He is “very responsive and an excellent communicator”. Another “outstanding professional” in the prosecution group is Grant Foster; “resourceful, energetic and knowledgeable”, he has carved an impressive niche in the medical devices space. Further quality is added by IAM Patent 1000 debutant and electrical engineering specialist Scott Karren, whose far-reaching strategic vision is evident when building international portfolios. The Utah office also boasts “great litigators” such as Brett Foster, who dispatches difficult briefs with poise. Seasoned in district court and appellate litigation, he recently represented Hydro Engineering, Checkers and Blendtec in infringement suits. Working hand in hand with him in these cases was former federal clerk Mark Miller, who “produces great results”.
Maschoff Brennan
“A superb firm with great professionals”, boutique Maschoff Brennan ascends to gold this year thanks to effusive market feedback: “It has the top litigators in the state and a great prosecution practice too." The burgeoning ensemble – which has grown from eight to 40 attorneys in the past five years – boasts a number of prestigious blue-chip clients, such as eBay and PayPal. Lynchpin Eric Maschoff is a “brilliant lawyer”, widely respected for his sage prosecution and licensing guidance; he helped to build Finisar’s portfolio from five to 2,500 patents. Equally adept at portfolio management is Kevin Johanson, a former Motorola systems engineer and wireless communications maven. With experience in cross-border patent acquisition, colleague Jason Sanders has a truly global perspective on IP strategy. The same can be said of Burns Israelsen, who acquires intellectual assets for many Japanese and European companies; while mechanical engineering buff Richard Gilmore is yet another discerning adviser on the non-contentious side. The firm’s go-to professionals for disputes include “excellent trial lawyer” Larry Laycock, a Supreme Court veteran with a knack for complex litigation, and the commercially attuned Sterling Brennan, who has acted for many of the country’s largest innovators.
Parsons Behle & Latimer PLC
Ably catering for all patent needs, commercial law practice Parsons Behle & Latimer is best known for its business-savvy counsel in high-stakes litigation. With deep insight into diverse industries and technology areas, crack trial lawyer David Mangum is pivotal to the firm’s contentious team. He can put disputes to bed quickly, with a particular flair for securing summary judgment wins; he knows how to prevail on appeal, too. A firm grasp of antitrust law is a further string to his bow.
Stoel Rives LLP
With “excellent patent lawyers” drawing on the firm’s enviable commercial resources, Stoel Rives provides gold-plated prosecution services for major names in the life sciences and high-technology arenas. Its involvement in a number of innovation initiatives also makes it a trusted partner for start-ups. “A class apart from the competition”, Barton Giddings is “pre-eminent among pharmaceuticals attorneys in the whole mountain region”. His judicious strategic counsel is matched by steady-handed work in transactions. Also working across the non-contentious spectrum, the “exceptionally talented” Aaron Barker is a connoisseur of wireless digital communications. Fellow electrical engineering whizz John Thompson is a meticulous drafter and perceptive portfolio manager who has recently acquired rights for major clients in the medical software sector. Boutique TraskBritt earns plaudits for the breadth and depth of its technical expertise. A champion of local enterprises, it also distinguishes itself on challenging briefs for national and multinational patrons. With 11 years’ in-house experience at Halliburton and Eastman Christensen, “excellent prosecutor” Joseph A Walkowski gives commercially astute advice on IP development; oilfield services giant Baker Hughes has been a client of his for a quarter of a century. The equally clued-up Allen C Turner also handles complex portfolios with assurance. Having worked in the Netherlands – as patent counsel for Akzo Pharma – he is knowledgeable about EU law and deftly handles European patent oppositions. J Jeffrey Gunn specialises in obtaining watertight protections for clients in the oil and gas, aerospace and consumer device fields. He recently helped Baker Hughes to safeguard next-generation poly-crystal and diamond-cutting instruments. Also effective in the enforcement of rights, the firm calls on the talents of “smart and capable” litigator Dickson Burton, who recently prevailed for Electronic Arts in an infringement suit. He is excellent at obtaining preliminary injunctions, two of which he secured lately for Catheter Connections.
Workman Nydegger
One of the oldest and most prominent IP practices in Utah, Workman Nydegger continues to attract rave reviews for its wide-ranging patent offering. The versatile Rick Nydegger is a standout option for mediation and transactions, as well as a patent prosecutor par excellence. Fellow electronics and computer science maven Jonathan Richards is celebrated as an ingenious strategist. Other essential contacts on the non-contentious side are John Guynn, a portfolio manager with a penchant for biotechnology and chemistry; and Paul Taylor, renowned for his finessed drafting of patent applications. A top choice for tricky prosecution mandates, the firm is prized even more for its “outstanding dispute capabilities”. Seasoned campaigner Brent Lorimer is tried and trusted; the “excellent IP litigator” has served successfully as first chair in a number of high-stakes suits and is also no stranger to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Individuals: prosecution

Highly recommended
L Grant Foster - Holland & Hart LLP
Joseph A Walkowski - TraskBritt PC
Aaron Barker - Stoel Rives LLP
Edgar Cataxinos - Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood
Barton W Giddings - Stoel Rives LLP
Richard C Gilmore - Maschoff Brennan
J Jeffrey Gunn - TraskBritt PC
John M Guynn - Workman Nydegger
Burns Israelsen - Maschoff Brennan
Kevin K Johanson - Maschoff Brennan
J Scott Karren - Holland & Hart LLP
Ryan L Marshall - Brinks Gilson & Lione
Eric Maschoff - Maschoff Brennan
Rick D Nydegger - Workman Nydegger
Bryan Pratt - Holland & Hart LLP
Jonathan Richards - Workman Nydegger
Jason A Sanders - Maschoff Brennan
Paul N Taylor - Workman Nydegger
John R Thompson - Stoel Rives LLP
Allen C Turner - TraskBritt PC

Individuals: litigation and transactions

Brett L Foster - Holland & Hart LLP
Brent P Lorimer - Workman Nydegger
Mark M Bettilyon - Thorpe North & Western LLP
Sterling A Brennan - Maschoff Brennan
Dickson Burton - TraskBritt PC
Edgar Cataxinos - Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood
Clinton E Duke - Durham Jones & Pinegar
Larry R Laycock - Maschoff Brennan
David G Mangum - Parsons Behle & Latimer PLC
Mark Miller - Holland & Hart LLP
Rick D Nydegger - Workman Nydegger
Charles L Roberts - Wasatch IP

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