Charles River Associates

Charles River Associates (CRA) is a leading global consulting firm that offers economic, financial and strategic expertise to major law firms, corporations, accounting firms and governments around the world. Our experts bring a unique combination of cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art methods and proven experience to bear on our clients’ most complex challenges.

CRA specialises in management consulting and economic litigation. Our senior-led teams include leading academic experts and business leaders with experience across industries. Because of our proven skills in complex cases and exceptional strength in analytics, clients depend on our objective, fact-based advice for their high-profile, high-stakes matters.

About our IP practice

CRA’s IP experts advise on IP matters involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright. We have experience at every stage of the value chain, from IP development through commercialisation and enforcement. Our industry knowledge and expertise in economics, finance, accounting and business strategy make us uniquely qualified to understand and convey the value and impact of proprietary rights in the marketplace.

Our consultants prepare, communicate and defend well-supported positions based on comprehensive analysis and provide our clients with the depth and breadth of skills that the IP litigation environment demands. Our consultants have both ‘real world’ transaction and valuation experience and courtroom experience that enhances CRA’s credibility and depth in both contexts.

Courtroom expertise

Courts increasingly require rigorous economic analysis in the determination of damages awards. Law firms retain CRA for expert testimony and analysis in IP-related litigation. Our consultants provide economic analysis, advice and testimony for IP disputes, including patent, trademark and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets and antitrust counterclaims. Our experts have assessed damages in thousands of disputes, including civil litigations, arbitrations, administrative proceedings and international arbitrations. CRA’s economic expertise has also been used for antitrust counterclaims, commercial success determinations for abbreviated new drug application and PTAB matters, FRAND determinations for standard-essential patents, pharmaceutical pay-for-delay settlement cases and International Trade Commission Section 337 investigations.

Transaction, valuation and business advisory

CRA provides valuation, business and financial advisory services to help clients execute IP licensing programmes and other IP-rich transactions. Our consultants have a broad range of hands-on transactional experience developed both at CRA and in prior managerial positions in industry, government and academia. Our consultants have a deep understanding of licensing practices and structures in multiple industries and contexts. We assist at all stages of the transactional process, including strategy development, identifying and evaluating licensing opportunities, and ongoing licensing and settlement negotiations.

An interdisciplinary approach to intellectual property

While CRA has a dedicated IP practice, intellectual property is often at the heart of disputes across many of our litigation-based practices. Colleagues in our life sciences, competition, finance, investigations and transfer pricing practices frequently advise on high-stakes matters involving IP rights. This cross-practice approach has broadened CRA’s reach and enables us to support clients with deep industry know-how and a highly tailored, multidisciplinary approach to solving problems.

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Contact details

Charles River Associates
One South Wacker Drive
34th Floor
Suite 3400
Chicago IL 60606
United States

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