Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a 100-year history of providing exceptional service to clients around the world in complex IP, litigation, corporate and tax, restructuring and counselling matters.

Kirkland & Ellis’s IP law practice is one of the oldest such practices in a full-service firm in the country, having been an integral part of Kirkland since 1925. Across the firm’s Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington DC offices, Kirkland has more than 240 IP lawyers who are experienced in a variety of technical disciplines and registered to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Approximately 75% of the lawyers are engineers and scientists trained with degrees and professional backgrounds in technical areas.

Kirkland has one of the most respected IP litigation practices in the country, with particular experience in large-scale patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and advertising matters. As clients require, the work of the group frequently extends to antitrust, securities/compliance, product liability and appellate matters. Kirkland’s IP transactional practice concentrates on domestic and international business transactions that are driven by the acquisition, use and divestiture of rights in intellectual property and technology.

Our experience in venues where IP cases are most often litigated is extensive. We frequently litigate in the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of California, the District of Delaware, the Districts of Illinois and the International Trade Commission, as well as state courts throughout the country. We have been, and continue to be, consistently successful in those venues.

Kirkland has one of the most active trial practices in the country. Our success rate at trial is among the best, with only a few losses over the past 10 years despite handling some of the most challenging litigation cases in history. Our trial-oriented approach allows us to focus on trial strategy and themes from the beginning of a case.

On the transactional side, our lawyers handle matters including patents, copyright, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, privacy, unfair competition and antitrust elements for a diverse group of client industries. The IP transactional lawyers work closely with Kirkland’s corporate, venture capital and tax lawyers on M&A, leveraged buy-outs and venture capital investments to identify and evaluate the IP rights and technology involved and to structure the protection of those assets.

Our practice in this area involves constructing and reviewing contracts, including joint ventures and strategic alliances and outsourcing, product development, contract manufacturing, franchising, licensing and distribution arrangements across a broad spectrum of technologies. Kirkland’s IP practice includes counselling clients in all aspects of IP acquisition, transfer, protection and enforcement, both domestic and foreign – including related issues such as US and EU antitrust concerns. A considerable amount of this counselling involves validity, infringement and enforceability analyses. In this regard, the firm prepares not only formal opinions, but also procedures and guidelines to identify potential problems during the product development cycle. As part of these activities, Kirkland counsels clients on the nuances of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrines in IP litigation to ensure maximum protection and avoid inadvertent waiver.

Kirkland’s acclaimed lawyers also represent global clients in complex corporate/private equity and tax, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration and restructuring matters.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 North LaSalle Street
Chicago IL 60654
United States

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