Shearman & Sterling LLP

Our IP team combines the extensive exploitation and protection of IP experience with practical and sophisticated business acumen to deliver strategic, tactical and technical advice.


Our IP litigation attorneys focus on meeting clients’ goals, whether that means winning a case at trial, minimising litigation costs, negotiating a business resolution or charting a course to avoid litigation entirely. We begin every matter by understanding our clients’ business needs and directing all of our efforts towards achieving them. For this reason, our long-term clients bring us in for a conversation well before any complaint is filed.

We offer a full range of legal services relating to the defence, enforcement and commercial exploitation of patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights, as well as the defence of products and services facing a threat from others’ IP assets. Fully integrated into our 100-plus lawyer litigation and global arbitration practices, our services include:

  • litigation and dispute resolution in state and district courts, at the International Trade Commission and before arbitral panels;
  • inter partes and ex parte post-grant validity proceedings before the USPTO;
  • patent opinions and analyses;
  • IP licensing; and
  • litigation and portfolio management.

Our IP transactions attorneys provide thoughtful, timely and efficient advice on IP concerns relating to a broad range of commercial IP and IT matters, including issues arising in M&As, capital markets and financing transactions, the formation of joint ventures, e-commerce and internet platform technologies, R&D arrangements, sponsorships, technology development and monetisation, IP licensing, IT and cloud infrastructure procurement and data protection compliance. Our team has been a key part of developing and implementing integrated global strategies through our offices in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and Asia.  We provide guidance on IP issues arising from clients’ day-to-day business operations as well as during their most critical transactions.


As one of the first law firms to establish a presence in key global markets, Shearman & Sterling has led the way in serving clients for more than 140 years. From major financial centres to emerging markets, the firm has the reach, depth and global perspective necessary to advise clients on their most complex international business needs.

Shearman & Sterling is organised as a single, integrated partnership with approximately 900 lawyers in more than 20 offices located throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers come from some 80 countries and speak more than 60 languages. Clients rely on the vast Shearman & Sterling global network to help accomplish their business goals, whether they are complex cross-border transactions or local deals.

Shearman & Sterling understands its clients’ needs, with an innovative spirit honed over the past 14 decades to find creative ways to anticipate and address their problems. Harnessing the intellectual strength and deep experience of its attorneys across the firm’s extensive global footprint, Shearman & Sterling represents many of the world’s leading corporations, financial institutions, emerging growth companies, governments and state-owned enterprises. In turn, clients continue to choose the firm for its distinctive ability to leverage the knowledge and judgment of one of the world’s largest and most accomplished cross-border legal teams – a team ideally situated to counsel clients in this challenging 21st century global economy.

Shearman & Sterling works across practices and jurisdictions to provide the highest quality legal services, bringing its collective experience to bear on issues facing clients. The firm’s areas of practice include antitrust and competition, capital markets, emerging growth, executive compensation and employee benefits, finance, financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory, financial restructuring and insolvency, IP transactions, international arbitration, international trade and investment, investment funds, securities litigation, antitrust litigation, complex commercial litigation, IP litigation, M&A litigation, white collar defence, M&As, privacy and data security, private capital, project development and finance, public international law, real estate, sustainable development and tax.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP
599 Lexington Avenue
New York NY 10022-6069
United States

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  • Austin
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • London
  • Menlo Park
  • Paris
  • San Francisco
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Washington DC

Sample client list

  • Airbnb
  • Altice
  • GE
  • LG
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Olympus
  • Robert Bosch
  • Square
  • SS&C Tech
  • Toyota

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