United States: California

Firms: litigation

  • Fish & Richardson
  • Irell & Manella LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Baker Botts LLP
  • Cooley LLP
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Durie Tangri LLP
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
  • Knobbe Martens
  • Milbank LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 
  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Winston & Strawn LLP 
  • DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jones Day
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • Mayer Brown
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • White & Case LLP 
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Firms: prosecution

  • Highly recommended
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Knobbe Martens
  • Recommended
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Bozicevic Field & Francis LLP
  • Dentons US LLP
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Mintz
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP 
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner 
  • Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP
  • Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Firms: transactions

  • Highly recommended
  • Cooley LLP
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Recommended
  • DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Jones Day
  • Knobbe Martens
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 

Alston & Bird LLP

Nationally, Alston & Bird is distinguished by its depth across the contentious/non-contentious divide. Its well-integrated prosecution and litigation practices can address all patent concerns with holistic solutions that add tremendous value. In Silicon Valley sit two anchors of the portfolio management practice: Joe Liebeschuetz and Ardeshir Tabibi, who focus on life sciences and high tech respectively. As testament to the quality of patenting undertaken by Liebeschuetz, his clients have enjoyed dazzling commercial results in litigation and licensing scenarios. The Liverpool University-educated genetics PhD also has extensive European oppositions expertise, giving him a real USP. Experienced design engineer Tabibi can speak to inventors on a one-to-one level, while those in the C-suite appreciate his proven portfolio development abilities and insights on strategy. IP and technology transactional work is another strong suit of the firm and of Los Angeles-based senior counsel Jonathan Gordon. The veteran deal-broker excels at commercialising new technologies.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter is a card-carrying member of the US patent litigation elite: in recent years its trial lawyers have put in some scintillating performances in consequential life sciences suits, to superb effect. In an uncertain market, the team looks set to continue this run in 2020 and beyond. On the frontlines is Deborah Fishman, whose recent highlights include a victory for Sanofi against Amgen in the retrial of a District of Delaware case on the scope of protection for therapeutic antibodies. Fishman’s success stems from her ability to “communicate clearly and concisely to judges and juries”, while “knowing the smallest details of her cases”. The picture on the high-tech side of the practice is rosy, too, thanks to the sterling efforts of Michael Berta in his multiple representations of Google and Adobe. In the course of these he has, for example, transferred cases to friendlier districts, stayed pending inter partes reviews and obtained hefty monetary awards. Best known for its contentious prowess, Arnold & Porter is also a discerning choice for prosecution (see David Marsh in DC) and for transactions. San Franciscan Thomas Magnani artfully carries complex deals and highly strategic integrations over the line.

Baker Botts LLP

Flexing one of the most multifaceted IP practices in the nation, Baker Botts is a go-to for intricate patent matters and well-rounded advice. Its lawyers know clients’ technologies and competitors inside out, and devise pointed strategies that go to the heart of business. Embodying this are Palo Alto and San Francisco IP chair and executive committee member Travis Thomas, and top trial hands Hopkins Guy and Wayne Stacy. An expert on full-lifecycle intangible asset management, Thomas serves as chief outside patent counsel to Lyft’s Level 5 Engineering Centre, which puts him right at the heart of developments in the autonomous driving space. Guy is an enthusiastic follower of advances in 5G in the telecoms sector and is plugged into other industries in a way that makes him not just a hired gun, but a vital commercial partner. Lately he has continued his solid run of form for DISH Network. Like Guy, Stacy is a seasoned litigator well prepared for all twists and turns that a complex technology case may bring, both in and away from the courtroom. He has achieved many PTAB wins recently – for example, on behalf of Cisco and San Francisco cloud communications company Twilio. Thanks to its interdisciplinary approach to intellectual property, Baker Botts is also primed for post-grant success. There are many stellar contributors in this regard, including Guy, Stacy and Eliot Williams, who has appeared in more than 140 PTAB matters.

Bozicevic Field & Francis LLP

For biotech and life sciences patent services, Bozicevic Field & Francis is a class apart. The team “shows exceptionally detailed knowledge of the science” and has, for example, been at the forefront of developments with respect to CRISPR. Taking the reins are Karl Bozicevic and Carol Francis, both technical and strategic masterminds with a gift for creating and realising IP value.

Cooley LLP

Cooley is one of the most accomplished patent and technology transactions outfits in the United States: “It is extremely good in both the corporate and IP spaces, and its teams work very effectively together.” It derives great strength from the leadership of senior partners such as Barbara Kosacz and Mika Reiner Mayer, who both garner enthusiastic praise from the market. “Barbara is the best licensing practitioner there is and brilliant on anything relating to the commercialisation of intellectual property.” “An awesome lawyer who is just fantastic to partner with, Mika is a go-to on diligence and investment, particularly for start-ups.” Together with Marya Postner and Robert Jones, they form an outstanding life sciences-focused group. Cooley is also a high-calibre litigation shop and a magnet for high-tech industry leaders due to the presence of Heidi Keefe. The gold-rated trial lawyer is “a genius at taking super-complicated concepts and distilling them down into basic building blocks that anybody can understand”. Tech companies also take great comfort from having Michael Rhodes on hand, thanks to his proficiency in the courtroom and expertise in the privacy and data areas. New to the IAM Patent 1000 for 2020 is Michelle Rhyu, a “thoughtful and insightful litigator” with a focus on pharmaceutical and biotech disputes.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell’s specialised patent litigation team may be compact, but it hits exceptionally hard thanks to the trial quality of its members and the depth and scale of the wider contentious support package available to them. Rather than taking a case and breaking it up into pieces, the Northern California group – comprising Ashok Ramani, David Lisson and Micah Block – does a wonderful job from the outset, developing compelling themes and posturing for trial; it is a sophisticated approach that works in tandem with the partners’ flair for storytelling and start-to-finish engagement in matters. “The Davis Polk attorneys are some of the finest counsel. They know their cases inside and out and combine top trial and patent attorney skills. They run everything efficiently and only do top-drawer work.” Individual feedback is likewise glowing: “Ashok has the keenest sense of what is critical to a case and drills down to that, rather than chasing rabbits down every hole. He brings clarity and focus to discussions and strategy, and handles massively complex litigations in the most assured manner.” “David is incredibly thorough, thoughtful and responsive, and an all-round top-notch trial attorney.” “Smart and creative, Micah is a precise but fluid and captivating presenter and an absolute wizard in front of judges.” That this is a young crew is also worth nothing – especially as other previously sure bets for premier representation are fading; it has the legs for complex cases starting now and far into the future. Ongoing and recent activities include leading Comcast’s global defence and going out to bat for TSMC, MediaTek and Qualcomm in federal court and International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation against Innovative Foundry Technologies.

Dentons US LLP

With its 70-strong national patent group and global IP depth, Dentons has a cavernous chest of resources for diverse technology and life sciences companies to draw upon. Zooming in on the firm’s San Francisco and Oakland offices brings into focus a superb domestic and international high-tech patent prosecution and portfolio practice, spearheaded by Peter Yim, Brian Ho, Christopher Eide and Randy Omid. Combining to accommodate the specific needs of each client, these technically gifted lawyers undertake matters of vital commercial value to top innovators. Yim and Ho are cut from the same cloth: both are inspirational leaders and worldly-wise patent heads whose perspectives and activities are global in scope; versatile Eide brings prosecution, transactional and disputes expertise to the table; and Omid – “an emerging force in patent law with deep electronics expertise” – has a knack for cross-border coordination and an enviable network of high-calibre correspondents in Asia and Europe. Life sciences concerns seeking the same maturity of counsel receive it in spades from San Diego-based Stephanie Seidman, a 30-year veteran of efficient patenting, portfolio development and IP commercialisation, and a firm favourite of emerging companies. Many clients rely not only on Dentons’ prosecution expertise, but also on its post-grant nous, which resides chiefly in Kevin Greenleaf. Savvy in putting the right technical experts and advocates together, he has made the firm a colossus of the market on both the petitioner and patent owner sides.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

With representatives on each of the prosecution, litigation and transactions tables, DLA Piper boasts a well-rounded patent practice in California. For strategic counsel on patentability and sophisticated opinions on validity and infringement, Lisa Haile is the person for life sciences companies to call. The microbiology and immunology PhD is a “high-level lawyer” who is “always on the shortlist in San Diego for complex deals and quality prosecution”. DLA’s litigators impress with their “ability to dig into the technology and also fully understand the economic aspects of cases”. Excellent in this regard, Mark Fowler and Sean Cunningham are further distinguished by their finely honed trial skills. Fowler has over three decades of experience advocating in district courts across the country and at the ITC; likewise Cunningham, a poised lawyer who brings about the right outcomes swiftly and decisively. Transactional maven and Silicon Valley stalwart Mark Radcliffe is someone to whom developers of new technology-driven business models can turn in complete confidence.

Durie Tangri LLP

Though hit by some notable departures in 2018 and 2019, litigation shop Durie Tangri is still “a partner you want by your side when you’re going into battle”. You cannot go wrong when founding partner Daralyn Durie is your representative – she is “one of the best trial lawyers out there”. “Daralyn is a fantastic oral advocate whom juries love to listen to. She presents clear, matter-of-fact arguments that non-experts can easily understand.” Also placing in the IAM Patent 1000 gold tier are Ragesh Tangri and Mark Lemley – the former a leading trade secret litigator and “brilliant trial lawyer as well as manager”; the latter a world-famous legal scholar. First associate at the firm, Joseph Gratz is now a partner spearheading some of its most technically dense cases. He is an authority on internet law and technology.

Fenwick & West LLP

Whichever part of Fenwick & West’s multifaceted patent practice you place under the microscope, you see growth, development and dynamism. The ensemble’s prosecution pros are in their prime and offer energetic, entrepreneurial support to the portfolios of many global technology paradigm shifters; its litigators are surging in spite of an overall decline in the patent litigation market; and the transactions team – in hot demand as patents become a critical driver of many wider collaborations – are in the thick of cutting-edge areas such as gene therapy and crossover fields such as digital health. With 20 individuals recommended in the IAM Patent 1000 California chapter, Fenwick & West showcases incredible depth. The cohesive, collaborative prosecution division is led by Michael Farn and Rajiv Patel, as patent and IP chairs respectively. Both are repositories of trust for today’s and tomorrow’s industry leaders as they look to roll out new and innovative patent programmes and gain commercial impetus from them. Some of the best feedback from the research for the 2020 edition of the guide was for David Ahn, who makes his debut in the listings; and Daniel Becker, who makes his return. Like Farn and Patel, Ahn focuses on high-tech fields and is “nothing short of an invaluable partner” to those he serves: “David regularly goes above and beyond the brief, and offers much more than outstanding substantive technical knowledge. He is consistently thoughtful with respect to strategy and demonstrates an exceptional understanding of key priorities when making his recommendations. He enables confident business decisions to be taken quickly and efficiently, and saves countless hours through his responsiveness and proactivity.” Counselling biotech and pharmaceutical companies is Becker’s passion – he is “one of the best in the life sciences industry”. A source comments: “Without Dan, we would not have come as far as we have – well capitalised and with very strong, late-expiring intellectual property.” Other dignitaries at the firm include Robert Hulse, Antonia Sequeira, Jae Won Song, John McNelis and Brian Hoffman. Hulse and Sequeira accomplish impressive patent feats for Facebook – which they have represented since its first issued patent – but work together and independently for many others: Hulse is primary outside counsel to Propeller Health and is guiding the development of a unique portfolio that places the company at the forefront of biological and medical research as it intersects with data science; while Sequeira is driving rapid portfolio growth for DeepMap, which develops high-definition maps for autonomous vehicles. Song counsels LG Display, NVIDIA and Silicon Valley start-ups Keyssa and Phantom AI; the diversity of his client base and the breadth of his work – encompassing prosecution, litigation and transactions – reflect his versatility. Phantom AI innovates in the autonomous vehicle area, which McNelis also knows a great deal about: the chair of an autonomous transportation and shared mobility practice, he shows his authority on the industry through writing and speaking engagements, as well as through his strategic business counsel. Hoffman helps companies to navigate complex privacy, data and security issues arising from innovation in many fast-developing fields. All these attorneys hold their own in transactional settings; but for concentrated licensing and IP commercialisation expertise, look to Jake Handy, Stefano Quintini, Stephen Gillespie, Ralph Pais and David Hayes, who form the core of an outstanding transactional division. This is chaired by Handy, who has been fuelling exciting biotech growth for the firm of late; he and frequent collaborator Quintini practise at the vanguard of new technologies and, for example, represent several top gene therapy companies. They don’t view commercial agreements in a vacuum, but rather in the context of broader objectives and wider industry trends. Quintini recently acted for Loxo Oncology – a biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercialises highly selective medicines for patients with genomically defined cancers – in relation to its definitive agreement to be acquired by Eli Lilly and Company for approximately $8 billion. Gillespie plays an important role as co-chair of the blockchain group and as the key relationship partner for prestigious names such as Cisco Systems, a number of whose multibillion-dollar deals he has overseen. Pais, a former chair of the group, recently acted for Cray on its $1.3 billion acquisition by Hewlett Packard. Hayes is the firm’s foremost copyright, internet and digital media expert; he is a registered patent attorney with a strong foundation in trademarks and trade secrets, too. It is the litigators’ time to shine, now: patent litigation chair Michael Sacksteder, David Hadden, Saina Shamilov, Bryan Kohm and Charlene Morrow adopt a relational approach towards clients, focused on supporting long-term business success rather than on each case in isolation; they get a lot of repeat business as a result. Spearheading a team of lawyers from San Francisco, Mountain View, Seattle and New York, born leader Sacksteder is currently handling a major dispute for Supercell against Japanese company GREE encompassing seven separate Eastern District of Texas lawsuits and various Federal Circuit and PTAB battles. Known for his technical chops, tremendous trial lawyer Hadden has multiple cloud storage, online payment systems and natural language processing cases ongoing for one of the world’s top companies, with back-up from crack litigator, creative thinker and former software engineer Shamilov. Kohm makes his deserved debut in the IAM Patent 1000 following a win on summary judgment of non-infringement for Cray against Raytheon – a benchmark case with respect to the question of proper venue in patent litigation. Experienced first chair Morrow has been linking up well with post-grant champion Stuart Meyer on several cases, reflecting the firm’s joined-up approach to multilayered actions. As well as undertaking PTAB duties, Meyer provides thought leadership on patentable subject matter issues and is responsible for the ensemble’s Bilski Blog.

Fish & Richardson

Out of this world when it comes to patent litigation, Fish “continues to be a pre-eminent firm”, “deserves its top-tier status” and “has many elite patent litigators who are tough but professional and respectful adversaries”. Commentators take note of its “high-quality pharmaceutical team”, linchpins of which are San Diegans Jonathan Singer and Chad Shear. They recently masterminded one of the biggest contentious comebacks of all time in securing a motion for judgment as a matter of law wiping out a $2.5 billion wilful infringement verdict won by Idenix Pharmaceuticals against client Gilead Sciences, after proving that Idenix’s patent was invalid due to lack of enablement. “Jonathan and Chad stand out for their intellectual capabilities and terrific open-mindedness and creativity. Working with them is always a wonderful team effort.” Joining them on this case was Juanita Brooks, who is unanimously hailed as one of the best patent trial lawyers in the country. She practises extensively in the life sciences and is currently representing Coherus BioSciences – also with Shear – against Amgen as they compete in the adalimumab biosimilar market. She is not restricted by technical subject matter, though, and has many big high-tech awards to her name too. Michael Headley also shows impressive ambidexterity and has worked extensively for Power Integrations on semiconductor matters – recently winning a precedential Federal Circuit decision against ON Semiconductor finding that ON’s inter partes review challenges against three PI patents were time barred under Section 315(b) – and for life sciences entities. Focusing on high tech, meanwhile, are David Barkan, Jonathan Lamberson and Seth Sproul – all trial veterans with deep licensing expertise. Barkan’s mandates span the broadest range of computer and network technologies; Microsoft go-to Lamberson is an authority on standard essentiality; and Sproul is pacing the 5G field. The world’s leading companies also turn to Fish for prosecution and counselling services – the firm files several thousand US patent applications each year and demonstrates a mastery of all technologies and a great rapport with USPTO examiners. Silicon Valley lawyers Hans Troesch – a top software mind – and superior strategist Eric Schulman provide gold-standard guidance on the development of commercially aligned portfolios.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

In early litigation phases and at trial, Gibson Dunn’s illustrious trial attorneys facilitate satisfying wins by focusing intently on the dispositive elements to their cases; they never waste time or money on background noise. Wayne Barsky, Josh Krevitt, William Rooklidge and Jason Lo understand the finer points of contentious strategy and are regularly instructed on sophisticated IP matters that do not fit into a company’s familiar litigation profile. A life sciences and medical device major leaguer, Barsky secured a major victory for Merck-Serono and Pfizer after a five-week jury trial in which Biogen’s $5.4 billion damages claim was rejected and its patent invalidated. He has sparkling leadership credentials – as does Krevitt, with whom he co-chairs a 125-lawyer IP group. Krevitt is a companion to famous technology names, including AT&T and Dell. Rooklidge has acted as lead trial counsel for over 25 years and chalked up many wins for companies of the same calibre. Joining with New York high-flier Benjamin Hershkowitz, Lo has been representing SoundCloud in numerous actions, including a trade secret misappropriation case brought by Beatport, which was dismissed. High-end work is also the order of the day for the firm’s technology transactions experts, who are marshalled by Palo Alto-based Carrie LeRoy, a well-respected architect of cross-border deals. She has a new colleague nearby in San Francisco in Karen Spindler, who joined from Goodwin Procter in March 2020, significantly boosting Gibson Dunn’s life sciences deal capabilities.

Goodwin Procter LLP

Expansion in California has been a dominant theme for Goodwin Procter’s sterling patent litigation and technology transactions practices. Its West Coast offering has really taken off in the five years since Brett Schuman joined from Morgan Lewis. Laying the groundwork for growth, he immerses himself in the technology to provide incisive guidance in crucial disputes. Currently, he is representing Vizbee against competitor Touchstream in a Southern District of New York case involving mobile device to large-screen casting technology. The firm made some shrewd additions to its bench in 2019, recruiting Sanjeet Dutta and Michael Shuster to bolster its prosecution, strategic counselling and transactional capacity in the high-tech and life sciences domains. High-technologist Dutta is a discerning choice of partner for emerging companies; he gets fired up by their innovation and channels great energy into protecting and commercialising their inventions. By the same token, Shuster acts for exciting life sciences companies on everything from prosecution to portfolio analysis, due diligence and deals; he advises Codiak Biosciences – a pioneer in the area of exosome therapeutics – on patent strategy and transactions, including a recent $1 billion collaboration with Jazz Pharmaceuticals. He is forming a vibrant life sciences practice in San Francisco with Sarah Solomon, who recently moved west from Goodwin’s Boston office. IP commercialisation doyenne Solomon produces “clean and proper agreements” and is “a rockstar with exceptional business acumen”. Their arrival follows switches made by high-powered trial lawyers Neel Chatterjee and Darryl Woo in 2017 and 2018 respectively. “Neel is a master tactician and an excellent communicator, advocate and negotiator who can prevail in the most complicated disputes.” In a dispute with Saba TV over technology relating to the use of collected TV data to provide targeted mobile advertising, Alphonso TV called him in mid-litigation; rapidly getting to grips with the case, Chatterjee succeeded in his motion for summary judgment. Woo also has a facility for turning around difficult situations in clients’ favour, leveraging deep experience in big-ticket litigation; he is additionally extremely well connected in Asia.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig (GT) strategically expanded in 2019, adding notable IP names in diverse locations including San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Minneapolis, Atlanta and New York. One of the most prominent arrivals was high-powered litigator David Bloch, who joined by way of Winston & Strawn. He has enjoyed the integration process immensely and has travelled extensively to meet new colleagues, putting him in pole position to capitalise on the vast resources that GT can bring to bear for companies in need – a real value-add given the scale of the cases on which he is typically instructed. He is based in San Francisco alongside Nicholas Brown, another seasoned trial lawyer with an admirable hit rate in disputes involving diverse industries and technologies. He has recently been very active on Federal Circuit appeals from ITC investigations, acting for Segway/Ninebot Technology Co and iLife Innovation. The firm has a new California representative of its strategic prosecution and counselling practice in the IAM Patent 1000 this year in Andrew Schwaab. He joined from Knobbe Martens in November 2018 bringing superlative electrical and computer technology expertise.

Haynes and Boone LLP

Energised by the 360-degree nature of the firm’s patent offering, the professionals at Haynes and Boone adopt an interdisciplinary scheme of thinking to solve complex problems. Executive committee and board of directors member Tom Chen is particularly brilliant at this, thanks to comprehensive expertise in prosecution, counselling and litigation. Appreciated for his rigorously commercial approach, he is a trusted confidant of the C-suite. Ditto fellow Orange County partner Greg Michelson, a technical engineer with an aerospace background who prosecutes and coordinates strategy for Boeing. Kenneth Parker is the ensemble’s best patent trial lawyer on the West Coast. Adept in any forum, he has extensive PTAB, ITC and district court experience. His highlights for 2019 included an ITC win for PTS Diagnostics against an infringer.

Irell & Manella LLP

Despite significant personnel changes, Irell & Manella remains a force to be reckoned with in patent litigation. Spearheading the team, Morgan Chu is to many the best advocate in the United States and “remains a dean of the practice”. Other stars in the constellation include Alan Heinrich, Benjamin Hattenbach and Jason Sheasby. “Alan is one of the most thoughtful patent lawyers around and a top expert when it comes to damages.” “Ben is extremely creative and insanely hardworking – a combination that makes him really stand out.” “A total rockstar, Jason has his own brand now,” which is only getting stronger thanks to victories such as his recent $102 million damages jury verdict – and finding of wilful infringement – for United States Services Automobile Association against Wells Fargo. Also bringing tremendous value to the practice in the form of strategic post-grant wizardry is Michael Fleming, a former PTAB chief administrative patent judge.

Jones Day

The darling of life sciences companies, Jones Day marries sophisticated industry knowledge with an extensive patent toolkit that includes protection and enforcement instruments. The main contact for many pharmaceutical and biotech companies is Anthony Insogna, who captains the IP group. The “excellent all-round legal strategist” drives key portfolio moves, seals transformational business deals and litigates high-exposure patent infringement cases with equal dexterity. Jones Day is also noted for its proficiency in trade secret litigation and has one of the country’s leading specialists in Randy Kay. He crosses technical and industry divides artfully; as does fellow San Diegan Thomas Briggs, a founder of the respected IP licensing and technology transactions team. Formerly a chemical engineer, Briggs has litigated and prosecuted patents in his private practice career, making him a resourceful and agile deal lawyer.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Appreciated for their tenacity and commitment to results, the Kasowitz patent litigators make swift and decisive moves representing technology and telecoms world-beaters, and never fail to impress in front of juries. The hardest hitters here include Jonathan Waldrop, Darcy Jones and Marcus Barber – three collaborative, trial-savvy litigators who always find a way to make the difference. Together they represent LG, ASUS and Google, being instructed on competitor cases in which there is much to gain and much to lose. For the latter, they are battling against Eolas Technologies, which has alleged infringement of a patent covering methods enabling internet users to interact with online content; they recently succeeded in transferring the case from the Eastern District of Texas to the Northern District of California after the Federal Circuit granted Google a rare writ of mandamus. Waldrop brings strong leadership to the team and serves as managing partner of the Silicon Valley office. Coming in for special praise, Jones and Barber are “two of the most diligent and detail-oriented lawyers on the market”. They are also “outstanding communicators” with an “intense focus on client service”.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Award-winning boutique Keker, Van Nest & Peters is “a repeat player at the sharp end of US patent and technology litigation”. “Engaged heavily in trial practice, its lawyers know what is important and what isn’t” and “practise with great civility”. Leading the charge is superstar Robert Van Nest, an American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) fellow who regularly goes out to bat for industry titans in cases of vital commercial importance. Other engines of this tight-knit team include Brian Ferrall, David Silbert and Matthias Kamber – all of whom, like Van Nest, are naturally gifted storytellers with the ability to win round decision makers even with the odds stacked against them. Terrifically versatile, all four handle a wide range of commercial and other litigation alongside intellectual property.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

“Kilpatrick Townsend is well deserving of its reputation for high-quality patent work” – a reputation that its 200-plus USPTO-registered attorneys and 55-strong litigation group uphold on all facets of rights procurement, strategic counselling and litigation. Microcosmic of the wider team, its California line-up can cover all bases for marquee technology entities. On the advisory side, the bench is deep and includes William Shaffer, Sujit Kotwal, Ko-Fang Chang and Nena Bains, who makes her debut in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2020. This rising star knows the medical device industry uniquely well, having served as in-house counsel at a start-up and a large public company. She excels at guiding portfolio development and navigating complex IP diligence and clearance issues in transactional contexts. Throughout his nearly 28-year career at the firm, Shaffer has performed flawlessly in prosecution and advisory roles for some of the world’s best-known technology companies; so too Kotwal, who previously held a formal leadership position in the electronics and software group and who continues to light paths. Chang counsels diverse clients in the electrical and computer space as they make strategic moves domestically and internationally; acting as a bridge between the prosecution and litigation wings of the firm, he also co-chairs the PTAB practice. A trio of experienced advocates shine on the litigation side – San Francisco-based Steven Moore and James Isbester, and San Diego managing partner Megan Chung. Moore has handled some weighty ITC matters recently and represented Japanese gaming and internet media company GREE in a complex series of litigations against Supercell spanning district courts in Texas and California, the PTAB and the Federal Circuit. Linking up to great effect, Isbester and Chung recently defended Affymetrix in an infringement case filed by the regents of the University of California, ultimately settling the case on terms that allowed their client to continue, without disruption, its supply of dyes used to mark the presence of target chemicals in a sample.

King & Spalding LLP

A growing national force in patent litigation, King & Spalding has strengthened its team considerably with prominent new hires in New York, DC and Chicago. It is thus better equipped than ever to handle the most intensive and commercially impactful disputes. Well accustomed to performing in the spotlight are Silicon Valley partners Thomas Friel and Jim Brogan, themselves relatively recent arrivals at the firm. Both are seasoned trial hands with the ability to take on any high-tech or life sciences challenge and emerge victorious. Invariably, their cases involve competitors tussling over large numbers of patents requiring sophisticated, multilayered strategies.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP 

Comparable to a military special forces group, Kirkland & Ellis’s trial-ready patent team deploys quickly to any litigation hotspot and uses advanced tactics and firepower to carry the day. The top operators stationed on the West Coast are Luke Dauchot, Adam Alper, Michael De Vries and Ellisen Shelton Turner. A combat veteran who has first-chaired many IP, commercial, antitrust and other trials, Dauchot was recently recognised as a fellow of the prestigious ACTL. Alongside New York colleagues, he is currently duking it out for Charter Communications against Sprint Communications in a dispute over voice-over-packet technology. Alper and De Vries have also “proven their immense skill in the courtroom” for marquee clients such as Intel, which they are representing against PACT XPP in a 12-patent computer processor technology suit in Delaware and against Tela Innovations in a 10-patent dispute playing out in the ITC, the Northern District of California and the PTAB. Well-rounded business strategist and litigator Turner recently transferred from Irell & Manella, bolstering Kirkland’s patent litigation and transactional practices.

Knobbe Martens

One of the most highly specialised patent outfits in the world, Knobbe Martens has more than 180 registered patent attorneys who work with passion and pride in quality across all technologies and industries. The Global IP Awards US patent prosecution firm of the year for 2020 has consummate technical expertise and makes it count not just in prosecution, but in litigation and transactions, too; its bench is deep across all areas. Drilling down, it is virtually unmatched for life sciences and medical device industry know-how; 10 of its 18 IAM Patent 1000-recommended California partners focus on these sectors and can collectively advise on all aspects of prosecution, patent strategy and transactions. They include several extremely talented professionals who offer holistic support and solutions, including Jason Jardine, Joseph Reisman, Kimberly Miller, Salima Merani and Gerard von Hoffmann. “Jason thinks outside the box and navigates the patent process creatively and successfully, while keeping costs in check.” Chemistry PhD Reisman deftly procures patents and develops coherent and valuable portfolios for pharmaceutical companies, leveraging his litigation and trial experience to deliver long-term, enforceable protection. Fellow chemistry PhD Miller partners effectively with emerging companies because she knows how to harness the power of intellectual property to drive rapid commercial growth and gains. Neuroscience PhD Merani has a similar gift, which her success as a diligence attorney speaks to: recent work examples include obtaining $50 million in financing for medical device company Cartiva Inc, notably from blue-chip investors including Novartis and Google Ventures, which develops wearable neuromodulation therapies, and acting for start-up Intact Vascular, which focuses on the treatment of peripheral artery disease, in relation to a $25 million investment. Like Merani, medical device maven von Hoffmann excels at strategically expanding IP estates with a view to financing; acting for Ablative in this way, he secured $77 million from large venture capital investors – this will be used to complete clinical trials in support of US and European regulatory submissions for the company’s minimally invasive renal denervation technology. Rose Thiessen has also secured transactional success for Obalon Therapeutics on two financing agreements and for Oncternal Therapeutics on IP due diligence in connection with its definitive merger agreement with GTx. Other repositories of trust for life sciences and medical technology entities include foreign protection specialist Daniel Altman; client-focused strategic counsellor Eric Furman; and post-grant aces Kerry Taylor and Eli Loots. Moving to high tech, Adeel Akhtar and John King are the non-contentious standouts. Akhtar serves as managing partner in San Francisco and protects and monetises software, electronics and semiconductor innovations. Orange County-based King chairs the firm’s patent prosecution committee and is highly regarded for his expertise in the computer architecture, software and communications fields. Work in the areas of molecular biology and computer science makes Michael Fuller unique and worthy of special mention. He is as much a business as a technology and IP devotee – every action he takes is calculated for maximum commercial impact. Moving to the muscular contentious arm of the practice, Knobbe Martens is a dynamic force in competitor lawsuits. Polished trial and appellate lawyer Joseph Re is leading the defence for PGDx against patent infringement allegations brought by Guardant Health, two top companies in the liquid biopsy market. A “highly skilled litigator who manages to be both civil and aggressive”, John Sganga has handled multiple litigations and inter partes review proceedings for one leader in the transcatheter aortic valve replacement technology area against another. A “clear and concise communicator who takes a pragmatic approach to litigation and executes well on high-level strategy”, Jon Gurka has been representing a technology-enabled golf company against a rival in a case which he successfully transferred to the state in which his client is based; in this matter he enjoyed stalwart support from Joseph Cianfrani, a trial and bar supremo who has served on the American Intellectual Property Law Association board. Irfan Lateef has worked extensively with Masimo and won a $466 million jury verdict for the company against Philips. More recently, he brought about a dismissal with prejudice of a case brought by NPE Dominion Assets.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham’s elite litigators run rings around opponents in the courtroom and do so enthusiastically; but far from being trial blinkered they also have a “very strong sense of how to bring about ideal business resolutions” to patent and technology disputes. Prime examples in this regard are Silicon Valley partners Richard Frenkel and Jeffrey Homrig. Former engineer and in-house counsel Frenkel is well served by the breadth of his experience and is a talented multidirectional problem solver. Chair of the local litigation and trial department Homrig has honed a pragmatic style and does not fight over unnecessary points, which helps pave the way for fruitful discussions away from the courtroom; make no mistake though, he can hit hard when required. Latham’s litigators share the values of collaboration and agility, and team up in smart ways to give clients the specific expertise and attributes they need. In one recent case, WhatsApp had at its disposal Douglas Lumish, Frenkel and DC partner Gabriel Bell, and secured a Federal Circuit summary affirmance of a district court dismissal for lack of subject-matter eligibility in a suit filed by Fortress-funded TriPlay. Lumish needs no introduction as one of the best advocates in the country. Another fine example of teamplay is evident in Latham’s representation of Xperi (formerly Tessera) in a massive competitor battle against Samsung – a now-settled dispute in which a cross-office team filed no fewer than seven lawsuits involving 23 patents. Co-chair of the San Francisco litigation and trial division Julie Holloway took to the playing field on this one alongside DC heavyweights including Matthew Moore, Lawrence Gotts, Bert Reiser and Max Grant and Chicago boss David Callahan (all of whom also feature prominently in the IAM Patent 1000). Finally, gold-rated Ron Shulman is representing Tesla in a trade dress and patent infringement suit against Nokia – which is seeking $2 billion-plus in damages – alongside Orange County, New York and DC colleagues. Latham’s contentious prowess is mirrored in the transactions space, which is the domain of Judith Hasko and Anthony Klein. Chairing the healthcare and life sciences practice, Hasko is “deeply knowledgeable about the industry, which helps her negotiate structurally complex deals over sophisticated technology with great efficiency”. Klein wears a number of hats, as global co-chair of the connectivity industry group and the technology transactions offering, and a key player in the emerging companies practice. Exercising a broad world view, he inks important US and international deals with a deft touch.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Blue-chip innovators get all the support they need from Lowenstein Sandler, whose technology and patent prosecution and counselling groups work in perfect harmony to advise and solve problems holistically. Venture capital groups also place their trust in it, thanks to its superlative transactions record. Bringing strong leadership to the practice are Marina Portnova and Kevin Grange, who base themselves in Palo Alto. Chair of the software and electronics group Portnova is all about quality and commerciality – her protection is ironclad, but also serves business requirements. Grange takes charge of the firm’s ultra-efficient patent prosecution centre in Utah, but spends most of his time in Silicon Valley working in close partnership with technology boundary pushers.

Mayer Brown

“Throughout the world and in all legal disciplines, Mayer Brown has a deep bench of attorneys, enabling it to quickly mobilise resources for clients how, when and where they need them. The quality of its patent and wider output is exceptional, particularly in complex litigation – its talented team really comes through in the clutch to deliver satisfying successes.” Companies have this impression thanks to the sterling efforts of professionals such as Edward Johnson. “Ward is easy to partner with and friendly, but can maintain a hard edge with opponents when necessary. His legal analysis is exceptional, his written product is superb and he excels at oral advocacy.” He and Michael Molano, the firm’s IP practice boss and hiring partner for Northern California, play extremely well together in the service of companies such as Gemalto and Lumileds. Both can guide strategy and fill the lead counsel role, which makes for a flexible pairing.

McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery enjoys great credibility in the life sciences domain: pharmaceutical and biotech companies know that it can protect their innovations at the USPTO and hammer out favourable results in consequential litigations. When it comes to patent procurement, portfolio development, strategic counselling and IP due diligence, it has an ace up its sleeve in chemical engineering PhD Judy Mohr. Extensive industry experience allows her to slot easily into in-house teams, to deliver guidance that goes to the heart of their technical, legal and business concerns. She excels at harnessing the talent in her team and the wider organisation to render a coordinated, consistent service to those whose needs extend beyond patents. William Gaede anchors the pharmaceutical litigation practice alongside DC-based Tom Steindler and Boston’s Sarah Columbia. Whether working together or independently, all three are called on for representation in the most threatening of cases – testament to their quality and efficacy. “Great on the science” – as well as in the courtroom – the tenacious Gaede never stops pushing for clients and has a superb hit rate to show for it. Amgen is appreciative of this, having instructed him on many occasions; most recently, he secured a major trial victory for the company in its tough battle with Sanofi and Regeneron over new-gen blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Milbank LLP

Milbank has taken its patent offering to the next level by recruiting former Irell & Manella champions David Gindler and Gary Frischling in August 2019. The move enhances its already elevated life sciences practice, while also giving it critical mass on the East and West Coasts to handle the most sophisticated patent suits of any variety. Singled out for praise, Gindler is an “extraordinarily gifted attorney who has major gravitas in bet-the-company trials”. “He is a terrific strategist and phenomenal writer, and thinks as quickly on his feet as anyone you’ll see.” He and Frischling – who can also sway decision makers with incredibly persuasive arguments – make a formidable pair, as shown by their representation of Genentech and Biogen against Celltrion, Teva and Sandoz in patent litigations under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act relating to Genentech’s blockbuster drug Rituxan. In this, their work at the PTAB turned their opponents’ strategy of filing inter partes reviews to attack the patent protecting the drug into a spectacular failure.

Mintz

Mintz has been on a tear recently and, with its Boston-based professionals in the driving seat, has put in some memorable performances before the ITC; the firm’s California professionals, meanwhile, have been busy doing their thing as prosecutors, portfolio managers, counsellors and diligence lawyers par excellence. William Kezer has a real facility for helping emerging companies to establish a strong IP platform; an organic chemistry PhD with in-house counsel experience, he thrives in total strategic support roles that demand wraparound advice. Similarly well suited, given their versatility as patent attorneys, chemistry and biochemistry PhD Kenneth Jenkins and cellular and molecular medicine PhD Terri Shieh-Newton represent a number of the University of California’s campuses across the patent lifecycle. Both are gifted at assessing the commercial value of intellectual property from an investment standpoint, which makes them forward-thinking prosecutors and portfolio managers. Chair of the IP prosecution and counselling practice Fred Hernandez is also known for his business flair, which he showcases in the medical device and aerospace and mechanical areas; his clients often go on to lucrative exits. With IP monetisation his exclusive focus, Lance Kurata captains the West Coast technology transactions practice.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Extensive and astute recruitment has propelled Morgan Lewis into a commanding market position. Now with 190 patent lawyers and 28 patent agents and technical specialists, it demonstrates exceptional proficiency in prosecution, portfolio management, licensing and litigation, making it a compelling choice for technology businesses seeking unconditional support across the patent lifecycle. Its group in California boasts several star lawyers, including prosecution maestros Gary Williams and Mark Itri, sublime deal-broker Rahul Kapoor and post-grant ace Dion Bregman, all of whom all flourishing in the practice. Teaming up with protean strategist Itri, software connoisseur Williams protects new user interfaces for a household-name electronics company, which he also advises on myriad other technologies. “He gets the detail right and produces consistently high-quality patents. He is brilliant at managing his team and making sure projects are completed in a timely and cost-effective manner.” Kapoor has had lots going on with SanDisk, including handling the negotiation of commercial and IP issues associated with its SD flash memory card joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic, which involves intricate points around SEPs. One long-term client comments: “Rahul’s guidance has proven invaluable year after year. He is technically precise, well prepared and has the right demeanour for navigating sensitive board issues.” Bregman is never in over his head, no matter how complex the matter; with a practice embracing prosecution, PTAB proceedings, opinions and litigation, he has the toolkit to solve many-sided problems. This is proving handy in a wide-ranging IP dispute he is engaged on between two semiconductor competitors which includes arbitration, multiple district court actions and a large number of inter partes reviews. He is working on the matter with “fantastic trial lawyer” Michael Lyons, who has a gift for telling stories that are clearly connected to the substance of cases and who never shies away from giving hard advice. Great teamwork at the firm is always readily apparent: Bregman, Lyons and Brent Hawkins, among others, are putting their heads together to defend Uber Technologies in two suits regarding route guidance technology. Hawkins is another of Morgan Lewis’s seasoned lead counsel. Flying the firm’s flag high in the life sciences, meanwhile, is synthetic organic chemistry PhD Jeffry Mann, co-chair of a global interdisciplinary industry group. He is a first port of call for advice on biosimilars. Supporting the life sciences practice in meaningful ways, while also operating extensively in the high-tech area, Nathan Smith has brought much to the party since he joined in 2018 with Itri. He understands the business value of intellectual property, so his prosecution, licensing and due diligence efforts are always commercially on-point.

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Richly resourced in all areas of patent practice, Morrison & Foerster provides A-to-Z support across the patent spectrum. Highly adept in contentious and transactional scenarios, the firm is home to a number of outstanding trial and deal lawyers, as the rankings attest. Its potent squad of litigators includes Matthew Chivvis, a “skilled technical lawyer and brief writer who can handle large and nuanced cases”; Stefani Shanberg, an “excellent team leader and enthusiastic, energetic trial lawyer”; the “approachable”, “amazing” Michael Jacobs, who “develops easily digestible stories around complex technologies and fact patterns”; Jack London, a veteran of many industry-defining competitor battles; and Richard Hung, a “service-minded litigator who always goes the extra mile to achieve desired results”. When it comes to licensing and commercial IP matters, William Schwartz is “one of the best there is”; Paul Jahn knows everything there is to know about the semiconductor industry; Aaron Rubin is an authority on content licensing, social media and software as a service; Tessa Schwartz shines on e-commerce and outsourcing deals; and Rufus Pichler practises at the cutting edge in the life sciences, connected car and Internet of Things spaces. All of these lawyers immerse themselves in clients’ businesses and products – going to research labs, getting to grips with their inventions and untangling the challenges associated with supply and distribution. The same is true of the ensemble’s prosecutors – including Michael Ward and Catherine Polizzi, who are at the vanguard of developments in the life sciences. Global head of the firm’s life sciences industry group, Ward is one of the world’s foremost experts on plant patents. Polizzi is a mastermind at strategic portfolio development for pharmaceutical and biotech entities pushing boundaries in areas such as cancer immunotherapy and the treatment of neurodegenerative disease.

Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP 

A dynamic partner to start-ups and industry-dominating technology companies, Nicholson De Vos provides a precision patent prosecution and counselling service. The tight-knit team takes a highly strategic, targeted approach to rights procurement and management, maintaining a laser focus on the creation of IP value; this involves, for example mapping out claims charts and having them vetted by litigation counsel in the United States, China and Germany to help identify the best direction in which to take the claims, so that the rights that are ultimately obtained are those that ensure infringements can be detected. The architect of this smart approach is Daniel M De Vos, an attorney with “fantastic communication skills” whose work is “superb substantively and in its presentation”. Fellow founder and computer science maven David Nicholson also provides gold-standard advice. He is adept at evaluating and optimising companies’ patent programmes.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Fighting the corner of prestigious technology companies and helping them to reach new commercial heights is what O’Melveny lives for. It has a pristine reputation in high-stakes patent litigation which – with Ryan Yagura, Darin Snyder, Luann Simmons and David Almeling all in their prime – is only getting richer. Chair of the IP and technology practice Yagura affords sterling representation to Samsung and has been particularly successful in his defence of the company against a patent litigation blitz attack from Tessera Technologies, with an ITC victory and favourable district court venue transfer away from the Eastern District of Texas paving the way for a satisfying global settlement. Snyder, with Yagura and Simmons in support, recently cemented a dismissal win for Pokémon GO maker Niantic against Location Based Services at the Federal Circuit – another case in which a successful transfer out of the Eastern District of Texas was negotiated. Taking a lead role alongside Snyder and Almeling, Simmons was parachuted in to help Google with a spot of bother, eliminating one patent from a case filed by Alfonso Cioffi against it and then convincing the court – which ruled against it on the remaining three patents – to grant a new bench trial on invalidity issues, thereby turning round a $20 million jury verdict. “Thoughtful, diligent, experienced, communicative and strategically smart,” Simmons never gives up. Almeling makes O’Melveny a leader in trade secret litigation.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Regaining its place in the IAM Patent 1000 firm rankings for California, Orrick has been building well around central pillars Jared Bobrow and Clement Roberts, who joined in 2018. Both are litigation heavyweights with razor-sharp advocacy skills and competitive bite, ready to handle cases marked by deep complexities in the points of law or technologies at issue. Earning special mention, former Durie Tangri lawyer Roberts has “an excellent knowledge of procedure and substance and is an effective litigator who can be brash at times, but always practises with great integrity”.

Paul Hastings LLP

Few, if any elite trial outfits are as impressive across district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC and the PTAB as Paul Hastings. With a well-rounded patent litigation skillset, it offers world-leading technology companies exceptional coverage. Four individuals are highlighted from its Northern California offices in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2020, up from two last year: Yar Chaikovsky and Chris Kennerly return, while Philip Ou and Thomas Counts make their debuts. Extremely dynamic both in his role as global IP practice co-chair and as a trial lawyer, Chaikovsky brings creativity, guts and a hard punch to the courtroom. He is routinely hired by HTC and others facing bet-the-company cases. Cut from the same cloth, chair of the Palo Alto litigation department Kennerly is a key member of a large DC/Palo Alto/San Diego/Seoul team representing Samsung in many proceedings. Up-and-coming force Ou works closely with Chaikovsky on HTC matters and is increasingly showing leadership on trial teams, too. Operating out of San Francisco, Counts is another stellar litigator with the tenacity to go the distance; applying immense pressure on behalf of Align Technology, he recently resolved a sprawling, protracted dispute with ClearCorrect, earning his client one of 2019’s biggest compensation awards.

Perkins Coie LLP

“Perkins Coie can be relied on in full confidence – it provides a high-quality legal service and advice in all patent areas. Its lawyers are very empathetic to the challenges innovators face and are staunch supporters of clients’ businesses.” Chair of the life sciences and healthcare industry group Michael Wise is the paragon here; practising in the areas of portfolio management and complex litigation, he has seen and done it all, developing a holistic approach to problem solving in the process. Recent high-level prosecution work has included patenting CRISPR gene editing systems and methods of their use for disease treatment on behalf of Editas Medicine. The pre-commercial publicly traded company recently announced, with Allergan, that its Brilliance Phase 1/2 clinical trial of an experimental medicine for the treatment of Leber congenital amaurosis – the world’s first in vivo study of a CRISPR-based genome editing medicine where the editing takes place inside the body – was open for patient enrolment. When it comes to litigation, he “never gets surprised by the other” side and is “excellent at spotting pitfalls and navigating around them with the best strategic approaches”. With Wise and Viola Kung on hand, life sciences entities are more than set for talent. Chemistry and biochemistry PhD Kung is an inventor herself and can connect with scientists on a peer level; she secures cast-iron protection at home and abroad, as her efforts for Olatec Therapeutics and Reviva Pharmaceuticals bear out. Turning to prosecution in the high-tech space, standout performers include Michael Glenn and Brian Coleman, who regularly link up to develop robust but elegantly structured portfolios. “They complement each other well – Michael providing solid, no-nonsense advice and Brian bringing scrappiness and creativity to the mix. Both are highly experienced.” Prodigiously capable in litigation, Perkins Coie fields a deep, integrated cross-office team that stands ready to deploy in any technical area and any forum. Supremely comfortable in the ITC as well as district court, John Schnurer, Tom Millikan and Sarah Piepmeier are all seasoned trial hands worthy of special mention. Schurer captains the Section 337 practice, but scored one of his most notable recent wins at the Federal Circuit, defeating claims of patent infringement on behalf of Verizon in a long-running suit brought by Vehicle IP, which he took over from prior counsel. Blending its prosecution and contentious expertise, Perkins Coie also fares extremely well at the PTAB. Making waves on the inter partes side are Bing Ai and Amy Simpson, whose up-to-the-minute knowledge of post-grant developments ensures that their strategies are always on-point. Anchoring the technology transactions practice out west, Dana Hayter is known for his innovative approach to structuring deals in the semiconductor, software and wireless industries. He works closely with general counsel, CFOs and CEOs to model smart licensing approaches.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

“Any occasion on which you run up against Quinn Emanuel, you know it will present a thorough and complete case – exceptional at taking things through trial, it is a formidable opponent.” Its phalanx of trial attorneys stays the course to prevail in suits of fundamental commercial importance to their clients. For a good example of this, see Charles Verhoeven and Victoria Maroulis’s recent work on behalf of Samsung Electronics in a massive cross-licensing dispute – now settled – against Huawei relating to SEPs in the 3G and 4G mobile technology space: in the Northern District of California, they obtained an injunction preventing Huawei from enforcing two injunction orders issued by a Chinese court; negotiated a voluntary dismissal of a rate-setting claim; and instituted inter partes review of eight out of 11 asserted patents, seven of which Huawei dropped. Verhoeven “simply outworks and outthinks his opposite numbers”. Another fine illustration is the firm’s recent representation of Qualcomm in its epic global litigation against Apple; bringing the heat in this – alongside heavy hitters such as David Nelson (Chicago), Alex Lasher (DC) and Richard Erwine (New York) – was national IP litigation co-chair Sean Pak, whose cross-border strategising and transcendent trial skills were instrumental in driving settlement. What is remarkable about Quinn Emanuel is the sheer number of its lawyers who can calmly take charge in cases of this calibre; Claude Stern and world renowned John Quinn are two others, among many.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Firmly ensconced in the upper echelons of the marketplace, Ropes & Gray is in hot demand for ITC, district court, PTAB and international patent litigation. The sophistication of its lawyers and the quality of its record inspire confidence when positive outcomes are a prerequisite for survival. Crucial contributions and uplifting leadership on all contentious fronts come from Silicon Valley triumvirate Andrew Thomases, James Batchelder and Gabrielle Higgins. Partnering dynamically together, Thomases and Batchelder have been litigating extensively for Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 in multiple cases against parties including TCL, Intel and Qualcomm. “Both can be counted on for sound, practical and thoughtful advice, and they form a fantastic team.” They and other colleagues are extremely well reputed in Asia, where – leveraging the firm’s solid office network – they work extensively with leading innovators in the region; Batchelder and post-grant ace Higgins, for example, are acting for Samsung on several infringement matters. You will never catch any of these lawyers getting complacent; they put clients’ interests first, get creative on fee arrangements and put in maximum effort to realise commercial objectives.

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner 

Companies seeking the strongest possible patent protection need look no further than world-class boutique Schwegman. Aided by advanced analytical and drafting tools, its 130-plus IP attorneys efficiently produce flawless work and procure ironclad rights that can weather contentious storms and give rise to lucrative commercial opportunities. Andre L Marais is a name that resonates in Silicon Valley. Conspicuous for his portfolio building wizardry, he is a top networking, software and communications expert.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Versatility in the high-tech domain is a hallmark of Sheppard Mullin. It offers a total support package to innovators, encompassing prosecution, litigation and licensing and transactions – something which is increasingly uncommon for a large full-service commercial outfit. The firm has nearly 40 USPTO-registered attorneys on board, Silicon Valley-based James Soong among them. As a strategist, Soong acquits himself with rare distinction for big names such as Facebook, whose priority innovations he protects; and Lyft, which he advises on vehicle technologies engineered to solve the riddles of full autonomy. His counterpart in the life sciences is Lorna Tanner – a vital ally to companies such as Denali Therapeutics, which is making breakthroughs in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders; and Plexxikon, which is doing the same in the oncology space. “Lorna lets her passion for the practice shine through and she’s technically excellent, too.” Not to be outdone, the firm’s spirited advocates – including Seong Kim, Stephen Korniczky and Martin Bader – also pull off miraculous wins against the odds. With potent powers of persuasion, trial lawyer Kim is distinguished by the value of the monetary awards he has secured and is a noted authority on trade secret litigation. Korniczky and Bader also present resonantly and frequently join forces to give a killer one-two punch for clients such as HTC. Significantly strengthening the ensemble’s contentious offering, Harper Batts performs adroitly in post-grant proceedings on both the patent owner and petitioner sides. Of late, he has successfully instituted multiple inter partes reviews for Netflix against Realtime Adaptive Streaming.

Sidley Austin LLP

Trusted by heavyweight companies in times of grave commercial danger, Sidley’s patent trial lawyers have the moxie to prevail in tough do-or-die cases – their regular Supreme Court appearances attest to this. Stationed in San Francisco, Michael Bettinger and Vernon Winters are the group’s most venerable members on the West Coast. Linking up to great effect, they recently represented Old Republic International Corporation against Intellectual Ventures (IV) which, buoyed by successful campaigns in the telecoms and semiconductor industries, was targeting the insurance sector; in the initial round of suits, the pair invalidated each patent asserted by IV; while in the second wave, they had IV’s damages claim rejected and another case dismissed. They are also superb team players within a national group which draws great strength from its seamless integration. With elite patent and technology transactions specialists on deck – including Joshua Hofheimer and Glenn Nash – Sidley is also called up when exciting new commercial opportunities come knocking. Hofheimer has an outstanding business background and is the former CEO of an Australian-listed agricultural biotech company; few are better at designing and sealing global life sciences transactions, such as those recently brokered for Yuhan Corporation with Janssen, Gilead Sciences and Boehringer Ingelheim. Operating at the vanguard of the high-tech sector, global IP transactions co-chair Nash counts Palo Alto Networks among his patrons; between March and May 2019, he represented the company on no fewer than three key strategic acquisitions.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

The transactions which Sullivan & Cromwell makes happen are of the type that shift industry paradigms in terms of their sophistication and business impact. The professionals here are deeply enmeshed in their clients’ businesses and exhibit pragmatic thinking together with creative flair in negotiations. As advisers, they do not sit on the fence, but devise concrete action plans and guide decision making so that deals never falter. Giving the firm incredible pull, Nader Mousavi “makes complicated things seem simple” and is “exceptional at handling intricate contracts where a comma here and a word there make a world of difference”. His recent efforts for Intel in connection with its auction of 8,500 cellular patents and divestiture of its 5G modem business caught the eye.

Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP

Van Pelt, Yi & James is part of the furniture in Silicon Valley. Focusing on cutting-edge innovation in the software, computer hardware, electrical engineering and medical device fields, it dispatches all manner of patent instructions with a sure hand. Spearheading the practice is Lee Van Pelt, an elevated strategic thinker who understands the inventor and investor mindsets. He is surrounded by high-calibre patent attorneys who work with poise and precision.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 

Representing the world’s top technology companies against their competitors, Weil’s patent team regularly makes the IP weather and is built to lead, not to follow. Demonstrating this with some style is Edward Reines, who thinks several steps ahead and brings creative arguments to cases that opponents are not prepared for – and makes it all count at trial. The national patent litigation and life sciences co-head recently represented Bio-Rad Laboratories and the University of Chicago against 10X Genomics, having a $24 million jury verdict upheld and securing a permanent injunction barring 10X from manufacturing or selling several accused products. Accomplishing similar feats in areas such as communications and semiconductors, Anne Cappella shines for her technical and trial aptitude. Weil sets standards in the transactional sphere, too, with Karen Ballack pushing deal structure and business boundaries on the regular. The Silicon Valley veteran works extensively with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and is handling its near-$800 million sale of subsidiary Avera Semiconductor to Marvell Technology Group and a $430 million sale of a fabrication plant to ON Semiconductor.

White & Case LLP 

No stranger to headline-hitting patent cases in the high-tech and life sciences realms, White & Case fields a team of hard-driving but strategically savvy trial lawyers who deliver rewarding results. Putting the firm right at the heart of the Silicon Valley tech scene is Bijal Vakil, a sophisticated IP mind with a dazzling record across many forums and a deft touch in arbitration. “A really good strategic lawyer, Bijal builds cases brilliantly and is able to spot and exploit the weaknesses in opponents’ positions.” Major technology companies also dial up White & Case for transactional support in high-rolling deal settings, asking to be put through to Daren Orzechowski. The gifted licensing, collaborations and M&A lawyer works on matters that accelerate the pace of change in bleeding-edge areas such as AI and the Internet of Things. Alexander Touma is another proven commercial IP lawyer and crackerjack negotiator who is well served by his previous in-house senior counsel experience.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Nationwide, WilmerHale commands the utmost respect for its contentious mastery. With a “deep bench of outstanding attorneys”, it “knows how to bring out the best in a trial team”. Ascending to the silver tier this year and enjoying expanded IAM Patent 1000 coverage thanks to the inclusion of Sonal Mehta, James Dowd and Robert Galvin the firm is going gangbusters in California right now. “Sonal is simply awesome. She knows the fine detail of patent law, but sees the bigger picture and – highly respected by district court and Federal Circuit judges – is very skilled on her feet as a litigator.” Her addition to the roster in September 2019 was an inspired move. A doyen among ITC lawyers, Dowd can connect with clients’ technical experts as peers and present resonant, thematically accessible arguments to administrative law judges; he is also a master at coordinating concurrent litigations on multiple continents. Galvin makes light work of complex pharmaceutical cases and has been supporting Genentech in biosimilar litigation involving its multi-billion dollar drug Herceptin. Mark Selwyn brings leadership to the group as IP litigation co-chair. Evident from the foreign associate recommendations he garners, he has a fine reputation worldwide as a consummate patent litigator. Notable recent decisions include a Federal Circuit affirmance of a district court decision invalidating a key patent of 23andMe on behalf of Ancestry.com in a clash between the two top genetic testing companies in the United States.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wilson Sonsini’s well-balanced patent offering is reflected in the inclusion of two individuals on each of the IAM Patent 1000 California prosecution, litigation and transactions tables. On the patents and innovations team, James Heslin and Matthew Bresnahan are both guiding lights in their respective industries – medical devices for Heslin and biotechnology for Bresnahan – who know what IP value looks like from an investment perspective. Captaining the patent litigation practice, meanwhile, is Edward Poplawski – a respected veteran with a head for the highest-stakes cases. He is joined in the guide this year by James Yoon, thanks to special commendations from economic expert witnesses: “James does beautiful work weaving trial stories in really creative and elegant ways, but without any trickery.” The firm is still best known for its patent and technology transactions expertise, which has been cultivated by the likes of 31-year Wilson Sonsini partner Kenneth Clark and bolstered by recent arrivals such as seasoned ex-Jones Day lawyer John Wehrli; both have an affinity for the fine print of landscape-defining life sciences deals.

Winston & Strawn LLP 

The trial-ready IP professionals at prestige ensemble Winston & Strawn perform flawlessly in pharmaceutical and high-tech cases, run a top ITC practice, excel on trade secrets and copyright, and can emphatically deal with just about any infringement issue going. Growth is the prevailing narrative on the West Coast, as lawyers such as Kathi Vidal, Nimalka Wickramasekera and Michael Rueckheim have accelerated to top speed. Vidal is not just a leading trial lawyer, but a versatile solver of intricate business problems interwoven with interconnected patent, technology, antitrust, data, privacy and security threads; she knows how to make cases go away without having to file her first motion. An “excellent lawyer who is very open to collaboration”, Vidal partners closely with many in the firm - including Wickramasekera, a rising star who has fast become a repository of trust for medical device companies on urgent contentious briefs. Rueckheim is another difference maker in Silicon Valley, impressing with his technical dexterity – he is a former semiconductor process technician and analytical chemist – and trial proficiency. These three 2017 arrivals have brought skills and abilities that are highly complementary to those of longer-serving Winston partners David Enzminger and Michael Tomasulo. Appreciated for his outstanding oral advocacy and understated style, Enzminger has recently been working on important videogame and networking cases. Tomasulo is brilliant when it comes to client service: he keeps in-house teams looped in and fully informed and involved in their cases.

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Significant enhancements to Womble Bond Dickinson’s patent practice in recent years have left it better positioned than ever to meet and exceed the needs of innovators on both sides of the Atlantic: the firm has more than 150 IP lawyers and patent agents between its US and UK offices, backed by experts in adjacent areas such as data and cybersecurity. The rainmakers in California are James Scheller, Dan Ovanezian and Brenton Babcock, who between them work across the patent lifecycle. Well rounded as a counsellor, having started out in litigation and then transitioned to a more prosecution, opinions and licensing-focused practice, Scheller is distinguished by his ability to pack commercial value into the IP protection he procures. Also working in high-tech areas such as software and networking, Ovanezian is cut from the same cloth and is keenly attuned to business strategy. Litigation and dispute resolution are Babcock’s metiers; the former Knobbe Martens partner is noted for his special dexterity in post-grant proceedings.

Other recommended experts

Michelle Armond is an exceptionally skilled practitioner with an outstanding personality that immediately sets you at ease She takes strong ownership of client issues and makes you feel like your problems are hers, before proceeding to solve them elegantly, efficiently and effectively.” The former Knobbe Martens post-grant star founded Armond Wilson, a boutique offering a flexible, nimble service. Asim Bhansali just gets it done in the courtroom, which he has shown in lead counsel roles many times. Adept at setting strategy in patent, antitrust, trade secret and commercial cases, the Kwun Bhansali Lazarus partner then executes on point. Hogan Lovells partner John Brockland thrives at the intersection of law, business and technology, and is a dependable and dynamic deal broker. Building Venable’s presence on the West Coast is Shane Brun, a high-flying litigator and all-round counsellor. As a former in-house counsel, he never just turns on the litigation machine and let it run, but looks to resolve disputes in line with business needs. He is based in the firm’s San Francisco office, which is managed by James Nelson - a technology transactions and outsourcing pro who serves as relationship lead for a number of key Venable patrons. Siegmund Gutman chairs a spirited life sciences group at Proskauer Rose that brings together the talents of great scientists, prosecutors, brief writers and trial lawyers. As a litigator, Gutman is razor sharp in his legal analysis and properly aggressive as an advocate; he is always on top of his game in small and large molecule cases. Of Mark Krietzman, one client comments: “He leads BakerHostetler’s provision of an outstanding, integrated service to us covering patent prosecution, maintenance, strategic portfolio management, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Mark is extremely astute and insightful, and has an impressive ability to master the nuances of disparate technical fields, from mechanical to electrical engineering and software design to chemistry. This enables him to work effectively with engineers through the disclosure process, resulting in significantly stronger patent protection. His honesty and integrity are much appreciated – he dispassionately provides advice which is in clients’ best interests.” Ronald Lemieux has taken the lead on hundreds of IP disputes for industry heavyweights and is among the market’s most seasoned litigators. The Litigation Counsel of America senior fellow practises at Squire Patton Boggs. “Seth Levy has a highly developed commercial skillset that is invaluable when deciding how best to bring portfolio items forward into the real world. He is extremely responsive and takes on board feedback from clients, and has assembled an excellent and trustworthy team of patent attorneys, agents and support staff at Nixon Peabody. Seth and the firm can be counted on for correct answers to patent and IP questions, no matter how obscure.” When academia and the private sector intersect on technology issues, he leads the way: he and litigation partner Shawn Hansen are representing the regents of the University of California in a ground-breaking patent enforcement campaign to protect rights in filament LED technology invented by a Nobel laureate-led team at UC Santa Barbara in parallel proceedings at the ITC and in the Central District of California. Shearman & Sterling has a broad IP wingspan, but is at its best in patent litigation and transactions. For its high performance in the latter, Emma Maconick deserves great credit. Displaying sensitivity to clients’ risk profiles, she deftly negotiates deals in the fintech, data and cloud computing areas, among others. The reputation of elite New York patent litigation outfit Desmarais is buttressed on the West Coast by Peter C Magic; he has been integral to several recent successes for Apple and Cisco Systems. Blending great technical acumen with deep substantive patent law knowledge and trial aptitude, Fabio Marino is the complete package as a patent litigator. With the courts increasingly active in policing damages theories, his expertise on that side is invaluable. The Polsinelli pacesetter has been busy for Radware in proceedings against F5 Networks. FisherBroyles has been making moves in the lateral recruitment market of late and snagging Alan Minsk for its Palo Alto office was a smart one. Minsk has a flair for patent strategy and, having worked in-house, knows what a good IP programme looks like. Electronics, computers and software are happy hunting grounds. Skadden trial lawyer John Neukom has tried diverse cases to verdict in many forums. He is especially well versed in patent and trade secret litigation, and has represented marquee companies including Cisco, Google and HTC. Outstanding trial lawyer Matthew Powers is equally effective on both sides of the ‘v’. The Tensegrity Law Group chief has an amazing track record in bet-the-company patent litigation. Maintaining a California presence for eminent boutique Finnegan, Erik Puknys has practised in Silicon Valley for over two decades. A former USPTO examiner and polished litigator, he develops lasting protection for clients such as ASML, a leading supplier to the semiconductor industry. After nearly 15 years at Jones Day, Dale Rieger moved to Rimon Law in January 2020. Armed with an organic chemistry PhD and abundant pharmaceutical industry experience, he prosecutes with poise and precision. Solo operator Robert Sachs is an essential collaborator for companies innovating in the software and computer science spaces and is well regarded as a thought-leader on Section 101. Axinn has been building a lot of momentum in patent litigation and added significant contentious firepower to its roster in January 2020 when it recruited Jeannine Yoo Sano from White & Case. Sano knows how to make a major impact in any forum, including the ITC and PTAB, and has many notable successes to show for it. Susman Godfrey’s Kalpana Srinivasan makes her well-deserved debut in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2020. “She’s incredibly brilliant, but also down to earth, relatable and personable. Quickly gaining more high-level experience, she has great courtroom presence and is developing the trust of judges, which is critical to success.” Companies instruct David Stein on a repeat basis: the Greenberg Gross litigator is responsive and attentive, and has been in the trenches before in cases involving cutting-edge technologies and complex questions around SEPs – with superb results to show for it. His diverse clientele includes Hilton Resorts Corporation, which he has supported for a number of years; and a telecoms entrepreneur, which he is currently representing in a trade secrets suit against Uber Technologies. “David is a superb lawyer who can break down difficult matters and give easy-to-understand advice. He is proactive, diligent and a big thinker who is well respected by judges.” Buchalter’s J Rick Taché is “creative in helping companies avoid litigation, but a bulldog of a team captain if they need to go down that route”. “His history of securing resounding victories is impressive and his representation is worth every penny. He treats people with courtesy and respect, and has the complete trust of clients.” Patterson + Sheridan is growing in San Diego courtesy of Nick Transier. The broad-minded patent attorney “has a good business head on his shoulders and understands what clients are looking for – and he always delivers value”. “Joshua Van Hoven consistently produces outstanding-quality prosecution work and never misses a detail or deadline. He keeps informed about current industry trends and practices, and provides expert legal and technical advice.” In litigation, “he can tell the story behind the patent and is willing to take on any opponent in an infringement case”. He is based in the San Jose office of Haley Guiliano, which was recently joined by Richard McCaulley, an assured lead counsel with a prominent practice in the pharmaceutical and medical device arenas. Duane Morris added a seasoned litigator to its roster in March 2020 when Philip Woo joined from Haynes and Boone, bringing deep trial and electrical engineering experience. Former general counsel Joseph Yang has a high-tech deal record to rival anyone’s and is especially adept at matchmaking between parties from disparate industries. His general utility as a patent lawyer is off the charts, too: the PatentEsque attorney develops portfolios, participates in litigations and arbitrations, and serves as an expert witness.

Individuals: litigation

  • Wayne Barsky - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Juanita Brooks - Fish & Richardson
  • Yar R Chaikovsky - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Neel Chatterjee - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Morgan Chu - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Daralyn J Durie - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Heidi Keefe - Cooley LLP
  • Josh Krevitt - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Mark A Lemley - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Douglas E Lumish - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Matthew D Powers - Tensegrity Law Group LLP
  • John B Quinn - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Ashok Ramani - Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Joseph R Re - Knobbe Martens
  • Edward Reines - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Clement S Roberts - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Ron E Shulman - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Jonathan Singer - Fish & Richardson
  • Ragesh K Tangri - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Robert A Van Nest - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Charles K Verhoeven - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Adam R Alper - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Brenton R Babcock - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • David M Barkan - Fish & Richardson
  • James R Batchelder - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Michael A Berta - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Michael J Bettinger - Sidley Austin LLP
  • David Bloch - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Micah Block - Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Jared Bobrow - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Jim Brogan - King & Spalding LLP
  • Luke L Dauchot - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • James Dowd - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Brian L Ferrall - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Deborah E Fishman - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Mark D Fowler - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Richard G Frenkel - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Thomas J Friel Jr - King & Spalding LLP
  • Gary N Frischling - Milbank LLP
  • William Gaede - McDermott Will & Emery
  • David Gindler - Milbank LLP
  • Siegmund Y Gutman - Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Hopkins Guy - Baker Botts LLP
  • J David Hadden - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Benjamin W Hattenbach - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Michael Headley - Fish & Richardson
  • Jeffrey G Homrig - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Anthony M Insogna - Jones Day
  • Michael A Jacobs - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Randall Kay - Jones Day
  • Chris Kennerly - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Ronald Lemieux - Squire Patton Boggs
  • David Lisson - Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Jack W Londen - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Michael Lyons - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Fabio E Marino - Polsinelli PC
  • Victoria F Maroulis - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Richard T McCaulley Jr - Haley Guiliano LLP
  • Sonal N Mehta - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Stuart P Meyer - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Sean S Pak - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Michael Rhodes - Cooley LLP
  • William C Rooklidge - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Michael J Sacksteder - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Jeannine Yoo Sano - Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP 
  • Brett M Schuman - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Mark D Selwyn - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • John B Sganga - Knobbe Martens
  • Stefani E Shanberg - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Chad Shear - Fish & Richardson
  • Jason Sheasby - Irell & Manella LLP
  • David J Silbert - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Darin W Snyder - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Wayne Stacy - Baker Botts LLP
  • Claude M Stern - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Andrew N Thomases - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Kathi Vidal - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Jonathan K Waldrop - Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Vernon M Winters - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Michael J Wise - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Darryl Woo - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Ryan K Yagura - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Matthew Alan Chivvis - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • David Almeling - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Michelle Armond - Armond Wilson
  • Martin Bader - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Marcus Barber - Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Harper Batts - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Asim M Bhansali - Kwun Bhansali Lazarus
  • Nicholas A Brown - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Shane Brun - Venable LLP
  • Anne Cappella - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Joseph Cianfrani - Knobbe Martens
  • Thomas Counts - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Sean C Cunningham - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Michael De Vries - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • David P Enzminger - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Robert M Galvin - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Joseph C Gratz - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Jon Gurka - Knobbe Martens
  • Shawn Hansen - Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Brent A Hawkins - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Alan J Heinrich - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Gabrielle E Higgins - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Julie M Holloway - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Richard SJ Hung - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • James Isbester - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Edward Johnson - Mayer Brown
  • Darcy Jones - Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Matthias A Kamber - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Seong Kim - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Bryan Kohm - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Stephen Korniczky - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Jonathan Lamberson - Fish & Richardson
  • Irfan Lateef - Knobbe Martens
  • Jason Lo - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Peter C Magic - Desmarais LLP 
  • Tom Millikan - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Michael A Molano - Mayer Brown
  • Steven D Moore - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Charlene M Morrow - Fenwick & West LLP
  • John Neukom - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Kenneth G Parker - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Sarah E. Piepmeier - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Edward G Poplawski - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Erik R Puknys - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Michelle Rhyu - Cooley LLP
  • Michael Rueckheim - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • John P Schnurer - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Saina Shamilov - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Luann Simmons - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Seth Sproul - Fish & Richardson
  • Kalpana Srinivasan - Susman Godfrey LLP
  • David Stein - Greenberg Gross LLP
  • J Rick Taché - Buchalter 
  • Kerry Taylor - Knobbe Martens
  • Michael A Tomasulo - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Ellisen Shelton Turner - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Bijal Vakil - White & Case LLP 
  • Bijal Vakil - White & Case LLP 
  • Nimalka Wickramasekera - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Eliot D Williams - Baker Botts LLP
  • Phil Woo - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Philip W Woo - Duane Morris LLP
  • James Yoon - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Individuals: prosecution

  • David Ahn - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Bing Ai - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Adeel Akhtar - Knobbe Martens
  • Daniel E Altman - Knobbe Martens
  • Daniel M Becker - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Karl Bozicevic - Bozicevic Field & Francis LLP
  • Dion Bregman - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Matthew Bresnahan - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Ko-Fang Chang - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Tom Chen - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Brian Coleman - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Daniel M De Vos - Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP 
  • Sanjeet Dutta - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Christopher Eide - Dentons US LLP
  • Michael W Farn - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Michael Fleming - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Carol Francis - Bozicevic Field & Francis LLP
  • Michael L Fuller - Knobbe Martens
  • Eric Furman - Knobbe Martens
  • Michael A Glenn - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Kevin O Grange - Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Kevin Greenleaf - Dentons US LLP
  • Lisa A Haile - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Fred C Hernandez - Mintz
  • James M Heslin - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Brian Ho - Dentons US LLP
  • Brian Hoffman - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Robert Hulse - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Mark J Itri - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Kenneth E Jenkins - Mintz
  • William Kezer - Mintz
  • John King - Knobbe Martens
  • Bryan Kohm - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Sujit Kotwal - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Mark H Krietzman - BakerHostetler
  • Viola Kung - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Joe Liebeschuetz - Alston & Bird LLP
  • Eli A Loots - Knobbe Martens
  • Jeffry S Mann - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Andre L Marais - Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner 
  • Mika Reiner Mayer - Cooley LLP
  • John T McNelis - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Salima A Merani - Knobbe Martens
  • Greg Michelson - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Kimberly J Miller - Knobbe Martens
  • Alan Minsk - FisherBroyles LLP
  • Judy Mohr - McDermott Will & Emery
  • David Nicholson - Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP 
  • Randy Omid - Dentons US LLP
  • Dan Ovanezian - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Dan Ovanezian - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Rajiv P Patel - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Catherine M Polizzi - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Marina Portnova - Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Joseph R Reisman - Knobbe Martens
  • Dale Rieger - Rimon PC
  • Robert R Sachs - Robert R Sachs PC
  • James Scheller - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Eric Schulman - Fish & Richardson
  • Andrew Schwaab - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Stephanie L Seidman - Dentons US LLP
  • Antonia L Sequeira - Fenwick & West LLP
  • William L Shaffer - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Terri Shieh-Newton - Mintz
  • Michael J Shuster - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Amy Simpson - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Nathan Smith - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Jae Won Song - Fenwick & West LLP
  • James W Soong - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Ardeshir Tabibi - Alston & Bird LLP
  • Lorna Tanner - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Travis Thomas - Baker Botts LLP
  • Nick Transier - Patterson + Sheridan LLP
  • Hans R Troesch - Fish & Richardson
  • Joshua Van Hoven - Haley Guiliano LLP
  • Lee Van Pelt - Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP
  • Gerard von Hoffmann - Knobbe Martens
  • Michael R Ward - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Gary S Williams - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Michael J Wise - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Phil Woo - Knobbe Martens
  • Peter Yim - Dentons US LLP

Individuals: transactions

  • Adeel Akhtar - Knobbe Martens
  • Karen N Ballack - Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Thomas A Briggs - Jones Day
  • John P Brockland - Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Kenneth A Clark - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Michael L Fuller - Knobbe Martens
  • Stephen D Gillespie - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Jonathan M Gordon - Alston & Bird LLP
  • Lisa A Haile - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Jake Handy - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Judith Hasko - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • David L Hayes - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Dana W Hayter - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Joshua Hofheimer - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Mark J Itri - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Paul E Jahn - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Robert L Jones - Cooley LLP
  • Rahul Kapoor - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Anthony R Klein - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Barbara Kosacz - Cooley LLP
  • Lance S Kurata - Mintz
  • Carrie LeRoy - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Seth D Levy - Nixon Peabody
  • Emma Maconick - Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Thomas A Magnani - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Mika Reiner Mayer - Cooley LLP
  • Salima A Merani - Knobbe Martens
  • Kimberly J Miller - Knobbe Martens
  • Nader A Mousavi - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Glenn G Nash - Sidley Austin LLP
  • James E Nelson - Venable LLP
  • Daren Orzechowski - White & Case LLP 
  • Ralph M Pais - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Rufus Pichler - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Marya A Postner - Cooley LLP
  • Stefano Quintini - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Mark F Radcliffe - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Aaron Rubin - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Tessa J Schwartz - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • William I Schwartz - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Sarah A Solomon - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Karen A Spindler - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Rose M Thiessen - Knobbe Martens
  • Alexander Touma - White & Case LLP 
  • Gerard von Hoffmann - Knobbe Martens
  • Michael R Ward - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • John E Wehrli - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Joseph Yang - PatentEsque Law Group, LLP