United States: National

2020 was a red-letter year in terms of large patent damages awards in the United States; multiple verdicts of $100 million-plus were handed down by the courts and then $1.9 billion was awarded in October to Centripetal arising out of its dispute with Cisco over network protection technology. The overall volume of patent lawsuits also rose in 2020 after several years of decline – and a particularly big fall in 2019 – as did the number of PTAB petitions. How 2021 will play out remains to be seen, but March brought news of a huge $2.2 billion jury trial win for VLSI Technology against Intel in the Western District of Texas, making litigation increasingly attractive from the perspective of licensors. On the filing side, the full impact of covid-19 won’t be known for some time, but while the pandemic certainly slowed things down for a period, 2020 saw the overall number of applications increase by 5% over 2019. Technology and life sciences companies have put in measures that enable their innovators to continue working unaffected, as far as possible, by social distancing measures, and there are spheres of innovation that have exploded as a result of covid-19, particularly the life sciences, but also software. The economic downturn induced by the pandemic may, on the other hand, bring down R&D budgets and reduce filing activity. Meanwhile, the departure from office of USPTO director Andrei Iancu had people reflecting on progress over his term with respect to Section 101 and changes to PTAB practice. Regarding the former, Iancu updated the USPTO’s examination guidelines but continued uncertainty was fuelled by decision making at the Federal Circuit which, in Cleveland Clinic v True Health explicitly stated it was not bound by the PTO’s guidance. While numbers in 2019 indicated a drop in 101 rejections for applications for artificial intelligence from 60 to 32% and, more recently, grants of diagnostic patents have been climbing, legislative reform remains on the agenda. Regarding practice at the PTAB, 2020 saw a marked increase in the use of discretionary denials, bringing the inter partes review institution rate down in a win for the patent-owning community.

Firms: litigation

  • Desmarais LLP 
  • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP 
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Irell & Manella LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Williams & Connolly LLP 
  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Winston & Strawn LLP 
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Baker Botts LLP
  • Durie Tangri LLP
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Firms: plaintiff

Firms: prosecution

Firms: transactions

Individuals: Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • Dan L Bagatell - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Gregory A Castanias - Jones Day
  • Yar R Chaikovsky - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Morgan Chu - Irell & Manella LLP
  • John A Dragseth - Fish & Richardson
  • Nicholas Groombridge - Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Blair Jacobs - McKool Smith
  • J Michael Jakes - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • William M Jay - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • William F Lee - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Mark A Lemley - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Charles E Lipsey - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Deanne E Maynard - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • William L Mentlik - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • John J Molenda - Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • John O'Quinn - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Adam L Perlman - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Mark A Perry - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Carter G Phillips - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Joseph R Re - Knobbe Martens
  • Edward Reines - Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • William C Rooklidge - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • E Joshua Rosenkranz - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Frank Scherkenbach - Fish & Richardson
  • Kathleen M Sullivan - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Constantine L Trela Jr - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Steven Trybus - Locke Lord LLP
  • J Derek Vandenburgh - Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA
  • Seth P Waxman - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Roy H Wepner - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Matthew M Wolf - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Individuals: design patents

  • Christopher V Carani - McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd
  • Tracy-Gene G Durkin - Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC
  • Elizabeth D Ferrill - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Michael A Jacobs - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Robert Katz - Banner Witcoff
  • Darrell G Mottley - Banner Witcoff
  • Perry Saidman - Saidman DesignLaw Group

Individuals: International Trade Commission

  • Paul F Brinkman - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • G Brian Busey - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Ruffin B Cordell - Fish & Richardson
  • Maximilian A Grant - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Gary M Hnath - Mayer Brown
  • Thomas L Jarvis - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • William F Lee - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Michael McKeon - Fish & Richardson
  • Brian Nester - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Bert C Reiser - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Sturgis Sobin - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Mark J Abate - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Michael J Abernathy - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Steven Anzalone - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • James R Barney - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Jamie B Beaber - Mayer Brown
  • Smith R Brittingham - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Maureen F Browne - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Cono A Carrano - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Yar R Chaikovsky - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Alexander Chinoy - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Joseph V Colaianni - Fish & Richardson
  • James B Coughlan - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Mark G Davis - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Edward J DeFranco - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Edward C Donovan - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Paul Goulet - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Alexander J Hadjis - Oblon
  • Blair Jacobs - McKool Smith
  • Lisa Kattan - Baker Botts LLP
  • Gregg F LoCascio - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Laura Beth Miller - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Eric Namrow - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Jay H Reiziss - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Kecia J Reynolds - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Eric W Schweibenz - Oblon
  • Andrew N Thomases - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • D Sean Trainor - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Jamie Underwood - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • David Vondle - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • T Cy Walker - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Daniel E Yonan - Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC

Individuals: post-grant proceedings

  • Erika Harmon Arner - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Steven Baughman - Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Timothy Bianchi - Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner PA 
  • David L Cavanaugh - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Eldora L Ellison - Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC
  • Greg H Gardella - Gardella Grace PA 
  • R Danny Huntington - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
  • Scott A McKeown - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Naveen Modi - Paul Hastings LLP
  • W Karl Renner - Fish & Richardson
  • Bing Ai - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Brenton R Babcock - Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Harper Batts - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Dion Bregman - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Heath J Briggs - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • James T Carmichael - Carmichael IP PLLC
  • Philip P Caspers - Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist, PA
  • Patrick A Doody - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Christopher Douglas - Alston & Bird LLP
  • Erin M Dunston - Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP
  • Michael Fleming - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Richard F Giunta - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Lori A Gordon - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Kevin Greenleaf - Dentons US LLP
  • Herbert D Hart III - McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd
  • Michael Hawkins - Fish & Richardson
  • Gabrielle Higgins - Desmarais LLP 
  • David L Holt - Fish & Richardson
  • M Andrew Holtman - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Joseph A Hynds - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
  • Thomas L Irving - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • John Kilyk Jr - Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd
  • Stephen G Kunin - Maier & Maier PLLC
  • Gregory Lantier - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Kevin B Laurence - Laurence & Phillips IP Law 
  • Steven Lieberman - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
  • Stephen B Maebius - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Andrew M Mason - Klarquist Sparkman LLP
  • David L McCombs - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Dinesh N Melwani - Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
  • Stuart P Meyer - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Cyrus A Morton - Robins Kaplan LLP
  • Chun M Ng - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Joseph E Palys - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Brad Pedersen - Patterson Thuente IP
  • Matthew C Phillips - Laurence & Phillips IP Law
  • George E Quillin - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Timothy W Riffe - Fish & Richardson
  • Michael Rosato - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Barry Schindler - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jason M Shapiro - Edell Shapiro & Finnan LLC 
  • Amy Simpson - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Paul J Skiermont - Skiermont Derby LLP 
  • Andrew Sommer - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jason E Stach - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Robert Greene Sterne - Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC
  • Suni Sukduang - Polsinelli PC
  • Kerry Taylor - Knobbe Martens
  • Clifford A Ulrich - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Todd R Walters - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Trenton A Ward - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Dorothy P Whelan - Fish & Richardson
  • Thomas J Wimbiscus - McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd
  • Martin M Zoltick - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC