United States: National

From a prosecution perspective, the US market is looking healthy right now. A strong economy has seen companies ramp up their investment in R&D, which has led to an increase in filings and issuances – as one lawyer comments: “Everything is up at the USPTO.” There has, of course, been considerable uncertainty concerning subject-matter eligibility under 35 USC Section 101; while the USPTO is still granting a lot of software patents and has become more predictable in its approach, commentators are still looking for greater consistency and are hopeful of getting it – positive noises are being made by USPTO director Andre Iancu who has opined that the current state of the law weakens innovation. Notably, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Centre recently released its 2019 International IP Index, which saw the US improve in its ranking from 12th position to joint 2nd with increasing overall predictability being cited in the summary as one of the reasons for the upgrade. Another issue that those with prosecution practices are grappling with is price pressure; firms are looking more closely at innovative IT solutions to help drive efficiency, and the savviest are deploying data analytics in sophisticated ways to minimise obstacles at the USPTO.

In terms of patent litigation filings, the overall market is down and there are multiple reasons for this, the rise of inter partes reviews as a way of invalidating patents being particularly significant among them. Notable developments on the post-grant front include the Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of inter partes review in Oil States Energy Services v Green’s Energy Group and ruling in the SAS Institute that the PTAB must decide the validity of all challenged claims and cannot partially institute a review on just some of the claims. There was also a ruling from the Federal Circuit determining that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply in inter partes reviews. For law firms, there is no doubt that it is a very exciting time to be in PTAB practice, and many have been making strategic moves to enhance their post-grant offerings accordingly.

Over at the International Trade Commission there has been plenty of activity – high filing numbers continue to characterise this segment of the patent litigation market; there is an inter partes review link here, of course, as Section 337 investigations cannot be stayed for the purposes of post-grant actions. One development at the commission is that a growing number of life sciences cases are being litigated there.

Looking at developments in the law firm market, some of the most impressive moves have come from Morgan Lewis, which added 16 partners to its group and King & Spalding which has astutely added big hitters in California, New York and Washingon DC. From a litigation perspective, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has been especially impressive in the life sciences sector, while Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer with DC’s Matthew Wolf have also been tearing it up; as a result, both outfits have been added to the IAM Patent 1000 US national litigation table this year. Meanwhile, there are murmurings that patent cases have become less of a focus for some of the leading trial firms. Given how hot the life sciences area is in terms of litigation, there is plenty of jostling for talent in this specific area; Dechert has been making a push in hiring Stephen Rabinowitz and Noah Liebowitz from Hughes Hubbard and Simpson Thacher respectively; Ropes & Gray secured the services of Filko Prugo from O’Melveny; King & Spalding added Gerald Flattman to its line-up; and Venable added multiple eminent pharmaceutical litigators who formed the backbone of Fitzpatrick’s patent practice – all this just in New York.

Firms: litigation

Firms: plaintiff

Firms: transactions

Individuals: Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • Meredith Martin Addy - Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC
  • Gregory A Castanias - Jones Day
  • Yar R Chaikovsky - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Morgan Chu - Irell & Manella LLP
  • John A Dragseth - Fish & Richardson
  • Donald R Dunner - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Nicholas Groombridge - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Blair M Jacobs - Paul Hastings LLP
  • 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
  • Sasha Mayergoyz - Jones Day
  • 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 - Williams & Connolly LLP
  • Mark A Perry - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Carter G Phillips - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Frank Porcelli - Fish & Richardson
  • David T Pritikin - 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 - Jenner & Block 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
  • Marcus Sprow - Foley & Lardner LLP

Individuals: International Trade Commission

  • V James Adduci II - Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP
  • Jamie B Beaber - Mayer Brown
  • Paul F Brinkman - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • G Brian Busey - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Ruffin B Cordell - Fish & Richardson
  • Gary M Hnath - Mayer Brown
  • Thomas L Jarvis - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • William F Lee - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Louis S Mastriani - Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP
  • Michael McKeon - Fish & Richardson
  • Brian Nester - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Bert C Reiser - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Tom M Schaumberg - Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, 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
  • 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
  • Shamita D Etienne-Cummings - White & Case LLP
  • Thomas J Fisher - Oblon
  • Daniel R Foster - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Paul Goulet - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Maximilian A Grant - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Alexander J Hadjis - Oblon
  • Blaney Harper - Jones Day
  • Blair M Jacobs - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Lisa Kattan - Baker Botts LLP
  • Gregg F LoCascio - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Laura Beth Miller - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Eric Namrow - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Jay H Reiziss - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Kecia J Reynolds - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Eric W Schweibenz - Oblon
  • Nina S Tallon - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Andrew N Thomases - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • D Sean Trainor - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Jamie Underwood - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Mark L Whitaker - Morrison & Foerster 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
  • Eldora L Ellison - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
  • Michael Fleming - Irell & Manella LLP
  • R Danny Huntington - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
  • Naveen Modi - Paul Hastings LLP
  • W Karl Renner - Fish & Richardson
  • Bing Ai - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Brent Babcock - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • W Todd Baker - Oblon
  • Timothy E Bianchi - Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner PA
  • David L Cavanaugh - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Erin M Dunston - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Erin M Dunston - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Greg H Gardella - Gardella Grace PA 
  • Richard F Giunta - Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Lori A Gordon - King & Spalding LLP
  • Kevin Greenleaf - Dentons US LLP
  • Herbert D Hart III - McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd 
  • Gabrielle E Higgins - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • David L Holt - Fish & Richardson
  • Joseph A Hynds - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
  • Thomas L Irving - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • John Kilyk Jr - Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd
  • Bernard Knight - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Matthew I Kreeger - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Stephen G Kunin - Maier & Maier PLLC
  • Kevin B Laurence - Laurence & Phillips IP Law LLP
  • Stephen B Maebius - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Susan McBee - McBee Moore Woodward & Vanik LP LLC
  • David L McCombs - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Scott A McKeown - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • John T McNelis - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Dinesh N Melwani - Bookoff McAndrews PLLC
  • Stuart P Meyer - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Robert G Mukai - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Chun M Ng - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Joseph E Palys - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Brad Pedersen - Patterson Thuente IP
  • Matthew C Phillips - Renaissance IP Law Group LLP
  • George E Quillin - Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Timothy W Riffe - Fish & Richardson
  • Jason M Shapiro - Edell Shapiro & Finnan LLC 
  • Vincent K Shier - Oblon
  • Paul J Skiermont - Skiermont Derby LLP 
  • Jason E Stach - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Robert Greene Sterne - Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC
  • 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 Wimbiscus - McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd 
  • Martin M Zoltick - Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC