United States: New Jersey

Firms

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

A repository of trust for industry leaders and exciting emerging companies alike, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC completes patent search, prosecution and opinion work with unerring accuracy and a commercial touch. Notable patrons include AT&T, Topcon Positioning Systems and Bloomberg, which benefit from the group’s deftness before the USPTO and extensive international connections for overseas matters. Recent developments include increased inbound instructions from Japanese law firms, with which it has forged enduring relationships. Lawyer in charge Jeffrey Weinick and his team garner enthusiastic recommendations from the market: “Jeff and his associates provide comprehensive analyses of innovations and well-judged prosecution strategies. He and his colleagues have excellent technical skills and great expertise in patenting software and AI-based inventions.” “Smart and responsive, Jeff delivers timeously on complex matters.”

Dentons

Newly featured in the New Jersey rankings this year, Dentons has a stellar profile in the state courtesy of Joel Bock, a Swiss Army knife of a patent lawyer with highly sophisticated prosecution, litigation and transactional skills and acute strategic vision. He is currently representing Columbia University in connection with patent matters arising in diverse fields including stem cells, chemistry, robotics and diagnostics, proving himself an essential partner to some of the institution’s leading innovators in patent procurement and monetisation. Bock has all the support he needs at his fingertips as part of a richly resourced national IP and technology team of more than 100 lawyers in 19 offices – and, of course, as a member of a 600-strong global group.

Fox Rothschild LLP 

Showcasing outstanding depth in patent practice, Fox Rothschild has a large squad of technically adept attorneys – many of them with PhDs – standing ready to deploy on all complex patent briefs. The New Jersey office is the epicentre of its dynamic life sciences practice, which is a go-to for Rutgers University, the Rockefeller University, Bristol Myers Squibb and many others. The fulcrum around which the local group turns is Princeton managing partner Gerard Norton, whose strategic instincts are on point thanks to vast experience throughout all phases of the patent lifecycle. This year, special praise is awarded to Peter Butch, a savvy prosecutor and sought-after opinion giver: “Always well prepared, Peter has mastered all aspects of patent and contract law. He communicates well with inventors and has an excellent counselling touch. He prosecutes patents that net large compensation rewards when licensed.” No less brilliant are PhDs Jianming Jimmy Hao and Wansheng Jerry Liu, who add tremendous value with their cross-cultural US and China know-how and commercial wisdom.

Gibbons PC

That many of its IP specialists have previously held senior in-house positions at top companies makes Gibbons as commercially streetwise in patent practice as any firm. It’s a compelling choice for companies seeking blended legal and business support, whether on intangible asset management briefs, major IP transactions or enterprise-threatening litigation. Focusing on the non-contentious side first, there are some incredibly seasoned prosecutors on deck, such as former Hoffmann-La Roche senior counsel Samuel Megerditchian, who is highly prized for his “ability to see things from all angles and provide exceptionally well-rounded advice”. “Sam understands precisely the internal political forces acting on company patent departments and is ideally placed to advise on the best way to present proposals to internal stakeholders to move things along in an efficient way. He’s also extremely responsive and always ready to help at a moment’s notice.” He and Robert Rudnick act for the Kessler Foundation, a global leader in rehabilitation with a mission to change the lives of those with disabilities. It’s not hard to see effective collaboration when looking through Gibbons’ window – it is evident in many key representations. Rudnick and Thomas Bean riff off each other particularly well as a result of their shared in-house background and equal talent as patent strategists and value creators. New to the IAM Patent 1000 this year, life sciences and medical device ace Estelle Tsevdos – who has been working with Megerditchian for a New Jersey-based drug company – procures patents with the benefit of litigation insight that alerts her to risk and enhances her long-termism. She has a gift for overcoming USPTO rejections. Moving over to the contentious side of the practice brings another superb line-up of practitioners into focus. IP group chair David De Lorenzi is a heavy hitter with decades of trial experience and an agile technical and business mind. He recently represented GemShares in a breach of contract and patent infringement case, securing a finding of wilful infringement and an award of treble damages. With him on this, Christopher Strate effortlessly traverses the contentious/non-contentious divide, lending weight to his recommendations on strategy; he has one of the broadest technical compasses in the group, too. Charles Chevalier is the star of the firm’s pharmaceutical patent litigation practice and the advocate of choice for the likes of Merck Sharp & Dohme and Pfizer.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig is an “enormous, excellent firm with top expertise in diverse areas”; its patent team “offers outstanding work product for a reasonable price”. A rare faculty for US and global patent prosecution sets it apart from its general practice brethren; this is the special focus of New Jersey-based Barry Schindler, who spearheads the non-contentious practice. “Barry’s depth and skill as a prosecutor are extraordinary: he addresses difficult problems with keen intelligence, broad and up-to-date knowledge and an aptitude for creative thinking. He excels at strategising for the short and long term, so that portfolio development aligns with clients’ business objectives.” He and shareholder Lennie Bersh are cited as “two of the country’s best practitioners in the fintech space” and both “consistently excel in the area of business method patents”. Recent highlights include procuring commercially critical patents for Unilever and advising global materials science company WL Gore on key projects. Greenberg Traurig is also a sure bet for sterling representation in patent litigation, with folks such as James DeCarlo never missing their target. DeCarlo comes well equipped for competitor battles and complex matters involving large numbers of patents. He is representing Echelon Fitness Multimedia against Peloton Interactive in a dispute involving patents directed towards online fitness leaderboard technology.

Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP 

An “eminent IP boutique full of great lawyers”, Lerner David has a rich history of providing sophisticated patent services to cutting-edge innovators. Its prosecutors have an impressive allowance rate and bring refined IP asset management skills to the table to assist patrons in building valuable portfolios that support meaningful business development. Meanwhile, its litigators consistently rack up the wins in a multitude of forums. The firm gains a clear edge from the experience of its team, which includes luminaries such as Roy Wepner and William Mentlik, both trial and appeal heavyweights; managing partner Keith Gilman, a seasoned practitioner with intuitive litigation and licensing instincts; and commercially minded global patent strategist Bruce Sales. The bench is a deep one and there are plenty of others to recommend: Gregory Gewirtz has impeccable lead counsel credentials and abundant post-grant know-how; Scott Samay litigates with equal dexterity in the high-technology and life sciences spaces; and the versatile Michael Teschner – Lerner David’s representative on the IAM Patent 1000 prosecution table – is an adept draftsman, sought-after opinion giver and well-prepared post-grant and litigation lawyer.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

For high-technology and life sciences players, Lowenstein Sandler is a font of practical, results-oriented patent advice. The team is alive to industry trends and developments; and with Mark Kesslen as chair of the practice, is firmly embedded in the venture capital and start-up worlds to a degree that few of its competitors can match. Kesslen is a dynamic commercial IP and technology lawyer with incredible in-house insight and a passion for entrepreneurship, complemented by a coaching and mentoring mindset. He makes a game-changing impact for clients which include e-commerce platforms, media and communications companies, cloud computing leaders and many others, and is as knowledgeable as they come on software and business method patents. Anchoring the life sciences practice, registered pharmacist Robert Paradiso also maintains the highest standards of counselling and deal-making excellence. He oversees US and foreign patent prosecution as part of his cosmopolitan practice.

McCarter & English, LLP 

The foundations of McCarter & English’s patent division are incredibly robust: the firm has over 30 PhDs, double that number of USPTO-registered attorneys and a sizeable contingent of tried-and-tested litigators. Taking full advantage of this platform in her pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical-device focused practice is Newark-based microbiology PhD Beverly W Lubit; not only brilliant on the technical stuff, she is also a transactional IP mastermind with a gift for pinpointing exactly where IP value lies and extracting it for clients. John E Flaherty is one of the set’s best trial lawyers and makes McCarter & English a premier destination for Hatch-Waxman litigation.

Other recommended experts

FisherBroyles has been amassing talent and in December 2020 added former Fox Rothschild lawyer Christopher Kinkade to its team sheet. Kinkade is an astute business and IP attorney with finely honed litigation skills. Alan Leeds fulfils a key leadership role in Morgan Lewis & Bockius’s life sciences practice. For top pharmaceutical companies entering into major transactions, he provides unwavering support that makes the difference between a deal done and a relationship scuppered. He recently represented Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in its collaboration with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals to discover, develop and commercialise new RNA interference therapeutics. A highly feted litigator at Dechert, Robert Rhoad is in his element on complex pharmaceutical and other cases. His trial ever-readiness helps to secure optimum outcomes, whether cases go the distance or are settled out. Recent highlights include going out to bat for Endo Pharmaceuticals subsidiaries in multiple ANDA cases alongside Philadelphia-based superstar Martin Black. Highlighted by sources in China as “efficient and highly professional”, Myers Wolin’s Harris Wolin makes his IAM Patent 1000 debut for 2021. His blended corporate and IP legal experience translates into a resolutely commercial approach to intangible asset protection and management.

Individuals: litigation

  • Joel N Bock - Dentons
  • Charles Chevalier - Gibbons PC
  • David E De Lorenzi - Gibbons PC
  • James DeCarlo - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • John E Flaherty - McCarter & English, LLP 
  • Gregory S Gewirtz - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Keith Gilman - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Christopher Kinkade - FisherBroyles LLP
  • Gerard P Norton - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Robert Rhoad - Dechert LLP
  • Bruce H Sales - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Scott R Samay - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Christopher Strate - Gibbons PC

Individuals: prosecution

  • Thomas Bean - Gibbons PC
  • Joel N Bock - Dentons
  • Peter J Butch - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • James DeCarlo - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jianming Jimmy Hao - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Mark P Kesslen - Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Wansheng Jerry Liu - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Beverly W Lubit - McCarter & English, LLP 
  • Samuel Megerditchian - Gibbons PC
  • Gerard P Norton - Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Robert J Paradiso - Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Robert Rudnick - Gibbons PC
  • Barry Schindler - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Michael Teschner - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Estelle Tsevdos - Gibbons PC
  • Jeffrey M Weinick - Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
  • Harris A Wolin - Myers Wolin

Individuals: transactions

  • Joel N Bock - Dentons
  • David E De Lorenzi - Gibbons PC
  • Keith Gilman - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Mark P Kesslen - Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Alan Leeds - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Beverly W Lubit - McCarter & English, LLP 
  • Robert Rudnick - Gibbons PC
  • Bruce H Sales - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Barry Schindler - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Luminaries

  • George W Johnston - Gibbons PC
  • William L Mentlik - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
  • Roy H Wepner - Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP