United States: Utah

Firms

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • TraskBritt PC
  • Workman Nydegger
  • Holland & Hart LLP
  • Keller Jolley Preece
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Maschoff Brennan
  • Ray Quinney & Nebeker
  • Stoel Rives LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Dorsey & Whitney’s firmwide IP group acquits itself with distinction in patent procurement and litigation and is thus a preferred choice for one-stop shoppers. Contributing strongly on both fronts is the well-resourced division in Salt Lake City, which includes portfolio management maestros Grant Foster, Bryan Pratt and Marcus Simon and no-nonsense litigators Mark Miller and Brett Foster; they form a well-integrated unit that has really found its groove since coming together in 2018 following a recruitment drive. In prosecution, experts in the electrical and mechanical arts Grant Foster and Pratt have been operating at a high level for Apple, protecting innovations underpinning some of its most widely used products. Hailed as a materials science authority, Simon works across diverse industries. Miller is on an excellent run of form, prevailing at the PTAB for Puzhen Life USA and invalidating patents under Section 101 as lead counsel for defendant FlexSim Software Products; all the results he achieves are driven first and foremost by business considerations. The assertive and decisive Foster, who served as lead counsel for FlexSim with Miller, is admired for his ability to secure high damages awards and powerful injunctions.

Holland & Hart LLP

Adept at handling short-fuse projects in which patent filings must be turned around in double-quick time, Holland & Hart has been savvy about increasing its automation capabilities and enhancing efficiency – all while maintaining exceptional quality standards. Its Salt Lake City office is home to a sophisticated development team for this purpose, with which end-user attorneys Loren Hulse, Scott Karren and Joshua Randall collaborate closely to ensure that IT and workflow tools are optimised for patrons. Hulse is a vital commercial ally for exciting companies that are really pushing the envelope in the biotechnology space. “The care and attention he gives to each matter are outstanding, and he makes you feel like you are his only client.” In his domains of electrical and computer technology, Karren performs in a similar high-level value creation role for industry leaders, demonstrating “impressive attention to detail and a keen strategic eye”. Gifted at helping companies to elevate their IP programmes, Randall has built up a lot of momentum in the aerospace and medical device sectors.

Keller Jolley Preece

Some of the most ground-breaking technology companies in the world find Keller Jolley Preece an able running mate as they protect their intellectual property and develop their businesses. Founding partner Greg Jolley is “on site in Silicon Valley all the time and gives an outstanding service to a lot of leading players there”. He is brilliant on anything software, computer or internet related. His partner Ryan Keller practises in many technical fields, from software to semiconductors and polymers, and is known for his creative approaches to portfolio management and development.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Lowenstein Sandler’s technology group brings together deal lawyers, IP specialists, data and privacy experts and others, enabling it to provide 360-degree support to emerging companies in their efforts to monetise their innovations. A key member of the group is Kevin Grange, a dynamic electrical and computer engineering-focused patent lawyer who knows how to navigate subject-matter eligibility issues and connect with USPTO examiners to get the best outcomes in prosecution. He chairs the firm’s Utah-based patent prosecution centre, which renders an efficient, cost-effective filing service to Lowenstein’s technology clients.

Maschoff Brennan

Providing a tailored offering to start-ups and multinationals alike, respected Utah IP boutique Maschoff Brennan demonstrates impressive range. There are also specialists in prosecution, litigation and licensing on deck, enabling the firm to cater to the complete patent needs of clients with poise. Founding partners Eric Maschoff and Burns Israelsen have made the procurement of ironclad protection for software, computer, electronics and internet inventions a major forte of the firm. Maschoff is distinguished by his design engineering background and unerring instinct for identifying IP commercialisation opportunities. Israelsen manages international portfolios with a deft touch. Equipped to deal with diverse rights and shore up companies’ branding and patent positions, Richard Gilmore is another key contact for the address book. In-house counsel appreciate his agility and excellent communication skills.

Ray Quinney & Nebeker

A full-service commercial outfit with refined patent prosecution, licensing and IP litigation expertise, Ray Quinney & Nebeker can cover a lot of ground for technology innovators. Leading light Paul Taylor has made the organisation a go-to for prep and pros in the mechanical and electrical areas, but he isn’t simply a lawyer who files patents; with valuable insight regarding patentability and infringement, this well-rounded counsellor can manoeuvre clients into competitive market positions – and keep them there. The person to call for hardcore disputes is IP chair Samuel Straight, a seasoned advocate who is surefooted throughout all phases of litigation, including trial, as well as in alternative dispute resolution scenarios.

Stoel Rives LLP

The Stoel Rives Salt Lake City IP team undertakes commercially driven, error-free patent prosecution in both the life sciences and high-technology domains; few, if any, firms in Utah cross that divide as effectively. Its astute deployment of technology to standardise forms and processes and streamline workflows, supported by a crack paraprofessional corps, has created an environment in which leading attorneys can focus on adding strategic value. Doing this comes naturally to Barton Giddings: he’s a former chief patent counsel (NPS Pharmaceuticals) with a flair for bringing biotechnology and pharmaceutical products to market. Fellow life sciences maven and chemical technology and medical device expert Matthew Bethards also has the golden touch for clients, including Merit Medical Systems, whose global portfolio he manages; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for which he undertakes US and worldwide prosecution relating to metathesis catalysts. The “solid and dependable” immediate past IP chair still also plays a key mentoring role within the group and does a fantastic job on training. Currently serving as section leader is former systems engineer and IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Whitney Johnson; he shines on matters in which software meets hardware. Taking the lead in the communications field is Aaron Barker, who loves getting to grips with the complexities of 5G technology.

TraskBritt PC

IP specialist TraskBritt excels at forging deep and lasting relationships with patrons; its veteran team intimately understands what clients need at both the legal and business levels and how best to deliver it. It helps, in this regard, that several of its experts have high-level in-house counsel experience on their résumés, including Joseph Walkowski, who previously served at Baker Hughes and other oil service companies; and Allen Turner, who began his career as a law clerk at TraskBritt before joining Akzo Pharma and then returning to the firm. Walkowski is prized for his long-range strategic IP planning nous and commercial approach to intellectual property; while life sciences buff Turner is in his element procuring valuable patent rights and conducting IP due diligence assessments. The set also engenders trust through its discerning standards and attentive, personal service; managing shareholder Jeffrey Gunn ensures consistency here while dedicating himself, in his own practice, to counselling and solving complex IP problems. He leverages his materials science and industrial engineering background to support companies in diverse industries, from semiconductors to aerospace and medical devices. Dickson Burton is the firm’s litigation top gun. A combination of trial experience, resolve and technical smarts has served him well, as his outstanding track record attests.

Workman Nydegger

Delivering results for technology companies is the life force of premier boutique Workman Nydegger. It achieves this in numerous ways – not least by conducting itself efficiently to minimise costs and ensuring that the IP protections it designs drive long-term revenue generation for clients. Hard to pigeonhole, its lawyers are multi-talented, broadminded professionals who can address just about anything – which also feeds into the firm’s sterling value proposition. Great examples of this versatility include Rick Nydegger, Justin Cassell, John Stringham, Timothy Nichols, Mike Frodsham and Adrian Lee. Luminary Nydegger prosecutes, litigates, arbitrates and more and, thanks to the leadership he has provided to several IP associations, is one of the few nationally well-known IP experts from Utah. Cassell is proficient in US prosecution, international portfolio management, post-grant proceedings, enforcement and IP transactions. “Aside from being a master of his craft, Justin is always willing to go the extra mile to support your business objectives.” “He has great strategic vision and is passionate about delivering high-quality patents that give you a significant competitive advantage. Having him on side is a huge asset.” Stringham practises across the IP spectrum, not just in patents, and is equally effective in counselling, patent procurement, deal and post-grant settings – especially when representing universities. He, too, gets great feedback from the market: “John is someone you can trust to give you a straight answer. His transparency and knowledge of commercial operations make him a successful and highly engaging patent attorney.” Nichols, like Stringham, isn’t confined to one area of intellectual property, which makes him a great fit for those with diverse portfolios. A sought-after opinion giver, Frodsham supports litigation and technology deals alongside his prosecution activities. “Extremely committed, Mike is always available, even well past regular business hours, and is an excellent communicator.” He’s a key figure in the wider firm, having served several times on the board of directors and now chairing the recruiting committee. Lee’s blend of deep prosecution and litigation and lead counsel experience is a rare one. There are also those with more focused specialisms, including Jens Jenkins and Brent Lorimer. Prosecution connoisseur Jenkins has enjoyed immense success at the USPTO, in part from his prioritisation of examiner interviews, of which he has conducted more than 1,000. Litigation and dispute resolution are the metiers of Lorimer, a gifted storyteller who is in his element when high damages awards are on the table.

Other recommended experts

Thorpe North & Western has a highly skilled litigator in Mark Bettilyon. Adept in the courtroom, he has abundant first-chair trial experience and is unfazed by technical and legal complexity. Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood founding partner Edgar Cataxinos artfully traverses the contentious/non-contentious divide and is one of Utah’s top patent all-rounders. He is a registered pharmacist who knows the drug industry inside and out. Bryan Hanks and Jonathan Lee have “built a solid and high-quality practice” at FisherBroyles. “They are uniquely service oriented and highly efficient at onboarding new clients with a high volume of instructions.” “Insightful on developments in the law and excellent creative thinkers”, the two electrical arts-focused attorneys “consistently get top reviews from engineers and in-house counsel”. Innovative boutique Patent Law Works recruited former Maschoff Brennan attorney Kevin Johanson in June 2019 – a smart move, given his seasoning as a portfolio strategist in the software and electrical engineering areas. Also moving on from Maschoff Brennan, Larry Laycock became a shareholder at Durham Jones & Pinegar in November 2019. A fixture on the Utah patent scene, he has assisted clients with all manner of complex IP conundrums and represented them in consequential litigations. He’s a tough advocate, but one who understands the business context in which he litigates. Barnes & Thornburg made a power move in the life sciences in late 2019 when it added a nine-partner team – including Salt Lake City’s Ryan Marshall – from Brinks Gilson & Lione. With expertise encompassing the full pharmaceutical patent lifecycle, Marshall is a sure bet for holistic strategic counsel. Attorney Kent Walker knows the life sciences industry inside out: as a former pharmacist and researcher with an extensive in-house counsel background, he can identify the best strategies to successful bring pharmaceutical products to market and keep them riding high. He practises at Brinks Gilson & Lione.

Individuals: litigation

  • Brett L Foster - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Brent P Lorimer - Workman Nydegger
  • Mark M Bettilyon - Thorpe North & Western LLP
  • Dickson Burton - TraskBritt PC
  • Edgar Cataxinos - Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood
  • Larry R Laycock - Durham Jones & Pinegar
  • Mark Miller - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Samuel C Straight - Ray Quinney & Nebeker

Individuals: prosecution

  • L Grant Foster - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Aaron Barker - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Matthew S Bethards - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Justin Cassell - Workman Nydegger
  • Edgar Cataxinos - Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood
  • Mike Frodsham - Workman Nydegger
  • Barton W Giddings - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Richard C Gilmore - Maschoff Brennan
  • Kevin O Grange - Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • J Jeffrey Gunn - TraskBritt PC
  • Bryan Hanks - FisherBroyles LLP
  • Loren Hulse - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Burns Israelsen - Maschoff Brennan
  • Jens C Jenkins - Workman Nydegger
  • Kevin K Johanson - Patent Law Works LLP
  • R Whitney Johnson - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Greg Jolley - Keller Jolley Preece
  • J Scott Karren - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Ryan Keller - Keller Jolley Preece
  • Adrian J Lee - Workman Nydegger
  • Jonathan Lee - FisherBroyles LLP
  • Ryan L Marshall - Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Eric Maschoff - Maschoff Brennan
  • Bryan Pratt - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Joshua Randall - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Marcus Simon - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • John C Stringham - Workman Nydegger
  • Paul N Taylor - Ray Quinney & Nebeker
  • Allen C Turner - TraskBritt PC
  • Kent M Walker - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Joseph A Walkowski - TraskBritt PC

Individuals: transactions

  • Kevin O Grange - Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Timothy Nichols - Workman Nydegger
  • John C Stringham - Workman Nydegger

Luminaries

  • Rick D Nydegger - Workman Nydegger