United States: Utah

Firms

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

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Dorsey took its patent practice to the next level when it hired Brett Foster, Grant Foster, Mark Miller and Bryan Pratt in 2018. The Foster brothers “have brought a ton of energy into the practice” – Brett as a “fierce and thorough litigator” and Grant as a meticulous portfolio manager for industry leaders such as Abbott Laboratories. By the former’s side, Miller is an experienced patent, trademark and trade secret litigator who has fought in many a tough battle over a wide array of technologies in numerous forums. Alongside Grant Foster, Pratt showcases a deft touch with global portfolios. Landing in the IAM Patent 1000 for the first time this year is “good humoured, hard-working and highly intelligent attorney” Marcus Simon, who takes the lead on material science and medical device matters.

Holland & Hart LLP

Holland & Hart is back in a good groove in Salt Lake City following the loss of a team to Dorsey & Whitney in 2018. The hire of IP creator and manager Loren Hulse from Stoel Rives has certainly helped, reinvigorating the firm with a strong presence in the life sciences industry. Hulse has ample in-house experience on his résumé and – always looking for business-aligned patent solutions – thinks like his clients. With Scott Karren on deck, the firm acquits itself admirably in the electrical and computer science domains. “Fast and responsive, Scott can manage a high-volume workload while producing quality. He is quick to grasp complex technology and runs his team well.” Whether implementing new software tools to increase efficiency or doing innovative things around training, Karren thinks outside the box in a way that is always refreshing. Former design engineer Josh Randall is the touchpoint for anything mechanical. Lately he has handled several PTAB matters for his patrons.

Keller Jolley Preece

Keller Jolley Preece is all about quality when it comes to patent prosecution in the software area; its second attorney review and other control mechanisms are well calibrated. Unlike its Salt Lake City peers, the boutique doesn’t draw its clients from the local market but represents some of Silicon Valley’s most exciting innovators. The key contacts for these are Ryan Keller and Greg Jolley, who provide gold-standard advice for a reassuringly sensitive price.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Lowenstein Sandler makes a smashing debut in the IAM Patent 1000 Utah rankings this year. It opened its Centerville office in 2016 and has since built an impressive patent prosecution hub there; in addition to cost-effectively serving the filing needs of myriad clients, it is often used to test new efficiency-enhancing systems before they are rolled out to the entire group. Taking the lead is Kevin Grange, a “technically accomplished computer and software engineering expert and incredibly proactive, detail-oriented, service-minded attorney”. He has cultivated an ardent following of Silicon Valley companies, including Rambus and Intel.

Maschoff Brennan

“A top boutique with seasoned prosecutors and litigators” is the verdict on Maschoff Brennan, a Utah-headquartered firm that has been expanding significantly of late in California and Seattle. The firm’s prosecution bench is deep, enabling it to cover the spectrum of innovation in the electrical and mechanical engineering fields. Eric Maschoff is an experienced computer hardware and software engineer, so he loves to get hands-on with his clients’ innovations. He prosecutes with precision but is best described as a cool-headed strategist. Richard Gilmore is a triple threat, being highly proficient in the utility patent, design patent and trademark areas; he is a great option for those with diverse portfolios and forges long-term relationships with the clients he serves. Burns Israelsen stands out for his “strong international practice” and Asia knowledge. Kevin Johanson leverages extensive industrial engineering expertise and decades of legal experience to give perspicacious counsel on high-level patent management matters. Larry Laycock is the top name on the litigation fight card; give him any type of IP case or any type of technology and the spare-time novelist will craft a compelling – and winning – narrative.

Parsons Behle & Latimer PLC

“Parsons Behle & Latimer is a large commercial firm with a strong general litigation practice. Several of its lawyers are also exceptional at IP trials, David Mangum chief among them.” Distinguished from the local crowd by his voluminous Federal Circuit experience, Mangum litigates in any forum with tenacity. His cases concern a wide range of life sciences, electrical and mechanical technologies – there is nothing technical that he can’t get his head around or present resonantly on.

Ray Quinney & Nebeker

Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s patent prosecution group has a head of steam right now, thanks to the leadership that Paul Taylor is bringing to the practice. “An ambitious and successful electrical and mechanical prosecutor, Paul has built a nice team around him and cultivated an enviable client base.” “He will give you the shirt off his back and is the sort of guy you want in your circle.” In June 2018 he was elected chair of the US Bar – European Patent Office Liaison Council and is an excellent reference for US companies with respect to EPO activities. The firm has a representative on the litigation table this year, too, with Samuel Straight making his IAM Patent 1000 debut. “Sam is an honest, hard-working, thorough litigator with a great grasp of technology.”

Stoel Rives LLP

Stoel Rives has had its ups and downs in IP practice in Utah, but its patent offering is still a strong one: Aaron Barker, for example, is an “exceptionally talented electrical engineering attorney” who specialises in prosecution, patent strategy and transactions. He has a counterpart in the life sciences in Barton Giddings, whose CV includes senior in-house counsel experience. The group benefits from the “consistent and steady leadership” provided by Matthew Bethards, a medical device, life sciences and chemical expert and master at business-minded domestic and international prosecution and transactions.

TraskBritt PC

“In prosecution, the TraskBritt team is highly skilled and unwaveringly focused on creating value for clients. You can trust in Joseph Walkowski and his colleagues for their skill, diligence and integrity. As a bonus, they are exceptionally cost-efficient, too.” Walkowski embodies another strength of the group, which is its business-focused approach to intellectual property; he has extensive in-house counsel experience (plus an MBA) which has informed his resolutely commercial view of the world. Allen Turner, who anchors the life sciences prosecution practice, also comes with in-house experience, having served as a member of Akzo Nobel’s legal team in the Netherlands for several years; while Client Choice Award winner Jeffrey Gunn worked for top medical device company CR Bard. Joining his fellow directors in the IAM Patent 1000 this year is Gregory Baker, a mechanical engineering maven who embeds with his aerospace, semiconductor and other clients to build up a thorough knowledge of their technology and business before delivering broad and comprehensive protection. The set’s approach to prosecution is systems-oriented and in terms of quality control there are two layers of checks on all the work that goes out the garage; as part of this, enforceability is tested for by individuals such as Dickson Burton. The managing shareholder – and president of the Utah State Bar – Burton is a prominent trial lawyer who simply gets results; for Catheter Connections he recently obtained two preliminary injunctions and a finding of contempt in a patent infringement case against Ivera Medical and 3M, and secured a dismissal under Section 101 of a case against Electronic Arts filed by White Knuckle Gaming.

Workman Nydegger

IP specialist Workman Nydegger practises nationally and is on the frontline of developments in patent law and policy; considering also the breadth of its offering across the contentious/non-contentious divide, the firm is in pole position to advise clients holistically and guide them on patent strategy. Judging by a flood of excellent feedback, the firm is performing flawlessly right now. Take IAM Patent 1000 newcomers John Stringham and Jens Jenkins, for example: “John is one of the most productive and cost-effective attorneys you could hope to have. He is easy to communicate with and gives you his honest opinion when, for example, reviewing tricky prior art before filing.” He focuses on computer science and mechanical technologies. “Jens is someone you can place absolute trust in. He is an expert on USPTO procedure not just in terms of the textbook but in terms of how to actually work with examiners face to face to achieve excellent results and maximise patent coverage. Inventors ask specifically to work with him because of the passion he shows for advanced technologies.” Medical device pro Justin Cassell is another magnet of praise: “Justin is a hard-working, honest attorney who you can count on as a true member of your in-house patent team. He has a knack for predicting USPTO outcomes because he has good contacts with examiners, and delivers high-quality work and results for moderate money.” “Not too long out of law school in the grand scheme, Timothy Nichols is very impressive. His strategic thinking is mature and sophisticated, and he really drills down into engineering matters quickly. He is an energetic guy but isn’t cocky – he knows what he doesn’t know.” Should infringement become an issue, Brent Lorimer steps in with confidence and poise. “He can transform the legal landscape for clients with his experience, strategic insight, commercial savvy and attention to detail. He’s brilliant to consult with on matters that are of critical importance to your business.” Adrian Lee contributes ably to the contentious effort and has served as lead counsel in complex cases while also being a prolific prosecutor; as another feather in his cap, he is fluent in Japanese. Founding partner and senior counsel Rick Nydegger also participates in all areas of the practice. He is a local luminary and well-known name nationally who has contributed much to US IP life through his leadership of IP associations and policy work.

Other recommended experts

An indefatigable champion in the contentious ring, Mark Bettilyon “brings a wealth of IP litigation experience to Thorpe North & Western”. Edgar Cataxinos of Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood is a patent sage who has mastered the arts of litigation and prosecution. A registered pharmacist with more than 20 years’ experience in intellectual property, he knows his way around the life sciences industry. Another great choice for those seeking patent prosecution in the life sciences is Ryan Marshall, one of Brinks Gilson & Lione’s most accomplished patent lawyers in Salt Lake City. The seasoned attorney resolves complex IP issues in the biopharmaceutical, chemical and medical devices areas thoughtfully and creatively.

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 - Maschoff Brennan
  • David G Mangum - Parsons Behle & Latimer PLC
  • Mark Miller - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Samuel C Straight - Ray Quinney & Nebeker

Individuals: prosecution

  • L Grant Foster - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Gregory C Baker - TraskBritt PC
  • Aaron Barker - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Matthew S Bethards - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Justin Cassell - Workman Nydegger
  • Edgar Cataxinos - Magleby Cataxinos & Greenwood
  • Barton W Giddings - Stoel Rives LLP
  • Richard C Gilmore - Maschoff Brennan
  • Kevin O Grange - Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • J Jeffrey Gunn - TraskBritt PC
  • Loren Hulse - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Burns Israelsen - Maschoff Brennan
  • Jens C Jenkins - Workman Nydegger
  • Kevin K Johanson - Maschoff Brennan
  • Greg Jolley - Keller Jolley Preece
  • J Scott Karren - Holland & Hart LLP
  • Ryan Keller - Keller Jolley Preece
  • Adrian J Lee - Workman Nydegger
  • Ryan L Marshall - Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • Eric Maschoff - Maschoff Brennan
  • Timothy Nichols - Workman Nydegger
  • Bryan Pratt - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Josh 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
  • 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