Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

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This premier business advisory firm has significantly bolstered its IP disputes and consulting practice in recent years, giving it great momentum. Those it has recruited embody the testifying expertise, team-oriented approach and creativity for which Ankura is known and admired. The addition of Michael Lasinski, Kevin Arst and Philip W Kline at the start of 2020 brought top-tier proficiency in FRAND matters to the group, giving it a valuable advantage in a market in which increased inter-operability of technology is giving rise to more frequent and complex standardisation issues. Lasinski navigates these masterfully on a global basis; as do Arst and Kline, both excellent testifiers, licensing sages and all-round IP strategists. The latter description is also perfectly fitting for senior managing director David Yurkerwich: he has given expert testimony in high-exposure patent infringement and business disputes on dozens of occasions, but also deploys as a deal negotiator and portfolio adviser. Walter Vandaele – with whom Yurkerwich practised at Navigant Consulting prior to joining Ankura – is the resident pharmaceutical and biotechnology whizz, though has broad industry horizons. Patent litigation is an important component of his extremely diverse practice and an area in which he has developed several specialist subjects, such as the analysis of issues related to the granting of preliminary injunctions.

Firm Profile

Ankura Consulting Group is a global consultancy with more than 1,500 professionals based in offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. We doubled the size of our IP consulting practice with our acquisition of 284 Partners LLC in late 2019.

The focus of the IP practice is valuation, economic and data analysis, and expert testimony in national and global disputes. Our experts have been involved in some of the highest-stakes controversies and significant transactions, including patent and trademark infringement, theft of trade secrets, licensing disputes, tax disputes, bankruptcies and breach of contract matters. They assist clients with the challenges and opportunities associated with assessing, valuing and managing IP assets in today’s global innovation economy. They combine timely competitive information and state-of-the-art valuation methodologies using advanced data and analytical tools to deliver practical business solutions.

Our clients include many of the Fortune 1000 companies and the law firms they select to represent them. We are hired not just because of our track record in the courtroom, but because of our deep experience in managing and transacting the types of assets we are valuing when providing our expert opinions. For decades we have been active in helping companies buy, sell, license out, license in and, when necessary, help enforce IP rights or defend their businesses. This out-of-the-courtroom experience is invaluable when explaining our opinions to juries and other triers of fact. This ‘real world’ transactions experience is one of the reasons we are retained together with our in-depth analysis, understanding of the entire case (not just our part), ability to communicate our opinions and ultimately the results we help deliver.

While we are active in all types of IP matters, our experts are leaders in economic and data analysis and royalty rate determination for standard-essential patents, which are subject to fair, reasonable and non-discrimination (FRAND) encumbrances. These matters have been ongoing in the semiconductor, electronics and mobile device industries and have recently moved to the automotive and Internet of Things industries. We help companies determine FRAND rates in US and international litigation, arbitration, licensing-in and licensing-out negotiations, as well as other settings.

We also work closely with inventors, owners and attorneys to assess patentability and markets for technologies to build and maintain competitive IP portfolios. We actively negotiate IP-based transactions, and structure and manage joint development, licensing and enforcement activities.

We have been involved in IP matters in virtually every industry, including automotive, telecommunications (including mobile devices, infrastructure and service providers), electronics, semiconductors, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, food and beverages, publishing, oil and gas, and entertainment.

Our experts and the people that support them have held and currently hold key roles in many industry associations. Some of those include the Licensing Executives Society United States and Canada, Licensing Executives Society International, Intellectual Property Owners Association, American Bar Association (IP Section) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (and similar state societies). We also are certified licensing professionals, certified public accountants, certified valuation analysts and certified in financial forensics. We have been qualified as experts in federal, state, tax, bankruptcy and international courts, as well as arbitration proceedings and at the International Trade Commission. Members of our team have been recognised in the IAM Patent 1000 and IAM Strategy 300 by their clients and peers for over a decade.

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