Baker Botts LLP

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Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Silver - Firms: litigation

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Baker Botts is home to multiple individuals with multiple IAM Patent 1000 rankings, which attests to the well-roundedness with which they – and the firm – practise patent law. Paul Ragusa, for example, is recommended for prosecution, transactions and litigation, and is the full package for clients such as Columbia University and Ethypharm. Steve Lendaris and Daniel Hulseberg, meanwhile, are tipped for both prosecution and transactions. Lendaris provides strong leadership to the life sciences IP group and gives fulsome support to industry leaders on patent protection and diligence matters, drawing judiciously on Baker Botts’ deep technical bench. Due diligence maestro Hulseberg acquits himself with distinction on behalf of one of the world’s largest global healthcare companies; his instinct for assessing competitive landscapes and identifying strategic opportunities is second to none. One of relatively few lawyers to be highlighted for prosecution and litigation, global IP chair Robert Scheinfeld is key to the firm’s Hitachi relationship: he and fellow trial lawyer Robert Maier handle the conglomerate’s 1,000-plus patent portfolio and fight its corner in litigation. A sought-after opinion giver and counsellor, Neil Sirota also demonstrates versatility: in his focused domain of litigation, he and Maier have been trusted allies of Samsung Electronics for many years. Trial and appellate lawyer Jen Tempesta completes the line-up. Together with Scheinfeld, she recently won a major victory for Mastercard International against which Alexsam asserted failure to pay licence royalties; the court ruled in favour of Mastercard on all issues, including patent claim construction and interpretation of the agreement, and found that Alexsam was judicially estopped from demanding licensing royalties under the agreement.

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Silver - Firms: litigation

Courtesy of its first-time inclusion on the prosecution table, Baker Botts earns expanded coverage in the California rankings of the IAM Patent 1000 for 2021; once again featured on the litigation list, it presents a well-rounded patent practice on the West Coast, just as it does nationally. Focusing on the prosecution and counselling side reveals a dynamic practice that is relied on by numerous well-known technology names from areas such as social media and ride sharing. Palo Alto attorneys Hogene Choi and Travis Thomas are essential partners to Lyft, whose Level 5 Engineering Centre they assist with the development of the company’s autonomous driving systems and networks patent portfolio. Choi co-chairs the firmwide prosecution group and debuts in the rankings this year; also a gifted team and project manager, Thomas makes his return. They have a new colleague down the hall in ace counsellor Christopher Palermo, who joined from Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham in 2020 in a move that will considerably enhance the firm’s profile in Silicon Valley – Palermo’s stomping ground for nearly three decades. High-profile assignments are the order of the day for the local litigators, including eminent trial lawyer Hopkins Guy and Palo Alto IP chair Eliot Williams. Together, they secured a great result for DISH Network at the Federal Circuit, which ruled that configuring a computer to implement an improvement to an abstract concept is not patent eligible.

Gold - Firms: litigation

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Highly-recommended - Firms: prosecution

Baker Botts illuminates the entire patent world for clients; well versed in all facets of patent law, its richly resourced, talented and versatile team procures commercially valuable rights, litigates with confidence and poise, and wins hearts and minds around the deal negotiating table. The practitioners here employ a global scheme of thinking, too, further shattering the limits on their practice. For 2021, the firm has new faces in the IAM Patent 1000, with Samir Bhavsar and Margaret Sampson deserved additions to the lists of top Texans. Both play a leadership role, with the former co-chairing the prosecution group and the latter co-leading the IP transactions practice. A former chief IP counsel with fine-grained telecommunications, electronics and software knowledge, Dallas-based Bhavsar understands the client mentality better than most and applies his considerable faculties in driving quality prosecution, litigation and licensing outcomes. His patrons include Lennox International, a global innovator in climate control technology, for which he undertakes strategic portfolio development and defensive patent analysis work. From her office in Austin, Sampson designs and executes major transactions with aplomb, drawing on her scientific background – she has a PhD in molecular and human genetics – and broad practice horizons to dot the Is and cross the Ts. They join a host of colleagues who make returns to the rankings; among them, Barton Showalter, Christa Brown-Sanford and Kevin Meek stand out for their agility, each playing a strong hand in the prosecution, litigation and licensing fields. Showalter served as IP department chair for 12 years until 2019 and remains an influential figure both internally and for clients such as Cisco Systems, for which Baker Botts does everything under the sun as far as patents are concerned. He is brilliant at embedding law firm with in-house teams, creating the ideal conditions for optimised collaboration. Brown-Sanford, who also supports the Cisco relationship, distinguishes herself as a business thinker who confidently leads on major IP initiatives with many stakeholders; her valuable efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace are also laudable. Taking the reins in Austin, Meek demonstrates outstanding range in his far-reaching support of Dell, for which he handles portfolio management, IP commercialisation and diverse contentious matters. With him on this is Roger Fulghum, a vital member of a high-powered contingent of litigators that includes post-grant lead Michael Hawes, trial lawyers Kurt Pankratz, Doug Kubehl and Paul Morico. Coming in for special praise, Fulghum and Hawes “get fantastic results with great consistency and provide rock-solid advice from technical, legal and business perspectives”. Pankratz has racked up wins in many forums and is a strategically savvy advocate who strikes the right tone both in the courtroom and in settlement negotiations. He and Kubehl – a lawyer who bestrides the global litigation and licensing stage – are vital components of the Cisco team. Houston-based Morico has litigated extensively over energy and power-related patents, but is also adept in the life sciences.

Bronze - Firms: litigation

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Ideally placed to weather uncertainty in the market, thanks to the breadth of its patent capabilities, Baker Botts maintains a large group of versatile lawyers who stay sharp in multiple areas of patent practice and can pivot with agility when needed. Regardless of the economic situation, the firm draws immense strength from its well-roundedness and attracts prestigious patrons with its promise of a fulsome service. Helping it to deliver on this resoundingly is the ambidextrous Luke Pedersen, who provides insightful opinions, prosecutes extensively, litigates and closes deals for the likes of Brother Industries; he recently filed an ITC case for the Japanese multinational taking aim at 30-plus companies in the United States and China that are allegedly infringing Brother’s toner cartridge technology patents. With him on this is Lisa Kattan, DC IP group chair and leader of the ITC practice. A former senior investigative attorney at the ITC, Kattan has insider knowledge which hones her strategic focus. Michael Sartori is the other linchpin in DC and a prosecution maestro who builds longstanding relationships based on trust, quality and business-aligned outcomes.

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