Baker Botts LLP

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Recommended - Firms: transactions

Gold - Firms: litigation

Highly-recommended - Firms: prosecution

Baker Botts draws enthusiastic praise from the market: “Its work is top-notch in every respect. Its lawyers are spot-on in their substantive analysis and are extremely effective when it comes to case management; they handle all deadlines comfortably and their work product never suffers even in the busiest of times. The firm has continually demonstrated it has the horsepower to take on the biggest patent cases without sacrificing quality.” Its lawyers are “technically sharp and understand how to enforce IP rights and defend large corporations against enforcement by third parties”. Cited in this regard is Roger Fulghum, a pivotal partner in Houston and the co-chair of the firmwide IP litigation practice. He is currently representing Halliburton in a patent case brought by competitor US Well Services regarding hydraulic fracturing system remote monitoring technology; there is a total of 16 patents at issue in this one. With him on it is Michael Hawes, a top Federal Circuit lawyer who captains the appellate group. The outfit maintains a dynamic practice in the energy sector which is expertly led by Paul Morico, who has ample courtroom experience. He crosses technical divides with agility: one of his recent jury trial wins came on behalf of DNA sequencing leader Oxford Nanopore against Pacific Biosciences, whose patents were found invalid – a decision affirmed by the Federal Circuit; Hawes was engaged on this, too. There are numerous other high-powered litigators on deck, including Douglas Kubehl, Barton Showalter and Kurt Pankratz, all of whom support Cisco Systems, a client for which Baker Botts serves as outside counsel for patent licensing, strategic portfolio development, defensive patent analysis and counselling. Christa Brown-Sanford is central to all things Cisco, too, and is a next-generation star with a gift for strategic thinking. She is one of several well-rounded lawyers at Baker Botts, which includes those above as well as Kevin Meek, Margaret Sampson and Samir Bhavsar. Meek is recommended in the IAM Patent 1000 for prosecution, litigation and transactions, Dell being one prominent patron that derives immense benefit from his versatility. Sampson co-chairs the IP transactions group and sees deals to a successful close for diverse life sciences and high-technology clients. Bhavsar co-chairs the prosecution group and, as a former chief IP counsel, is extremely well placed to serve his clientele as primary outside patent counsel – a role he plays for Lennox International, among others.

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Silver - Firms: litigation

Baker Botts maintains its patent litigation, prosecution and licensing practices in perfect balance and provides one of the best all-round service packages on the market; engagement on all fronts has brought it close to its patrons, whose legal and commercial needs are met in tailored and efficient fashion. The firm is stacked with talent in New York and has eight IAM Patent 1000 representatives, including many practice leaders and several people recommended on more than one table. A good place to start is with chair of the IP technology practice Neil Sirota, who makes good use of his well-rounded skill set in calibrating litigation strategies. He has been putting in work for Samsung Electronics in multiple suits against a serial plaintiff, William Grecia, securing positive outcomes, including summary judgment wins, across the board. With him on this, captain of the IP group in New York Robert Maier is one of the ensemble’s most talented trial lawyers. Cut from the same cloth, Jen Tempesta is a go-to for prominent tech names such as Lyft, for whom she recently won a Federal Circuit appeal in a case against RideApp. Global IP chair Robert Scheinfeld is another vital contact for companies in need of a win. He has nearly four decades of experience and handles business in the courtroom with exceptional poise. Scheinfeld’s International Trade Commission (ITC) expertise is worth noting; he has achieved great things there and recently obtained a final determination for semiconductor manufacturing company CMC Materials in a tough battle against DuPont de Nemours. Turning to the life sciences side, section chair Steve Lendaris and Sandra Lee are discerning picks, particularly for strategic filing mandates, commercial advice and transactional support; they each handle PTAB proceedings with confidence, too. Paul Ragusa leans into this practice and has plenty of Hatch-Waxman litigation experience on his résumé; however, he distinguishes himself as a top licensing and standard essential patents mind. Licensing is also the forte of Daniel Hulseberg, a transactional lawyer who performs extensive IP diligence work for a top multinational medical device and healthcare company.

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Bronze - Firms: litigation

Baker Botts has sophisticated IP teams in Texas, New York, California and DC, and strength in depth in all areas of patent practice. Large corporate patrons gain much in the way of efficiency savings when enlisting the group, in addition to high-quality legal and business support. Brother Industries, for example, instructs DC-based Luke Pedersen on prosecution, litigation and opinions of counsel, and gets nothing less than his full commitment to their cause, along with the benefit of wisdom distilled from many years of diverse engagement in the technology world. In much the same way, Sumitomo Electric Industries draws on veteran counsellor Michael Sartori, who has distinguished himself in a crowded field with his analytical and data-driven approach to prosecution and portfolio management. The local IP department is led by Lisa Kattan, who also chairs the firm’s ITC practice. She recently obtained a favourable final determination and exclusion order in a hard-fought patent infringement dispute between client CMC Materials and DuPont de Nemours.

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Silver - Firms: litigation

Baker Botts earns extended coverage in the IAM Patent 1000 California chapter this year with the first-time inclusion of Sarah Guske and Peter Kang, two vital contributors to a hard-hitting patent litigation practice. Guske is increasingly called on to lead high-stakes cases and is an excellent behind-the-scenes strategist as well as presenter at the podium. She chairs the IP group in San Francisco, having previously co-headed the firmwide Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trials group. Working with local and New York colleagues, she recently achieved a win for Lyft at the Federal Circuit, which affirmed a Northern District of California decision invalidating all claims of a patent asserted against Lyft by RideApp. Kang is a destination of first choice for a host of Asia-Pacific-based businesses, though he has a diverse client base. Working with Section 337 specialist Lisa Kattan in DC, he recently represented Kiss Nail Products, Walmart, CVS and Ulta in an International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation brought by Lashify. Both lawyers take inspiration from Hopkins Guy, one of the firm’s most experienced trial hands. He has been litigating extensively on behalf of DISH Network, with the support of Palo Alto IP chair Eliot Williams, who brings extensive PTAB experience to the table. Celebrated for its well-roundedness, Baker Botts is also a go-to for prosecution and portfolio development. Pivotal members of its practice in these areas are Travis Thomas and Chris Palermo, two strategically gifted lawyers who keep their ear to the ground when it comes to innovation and business in Silicon Valley.

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