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Bronze - Firms: prosecution

BakerHostetler is a go-to for patent and technology work in Seattle, thanks in large measure to the local leadership of Timothy Casey, an extremely well-rounded prosecutor, strategic counsellor and transactional lawyer: “Tim turns heads with his thorough understanding of complex problems and his pragmatic approach to resolving them. He is a top guy in the technology and software space, and someone you want on your side when Section 101 issues crop up.” As a former in-house counsel, he understands the business of intellectual property and focuses on creating IP value in managing extensive worldwide portfolios for the likes of Avigilon Corporation in the area of AI-powered security solutions and Trilumina Corporation with respect to vertical cavity surface emitting laser technology. Michael Swope is another magnet for high-level prosecution and licensing instructions, as well as litigation, and the representative of choice for several Asia-based innovators and a leading US cloud platform. Both practitioners uphold the firm’s reputation for excellence in all areas of patent practice and are pivotal to the success of a nationwide group of some 130 IP lawyers.

Silver - Firms

BakerHostetler has unique capabilities in the area of patent indemnification recovery and an ace up its sleeve in Lisa Collins, who helms a specialised practice in this area. Collins brings much more beyond this niche, though, as a seasoned litigator, portfolio manager and business adviser; she is also a leader on the diversity and inclusion front within the firm and the wider Atlanta community. Another top local asset is Christopher Arena, a former chief IP counsel who serves as relationship partner for a world-leading telecommunications company; he spearheads major patent prosecution efforts for it, while Collins supervises things on the indemnity side, recently handling indemnity enforcement for 35 patent cases. Between them, they run a sophisticated operation in Georgia – and one which helps to undergird BakerHostetler’s remarkably robust and comprehensive national practice.

Bronze - Firms: litigation

BakerHostetler’s national patent offering is supremely well resourced and well balanced: the firm maintains a substantial group of specialists (many with industry and in-house experience) and displays an equal affinity for prosecution, litigation and transactions. With representatives in the DC rankings from all three branches of the practice, the local office is a persuasive one-stop shop. On the prosecution side, electrical, mechanical and computer science team co-leader Kenneth Sheehan and life sciences group co-head Hussein Akhavannik between them support companies across the technological spectrum. Both have major clients for which their versatility adds tremendous value: Sheehan acts for Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the United States’ largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies, procuring and maintaining patents worldwide, monitoring competitors and advising on licensing and enforcement matters; while Akhavannik covers similar ground for Fresenius Kabi USA. Another rangy professional, Tayan Patel has a background in electrical and chemical engineering, giving a diverse look to his client base. The former USPTO examiner knows how to take patent applications through to successful grant efficiently and with the minimum of fuss, making him a great fit for companies looking to grow their portfolios quickly; mature transactional skills also set him apart. Robert Hails heads the litigation fight card: “Bob has the technical expertise to properly analyse patents and infringement claims, and the practical ability to put them into real-world scenarios and contexts that are readily understandable to judges. He is smart, efficient, good on strategy and tactics, down to earth and very easy to work with.” Another source adds: “We bring him on as soon as we receive a demand letter or threat, even if litigation isn’t imminent. He can quickly debunk the other side’s arguments and we’ve avoided a significant amount of litigation as a result of his early intervention. In the cases he has handled, he’s gotten us some really fantastic results.” The multi-talented Hails continues to prosecute patents for Apple and others, alongside his contentious duties. BakerHostetler stands ready to deploy in all patent litigation forums and, in Cy Walker and William Bergmann, has seasoned experts for ITC and Court of Federal Claims cases respectively.

Silver - Firms: litigation

“BakerHostetler is great to work with on a variety of patent litigation matters. Its lawyers are creative, collaborative and approachable, and provide excellent representation while staying within budget.” First of mind for many is Philadelphia-based national patent litigation team co-leader Daniel Goettle, who is “always on the shortlist for matters that need to be handled in a cost-effective manner”. “Dan is excellent at managing all aspects of cases as well as advocating for clients; he fulfils his role in a thoughtful and caring way, which is really appreciated.” He recently went out to bat for Comcast in a patent infringement action in Florida brought by WhereverTV involving patents for over-the-top content delivery by streaming. Goettle focuses on computer sciences and electrical and mechanical engineering cases; while for life sciences entities, Joseph Lucci is the one to call. He litigates with aplomb but adds tremendous value courtesy of well-rounded expertise in prosecution, portfolio management and transactions; his range and strategic perspicacity make him a dream to work with for in-house counsel. Ambidexterity is likewise a hallmark of Steven Samuels, a high-technology prosecutor with keen contentious nous whom clients deem a “reliable and talented teammate” and “brilliant on matters that are difficult or unusual in nature”.

Bronze - Firms: litigation

Accomplished patent litigation outfit BakerHostetler is a popular pick among in-house counsel when infringement cases threaten the bottom line. The references for locally based trial lawyers John Letchinger and Leif Sigmond are glowing: “John has an extraordinary mastery of the law, takes ownership of things and is timely, responsive, communicative, motivated, determined and respectful.” He has lately been kept busy on several patent licensing disputes. “Leif is a superb leader, excellent strategist and terrific client service guy. He is especially good at assessing people’s needs and helping them develop solutions to their problems.” He is currently acting for plaintiff Trading Technologies in district court litigation relating to patents covering specialised graphical user interface tools for electronic trading.

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