Banner Witcoff

IAM Research

The Patent 1000 focuses exclusively on patent practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal patent expertise.

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Banner Witcoff has numerous USPs, including a rich history – 2021 is its 101st year; an exceptional hit rate in registering patents; market-leading designs expertise; and razor-sharp litigation and post-grant abilities. As a result, it can fulfil any patent need for any innovative company. Working across the contentious/non-contentious divide, the contingent ably serves as a one-stop shop in its hometown of Chicago. The versatile Binal Patel and Joseph Berghammer feature in both the prosecution and litigation tables, providing forward-thinking, risk-smart counsel on rights procurement and management alongside technically astute representation in disputes. Patel’s specialist industries are financial services, insurance, automotive and heavy equipment, with prestigious clients including Bank of America Corp. Berghammer plays a strong hand in the chemical, mechanical and electrical areas and is assisting YETI Coolers with a broad spread of patent and non-patent IP matters. The most experienced first-chair litigator on deck is Timothy Meece, a perspicacious strategist and nimble advocate. He takes the lead in defending the many patents of Lexmark International and is a vital cog in a large team of lawyers acting for Comcast.

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Bronze - Firms: litigation

Banner Witcoff’s USP is its world-class design patents capability – very few competitors in the United States have anything near its levels of know-how in this niche. Robert Katz and Darrell Mottley run the show and produce flawless design patent procurement and enforcement work for prestigious brands such as Nike, which has instructed the firm since 1992. Katz and Mottley are also integral to the utility patent practice, which is relied on for watertight protection by Fortune 500s, solo inventors and everyone in between. Frederic Meeker is a go-to for innovators in the communications field, among others. He takes the lead in representing Comcast, which benefits from his prosecution prowess, superlative post-grant expertise and litigation experience. With such a multi-layered practice, Meeker is brilliant at long-range strategic thinking. Anyone interested in videogames and intellectual property should have Banner Witcoff on their list; in Ross Dannenberg, it has an authority on matters at the intersection of these subjects. He has helped Wargaming.net to develop a portfolio of 20-plus patents encompassing various technologies such as input techniques, user training and player matchmaking for games including World of Tanks. It is clear from the quality of his work and his dedication that he loves what he does. This level of passion is shared by a lot of folks here, which is another hallmark of the firm. John Hutchins gives 110% as a patent litigator and is ready to do battle over any type of technology. He shoulders a huge load for clients such as ZTE Corporation, which he is representing in two matters against Sisvel – one involving 12 patents and the other nine – as well as 12 associated inter partes reviews.

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