Covington & Burling LLP

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Washington DC-headquartered Covington & Burling is no stranger to complex IP matters. The strength of its Chinese IP practice lies particularly within International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 337 cases and cross-border IP litigations. Its enviable list of Chinese clientele including Hisense and Huawei have recently benefitted from its excellent representation before judges in the United States and China. The masterminds behind the extensive Chinese outbound practice are Ruixue Ran and Sheng Huang. Pioneering the ITC practice in China, Ran is one of the few China and US-qualified lawyers to specialise in Section 337 disputes. Working closely alongside her is of counsel Huang, who excels at cross-border IP litigations and is an indispensable member of the ITC practice. Shanghai-based Weishi Li has a doctorate in microbiology and understands every inch of life science-related IP matters and drug regulatory issues.

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A premier destination for big-ticket patent infringement actions, Covington & Burling has an abundance of top litigators in its DC headquarters, who understand the finer points of patent strategy and possess whetted trial skills. One of the most celebrated is George Pappas, who is hard to beat for courtroom gravitas. A veteran of dozens of trials, Kevin Collins also has significant appellate experience, as do Pappas and Richard Rainey, GE’s former global IP litigation chief. A partner in the IP and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) practice groups, Christopher Sipes is a key contact for pharmaceutical cases alongside Hatch-Waxman litigation veteran Einar Stole. Alexander Chinoy and Sturgis Sobin bring the heat in Section 337 investigations; in June 2021 they were joined by former Sidley partner and fellow ITC specialist Brian Nester, giving the firm even more potency in this vital forum. An eminently smart selection for transactional and IP commercialisation services, Covington has top deal lawyers in life sciences industry group co-chair John Hurvitz and Stuart Irvin, a leading expert on settlement negotiations and video game-related transactions.

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The patent transactional practice at Covington & Burling is among the best of its kind in the United Kingdom, with competitors attesting that the firm is “a solid outfit with a strong licensing team that you can’t knock”. The trio at the heart of it are Daniel Pavin, Lucinda Osborne and Morag Peberdy. Pavin puts his time as a computer programmer to good use through his work with digital innovators in the life sciences field, while Osborne takes to complex cross-border collaboration agreements like a duck to water. Solicitor advocate Peberdy, on the other hand, has a biology background, which comes in handy for both contentious and non-contentious life scienceswork.

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