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Recommended - Firms: prosecution
Silver - Firms: litigation
In July 2021 well-established international regulatory, litigation, transactional and public policy firm Crowell & Moring and top Chicago IP boutique Brinks Gilson & Lione came together, creating a combination and cross-disciplinary approach that is compelling to global leaders in technological innovation. Set to take advantage of the extra resources available to them are prosecution and portfolio management stars Andrew Stover and Joseph Hetz and litigators Laura Lydigsen, Mark Remus and James Sobieraj. Hetz serves as co-chair of the prosecution group and has vast experience filing applications and seeing them through to successful grant. He sees patent procurement through a commercial lens, as does Stover, who also has a keen strategic as well as technical mind. Lydigsen co-chairs the patent and ITC litigation division and is a popular pick among pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, which she represents rigorously in their most important disputes; a former Federal Circuit clerk, she is also in her element handling appeals. Remus is a seasoned lead trial counsel with strong courtroom skills but who also knows how to facilitate early wins. Like Lydigsen, he maintains a dynamic pharmaceutical patent litigation offering, though he also engages in disputes over mechanical and electrical technologies. One of the most experienced advocates on the roster, Sobieraj is a strategist who thinks beyond any single piece of litigation to help protect his clients in the long term.
Gold - Firms: litigation and transactions
The go-to outfit in Belgium for generic pharmaceutical companies, Crowell & Moring provides sterling litigation counsel and receives glowing feedback as a result: “Unsurpassed in terms of its satisfaction rate, C&M’s team is extremely knowledgeable, hands-on and sharp. Their approach is professional but not stuffy, and they can effectively build bridges across European countries.” In a recent highlight, team lead Kristof Roox banded together with top-notch litigator Jurgen Figys to represent Sandoz in several patent and supplementary protection certificate disputes, concerning the launch of generic drugs. The duo are formidable opponents in the courtroom and offer perspicacious guidance based on their significant life sciences expertise. Another shining star in the group is Jan-Diederik Lindemans, “a technology-savvy lawyer who is quick, reactive and always willing to go the extra mile. He has a firm grip on the law and provides the highest level of advice.”