Haynes and Boone LLP

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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.

Recommended - Firms: prosecution

Haynes and Boone has suffered some attrition in California, but its reputation as a preferred destination for prosecution and strategic counselling support remains undimmed; if anything, the recent effort put in by Orange County-based Tom Chen on behalf of innovators such as Lyft and Qualcomm has only elevated its status. Chen syncs well with engineers and in-house attorneys, and has a fine appreciation of companies’ technologies, legal needs and wider objectives; he leaves no stone unturned to protect his clients in the United States and internationally and help them move their business forward. Greg Michelson – a key member of the Lyft team – takes the lead in handling wide-ranging prosecution, licensing, risk assessment and counselling assignments for Peloton Interactive and FLIR Systems, a world leader in thermal imaging cameras, components and sensors. Nationally, Haynes and Boone is a premier prosecution firm according to a number of measures, including volume of applications filed, allowance rate and time to allowance.

Silver - Firms: litigation

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Highly-recommended - Firms: prosecution

Haynes and Boone doesn’t just go after the juicy disputes – though it certainly handles those in abundance – but practises patent law with uncommon rigour; steeped in the arts of patent procurement and monetisation, as well as litigation and post-grant proceedings, it is a destination of choice for those seeking the efficiency of a one-stop shop. Key contacts on the non-contentious side include Randall BrownMark Tidwell and Alan Herda; more than conducting error-free prosecution, they excel at building strong, coherent international portfolios and giving them commercial impetus. In his focused domain of chemical innovation, Brown conducts detailed and accurate patent landscape analyses and opens the eyes of clients to new and exciting market opportunities. He and agile all-rounder Tidwell serve as primary IP counsel to Halliburton Energy Services. Herda chairs the IP department and is a sought-after filer, opinion giver, litigation support lawyer and design patents expert. Randall Colson, meanwhile, acquits himself admirably as captain of the technology transactions practice; he’s a pathfinder in complex licensing and settlement negotiations. Haynes and Boone’s patent profile has undoubtedly been elevated by David McCombsDavid O’Brien and David O’Dell, who form the backbone of one of the most prolific post-grant practices in the country. Awarded special credit – and recommended on each of the IAM Patent 1000 prosecution, litigation and transactions tables – McCombs “runs a very well-oiled counselling and post-grant team that is efficient, extremely responsive and highly effective”. He is the lead relationship partner for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and oversees the delivery of precision prosecution, licensing, inter partes review and patent litigation services to the company.  O’Brien performs a similar role for a leading telecommunications operator, working alongside colleagues in California in an impressive display of teamwork which guarantees a holistic service. O’Dell chairs the patent trials and counselling group and has a level of experience that means he can’t be outwitted at the PTAB. If you’re looking for a trial lawyer, newly ranked partner Russ Emerson is cited as an “direct and articulate first chair”: “Russ and the Haynes and Boone team are responsive and effective, and out-lawyer their opponents through all phases of litigation.”

Bronze - Firms: litigation

Haynes and Boone has made some astute moves in the recruitment market in the past two years. In 2020, it added former USPTO director Joseph Matal to its bench in DC and brought former Kirkland & Ellis partner Eugene Goryunov on board to serve as a local post-grant proceedings leader for the Chicago office. These additions follow those of Ralph Gabric and Laura Beth Miller, who put Haynes and Boone on the Chicago patent litigation map in 2019; the firm is thus building a solid local practice that is adding a valuable extra dimension to its superb national offering. Gabric and Miller are seasoned lead counsel who can make a compelling case in any forum and any technological discipline.

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