Hill, Kertscher & Wharton, LLP

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Hill, Kertscher & Wharton practises dynamically in intellectual property and has an exemplary record of success in patent infringement battles. It deploys a SWAT team captained by Steven Hill and John North to carry the day in complex disputes between industry competitors. Cool under pressure, Hill and North are accomplished litigators and compelling advocates, adept at coordinating large matters involving many patents, multiple districts and large numbers of defendants. In early 2020, the firm brought Jerry Liu on board, hiring him for his technical perspicacity and strategic chops. Liu is a named inventor on 20-plus patents with in-house experience who has engaged in all kinds of patent work over the course of his distinguished career.

Firm Profile

The law firm of Hill, Kertscher & Wharton LLP (HKW), based in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, has earned an international reputation for achieving positive results in complex IP matters. From litigating sophisticated technology patents in the United States to successfully securing licensing rights for companies across the globe, the HKW team continues to provide top-tier, cost-effective solutions to individuals and organisations of all sizes.

Founded in 1999, the firm has amassed considerable experience in a wide array of patent issues, including prosecution and procurement, litigation, portfolio management and licensing across industries such as computer arts, healthcare and pharma, electrical and mechanical engineering, chemistry and aerospace.

According to firm co-founder and director of the IP practice group Steven G Hill, the firm’s success is based on an unwavering commitment to its clients. “We simply believe in earning our clients’ trust and confidence every single day, regardless of the magnitude of the challenges their matters present or the amount of work we must do to achieve the right outcome.”

Patent litigation

HKW continues to be a leader in the patent litigation field, having successfully resolved hundreds of disputes on behalf of clients worldwide. The firm has successfully handled patent-related claims in trial courts and appellate courts throughout the United States. Our litigation team has extensive experience in every phase of patent litigation, including due diligence, discovery, alternative dispute resolution, trial and appeals. We take a team-based approach in most cases, staffing the case based on the client’s needs, budget and objective of the litigation. Our litigation team leaders average over 25 years of law practice experience and are well versed in all aspects of high-stakes patent litigation. Most recently, our team successfully defended three computer manufacturers accused of infringing 25 US patents, with more than $1 million in attorney’s fees awarded to our clients.

Patent prosecution and licensing

Our team of proven patent lawyers brings significant experience to all phases of the procurement and protection process, including prosecution, licensing, portfolio management and strategic counselling. In the past five years, HKW’s patent experts have represented German, UK and Dutch organisations in a variety of matters before the US Patent Office, and have a proven record of positive outcomes in the filing of US national phase applications.

Post-grant review

Post-grant review of US patents continues to be an important tool in patent litigation cases. Our partners have amassed an impressive record in post-grant review trials, particularly in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. HKW’s team has been ranked in the Patexia IPR Intelligence Report as a top 20 law firm for its work in this field.

HKW’s ability to obtain exceptional results for clients has not gone unnoticed. The firm’s patent attorneys are routinely recognised for excellence in the practice of law by their peers, as well as independent lawyer rating services such as the IAM Patent 1000, Best Lawyers in America, Martindale-Hubbell, Thomson Reuters and Avvo.

In addition to its thriving patent practice, HKW provides legal services to individuals and businesses in the areas trademark, copyright and trade secrets, as well as corporate transactions and governance, employment law and insurance coverage. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace and treating all individuals with respect and dignity.

For more information about how we can assist your organisation and leadership team, please visit www.hkw-law.com.

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