Lee & Hayes, PC

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Silver - Firms: prosecution

Full-service IP firm Lee & Hayes operates from seven offices across the United States. The team manages the portfolios of several technology companies, universities and research institutions, all of which turn to the group for its high-quality prosecution services. Essential in providing this service is Rob Hartman, who was made CEO in 2022. Hartman is an expert portfolio manager and is able to speak the language of the inventors and engineers that he works with. Also highly rated are Rachal Winger and David Divine. “Rachal is a top-notch lawyer and is an essential part of her clients’ in-house teams. She is approachable, inquisitive and dedicated to her clients’ goals.” “David is very responsive, eager to help and his work product is always excellent. He is thorough, a great communicator and a really safe pair of hands.” Next up are Rob Peck, Richard Allen and Bea Koempel-Thomas. Peck devises tailored strategies for developing portfolios that help to achieve his patrons’ business goals; Allen is an expert in mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies; and Koempel-Thomas has a deep knowledge of global patent policy and procedure that is invaluable when it comes to drafting patent applications.

Bronze - Firms

Lee & Hayes is a go-to for Fortune 50s and start-ups alike, who are looking for total patent care. The outfit has a clear focus on delivering a high-quality work product and outstanding client service; its team of collaboratively minded lawyers truly care about achieving a favourable outcome for each patron and its deep bench means there is plenty of knowledge to draw from. All-rounder Bruce Bower is a perceptive strategic adviser with ample lead counsel experience; he delivers purposeful solutions that aim to solve issues and avoid disputes. Bill Dyer is a top-notch litigator, experienced negotiator and a go-to for due diligence investigations. James Stein and Andrew Strickland make their IAM Patent 1000 debuts this year. Stein is appreciated for his ability to quickly understand the technology at issue, and Strickland is a straightforward communicator who provides realistic advice. Dyer, Stein and Strickland have recently represented Continuous Composites in IP rights proceedings relating to 3D printing patents, where they successfully obtained denials of institution.

Firm Profile

Lee & Hayes, PC is a leading national intellectual property law firm at the intersection of business, law, and technology. Their pre-eminent IP practice with expertise that goes beyond the basics of intellectual property. With 140 skilled individuals and more than 80 seasoned attorneys and patent agents they provide patent, trademark, copyright, and litigation services to businesses ranging from innovative start-ups to members of the Fortune 500 list. Lee & Hayes’ corporate and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) practices synergise with their intellectual property core to plan and execute comprehensive business strategies for their innovative technology and life sciences clients.

Lee & Hayes rose to prominence championing the understanding that intellectual property and its complimentary disciplines are not a commodity but an asset class. With this mantra central to all that they do, Lee & Hayes partners with their clients creatively and nimbly, in a value-based way that energises each of their businesses. 

Lee & Hayes’ guiding tenets are as follows:

  • Intellectual property at the core:
    • as intellectual property is often the most valuable asset of clients, Lee & Hayes designed the firm with an array of sophisticated IP services at the core, supported by transactional, litigation and corporate services.
  • Analytics and innovation:
    • Lee & Hayes continues to innovate IP strategy by utilising their in-house analytics team and using data to inform decisions to help clients align their IP strategies with their business objectives, offering value-added insights on a wide range of IP-based, business-critical issues.
  • Core values:
    • Service excellence: clients come first. We succeed when our clients succeed. We strive to exceed expectations and provide exceptional service.
    • Relationship centered: we invest in and build meaningful relationships founded on mutual trust and respect. We care about each other and our clients. We are more than service providers. We are partners.
    • Stewardship: we are committed to maintaining and strengthening the foundation the firm is built upon. We work hard and take a long-term view and understand that each of us are stewards in all regards. The firm exists to serve more than our own needs. We are accountable to service our clients, colleagues, families, and communities. 

Lee & Hayes is about more than intellectual property; they are effective and valued partners. This unique model gives Lee & Hayes unparalleled insight when servicing clients:

  • Lee & Hayes’ attorneys have recognised by Best Lawyers in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America (2023 Edition);
  • the firm has been ranked as a top-quality United States patent firm overall and for information technology by IAM for eight consecutive years; and
  • Lee & Hayes’ attorneys have been selected to the 2022 Washington Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. 

IP Litigation

Lee & Hayes’ nationally recognised IP litigation attorneys enforce and defend clients’ patent, trademark, trade dress and trade secret rights in every possible venue, including federal district and appellate courts, state courts, before the US Patent and Trademark Office and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and at the International Trade Commission. We represent individuals and companies ranging from start-ups to members of the Fortune 100. With significant expertise challenging and defending the validity of patents through the inter partes review process, we craft and execute dispute resolution strategies focused on minimising disruption and expense to your business, while achieving excellent outcomes.

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