Mayer Brown

IAM Research

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Bronze - Firms: infringement

US player Mayer Brown has some 100-plus dedicated IP practitioners stationed across North America, Europe and Asia, many of whom hold both legal and scientific qualifications. This versatility is also characteristic of both the German team and the instructions it attracts: it has lately gone out to bat for Maxell Europe in cross-border patent infringement proceedings against Apple; enforced Nautilus’s patents against a legion of infringers; and represented Chinese chemical company Anhui Jonhe Industrial Co in infringement proceedings and parallel EPO opposition proceedings against Celanese Sales Germany. Leading on the Maxell Europe brief is Christoph Crützen; while the latter two matters were deftly handled by Ulrich Worm. Litigation and licensing are the specialist subjects of Crützen, whom peers hail as a “gem of the German patent space that deserves recognition”. German IP head Worm likewise traverses the contentious/non-contentious divide with ease and benefits from his scientific background in chemistry.

Bronze - Firms: litigation

Clients and peers alike are nothing less than delighted with the service on offer at Mayer Brown. Partnering with it in the context of a major patent litigation, one source comments: “From the initial introductory meeting to the collection of all pertinent documents and all other trial preparation steps, Jamie Beaber and Mayer Brown have been clear, concise and extremely focused. A lot of attorneys elsewhere speak in legalese and give non-committal advice that leaves issues vague, but this is not the case with Jamie and his team.” Beaber is an integral member of the firm’s potent national patent litigation practice and an anchor in DC alongside celebrated veteran Alan Grimaldi, with whom he works extensively in district court actions. Beaber also has an affinity for ITC matters and leads the Section 337 practice, of which Gary Hnath is a key member. A former president of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association, Hnath is the partner of choice for many Chinese entities litigating in the forum. By all accounts, he is a “high-calibre specialist and an intelligent, diligent, conscientious and responsive lawyer”. His ITC win for Ninestar, with a finding of non-infringement of seven laser toner cartridges asserted by Canon, was recently upheld by the Federal Circuit in a Rule 36 affirmance.

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Silver - Firms: litigation

Mayer Brown provides fulsome support to pharmaceutical originators, biotechnology companies and medical device innovators. Well equipped to litigate high-profile Hatch Waxman and Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act cases at the trial and appellate level and before the PTAB, the firm is also in hot demand for commercial deal work, in recognition of which it secures its first inclusion on the IAM Patent 1000 New York transactions table for 2021. Taking the lead on all fronts is Lisa Ferri, who co-chairs the global IP and life sciences groups. She is currently representing patent holder Gilead Sciences and its licensee of the patents in suit, Astellas, in a Hatch-Waxman action in the District of Delaware against 11 defendants’ groups involving Gilead’s successful Lexiscan product. An especially notable transactional highlight, meanwhile, saw her link up with Brian Nolan plus Dusseldorf-based patent partner Christoph Crützen to advise Bristol-Myers Squibb on its $74 billion acquisition of Celgene. Nolan is one of Ferri’s frequent collaborators, as is Richard McCormick; the three of them form a dynamic and agile team whenever a case or matter demands added firepower.

Bronze - Firms: litigation

When it comes to patents, Mayer Brown is best known for its contentious prowess: its premier trial lawyers consistently put in resonant performances in district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC and the PTAB, exhibiting particular adeptness in multi-faceted cases in which an understanding of the strategic interplay between different elements – trial and post-grant, for example – is key to success. One such lawyer is Chicago-based James Ferguson, who recently prevailed in a major patent dispute in Delaware on behalf of a global coalition of the 18 largest car manufacturers in Europe, Asia and the United States regarding ownership of a patented technology that measures blood alcohol level when a driver touches a car’s ignition button. Ferguson has led trials in many IP and non-IP cases, giving him a deep litigation playbook to draw from. Many of the firm’s patent lawyers have technical degrees and deploy their scientific erudition to support companies not just in litigation, but also in other ways. Vera Nackovic is a registered patent attorney who does an awesome job negotiating deals and developing global IP portfolios, as well as litigating, for life sciences companies. There’s a strong transactional focus to her present work, through which she has further refined her high-level industry and business understanding.

Bronze - Firms: litigation

“Mayer Brown’s Palo Alto team is exceptional on patent litigation, business consulting and licensing. Edward Johnson and his team deliver a best-in-class work product in terms of the briefs, motions and other materials generated in the course of litigation. Ward is also brilliant in depositions and excels in the courtroom.” Another source adds: “Ward is a uniquely skilled adviser – he has deep knowledge of black-letter law, coupled with a pragmatic approach and an invaluable ability to think outside the box.” He represents Gemalto, a worldwide leader in digital authentication, in multiple matters; and acts for LED lighting company Lumileds jointly with Michael Molano, the IP practice leading and hiring partner for Mayer Brown’s Northern California offices, and a seasoned district court and ITC litigator.

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Full-service outfit Mayer Brown is recognised for its expertise in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) field. As Chinese businesses increasingly look to expand into foreign markets, Mayer Brown helps them to achieve victory after victory in Section 337 litigations at the US International Trade Commission. Co-chair of the firm’s global IP group and head of the Asia IP and TMT group Gabriella Kennedy is a valued partner of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, where she is a panel member providing legal support to the Leading Enterprises Acceleration Programme. Kennedy also serves on the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators in IP disputes and was recently appointed as an IP arbitrator.

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