McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd

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Pre-eminent full-service IP and technology firm McAndrews, Held & Malloy is home to an exceptional bench of attorneys, who can handle almost any IP-related matter. Its practitioners manage many major portfolios, represent leading companies in all major contentious forums and expertly assist clients in transactional deals. Focusing on contentious matters are Robert Surrette, Thomas Wimbiscus, Sharon Hwang and David Headrick. Surrette is an exceptional litigator with a wealth of trial experience. He has represented a leading international medical device manufacturer for over 15 years. During his 30-plus years in practice, Wimbiscus has been involved in more than 100 litigations and over 100 IPRs, boasting a stellar track record across the board. Hwang is regularly in court arguing in patent infringement cases. She has particular specialisms in medical devices and communication technologies. Headrick is an esteemed and strategic litigator, who is at his best when the stakes are high. Also recommended for litigation are Peter McAndrews, Edward Mas, Sandra Frantzen and Eligio Pimentel. McAndrews is well versed in all aspects of intellectual property and has handled matters relating to a wide range of technology. He has been representing TQ Delta in a number of disputes against some major competitors. Mas is a strategic and savvy litigator, who knows how to connect with judges and juries. Patrons of all sizes can turn to Frantzen for patent support. She is exceptionally strong when working in the medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology fields. Few attorneys have the experience in high-value cases that Pimentel does. During his 28-year career, he has been involved in several multi-billion-dollar infringement suits. Specialising in non-contentious briefs are Troy Groetken, Wil Rao, Deborah Laughton, Herbert Hart and IAM Patent 1000 debutante Malaika Tyson. Groetken is a leading strategist and has impressive expertise in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical fields. Rao is a business-minded prosecutor who also has litigation expertise. He has taken several cases all the way through to trial. Laughton is an elite-level prosecutor and portfolio manager, who builds an exceptional understanding of her clients’ businesses. The commercially astute Hart is a prolific PTAB attorney whose procedural knowledge of the forum is hard to compete with. Chemistry PhD Tyson is a shrewd operator who develops tailored strategies for her patrons, many of which are in the life sciences space. Operating on both sides of the contentious and non-contentious divide is Christopher Carani. He has many talents, but he is widely regarded as one of the country’s premier design patent lawyers.

Firm Profile

McAndrews, Held & Malloy is a premier, full-service IP and technology law firm. From world-class patent portfolio development, trademark and design protection to its exceptional record of litigation success against highly regarded law firms, McAndrews excels at all things IP. That is why the firm is relied upon by industry-leading companies, as well as businesses and innovators of all sizes and in virtually every technical field.

McAndrews is also uniquely positioned and structured to serve clients efficiently and effectively, providing exceptional lawyers, insights, service and value. Clients appreciate the firm’s collaborative, team-based approach, as well as the extraordinarily high levels of senior-attorney, hands-on attention our model affords.

Our IP-only focus results in boasting distinct advantages in terms of both how we staff client teams and how efficiently, economically and effectively we serve clients. We also emphasise responsiveness and build long-term relationships with them. We earn their longstanding trust, as demonstrated by our strong retention record. In addition, at a time when there is a battle for talent in this country, we are also proud to note that over 70% of our attorneys have spent their entire career at McAndrews.

Our track record of winning is truly exceptional, whether considering an exclusion order at the US International Trade Commission in a heralded trade secret case (Tianrui v ITC), winning a $254 million jury verdict (Stryker v Zimmer) or defending more than $1 billion in sales (Cordis v Abbott).

Our courtroom experience also supports our post-grant practice at the PTAB, which is one of the most active in the country – a significant feat for a firm of our size. The experience in the courtroom also provides helpful perspectives when strategically developing patent, trademark, copyright and other IP asset portfolios, and as we counsel many clients on transactional issues. In fact, during the past five years alone, McAndrews has been involved in IP transactions representing a total value of almost $5 billion.

In prosecution, McAndrews currently manages an active IP portfolio of tens of thousands of matters, including patent and trademark applications. Our firm also ranked sixth among those securing the most design patents in the United States in 2021.

Our attorneys have degrees in technical fields such as electrical, computer, chemical and mechanical engineering, and chemistry and biochemistry. Many have advanced degrees and almost all are registered to practise before the USPTO. Twenty percent of our lawyers and agents have a PhD in science, technology or engineering. Many also have prior work experience in technology and IP-focused industries. Our clients know that – along with technical and legal knowledge – our attorneys offer exceptional business sense.

McAndrews prides itself on its progress on diversity and inclusion, and it continues to focus intently on those issues. While we do not typically recruit laterals, minorities and women usually make up a large percentage of our summer clerk classes. Each year McAndrews also awards a Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship stipend and paid summer clerkship to a diverse first-year law student.


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