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Bronze - Firms: litigation
Highly-recommended - Firms: prosecution
Recommended - Firms: transactions
“Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks is on a par with the top patent outfits worldwide and is a leader throughout the IP space. The firm has many skilled practitioners who have the ability to provide expert advice across the spectrum of practice areas.” It is one of the largest law outfits that is dedicated exclusively to intellectual property, and, as such, attracts top names such as Moderna and Keurig Dr Pepper. On the prosecution side, Heather DiPietrantonio, Neil Ferraro, Richard Giunta and Robert Sahr are some of the top performers. “Heather is fantastic to work with. She produces high-quality work and does so efficiently. She helps her clients develop strong foundational IP strategies. Heather is thoughtful, has great attention to detail and can effectively manage and mentor juniors.” Ferraro chairs the set’s mechanical technologies side and focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution. Giunta chairs the group’s post-grant proceedings department and has successfully represented patrons in more than 100 matters before the USPTO, including in IPRs and covered business method reviews. Sahr is an excellent strategist who helps life sciences companies to expand and protect their patent portfolios. Also highly rated are Helen Lockhart, Timothy Oyer and Randy Pritzker. Lockhart counsels entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and universities on the management of their domestic and international portfolios; Oyer supports clientele in the chemistry, materials and life sciences space; and Pritzker co-chairs the electrical and computer technologies group, and has experience in procurement, licensing and post-grant proceedings. Adding further quality is IAM Patent 1000 debutant Thomas Franklin. He represents names from a broad range of industries, handling a mix of portfolio management, due diligence and licensing work. For transactional briefs, clients can turn to Jeffrey Hsi. As an inventor, scientist and entrepreneur himself, he understands the needs of his patrons and is able to develop tailored strategies to help them commercialise their assets. Handling a mixture of prosecution and transactional work are Edward Russavage, Patrick Waller and Edward Gates. Companies of all sizes can rely on Russavage to obtain and monetise their intellectual property; Waller specialises in the biomedical field and chairs the biotechnology practice; and Gates has been the group’s managing partner and president since 2021. He has been in practice for more than 35 years and during that time he has represented major companies such as Takeda Pharmaceuticals. For contentious matters, Michael Albert is the name to note. He has had successes at trial in district and federal court and at the Supreme Court during his career. Completing the line-up is Jason Honeyman, who features on the prosecution, litigation and transactions tables. “Jason is very knowledgeable in all aspects of patent law and litigation. He is excellent, honest, reliable and efficient.”