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Bronze - Individuals: litigation
The crown jewel of the US legal market when it comes to patent practice, Fish is a potent force in litigation, a leader in post-grant proceedings and a global prosecution powerhouse. The firm doesn’t just have handfuls of people dotted around the country, but teams stacked with accomplished trial lawyers and high-level strategists in innovation hubs from coast to coast. The Boston group boasts incredible strength in depth across the contentious/non-contentious divide. Zooming in on the prosecution side brings superlative life sciences and medical technology practices into focus. Biochemistry PhDs Janis Fraser, Anita Meiklejohn and Christine Goddard are the anchors of the former; Peter Fasse and Michael Hamlin pillars of the latter; and Todd Garcia central to the success of both. Fraser capitalises on 25 years in the game to dispense advice that is richly laced with strategic insight; she deals with bleeding-edge innovations every day, which helps her stay out in front of the most pressing patent issues that scientific developments give rise to. Meiklejohn prosecutes with finesse in all areas of molecular biology and biochemistry; while Goddard’s previous in-house experience gives her an insider’s view of pharmaceutical product development. Fasse has an accurate read on the global patent landscape and devises clever strategies to help medical device and other clients stay two steps ahead of their competitors; Hamlin is in hot demand for opinions on diverse patent matters and for his astute approach to risk management; and Garcia provides leadership as managing principal of the Boston office. Fasse and Garcia have worked hard together to build up a valuable patent portfolio for Roche covering a complex system for automatically analysing patient blood samples. Jeffrey Barclay, meanwhile, is the go-to for anything high-technology-related; he excels at developing portfolios and extracting commercial value from them. The top names on the fight card when it comes to litigation, meanwhile, are Frank Scherkenbach and Kurt Glitzenstein. Scherkenbach has tried dozens of cases to verdict and advocates with unblemished distinction in the district courts, the ITC and at the Federal Circuit; he is currently representing Intuitive Surgical as lead counsel in an ITC case and co-pending inter partes reviews. Glitzenstein, who leads the firmwide litigation group, also brings the heat, but not just in court – he’s awesome on the prep and strategy piece, too. Proshanto Mukherji is a rare trial lawyer with a PhD (computer science), giving him an edge on the technical aspects of cases. Adam Kessel has a total command of the issues in multi-layered patent, trade secret and unfair competition actions, and is also a confident presenter. A well-rounded litigator, post-grant lawyer and counsellor, Lawrence Kolodney has made many valuable contributions to the success of both the firm and its clients; he also serves as chair of Fish’s market-leading pro bono programme.