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Bronze - Individuals: litigation
Perkins Coie may not be a headline act in Chicago in the same way as in Seattle, for example, but it nonetheless has a solid foothold in the city, with a patent team that exemplifies the best of what the wider organisation offers more broadly. Covering all bases, the local office is home to firmwide prosecution and counselling practice chair David Fournier; seasoned trial lawyers Douglas Sawyer and Adam Marchuk; ITC ace James Coughlan; and transactions whizz Marcelo Halpern. Fournier hails from a clinical research background, giving him an insider’s perspective on the drug development process; his life sciences industry knowledge translates into highly practical, strategic advice on global portfolio management. Sawyer attracts warm praise from high-level private practitioners and the C-suite: alike “Doug is a go-to for running and winning complicated patent assertion campaigns and litigations. He has a great sense of humour and is brilliant to work with. He understands the business value of his actions and puts his focus on where he can add value.” Both Sawyer and Marchuk handle a diverse range of cases – including patent, trade secret, false advertising and unfair competition actions – through which they have developed refined advocacy skills. Coughlan co-chairs the ITC practice and splits his time between Chicago and DC; linking up with colleagues in California and Texas, he recently won an initial determination of no violation of Section 337 in a three-patent infringement investigation relating to garage door and gate operator technology – a matter which put everything on the line for client Nortek Security & Control. With an affinity for all kinds of emerging technologies, especially blockchain, Halpern is a smooth broker of IP and technology-driven deals for his diverse clientele, including a top software company.