Amy Simpson

IAM Research

The Patent 1000 focuses exclusively on patent practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal patent expertise.

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“Perkins Coie knows the path to victory in critical patent litigation and excels at putting together, briefing, arguing and trying winning cases. Its lawyers are easy to partner with, make themselves available to in-house counsel and engineering teams at a moment’s notice, are team oriented and take both a legal and business approach to matters. From the moment of hiring, they impress with their technical expertise and creative and flexible – or rather, more strategic – style: they don’t stick to the cookie-cutter ‘prove technical non-infringement and/or invalidity’ method, but craft persuasive themes and stories that include much more than the usual patent defence.” A strong litigation bench in California is headlined by John Schnurer, Matthew Bernstein, Sarah Piepmeier and Tom Millikan. Schnurer and Bernstein serve as co-managing partners of the Taipei office and maintain vibrant ITC as well as district court practices. Schnurer – who recently handled one of HTC Corporation’s most significant patent cases, an 11-patent spat with Philips – is a “great negotiator and perfect communicator” who is extremely conscientious about the cost-benefit ratio of his actions. Bernstein – the relationship partner for the individual who provided the lengthy reference above – recently secured an initial determination of no violation of Section 337 in a three-patent infringement investigation relating to garage door and gate operator technology at the ITC on behalf of Nortec Security & Control. For Piepmeier, defending Cisco Systems against Netfuel was a big part of her 2020. Also focusing on high-technology affairs, Bing Ai, Amy Simpson, Brian Coleman and Dana Hayter fuel the firm’s West Coast prosecution and post-grant and transactions practices. Ai takes the lead on PTAB matters and is a vital buttress to litigators such as Schnurer, with whom he acts extensively on behalf of leading Asian communications and semiconductor companies. Simpson hails from a litigation background and thrives in inter partes reviews and other America Invents Act trials. Both entrepreneurially and technically minded, Coleman does a wonderful job prosecuting in the areas of social media, cloud computing, clean technology and many others. Transactional don Hayter undertakes licensing for a client supported by Ai and Schnurer, in a great example of the total support that Perkins Coie can offer. On the life sciences front, superb leadership is provided by Michael Wise, a renaissance man who manages portfolios, litigates in court and represents parties in post-grant proceedings. Chemistry and biochemistry PhD Viola Kung also acquits herself with distinction for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, specialising in patent procurement; she knows how R&D labs work, having spent over a decade in them herself, which ensures she can speak on a one-to-one level with inventors.

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