Christopher V Carani

IAM Research

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Silver - Individuals: litigation

Recommended - Individuals: prosecution

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.

Recommended - Individuals: design patents

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