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Brown Rudnick earns expanded coverage in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2022 and makes its first appearance in the New York firm listings. It bolstered its local offering and significantly enhanced its US technology and global life sciences groups by hiring Ian DiBernardo and Jason Sobel, who joined in March 2021 having previously worked together for over two decades at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. A seasoned advocate capable of taking on any type of IP case, DiBernardo serves as chair of the IP litigation group. It is his versatility that stands out though; he undertakes transactional work with aplomb and is especially sought after by private equity funds and hedge funds investing in patents; he also knows how to build valuable and resilient patent portfolios – something he is doing for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a client which he originally came into contact with across the negotiation table on a licensing matter and which was working with another outfit on patent procurement but switched to him in search of greater success – which he has delivered. Another litigator with many transferable patent skills, Sobel is taking the lead on prosecution and counselling for certain divisions of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America. He and DiBernardo play well off each other; for example, after Sobel won a bet-the-company case for Richards Manufacturing, DiBernardo then took the baton to design a powerful patent portfolio for the company.
Jason Sobel is a partner in the firm’s IP litigation and technology practice groups. His practice spans a wide range of areas of IP law, including litigation, transactions, prosecution and other strategic matters. Mr Sobel provides IP and litigation counsel to clients in a wide range of industries and technological disciplines, including financial service companies, software and internet companies, and manufacturers of mechanical and electrical devices, food products and ingredients, and consumer products.
Mr Sobel has litigated cases through trial and appeal in federal and state courts, and before the International Trade Commission. He has represented clients in claims of patent, copyright and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, unfair competition, breach of restrictive covenant agreements and fraud, as well as a variety of other technology disputes, torts and commercial matters.
Mr Sobel also structures, prepares and negotiates IP, technology, service and supply agreements in connection with standalone and large corporate transactions. He has extensive experience performing IP and information technology due diligence, and providing related advice in corporate transactions and internal company audits of intellectual property.
Mr Sobel counsels clients on their IP portfolios, and prepares and prosecutes patent, trademark and copyright applications. Additionally, he has experience developing, drafting and implementing employee IP ownership and information systems policies, and advising clients on data privacy, open-source software, computer fraud, source code and other issues related to outsourcing, computer software and information technology.
Mr Sobel is ranked in Chambers USA for Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets in New York. The 2021 guide states that Mr Sobel “displays the utmost professionalism and his counsel is well thought out and even-handed” and that “he simply does things smarter, faster and better than anyone else.”
Brown Rudnick combines ingenuity with experience to achieve great outcomes for our clients. We deliver partner-driven services, with a focus on collaboration in the client’s best interest. Brown Rudnick is an international law firm, serving clients around the globe. With more than 250 lawyers and government relations professionals, the firm has offices in key financial centres across the United States and Europe. We are recognised for our market-leading practices covering several targeted industries, including bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, life sciences, technology, litigation and arbitration, white-collar defence and government investigations, civil fraud, special situations, corporate finance, strategic capital, distressed debt, intellectual property, real estate, M&A, and cross-border deals and disputes.
Brown Rudnick’s Intellectual Property, IP Litigation, and Trademark, Copyright, & Advertising Practice Groups offer a full range of services, from corporate, diligence, prosecution, and litigation across all types of IP-related disciplines, ranging from contentious and non-contentious trademarks, copyright and patents to trade secrets and counterfeiting actions. Our capabilities and experience are not limited to transactions or litigation. We often advise from inception through merger, developing IP portfolios, negotiating business transactions and shepherding through complex, multi-party, bet-the-company litigation.
Our diverse client base spans a variety of industries, from no-tech, to low-tech, to high-tech, and from life sciences to electronics, to consumer goods and services. Although we have the experience and technical/industry knowledge to handle virtually any matter, we have specific experience in augmented reality, 3-D imagery and image processing; computer networking; e-commerce; food technologies and ingredients; life sciences and medical devices; semiconductor devices and processing; software; trading technologies and financial products; LED panels and LED lights; automotive audio technology; sporting goods; agricultural products; retail and hospitality; mobile systems and applications; map-based communication technology; internet services and systems; and various business methods.
We have a highly commercial approach, which our clients tell us is unusual in this market. Our team is made up of business-minded counsel who work with our client base to assist with protecting, maintaining and licensing our clients’ IP assets as well as assisting in monetising and bringing new products to market. We go beyond simply resolving legal issues and become vital business advisers to our clients, as is evidenced by the numerous examples on this submission of incredibly long business relationships with our clients.
Our IP practice groups have extensive experience in a wide range of matters across industries. The additions of new partners with deep and broad experience has sparked active collaboration of/integration with the firm’s market-leading Global Life Sciences and Global Technology Groups. Together, the collective team has significantly expanded in the life sciences area, including defending post-grant patent challenges to life-changing patented technology that Brown Rudnick’s life sciences patent team acquired for its clients. Likewise, recently we have seen the strengthened service to the firm’s portfolio of cleantech clientele and become a destination practice for cutting-edge gene technology. The recent addition of partners has dramatically expanded the firms trademark capabilities, making Brown Rudnick a destination practice for bet-the-brand trademark litigation, and trademark portfolio requires the most strategic care. Further, the new partner additions have introduced industry-specific experience – for instance, in the food science and technology area – in order to provide more holistic full-serve offering to the firm’s corporate group.