USA

District of Columbia

Intellectual Property


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

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What the team is known for Leading trademark and copyright practice with prominent clients in areas such as fashion, food products, media and entertainment, and mobile technology. Large international footprint and a formidable contentious offering.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Talented, practical, tactical thinkers from top to bottom."

"I have absolute confidence that the advice they give me is both correct and practically considered." 

Work highlights Continued to protect The Saul Zaentz Company's worldwide trademark portfolio, which consists of 500-plus marks including those derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'.

Advised Google on the development and implementation of a worldwide advertising initiative.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Grow cochairs the IP group and focuses mostly on copyright and trademark litigation, although he also advises on commercial matters. Sources praise his creativity and depth of knowledge.

Anthony Lupo concentrates largely on work for clients in the media, entertainment and fashion industries, and cochairs the IP department. Sources praise him as an "outstanding" and "very responsive" attorney.

Significant clients Apple, Benetton, LG, The Mormon Church, Warner Bros.

What the team is known for Significant IP group, celebrated for the strength of the lawyers' expertise with regard to trademark, copyright and non-patent work. Also highly rated for patent prosecution and USPTO procedures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The writing and the litigation skills they have exhibited are absolutely first-class."

"They were very good at understanding our business objectives, and obtained a good result."

Work highlights Representing Boston Scientific in parallel litigation and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings against OrbusNeich Medical concerning coronary stent technology.

Worked on amicus briefs on behalf of Monsanto and the BIO industry organization with regard to an appeal of the controversial decision in Tafas v Dudas.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Wolf is a noted patent litigator and trial lawyer who represents market-leading clients in a wide range of industry sectors. A number of sources cite his strong courtroom skills and "persuasive arguments."

Roberta Horton is praised as an "excellent trademark lawyer" by sources. She is also much sought after for counseling and litigation with regard to copyright law and domain name issues.

Robert Garrett is often prominently involved in the leading copyright law cases of the day, particularly those concerned with the broadcast and distribution of sports, media and entertainment content.

David Marsh is well known for his command of patent prosecution work and USPTO interferences and reexaminations, particularly concerning life sciences, medical devices and business methods. Sources appreciate his "ability to bring innovative solutions to patent prosecution problems."

Significant clients Adobe, PhRMA, Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Sapphire Energy, New Health Sciences.

What the team is known for Deep technological understanding with regard to patent prosecution, Patent Trial & Appeal Board proceedings and IP litigation. Also noted as a leader in design patent work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good group of litigators and take cases to trial."

"Very client-oriented." 

Work highlights Represented Mentor Graphics in IPR proceedings against Synopsys, upholding the bulk of the client's patents.

Represented Wargaming.net in copyright infringement litigation against Changeyou.com with regard to the client's game 'World of Tanks'.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Potenza is recommended for patent and copyright litigation, and regularly appears before the courts, the Patent Trial & Appeal Board and the ITC. He also counsels on patent and copyright prosecution, particularly with regard to electrical engineering.

Significant clients Brother Industries, Comcast, Electrolux North America, Microsoft, Nike.

What the team is known for First-class patent litigation team consisting of experienced trial lawyers with advanced technical training and understanding. As well as a strong record in district courts, the team has formidable appellate and ITC experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A tremendously talented firm." 

"A very good ITC Section 337 practice." 

Work highlights Won a complete defense victory for Samsung in ITC Section 337 proceedings against Black Hills Media concerning semiconductor and consumer electronics technology.

Represented Warner Chilcott in patent litigation against a number of generic manufacturers following Abbreviated New Drug Applications filed with regard to Atelvia, the client's osteoporosis treatment.

Notable practitioners  

George Pappas is regarded as "one of the top IP lawyers" in the country by a wide consensus of sources. He is a patent litigator and trial lawyer with a focus on life sciences and pharmaceuticals cases.

Kevin Collins is developing an excellent name at the patent Bar, and has a strong record litigating and trying cases across a range of scientific disciplines before the federal courts and the ITC.

Roderick McKelvie is a former judge and so provides "thoughtful" advice with respect to patent case and trial strategy. He is also esteemed for his expert witness, mediation and appellate work.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Intercos, Cox Media, UCB, Warner Chilcott.

What the team is known for Winning combination of trial experience and technical expertise. Particularly recommended for cases involving electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extremely hard-working, smart and detail-oriented." 

"A good name in patent litigation." 

Work highlights Secured on behalf of BAE Systems the dismissal of a patent infringement claim by Cheetah Omni at the US Court of Federal Claims. The dispute concerned the client's Boldstroke infrared missile countermeasures system.

Won a supplemental lost profits claim against Bridgeport Fittings, closing a long-running patent dispute regarding electrical fittings.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Supko chairs the firm's IP practice and is a well-respected trial lawyer. He focuses mainly on software, electrical engineering and automotive cases.

Jeffrey Sanok counsels on patent prosecution and portfolio development and also leads on IPRs at the USPTO. He has a distinguished client following in the automotive industry.

Significant clients Actavis, DuPont, GM, Sprint Nexel, Yamaha.

What the team is known for Provides adroit patent counseling and representation in USPTO reexaminations, on behalf of clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Has a strong line in financial services software patents.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have been impressed with their responsiveness and quality of the work."

Work highlights Patent prosecution for Unisys with regard to cloud computing, database management and designs for graphical user interfaces. 

Advising Applied Predictive Technologies on the prosecution of its patents for analytical software that predicts outcomes of business initiatives.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Sophir concentrates on patent counseling and prosecution relating to computer science, electronics, mechanical engineering and business methods. He wins particular praise for the quality of his advice and technical support.

Significant clients Demalogica, Monsanto, Pulse Electronics, T-Mobile, Yahoo!.

What the team is known for Highly regarded patent litigation offering supported by deep scientific expertise. Particularly recommended for cases involving chemicals, computer science, and mechanical and electrical engineering.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Since day one they have been extremely easy to work with - they are efficient, hard-working and get good results." 

Work highlights Successful defense of Toshiba in a patent infringement dispute with Innovative Biometric Technology regarding fingerprint reading processes.

Representing Chrysler in a patent infringement case launched by TuckStorage with regard to Rambox storage units.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Sherwood is a key contact.

Significant clients Arthrex, DuPont, LG, Micron, Samsung.

What the team is known for Strategic and cutting-edge advice to leading consumer brands, telecommunications and digital media companies. Strong on commercial and contentious trademark, copyright and advertising work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Frank, practical legal advice." 

"A lot of lawyers like to take on a matter and spend a lot of money; they prefer to look for efficient solutions." 

Work highlights Retained by Dannon for all IP matters in the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Lavelle is a renowned patent litigator who handles cases involving a wide array of technologies, including electronics, automotive and software. Sources say he is "a very good strategic thinker" and "great in court."

Ann Ford is a noted expert on trademark law and has large client followings in media, fashion and consumer goods. One source described her as "very seasoned, capable and practical in reaching solutions."

Significant clients FTI Consulting, Verizon Wireless, ZeniMax Media, Jamba Juice, National Car Rental/Alamo Rent-A-Car.

What the team is known for Full-service IP offering which excels at litigation, prosecution and transactional matters involving patents, trademarks, copyright and designs. Recommended for contentious matters before civil courts, the USPTO and the ITC.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality of their lawyering is very strong."

" Very distinguished." 

Work highlights Won a jury trial in the Northern District of California on behalf of ABBYY Software and Lexmark against Nuance Communications concerning optical character recognition and distributed document processing patents.

Upheld on appeal DuPont Nutrition Biosciences' victory over Novozymes concerning alpha-amylase protein patents.

Representing Abbott Vascular in reexaminations directed against Cordis's patents for drug-coated coronary stents.

Obtained a complete victory on behalf of Ukrainian confectioner Roshen in a dispute with Ferrero Rocher. This occurred following Ferrero's withdrawal of parallel Trademark Trial & Appeal Board and district court trademark dilution and infringement claims relating to its Rocher and Ferrero Rocher marks.

Notable practitioners 

Donald Dunner has a well-rounded patent practice, not least in life sciences matters, but is perhaps best known as "one of the godfathers of patent litigation." He is acclaimed for the persuasiveness of his oral advocacy, particularly at appellate level.

Sources praise the "excellent" Michael Jakes for his representations in appellate and ITC patent disputes concerning electrical engineering, computer science and medical devices.

Douglas Rettew is considered a "standout" for his counsel on trademark, false advertising and right of publicity issues. He is a go-to litigation lead for world-famous consumer brands.

David Hill is a seasoned and highly esteemed patent litigator and counselor, particularly with regard to electrical and mechanical engineering technology. He is also an expert on Japanese IP law.

Significant clients AbbVie, Caterpillar, Eli Lilly, Toshiba, Under Armour.

What the team is known for Wide-ranging experience litigating IP cases, on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, in all relevant fora, including before the USPTO and the ITC. Particularly noted for its wealth of expertise in hi-tech matters.

Work highlights Won a complete defense verdict for Marvell Semiconductor against Lake Cherokee Hard Drive Technologies in a dispute concerning hard drive chips.

Acted for Samsung in patent and licensing suits involving 24 patents at the ITC and the Eastern District of Texas.

Notable practitioners  

Ruffin Cordell is a celebrated patent litigator specializing mainly in cases concerned with electronics and computer science. He is recognized for his strong analytical skills and his ability as a first-chair trial lawyer.

Michael McKeon is well known for his excellent record as an IP trial lawyer, particularly with regard to Section 337 cases. Market sources continues to identify him as a leading ITC patent litigator.

Significant clients Adobe Systems, eBay, Google, Microsoft, LG.

What the team is known for Accomplished patent prosecution and transactional practice, with expertise across a wide range of industries and scientific disciplines. Notably strong relationships with Japanese companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have always had a high emphasis on quality."

"Very active in the USPTO and have gotten some really good results."

Work highlights Defended Supernus Pharmaceuticals and licensee Galderma in three IPR proceedings filed by a generics manufacturer.

Advising Nichia on IPR proceedings concerning LED patents.

Notable practitioners  

Pavan Agarwal chairs the firm's IP practice.

Significant clients Asahi Glass, Daiichi Sankyo, Hitachi, Takeda, United Therapeutics.

What the team is known for Excellent representations with regard to trademark law, possessing big client followings in luxury brands, financial services, food, drink and hospitality. Has expertise in fair use, anticounterfeiting and domain name issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Kilpatrick has done a great job at accommodating my needs as an internal lawyer at a large company."

Work highlights Advised Krispy Kreme on trademark issues concerning a new product launch.

Acted as outside IP counsel to Costco, advising on trademark and copyright matters as well as domain name issues.

Notable practitioners  

David Mayberry concentrates mainly on IP litigation with respect to copyright and trademarks, and is noted for his expertise in fair use issues. Sources are quick to single out his legal acumen and personable manner.

Significant clients adidas, Hormel Foods, Hard Rock International, Pearson Education, HoneyBaked Ham.

What the team is known for Formidable trial group featuring attorneys with experience in district courts, the Federal Circuit and the ITC. Also noted for its handling of USPTO IPRs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very strong team."

"They get tremendous results." 

Work highlights Won a patent infringement case regarding vascular grafts for CR Bard against WL Gore & Associates, which resulted in a $1 billion award to the client.

Represented Oculus VR, recently acquired by Facebook, in a trademark infringement suit filed by software consulting company Oculus Info. 

Notable practitioners  

Edward Donovan is a litigator and qualified patent attorney with a strong record in electrical engineering and life sciences cases. Sources say he is "pleasant to work with and very effective at what he does."

Gregg LoCascio is a patent litigator with extensive experience trying cases in district courts, the ITC and the USPTO. Sources praise his creativity and capacity to "get into the science." 

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, Facebook, IBM, Siemens, Verizon.

What the team is known for Formidable patent litigation capability, particularly adept at handling matters concerning sophisticated nonpracticing entities in high-stakes cases. Excellent record in district courts, the US Court of Federal Claims and the ITC.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An excellent all-around patent litigation practice with great breadth of resources."

"Their work is always top-quality." 

Work highlights Represented InterDigital Communications in an ITC Section 337 patent infringement investigation against Huawei, LG, Nokia and ZTE regarding 3G wireless technology.

Obtained a $75 million post-appeal settlement from the US government on behalf of Honeywell in the US Court of Federal Claims in a patent dispute regarding the client's night vision and cockpit display system technology.

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Gotts is renowned for IP and particularly patent litigation, and also advises clients on commercial IP matters. He is praised by sources for being "very attuned to the client's concerns" and for his "extremely good judgment."

Maximillian Grant has built a reputation for excellence as a patent litigator and team leader in often business-critical cases. Sources say he is "very good in court and pushes his client's position with fervor."

Matthew John Moore is a rising star in the patent litigation world and receives much praise from clients and fellow lawyers. Sources note him in particular for being "extremely good at developing innovative strategies."

Significant clients Amazon.com, Ford, Lockheed Martin, Monsanto, Seoul Semiconductor.

What the team is known for Effective representations in patent disputes before district courts, the ITC, the USPTO and the US Court of Federal Claims. Particularly strong expertise in electrical engineering and software technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We were looking for a team that was aggressive but also centered, supportive and effective. They are that, and they're great." 

"They focus on achieving finality in the litigation in an efficient and optimal manner for the client."

Work highlights Represented Philips in a patent infringement dispute with Zecotek concerning PET scanning technology.

Acted for American Airlines in a patent dispute with Loyalty Conversion Systems in the Eastern District of Texas and at the USPTO.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Baskin is praised for his work as a litigator, particularly in computer science and software cases. One source said he "is very client-focused and does an excellent job keeping us informed and involved throughout the litigation." 

Alan Grimaldi is a well-respected IP lawyer with extensive experience in software and electronics cases. He is commended by clients for his practical approach to disputes and for his "reassuring temperament." 

Significant clients Gemalto, Google, LG, NXP Semiconductor, United Airlines.

What the team is known for Recommended for patent litigation, especially high-value competitor cases and ITC investigations. Also has a sophisticated trademark and copyright offering.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The overall level of service is fantastic. They provide outstanding legal advice, possess great knowledge of our business and are very quick in responding."

"They work very efficiently and continue to provide significant value to me." 

Work highlights Achieved successes on behalf of HTC in a patent dispute against Nokia, and in an ITC investigation, both concerning cell phone handset technology.

Secured affirmation from the Federal Circuit of a district court's claim construction on behalf of Hanmi, a Korean pharmaceuticals company, in a patent dispute with AstraZeneca under the Hatch-Waxman Act regarding Hanmi's acid reflux treatment.

Advised biotech giant Amgen on worldwide trademark clearance for new product lines.

Continued to represent leading beverages brand owner Absolut on contentious and commercial copyright, trademark and advertising matters.

Notable practitioners  

Joel Freed has a comprehensive patent practice which takes in litigation, prosecution and licensing transactions. One source said of him: "What I very much appreciate about Joel is that he can really synthesize a case down to its base elements and focus on those issues."

Stephen Becker is well known in DC as a leading patent prosecution specialist. He focuses mainly on matters concerning computer science, telecommunications, semiconductors and automotive technology.

Significant clients Lockheed Martin, Hewlett-Packard, Medtronic, Sandoz, Samsung.

What the team is known for Strong patent litigation team with a record of excellence in district courts, the ITC and the Federal Circuit. Noted for its deep expertise in life sciences and electronics.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I found that they are good at applying case law for specific IP issues and they have an impressive ability at analyzing technology."

"They are extremely smart and manage complex situations with multiple clients very effectively." 

Work highlights Won a Federal Circuit trial on behalf of Sandoz against Teva in a long-running patent dispute concerning Copaxone.

Successful defense of Huawei in an ITC investigation relating to electronic imaging technology.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Busey is a celebrated trial lawyer with an impressive track record in litigation involving electronics. He is also noted for his ITC Section 337 practice. Sources praise his technological knowledge and his command of case and administrative law. 

Deanne Maynard is considered an "extraordinarily talented" lawyer for her representations in the life sciences space. She is particularly praised for the quality of her advocacy at the appellate level.

Significant clients APEX Medical, Hitachi Metals, Kyocera, Palo Alto Networks, Yahoo!.

What the team is known for Effective patent litigation and a strong bench with superior trial skills. Particularly sought after for complex life sciences cases, reexaminations and appeals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"We were delighted - they got an enormous amount of great work done in short time. A very lean operation."

"A very strong team." 

Work highlights Acted for Noven Pharmaceuticals in litigation against Actavis in a patent infringement dispute concerning a transdermal patch used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Represented Microsoft against Motorola in a number of parallel actions concerning Android-based smartphone patents, obtaining an exclusion order against Motorola at the ITC and a jury verdict in federal court in Seattle finding Motorola had breached an agreement on standard-essential patents.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Kushan concentrates mainly on Hatch-Waxman patent disputes, USPTO proceedings, and appeals, and is an authority on biotechnology and chemistry patent law. He is considered an "excellent team leader."

Carter Phillips is well known for the quality of his advocacy at the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court. One source described him as "an outstanding legal mind." 

Brian Nester is a celebrated patent litigator best known for his work in ITC Section 337 investigations. He is considered a "guru" with regard to this forum, and has scored numerous successes on behalf of global technology giants.

Significant clients Apple, AstraZeneca, Nokia, Baxter, Sequenom.

What the team is known for Dedicated IP firm notable for its strength in depth and the range of technical expertise on hand. Highly regarded for its work at the USPTO in inter partes and post-grant review proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Really at the forefront of IPR practice."

"Really strong, not least on reexaminations." 

Work highlights Representing adidas against Nike in a series of inter partes reexaminations regarding the Nike + product line.

Advised biotechnology company Sanaria on its development of a malaria vaccine based on irradiated Plasmodium falciparum parasites.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Sterne is described by sources as a "top-notch prosecution lawyer," and he is recommended for work involving hi-tech and life sciences patents. He is one of the country's leading authorities on, and practitioners of, USPTO reexaminations.

David Cornwell is recognized for his expertise in litigation and reexaminations concerning mechanical engineering and energy-related patents. He is also at the vanguard of matters relating to clean energy patent protection.

The "outstanding" Jorge Goldstein is recommended for his advice on the registration, monetization and protection of biotechnology patents. He has a strong record in USPTO proceedings.

Significant clients Apple, BioReference Labs, Google, Medtronic, Reebok International.

What the team is known for Full-service IP representation handled by leading experts in all IP rights. Acts for clients across the full spectrum of industrial fields and is well regarded for advice on the treatment of IP assets in corporate transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A great team to have on your side."

"Sophisticated and superior services." 

Work highlights Represented MSAB, a software developer for intelligence agencies, law enforcement and military applications, in a long-running copyright, trade secret and trademark dispute with competitor Cellebrite. The matter was settled amicably.

Won summary judgment for Playboy in a Trademark Trial & Appeal Board procedure in opposition to a third-party application.

Continued to act for the University of California in patent prosecution and portfolio management across a wide range of technologies.

Patent prosecution, licensing, enforcement and patent strategy advice for Software AG.

Acting for ASUSTeK Computer and ASUS Computer International in an ITC Section 337 action initiated by complainant Freescale Semiconductor.

Notable practitioners  

William Coston is the "very able leader" of the firm's IP division. He is a skilled and seasoned patent and antitrust litigator, and concentrates mainly on consumer products and hi-tech.

Mark Harrison advises on all aspects of trademark law and also on copyright matters, and is highly experienced in multijurisdictional filing. "He is among the best trademark lawyers in DC," notes one impressed source.

Janet Satterthwaite is recommended for all manner of trademark work, including registration, enforcement and commercialization. She is also an expert in domain name-related issues.

Michael Sartori chairs the firm's patent prosecution practice and is highly rated for registration, licensing and contentious work, particularly involving electronics. Sources remark on his "positive attitude, promptness and knowledge," and highlight his capacity for clear and concise counsel.

Significant clients Agence France Presse, Johnson & Johnson, Sony Mobile, Sylvan Learning Center, Taro Pharmaceuticals.

What the team is known for Comprehensive IP practice, which is particularly renowned for acting on behalf of content distributors in a variety of media. Also well thought of for brand protection and top-level domain name issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Wiley Rein has done a great job of rolling up its sleeves in order to understand our business."

"The attorneys at Wiley Rein have exhibited strong knowledge and capable management of international trademarks."

Work highlights Acting for Eden Foods in Trademark Trial & Appeal Board oppositions to protect the client's brand from infringing trademark registrations by competitors.

Acting as lead counsel for the National Association of Broadcasters in a landmark matter before the Copyright Royalty Board concerning performance rights for internet streaming and the establishment of license fees to be paid by internet broadcasters.

Notable practitioners  

James Wallace is widely respected for his litigation skills and advocacy before district courts and the Federal Circuit. He is much sought after for representations in cases concerning telecommunications, electrical engineering and life sciences. 

Bruce Joseph focuses on representing broadcasters and distributors of copyrighted content and is roundly considered "one of the best copyright litigators in town" by clients and peers alike.

Christopher Kelly chairs the firm's trademark group and handles commercial and contentious brand issues as well as domain name disputes. One client said: "Not only do we benefit from his knowledge and experience, but he is truly an enjoyable person with whom to work." 

Significant clients Consumer Electronics Association, Toshiba, Verizon, LatinFinance, Bruce Foods. 

What the team is known for Compelling advocacy and litigation firepower in patent cases involving life sciences and electrical engineering. Also handles Patent Trial & Appeal Board proceedings for clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A great litigation practice."

"Excellent lawyers." 

Work highlights Represented Eli Lilly in defense of its patents for its leading cancer drug Alimta against generic challenges and IPRs. 

Acting for Samsung against InterDigital in district court litigation and an ITC Section 337 investigation concerning 3G and 4G consumer electronics patents.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Genderson is celebrated for his prowess as a patent litigator, particularly in pharmaceutical and biotech matters. Sources deem him a "very good advocate and litigator."

Significant clients Bayer HealthCare, Genentech, Intel, Pfizer, Petroleum Geo-Services.

What the team is known for Much-admired patent litigation practice with an impressive spread of clients across a range of industries. Also renowned for patent prosecution and USPTO proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are high-caliber lawyers."

"A marvelous practice." 

Work highlights Secured a victory on behalf of Pfizer in its $2.15 billion settlement with Teva, closing a dispute over patents relating to Protonix, Pfizer's acid reflux treatment.

Obtained a victory for Becton, Dickinson & Company when the USPTO denied an appeal on the client's successful IPR ruling to plaintiff Michael J. Vaillancourt in a dispute regarding a catheter patent.

Notable practitioners

Amy Wigmore and David Cavanaugh are key contacts.

Significant clients Apple, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hewlett-Packard, Symantec, TransMedics.

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Cono Carrano of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a patent attorney and IP litigator with experience practicing before the USPTO, district and federal appellate courts and the ITC. He concentrates on electronics and software disputes.

William Bergmann of Baker & Hostetler LLP focuses on patent litigation in district and federal appellate courts, and before the ITC. He is also one of the leading specialists in IP litigation concerning government contracts before the Court of Federal Claims.

Richard Meyer of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP is noted for his litigation strength, and handles patent and trademark cases. His expertise spans computer science, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Alexander Hadjis of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP is recommended for patent counseling work and also patent litigation. He is praised for his representations in district and federal courts, as well as the ITC.

Alan Fisch of Fisch Sigler LLP is a highly regarded patent litigator with a focus on business methods and computer science. Sources say he is an "excellent scientist and knows his patent law backwards."

The "outstanding" Brian Buroker of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is an all-around patent law specialist who is particularly acclaimed for his work in the computer science arena.

Mark Davis of Greenberg Traurig, LLP concentrates on IP and particularly patent litigation, as well as related antitrust matters. He frequently appears before district and federal courts and the ITC.

Paul Kilmer of Holland & Knight LLP is a leading and "very capable" copyright and trademark law expert. He advises on all manner of commercial, corporate and contentious non-patent matters. 

Steven Englund of Jenner & Block LLP is considered "an excellent copyright lawyer" by sources, and is particularly sought after by clients in the music industry. He advises on transactional, regulatory and contentious copyright matters. 

David Kelly of Kelly IP, LLP is a leading expert on copyright, trademark and unfair competition law. He is lauded for his "high-quality" work on both contentious and noncontentious matters.

Susan McBee of Miles & Stockbridge PC is well regarded for her advice on patent prosecution matters, including issues of freedom to operate, patent preparation, portfolio management and IPR proceedings. Clients appreciate her responsiveness and her efforts to understand their business aims.

Danny Huntington of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck PC is described by one source as "a great lawyer," and is principally known for his success handling interferences before the USPTO and court litigation. He is particularly recognized for his work on matters involving life sciences.

Steven Lieberman of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck PC is lauded for his prowess as a trial lawyer, particularly in life sciences cases, although he also has a strong record in software and electrical engineering disputes. One source said he is "good at making analogies and speaking to judges who are maybe less familiar with pure IP matters."

John Ryan of Shipman & Goodwin LLP specializes in patent litigation and strategy work with regard to pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Clients consider him an "excellent communicator" whose work is "thorough, timely and well presented."

Harold Fox leads the patent prosecution practice at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He advises on portfolio management, product strategy and USPTO proceedings, such as IPRs.

Gary Krugman of Sughrue Mion PLLC is renowned for his advice on trademark prosecution, as well as for Trademark Trial & Appeal Board litigation and his appearances as an expert witness in trademark cases. He is described as "very bright and insightful."

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