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


What the team is known for Principally stands out for trademark and copyright work. A particularly strong practice with regard to media, entertainment, consumer products, fashion, hotels and leisure brands.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We have a very cooperative relationship with them. They are very good and their work is of a high quality." 

Work highlights Primary external counsel to Mars, food manufacturer and one of the largest privately held companies in the world, with regard to its trademark, copyright, and design patent assets.

Represented Diesel, the apparel company, in trademark infringement claims brought by the fashion designer John Varvatos concerning footwear designs.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Grow is a leading figure for trademark and copyright litigation at a national and global level. He also advises on advertising, licensing transactions, technology transfer and unfair competition. Clients describe him as "smart, easygoing and a phenomenal lawyer."

Anthony Lupo is one of the country's leading trademark and copyright lawyers, particularly well-known for his representations of leading media and fashion brands. One source said: "He is a tremendous rainmaker and always has the business outlook firmly in mind." 

Significant clients Apple, Benetton, Google/YouTube, Lacoste, Sony.

What the team is known for Recognized above all for the registration, management and enforcement of brands and trademarks within the fashion, luxury goods and beverages markets. Also noted for strength in copyright and patent prosecution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is very client focused - they're very interested in what our business goals are and how they can best work towards them." 

"They are so closely aligned with our business that they have become real partners in driving our success." 

Work highlights Appeared on behalf of Amylin Pharmaceuticals before the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interference.

Acted for Monsanto in preparing amicus briefs for appeal cases and advising on patent prosecution matters connected with issues of plant genetics.

Notable practitioners  

David Marsh is acclaimed as "outstanding" by clients for his handling of patent preparation and prosecution, his appearances at the USPTO and his opinion work.

Robert Garrett is an enormously respected expert on copyright law and a "powerhouse" in copyright litigation, remarked on for his persuasive advocacy and written submissions. He is well-known for his work on behalf of sports and media clients.

Matthew Wolf is a patent litigator and trial lawyer, operating extensively in the technology, life sciences and pharmaceuticals arenas. Sources commend him for his preparation for cases and his courtroom presence.

Significant clients PhRMA, Boston Scientific, Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Saffire Energy, New Health Sciences.

What the team is known for Leaders in patent prosecution, enforcement and strategy, and also high-value litigation. This specialist IP firm is also one of the country's most prolific filers of design patents.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We have a very good rapport with them, and have continued to work with the same attorneys because they are familiar with the technologies we use and they keep us updated on their work." 

"They do a lot of patent prosecution for us and they're top notch."

Work highlights Protected award-winning design patents on behalf of Electrolux, Microsoft, Nike, Nokia and Toshiba.

Defended Brother Industries in an ITC action brought by Technology Properties concerning flash memory card readers.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Joseph Potenza has a comprehensive IP practice counseling clients involved in litigation of patent and copyright matters. His expertise includes Section 337 ITC investigations, as well as non-contentious work concerning patents and copyright.

Significant clients Citrix Systems, Seagate Technology, Comcast, Star Scientific, Mentor Graphics.

What the team is known for One of the finest benches for patent litigation, in district and federal courts and before the ITC. Expertise in matters centering on life sciences, pharmaceuticals, software and electronics. Also a strong record in IP-related antitrust cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"These are very high-quality attorneys and they provide excellent services to their clients." 

"We appreciated their professionalism, intellect, problem-solving skills and responsiveness." 

Work highlights Secured victories in two separate cases on behalf of Warner Chilcott regarding the client's drug Asacol, the leading treatment for ulcerative colitis, against generic pharmaceuticals manufacturers.

Successfully defended Microsoft in an action brought by MedioStream, alleging that the client's Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 systems infringed patents concerning the conversion of video-to-optical disc formats.

Notable practitioners  

George Pappas is a leading authority on patent litigation, and is particularly well thought of for Abbreviated New Drug Application cases contested by branded pharmaceutical companies and life sciences trials. Sources say he is "outstanding" and "a luminary." 

Kevin Collins has substantial trial experience in cases concerning several scientific disciplines and their commercial applications. He is particularly sought for his record in appeals. Sources say he is a "good case manager," who is talented at marshaling the resources at his disposal in the best interests of the client's case.

Roderick McKelvie is a former District Court Judge who presided over many patent infringement trials during his career on the bench. He is now a litigator and expert witness, and is appreciated for his appellate work. 

Significant clients BioHorizons, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Microsoft, OmniActive, Samsung.

What the team is known for A particularly strong patent litigation practice with an excellent track record in electrical engineering and pharmaceutical patent suits. A large proportion of the attorneys have experience practicing before the USPTO.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team I worked with was very competent and they took the time to really get to know the business so that they were able to increase their efficiencies."

"They have good technical skills and make prudent strategic decisions."

Work highlights Won a 20-year injunction and $919.9 million damages award for DuPont against Kolon Industries in a theft of trade secrets action regarding the client's product, Kevlar.

Successfully stayed a Federal Claims litigation mounted by Cheetah Omni against client BAE Systems regarding laser-based missile countermeasures systems patents by convincing the USPTO to institute an inter partes review of the technology.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Supko chairs the firm's intellectual property practice. He is lauded for his "incredible knowledge" of patent law, particularly with respect to electrical engineering technology, and for his handling of cases before the courts and the USPTO.

Jeffrey Sanok has a comprehensive patent practice which includes representations before district courts, the ITC and the USPTO, as well as strategic counseling, licensing and transactions.

Significant clients Avaya, BAE Systems, Eastman Kodak, General Motors, Marriott International.

What the team is known for Highly recommended for patent prosecution, the firm advises world leaders and startups on the filing, protection and management of their patents, in addition to far-reaching aspects of IP strategy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were friendly and were able to explain complex legal concepts in a way that I could easily understand and make informed decisions from."

Work highlights Advised Applied Predictive Technologies on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications relating to analytical software designed to forecast the success of business initiatives.

Represented Ipreo Holdings in preparing and prosecuting a number of applications, culminating in the client successfully obtaining patents for its investment banking software.

Notable practitioners

Eric Sophir focuses on patent preparation, prosecution, strategy and litigation support. He is particularly well thought-of for matters concerning business method, software and electromechanical patents.

Significant clients Monsanto, Yahoo!, Columbia University, LucidMedia Networks, T-Mobile.

What the team is known for A full-service IP offering particularly well known for its patent prosecution and litigation work. The firm has an impressive following among consumer electronics, chemical and mechanical engineering companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"These are the guys I always want to go to."

"They've done a terrific job." 

Work highlights Obtained a number of patents for arthroscopic implants, instruments and surgical techniques for Arthrex, a medical device specialist, a number of which were issued following appeals to the USPTO.

Represented SAP America in a patent infringement action mounted by TecSec with regard to enterprise resource planning software.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Sherwood is a key contact.

Significant clients Toshiba, Chrysler Group, DuPont, LG Electronics, Samsung.

What the team is known for Known in DC for its dynamic and comprehensive trademark, copyright and trade secrets practice. Noted for its success with social media and big-brand strategy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do a fantastic job for us."

Notable practitioners

Ann Ford chairs the firm's trademark, copyright and media practice, and specializes in brands for leading names in apparel, sports and television. She is knowledgeable about online branding issues. One admiring client notes: "She provides timely, practical advice and makes you feel as if you are her most important client."

Joseph Lavelle is a patent litigator who has led cases concerning a wide range of technologies. He is also experienced in Section 337 ITC proceedings and antitrust matters. He is described as "very effective and results oriented," and is praised for prioritizing clients' interests.

Significant clients Dish Network, FTI Consulting, Jamba Juice, Verizon Wireless, ZeniMax Media.

What the team is known for A first-rate and truly comprehensive intellectual property service for patents, trademarks, copyright, design patents and trade secrets. One of the largest IP practices in the country, and much sought for litigation at all levels, including ITC proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their knowledge of and expertise in US patent law is really outstanding." 

"They are the best trademark counsel. They are very efficient and they know our work well."

"They always put clients' interests first and are willing to think outside the box to achieve clients' goal."

Work highlights Successfully defended Cephalon from a challenge mounted by a number of generics to the validity of the client's patent for Nuvigil, a wakefulness-improving drug.

Prosecuted numerous important biologics patents on behalf of Abbott Vascular, as well as providing counsel to the client in connection with due diligence and licensing matters, as well as IP rights and obligations.

Counseling American Petroleum Institute on the creation of a novel certification program for engine oils, advising on requirements for trademark distinctiveness and clearance in line with statutory restrictions on certification marks.

Notable practitioners  

Donald Dunner has a matchless record and level of experience as a patent litigator before federal circuit courts. He secured a favorable judgment for client Akami Technologies in a joint infringement matter in the federal circuit, and is variously described as "the dean of appellate advocacy" and as a "titan of the Bar."

David Hill is a former president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is considered "one of the leading patent prosecution lawyers," particularly with regard to mechanical and electrical engineering technology.

Michael Jakes is singled out by peers as one of the "premier" appellate litigators for cases involving electronics and medical devices. He wears his considerable accomplishments lightly, and is noted for his "low-key" manner.

Significant clients AbbVie, Caterpillar, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, HTC, Louis Vuitton.   

David W Hill 

What the team is known for A leading patent litigation specialist active in many of the most noteworthy cases of the day. Also highly regarded for its handling of Section 337 actions before the ITC.

Notable practitioners  

Ruffin Cordell is roundly considered by sources to be a first-rate patent litigator and a great trial lawyer who is impressive before a judge. Market sources highlight his ability to articulate very complex technical points in a comprehensible manner. He takes charge of cases involving all kinds of technology, with particular skill in electronics and hi-tech.

Michael McKeon is considered by interviewees to be a very good trial lawyer who is hard-working and smart. He specializes in patent litigation, particularly in cases concerning electronics, semiconductors and telecommunications technologies.

What the team is known for First-rate patent prosecution, enforcement and strategic counseling. Well-developed command of recently implemented post-grant procedures set out by the America Invents Act.

Work highlights Prosecuted a US application for an antibody treatment against transplant rejection for Kyowa Hakko Kirin.

Notable practitioners

Steve Maebius specializes in patent prosecution, management, litigation and reexaminations. He is particularly expert in the patent law regarding biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Significant clients Daiichi Sankyo, Hitachi Automotive Systems, Keygene, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, United Therapeutics.

What the team is known for A leading trademark and copyright practice, which is active in litigation before district courts, federal courts and the ITC. Represents household names in a range of sectors including retail, food and drink, apparel and publishing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The combination of their expertise and understanding of our company's strategy and priorities creates an efficient professional relationship."

"Very good and knowledgeable IP lawyers." 

Work highlights Counseled Krispy Kreme on the clearance and use of its house mark for a major new product line.

Represented adidas in a trademark lawsuit launched against Herbalife International.

Notable practitioners  

David Mayberry is considered "a go-to for trademark litigations" by clients on the strength of his "excellent, front-line work." He also advises on non-litigious trademark enforcement and protection matters.

Significant clients Costco, Pearson Education, Renfro, American Eagle, DRS Technologies.

What the team is known for An extensive litigation focus, with much of its work concerning patents for pharmaceutical, electrical and petrochemical technologies. The team is particularly comfortable handling federal circuit appeals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Trial preparation was superb and the performance was outstanding." 

"They are very, very impressive" 

Work highlights Successfully defended Cisco Systems in a multiparty patent infringement suit brought by VirnetX.

Upheld on appeal a decision entitling client C. R. Bard to receive past damages and ongoing royalties from W. L. Gore in what may be one of the highest value patent awards in history.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Donovan is praised as an "outstanding lawyer" by client sources. He is a litigator and trial lawyer with much experience handling cases involving electronics and semiconductors before the courts and the ITC.

Gregg LoCascio is lauded by clients and peers alike for his advocacy and intellectual acuity in electrical and mechanical engineering-related cases. Sources say he is a "magnificent trial lawyer" and a "persuasive speaker."

Significant clients IBM, Facebook, GlaxoSmithKline, Siemens, Honeywell International.

What the team is known for The DC office is a major arm in the firm's patent litigation practice. The team is singled out for significant representations before the federal circuit courts and the ITC.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The Latham team is smart and aggressive, and always very conscious of our needs, as in-house counsel, to keep our clients informed."

"They staff leanly, are efficient, and are able to head off many issues through their strategic thinking."

Work highlights Successfully represented Honeywell International in federal circuit and Court of Federal Claims actions against the US government with regard to patents for night-vision goggle and full-color cockpit display system technologies, and royalties owed on them.

Acting for Monsanto in a 14-patent action against Pioneer Hi-Bred concerning seed development technology at the juncture of biotechnology and plant breeding.

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Gotts is a seasoned litigator of IP disputes concerning patents in particular, as well as copyright, trademarks and trade secrets cases. A number of sources attest to his gift for strategic thinking, with one interviewee observing: "He's very attuned to a client's concerns. He's always thinking several steps ahead for both litigation and counseling."

Maximillian Grant is an "impressive" patent litigator and trial lawyer. One source said: "Max Grant and his team were able to distill the complex intricacies of patent law and litigation into actionable business decisions." 

Matthew Moore is a cochair of the firm's intellectual property practice, and is well thought of for cases with an electrical engineering bent to them. Sources say he is "exceptionally responsive" and "very talented."

Significant clients Adobe Systems, Freddie Mac, Lockheed Martin, Schlumberger, Time Warner Cable.

What the team is known for Substantial IP capability in DC, principally renowned for patent litigation involving electronics, communications and high technology in general. The team has a strong record appearing before all levels of the courts and the ITC. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are timely and very responsive to our needs." 

Work highlights Represented Philips Electronics North America in its defense and counterclaim against alleged infringement and antitrust violations of patents concerning pulse oximetry technology.

Defended Google against a claim of patent infringement brought by buySAFE in connection with the client's Trusted Stores program, a consumer rating system for assessing online merchants.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Baskin is described by one client as "an extraordinarily thorough and thoughtful IP litigator," who "provides quick, actionable advice." He focuses primarily on patent litigation, usually concerning electronic products.

Brian Rosenthal specializes in patent litigation regarding electronics and medical devices. Sources laud him as "an excellent litigator, terrific case manager and a great strategist."

Significant clients NXP Semiconductor, Gemalto, Delta Airlines, Pernod Ricard, Zhejiang Medicine. 

What the team is known for Demonstrates strength and versatility in its handling of IP matters of all stripes pertaining to all kinds of rights. Particularly strong in litigation, as well as in trademark and copyright engagements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We feel they fit our business culture."

"The quality of the service is excellent. I do not worry about issues being overlooked or the quality of work being less than exemplary."

Work highlights Acted for Rio Tinto in assessing its high-value trademark and domain name portfolios.

Secured a substantial damages award for client Fairchild Semiconductor International and its Taiwanese subsidiary, System General, in a federal circuit trial against Power Integrations.

Notable practitioners  

Joel Freed is a seasoned hand at patent litigation and prosecution matters. Clients appreciate that "his knowledge base and experience save us time, effort and problems down the line." His areas of expertise include Section 337 actions and advising on issues concerning computers, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Stephen Becker is consistently described by sources as a superlative patent lawyer. One said, "he's outstanding - an expert on application, preparation and prosecution," and "he knows the USPTO procedure off by heart, and how to get things done in patent offices around the world."

Significant clients Hewlett-Packard, Medtronic, Rovi, Samsung, Verizon Wireless. 

What the team is known for Has expertise in complex electronics patent litigation. The DC group has a dedicated ITC team and its litigation muscle is complemented by a specialist appellate group.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are seen by top companies as a good destination for cases."

Work highlights Acted for Hitachi Metals before the ITC in an investigation regarding the enforcement of rare earth magnet patents.

Reversed an adverse district court ruling at federal level on behalf of Toshiba in the matter of Toshiba v Imation et al, concerning recordable DVD media technology.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Busey is a key contact.

Significant clients APEX Medical, Freescale Semiconductor, Huawei Technologies, Lazare Kaplan International, Fujitsu.

What the team is known for Strong patent trial experience, coupled with deep technical expertise in life sciences and hi-tech. Particularly acclaimed for its record in federal circuit appeals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were excellent at understanding the client and the client's business." 

Work highlights Acting for Lonza in a patent infringement litigation against Martek Biosciences regarding methods for the husbandry of animals with high concentrations of omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids.

Acted for Johnson & Johnson in a patent infringement suit filed by Data Carriers concerning website search technology.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Kushan has strong relationships with many of the firm's life sciences and hi-tech clients. He is very active in managing inter partes review proceedings before the USPTO on their behalf. Sources note that he is also "very plugged in as a regulatory and legislative IP lawyer - he really understands how Washington works."

Brian Nester is renowned as an expert on the law concerning standard-essential patents. He also represents clients such as Microsoft in major ITC proceedings, such as the recent investigations of Motorola Mobility's Android patents. 

Carter Phillips is praised by leading market sources for his "phenomenal" abilities as an advocate. He is highly sought-after for his representations in patent infringement appeals.

Sources describe Joseph Micallef as "hard-working" and "very, very bright." He is engaged for litigation, prosecution, licensing and transfer procedures by a range of clients and has acted for Microsoft in a patent infringement dispute.

Significant clients Apple, Dell, Genentech, Merck & Company, Disney.

What the team is known for Undoubtedly one of the highest-esteemed intellectual property boutiques inside the Beltway. Noted areas of strength include patent prosecution, enforcement, portfolio management and contested proceedings at the USPTO.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The advice and services that were provided were practical, held within our budget, and gave a great result."

"They really excel at inter partes review." 

Work highlights Filed the first petition for inter partes review of any pharmaceutical company, in this case its client, Apotex.

Representing adidas in a number of inter partes reviews filed against patents owned by Nike.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Sterne is considered to be "one of the top patent prosecutors in the country," and is praised for his "very strong work ethic" and capacity to consistently produce a "high-quality work product."

David Cornwell advises on patent due diligence for mergers and acquisitions involving IP-heavy companies. He is also a skilled and experienced patent litigator, with particular expertise in energy and mechanical engineering.

Jorge Goldstein chairs the firm's biotechnology patent work, and also leads its pro bono practice, concerned with improving fair access to patented technologies and also facilitating the filing of patents in less developed regions of the world.

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

What the team is known for An accomplished and comprehensive IP practice, handling high-stakes litigation, patent prosecution, and trademark and copyright work. Also well-placed to offer related corporate and regulatory advice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely good customer service - very responsive and insightful. We couldn't ask for more."

"They are well-prepared, explain options accurately and advise on best approaches for proceeding along with possible issues that might arise."

Work highlights Manages Playboy's international trademark and anti-counterfeiting work.

Manages Software AG's patent portfolio, as well as various patent preparation, prosecution and enforcement efforts.

Represented New Columbia Distillers in an alleged trademark infringement suit filed by Green Farms II in the federal court in New Jersey.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Harrison leads the firm's trademarks, copyright and domain names practice. He handles matters on behalf of clients in a broad range of industries, and has great experience in branding pharmaceutical products and nutritional supplements.

Michael Sartori chairs the firm's patent prosecution and counseling efforts. He has a PhD in electrical engineering and previously worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO. Clients, including many in the Far East, appreciate his diligent representation and his dedication to maintaining close relationships.

William Coston, described by sources as a "superb lawyer," manages Venable's intellectual property group and concentrates mainly on litigation. He also handles related antitrust and regulatory matters. 

Significant clients Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Sony Mobile, The University of California, Citizen Watch.

What the team is known for Represents distributors of copyrighted material, such as radio stations, internet service providers (ISPs) and other technology companies utilizing such material. Also well known for trademark, branding and domain name matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide prompt, clear and extremely sound legal advice, meet strict deadlines, provide an outstanding work product and obtain excellent end results."

Work highlights Drafted and filed amicus briefs on behalf of several higher education associations in two separate actions arguing that university e-reserve and digital library systems involve fair use of copyrighted materials and not copyright infringement.

Acting for Eden Foods in a number of opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to prevent the registration of confusingly similar marks.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Joseph chairs the firm's copyright group, and is an expert on matters relating to sound recording licensing and ISP liability. He is lauded by sources as "very hard-working, proactive and diligent," and for his "excellent legal mind." 

Christopher Kelly leads the firm's trademark practice and specializes in all areas of trademark registration, exploitation and protection. Clients and peers alike speak well of him, with one source saying "his work ethic, availability, accessibility and counsel are admirable."

James Wallace is a founding partner of the firm and has significant experience in litigating and trying patent cases, particularly matters concerning technology, communications, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. 

Significant clients Clear Channel Communications, Eden Foods, National Association of Broadcasters, New Majority California, Verizon Communications.

What the team is known for Celebrated for its strong track record in Hatch-Waxman patent litigation with regard to branded pharmaceutical products. Also has a formidable practice in patent suits involving electronics.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's a phenomenal firm that's great for patent litigation."

Work highlights Secured an appellate victory for Eli Lilly and Princeton University against Teva Parenteral Medicines and APP Pharmaceuticals, who had unsuccessfully challenged the validity of Eli Lilly's patent for anti-cancer drug Alimta.

Acting for Samsung in a Section 337 ITC investigation in which InterDigital has accused the client of infringing patents relating to smartphone and tablet technology. The case has significant implications for the law concerning standard essential patents and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licensing terms.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Genderson is commended by sources for his "very impressive" patent litigation practice. He has substantial experience in handling cases concerning a wide range of industries and technologies, including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. One thrilled client noted: "He is so good at seeing where the issues are. He's practical, quick, smart and responsive."

Significant clients American Broadcasting Corporation, Bayer, Samsung, Genentech, Pfizer.

What the team is known for Renowned for its broad and well-honed intellectual property offering, which includes litigation advice relating to patents, trademarks and copyright. The team is also highly regarded for its patent prosecution and USPTO work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A name in patent prosecution."

"They have some very good people in DC."  

Work highlights Secured a favorable settlement on behalf of Pfizer in a patent infringement suit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and Sun Pharmaceuticals regarding the latters' 'at-risk' launches of an acid-reflux drug.

Acted for AbbVie in a patent infringement suit launched by PSN Illinois with regard to three patents concerning the shingosine-1 phosphate-2 receptor.

Notable practitioners  

Amy Wigmore is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Baxter International, Hewlett-Packard, Symantec, Intel, Research In Motion.

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Cono Carrano of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is praised by clients and lawyers alike for his prowess as a patent litigator in electronics, optics and software matters, among others. One source observed: "You get the trial experience and the technological skill in one shot."

Richard Meyer of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP is a highly experienced IP litigator who handles patent cases for clients in all manner of industries, as well as trademark cases. He appears before district and federal courts, as well as in Hatch-Waxman and Markman hearings.

Alexander Hadjis is a new addition to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, having joined from Morrison & Foerster. Hadjis is head of the ITC patent litigation group at the firm, and his particular areas of expertise include matters involving telecommunications, computer networks and technology standards.

At Fisch Hoffman Sigler LLP, Alan Fisch is sought for his representations in cases involving computer networking, and internet-related and business method patents. One source said he is "highly intelligent, and has a very good sense of strategy and how to communicate well with juries."

At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Brian Buroker is considered by sources to be a "very thoughtful" patent litigator in hi-tech and electronics cases. One impressed client noted: "One of his best skills is making difficult subjects comprehensible."

Mark Davis recently joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in what can only be described as a major coup for his new firm, where he shall preside over its ITC practice. Leading market sources describe him as a "leading patent litigation player."

At Holland & Knight LLP, Paul Kilmer is widely admired for his expert knowledge of the laws governing copyright, trademarks and related antitrust matters. He advises clients on IP assets in many overseas jurisdictions.

Susan McBee joins Miles & Stockbridge PC as head of its life science patent practice. Her expertise includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology and engineering, and her client base incorporates Fortune 500 companies. 

Danny Huntington of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck PC is a highly-esteemed patent prosecution and enforcement specialist. He is particularly renowned for his skillful handling of patent interference and USPTO contested proceedings.

At Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck PC, Steven Lieberman is described as "an extremely talented lawyer" for his representations as a litigator and trial lawyer in pharmaceuticals cases, as well as in suits involving e-commerce patents.

John Ryan recently joined Shipman & Goodwin LLP from Thompson Hine LLP. Ryan has expertise in patent law as applied to chemistry and pharmaceuticals. He is admired for his skill as a litigator, and is sought after for his skill in strategic patent counseling. 

Harold Fox of Steptoe & Johnson LLP has a comprehensive IP practice advising clients on patents, trademarks and copyright, prosecution, strategy and enforcement. Sources say he is "approachable, extremely knowledgeable and good at what he does." 

Gary Krugman of Sughrue Mion PLLC is a seasoned trademark specialist and former judge with the TTAB. He is roundly admired for his representations and also for his appearances as an expert witness. Sources affirm "he knows his stuff."

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