THE FIRM This is one of the premier IP practices in California, maintaining a deep bench and a stellar reputation. The team is primarily known for its prowess in patent litigation, and also handles patent prosecution, IP counseling, trade secret and copyright matters. The firm's offices in Los Angeles and Newport Beach are the first port of call for clients in a wide selection of industries, including medical products, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, biotech, software and video games. Key clients include TiVo, St. Jude Medical and Spansion.
Sources say: "Some fantastically gifted lawyers. Irell & Manella is the firm to turn to for 'bet the company' cases."
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Superstar" Morgan Chu "may well be the best trial lawyer in the country," according to clients. He is a rainmaker for the firm, and is currently representing TiVo in patent infringement claims against AT&T and Microsoft.
Highly respected copyright lawyer David Nimmer represents clients from the hi-tech, entertainment and publishing sectors, including Amazon.com, which he recently represented as an objector in The Authors Guild v Google.
Jonathan Steinberg works in litigation across patent, trademark and copyright issues. He was recently part of the team that secured a $27.1 million verdict on behalf of St. Jude Medical in a case against Access Closure.
David Gindler "provides absolutely brilliant advice and counsel in complex IP matters, and his legal drafting skills are unrivaled," say clients. His expertise covers biotechnology, medical devices and semiconductors.
According to sources, Benjamin Hattenbach is "a fantastically smart litigator who will be very well known ten years from now." He recently prevailed on the Spansion v ITC appeal, affirming the ITC's decision that six companies had infringed on patents held by Tessera.
Andrei Iancu handles patent litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, licensing and due diligence. He primarily represents clients in the internet, video game and medical device industries, and has been instrumental in the firm's recent representations of TiVo.