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Intellectual Property — Texas


Baker Botts LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Premier patent litigation team that complements substantial trial expertise with experience in administrative proceedings before the USPTO. Prosecution and licensing are also key areas of focus. Especially impressive work for a range of technology clients, but represents household names from all sectors.

Strengths Clients note the firm's "confidence in handling patent litigation," praising the way in which "they anticipate what needs to be done and then come to you with a fully thought-out strategy; they are very much proactive as opposed to reactive."

One interviewee states: "From a client service perspective, they're top-notch."

Work highlights Successfully defended Genband US against a $59 million patent infringement suit brought by Metaswitch Networks.

Defended Cisco against patent infringement claims brought by the bankruptcy trustee for At Home Network Company, arguing successfully for the overturning of previous case law and prevailing before the Federal Circuit.

Significant clients Dell, Fujitsu, AT&T, BlackBerry, Ericsson.

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The "excellent" Scott Partridge is hailed as a "first-rate" litigator who offers particular expertise in representing technology industry clients in IP disputes. He frequently appears before the ITC, as well as offering extensive federal and state courtroom experience.

Douglas Kubehl "is a very gifted orator and has a very good technical mind," according to impressed clients. He is a go-to trial lawyer for complex infringement suits, as well as advising on licensing concerns. Sources describe him as a "brilliant patent litigator."

Kevin Meek maintains an impressively broad practice, advising on contentious patent and copyright matters, licensing and prosecution. His recent work includes leading the firm's representation of Samsung Electronics, recently securing a defense verdict against infringement claims brought by ContentGuard Holdings.

David Weaver is recognized for his strong trial practice, which sees him regularly act in high-value patent, licensing and copyright disputes. Clients agree that he is "a rare combination of technical smarts and trial lawyer skills that's very hard to find," praising his "good sense not just for what the issues are but also for which are going to be more important."

Barton Showalter draws extensive praise for his leading patent litigation and licensing practice. Clients highlight the "multidimensional experience" he brings to the table, while peers state that "everyone on earth loves him; he is beloved around the state."

Roger Fulghum is "an incredibly gifted oral advocate" with the "ability to manage complex litigation matters," according to clients. He is recognized for his handling of trade secret and patent litigation at trial and appellate stages, as well as acting on transactions and prosecution.

Gene Spears is "the smartest guy I've ever run across," enthuses one source. He litigates patent, copyright and trade secrets cases for a range of clients, while offering particular experience in advising chemical industry entities.

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Fish & Richardson PC - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Leading patent litigation outfit representing some of the country's biggest technology names, including significant recent activity handling software patent disputes before district courts and the USPTO. Also noted for its strength in contentious and noncontentious matters arising from the life sciences industry.

Strengths Sources confirm that this is "a tremendously well-respected firm" that is "certainly a top player in the IP space," due to its "great people and top-quality work product."

Interviewees also point to the "top-notch service" the firm provides, highlighting its "excellent depth of resources and intelligent strategies." One source particularly appreciates the way that "they seem aware that the client has different priorities, motivations and perspectives than the firm has."

Work highlights Acted for ION Geophysical in appealing a trial court verdict that found that some of its equipment infringed WesterGeco patents, arguing successfully for a $60 million reduction in supplemental damages and the elimination of the lost profits portion of the verdict.

Represented Ivax International in filing Hatch-Waxman claims against Apotex, seeking to prevent it from bringing a generic version of Amrix onto the market.

Significant clients BioMedical Enterprises, D-Link Systems, Chicony Electronics, HP, Kingston Technology.

Notable practitioners

"Super-smart" DJ Healey is "one of the very best patent litigators in the US," according to interviewees. Her longstanding experience in trial and appellate proceedings involving patents sees her described as "a walking encyclopedia who everyone listens to."

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McKool Smith - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Impressive trial capability in high-value patent litigation on behalf of globally recognized brand names in industries including technology and life sciences. Draws on a wealth of resources to offer a wide-ranging service, fielding strong experience in administrative proceedings such as inter partes review (IPR) as well as courtroom litigation. Go-to firm for plaintiffs seeking to file multimillion-dollar claims against competitors, as well as offering strong defense capabilities.

Strengths One source describes the firm as "the gold standard" in the Texas IP market, adding: "You can't throw a rock through that place without hitting a good patent litigator."

Clients praise the team's expert trial lawyers and "deep bench of experienced associates," noting that "the advice is very practical and is born of years of experience."

Work highlights Continued to serve as lead counsel to Ericsson in patent infringement actions against Apple, reaching a high-value settlement that resolved pending federal court litigation and ITC filings.

Acted for BMC Software in patent infringement suits against ServiceNow, as well as appearing before the PTAB in response to challenges to several of the patents in question.

Significant clients AT&T, Halliburton, Droplets, Baker Hughes.

Notable practitioners

The "first-rate" Samuel Baxter draws high praise for his patent litigation practice, which sees him frequently act in high-value infringement trials. Interviewees describe him as "the dean of the plaintiffs' lawyers," highlighting his strong track record of success in big-ticket cases.

Douglas Cawley is "certainly one of the very best in the state" when it comes to patent litigation, according to impressed commentators. He remains "top of the list" for clients, who cite his "phenomenal" presence in the courtroom, where he "comes across as very credible to judges."

The "outstanding" Theodore Stevenson is a leading trial and appellate attorney, offering extensive expertise in litigating patent disputes. Clients state that he is "a very good oral advocate" who is "very effective at leading the team of lawyers and developing a case."

Kevin Burgess is a "talented litigator" who is "well respected for his legal acumen" as well as being "great on the technical side," note interviewees. He is a popular choice for clients in the tech industry, including leading names in telecom and software, which he frequently advises on patent infringement cases.

William LaFuze is a highly respected member of the Texas IP Bar whose extensive experience in patent disputes spans a range of industries. His recent work includes defending Baker Hughes against patent infringement claims filed by Rapid Completions.

Acclaimed trial lawyer Mike McKool boasts a "stellar reputation" across a range of IP disputes, including recent high-profile work in the telecom and mobile devices field. Clients regard him as a "real standout" for major disputes.

Steve Pollinger is "well respected" for his handling of complex patent litigation. He frequently acts on complex disputes involving technological issues, appearing before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and in courtrooms for an impressive roster of clients.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Excellent IP practice group providing comprehensive support to clients on the full array of matters. Specialist lawyers offering extensive expertise in areas such as prosecution, post-grant reviews and IPR proceedings. Particularly esteemed for its USPTO practice, while also frequently appearing in district and federal court trials. Clients include household names in the technology and telecom industries.

Strengths One client notes that the team has "always met and indeed exceeded my expectations," describing the attorneys as "very knowledgeable, and able to make everything clear for me."

Interviewees confirm that this is "a very strong practice, particularly on IPRs."

Work highlights Represented TransData in bringing multiple patent infringement suits against electric utilities in relation to the use of smart electric meters, as well as advising on patent licensing concerns.

Continued to serve as lead counsel to Halliburton on all IP concerns, including handling issues arising from M&A transactions, patent prosecution and litigation.

Significant clients Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, ARGO Data Resource, Mattress Firm.

Notable practitioners

David McCombs is "an expert in patent proceedings," according to impressed interviewees, who also highlight his ability to "provide excellent advice at the strategy level." His leading PTAB practice is complemented by notable expertise in federal court litigation at both trial and appellate stages.

Phillip Philbin comes highly recommended as a "really, really good trial lawyer" who is "excellent to work with." His broad contentious experience covers a broad range of IP concerns, including patents, copyrights and trade secrets.

Russell Emerson frequently acts on complex IP disputes, including those involving semiconductors, medical devices and pharmaceutical products. Sources hold him in high regard as a "patent lawyer's patent lawyer."

Jeffrey Becker is recognized for his extensive trademark expertise. He is a go-to attorney for a range of clients, providing high-level strategic advice on trademark enforcement policies and impressive experience in litigating trademark and copyright concerns.

Purvi Patel Albers brings "an amazing personality and a fantastic reputation" to her work on portfolio management and trademark enforcement for domestic and multinational companies. Her recent practice includes advising on IP issues arising from areas such as social media.

Department profile by Haynes and Boone, LLP

With more than 120 Intellectual Property litigators and transactional lawyers across the United States and one of the largest IP practices in Texas, we help protect, enforce and defend our clients’ inventions, innovations, and brands. Our clients include entrepreneurs, middle-market businesses and many of the world’s largest companies, such as AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, Google, Halliburton, and TSMC.

Our team encompasses patent and trademark lawyers, as well as experienced trial lawyers who handle cases in federal courts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Haynes and Boone is one of the nation’s most active firms in PTAB trials, with an IPR success rate consistently among the highest of the top 10 law firms representing petitioners. (Docket Alarm, 2017).

Our trademark lawyers handle brand management, including worldwide clearance and filing initiatives, enforcement in court, social media advising, and cybersquatting and Internet issues.

We have filed more than 10,000 patent applications in the past five years in technologies as diverse as medical devices, semiconductors, nanotechnology, oil field equipment and compositions, operating systems, networking equipment and wireless communication.

Haynes and Boone’s IP Practice helps achieve results with an approach that is both practical and business-oriented, often grounded in our advanced technical knowledge. The firm’s culture promotes teamwork, ensuring we match our clients’ needs to the best people to do their work.

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Jones Day - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Global powerhouse with a notable Texas-based IP litigation practice covering all core rights, including particularly deep knowledge of privacy and data security and the energy and technology industries. Frequently appears in cross-border proceedings, including patent and trademark disputes.

Strengths Clients describe this as a "very high-quality firm" that "does a really good job" on major IP mandates.

Work highlights Defended Honda against patent infringement claims brought by Blitzsafe involving two patents and five separate IPR filings.

Continued to act for SAP in a longstanding dispute with Wellogix, defending against allegations of trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement.

Significant clients Wendy's, Kyocera, Intersil, IBM.

Notable practitioners

Hilda Galvan is "an outstanding lawyer" who "always considers what will play well with the juries and judges," according to interviewees. She is particularly noted for her representation of software, semiconductor and wireless infrastructure companies in PTAB proceedings and court litigation.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Advises on all aspects of IP law, with expertise in counseling, prosecution and litigation covering patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets and trade dress matters. Also advises on long-term patent exploitation strategies, acting for clients such as high-profile technology and life sciences companies.

Strengths One client states: "They're very knowledgeable; they understand the law and they understand my needs and what we're trying to accomplish. You feel like they're part of your team."

Sources describe this as a "strong technical team."

Work highlights Successfully obtained the dismissal of a $4.4 million claim against Reflectix brought by Promethean Insulation Technology, which alleged that Reflectix had induced the infringement of four patents.

Acted for Qualcomm as respondent in an ITC case brought by Invidia alleging that Samsung had infringed seven asserted patents in its phones and tablets.

Significant clients AT&T, Mary Kay, CeramTec, Baylor Research Institute, Nestlé Health Sciences.

Notable practitioners

The "first-rate" William Slusser is highly regarded for his extensive experience in patent litigation and strong trial practice. He remains a strong choice of counsel for clients, offering particular expertise in representing technology and energy companies.

Brett Govett is described by interviewees as an "outstanding lawyer." His broad commercial litigation practice includes a notable focus on complex IP disputes, including taking patent infringement cases to trial.

Global practice head James Repass regularly advises on noncontentious IP matters, including M&A due diligence and licensing. Interviewees describe him as "just wonderful to work with," adding: "He makes you feel like you are the only client he has."

Richard Zembek is an "extremely talented" attorney who is highlighted for his expert handling of patent litigation arising from the technology industry, including disputes involving e-commerce and telecom companies. His notable trial practice includes acting on multidistrict litigation.

Eric Hall is especially valued for his understanding of complex patent cases involving telecom issues, acting for a number of marquee industry clients. Interviewees describe him as a "very smart, brilliant guy."

Gina Shishima specializes in IP work arising from the medical, biotech and pharmaceutical industries, where she advises on both transactional and contentious matters. She heads the firm's US IP practice.

The "highly regarded" Charles Walker is recognized for his strength in the courtroom, which sees him frequently act on patent and trademark disputes. His expertise also extends to areas such as trade secrets and false advertising claims.

Interviewees confirm that they "think very highly of" Michael Metteauer, describing him as "very knowledgeable and conscientious." He is an experienced trademark expert, advising on portfolio strategy and appearing in enforcement proceedings and court litigation.

Department profile by Norton Rose Fulbright

The Norton Rose Fulbright Intellectual Property team focuses on providing comprehensive, multi-disciplinary intellectual property services designed to help clients obtain the greatest business advantages in patents, copyright, IP transaction, trademarks and trade secrets. Our 100 IP professionals together hold 116 degrees in various scientific and engineering disciplines, including masters and Ph.D.s.

Our US IP Transactions and Patent Prosecution team is experienced in preparing and prosecuting patent applications involving complex technical subject matter. Since 2010, we have filed over 10,000 US and over 25,000 foreign patent applications for our clients. We have a strong presence in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry, as well as the technology industry. Since our lawyers have experience in both patent prosecution and litigation, we assist clients in crafting and implementing overall strategies for protecting and exploiting new technologies.

Our IP disputes team  has unmatched patent litigation experience and brings together the best of both worlds—litigators who have the trial experience to convey highly technical matters and patent lawyers who have the technical prowess to field any IP issue.

Our trademark team has helped develop strategies, protect and  litigate some of the most famous marks in the world and have been at the forefront of many cutting edge trademark issues.

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Our global intellectual property team advises on the acquisition, exploitation, use and enforcement of intellectual property rights across the globe. We provide cost effective advice to clients on an international basis, advising on both domestic and cross-border transactions and disputes throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

We have particular experience across our key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Many of our professionals have advanced scientific degrees to complement their practical experience and combine deep industry and technical knowledge with broad legal understanding.

Several of our offices have developed particular capabilities in relation to patent, trademark and design prosecution and, with the assistance of our vast network of associates, can prosecute patents, trademarks and designs worldwide. We also provide strategic advice to established and developing companies. We have substantial experience in litigating all classes of IP in many different courts and tribunals worldwide. We provide strategic, commercial IP advice on mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, restructurings, insolvency proceedings and competition enquiries.


Pirkey Barber PLLC - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Greatly acclaimed IP boutique, particularly known for its high-level expertise in trademark and copyright law. Notable international practice, often advising US companies on the establishment of brands abroad. Also fields substantial expertise in domain name disputes before ICANN, as well as frequent appearances before federal courts across the USA.

Strengths Sources state that the team is "right up there with the best in Texas for trademarks," labeling the attorneys "substantive experts" who "know everything they need to know about trademark law."

Interviewees highlight the firm's business-focused approach, describing its IP team as "very pragmatic, very practical and very aware of the commercial aims" and noting its "understanding of our business and our goals."

Work highlights Counseled Whole Foods Market on brand and logo clearance for its new store concept, '365 by Whole Foods Market,' while also handling international trademark filings.

Defended 3M against trademark infringement claims brought by a manufacturer of household wipes.

Significant clients ExxonMobil, TGI Friday's, SXSW, University of Texas, Prudential Financial.

Notable practitioners

Louis Pirkey is "the giant of trademark law in Texas," according to admiring sources. He is highly esteemed for his longstanding experience in advising on trademark infringement concerns, which sees him regularly represent clients in contentious proceedings.

The "outstanding" Bill Barber is noted for his trademark litigation practice, appearing before both federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Clients state: "He's been an expert in trademark law for decades, is extremely easy to work with and offers candid, useful counsel."

Shannon Vale is "particularly good in copyright matters," according to impressed interviewees. He frequently advises on cross-border concerns, providing expert counsel on the management of global trademark portfolios.

Steve Meleen frequently acts on trademark litigation, alongside advising on areas such as unfair competition disputes and offering particular expertise in internet-related matters. Sources describe him as a "very smart lawyer."

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Sutton McAughan Deaver, PLLC - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Highly reputable boutique with an enviable track record across the full range of IP matters. Vastly experienced lawyers handle litigation, licensing and patent filings as well offering long-term strategic advice on clients' portfolios. Broad client roster includes electronics, oil and gas, and medical device companies.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "great technical patent law knowledge" as well as its "great trial knowledge," confirming that they are "very impressed" with its services.

Another interviewee describes this as "my go-to for any IP issues," adding: "The firm is filled with people who are very qualified."

Value for money Sources confirm that the firm's "rates are very reasonable," as "they hold their own in litigation and provide great value."

Work highlights Acted for the University of Houston System in bringing unfair competition and trademark infringement claims against South Texas College of Law following its decision to change its name to Houston College of Law.

Acted for Stone Basket Innovations in patent infringement litigation, arguing successfully that the case should remain in the Eastern District of Texas throughout its Markman hearing.

Significant clients Baker Hughes, GE, National Oilwell Varco, Blackhawk Specialty Tools, Lidl Stiftung & Co.

Notable practitioners

The "incredibly sharp" Robert McAughan has a "terrific reputation" for his work across an impressive range of IP matters, including litigation and transactional issues. Clients highlight his strong technical expertise, noting: "He can really get up to speed with this side very quickly and holds his own in technical discussions."

Michael Sutton is praised for his skill in the courtroom, where "in addition to knowing the law and being able to put together cogent arguments, he's very approachable and persuasive." He acts on disputes arising from industries such as energy and electronics, and is described as "one of the best IP lawyers in Texas."

Al Deaver has a "great depth of technical knowledge, which he marries really well with his patent law experience," according to clients. He is particularly noted for the strong strategic counsel he provides on contentious IP proceedings.

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Bracewell LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Provides complete coverage in all areas of IP, fielding established practitioners able to file, prosecute and litigate on trademarks, copyrights and patents. Also noted for its strong handling of transactional IP concerns. Attracts an impressive international client base, as well as acting for leading domestic energy, retail and automotive companies.

Work highlights Successfully defended Facebook against patent infringement claims brought by A Pty, arguing that the patent in question was invalid as it involved an abstract idea.

Acted for American Fitness Wholesalers in defending against Eclipse IP's suit alleging that the client's website infringed its patent, resolving the dispute on terms favorable to the defendant.

Significant clients Saudi Aramco, Toshiba, Westlake Chemical, FPUSA, Sears.

Notable practitioners

Constance Gall Rhebergen specializes in advising corporate clients on patent portfolio management, as well as on IP issues arising from M&A and licensing concerns. She acts for software, energy and agricultural companies, among others.

Alan Albright is held in high regard by interviewees, who describe him as a "first-rate, really excellent trial lawyer." He is frequently retained on high-profile patent disputes, and also handles trade secret litigation.

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Susman Godfrey LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Particularly well known for its expert handling of patent and trade secrets litigation for plaintiffs and respondents. Maintains a diverse commercial litigation practice that sees it represent a range of clients, including many active in hi-tech sectors.

Strengths The strength of the firm's attorneys attracts high praise, with clients confirming that "they hire some of the finest lawyers in the country" who are "excellent brief writers."

Interviewees describe Susman as a "premier boutique litigation firm," noting that "when they come knocking you pay attention."

Notable practitioners

Stephen Susman is a highly respected presence in the courtroom whose sterling commercial litigation practice includes a focus on IP disputes. Sources draw attention to his extensive advocacy expertise, stating: "When it comes to trial lawyers in Texas, he's right up there."

Max Tribble is "a talented litigator" who is particularly valued for the technical expertise he brings to complex patent disputes. Sources praise his strong trial practice, noting that he is "very well respected by the judiciary."

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Thompson & Knight LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Focuses primarily on patent litigation, fielding additional experience in trade secret, unfair competition and asset management issues. Active across a range of areas, including IP issues involving telecom, consumer products and manufacturing clients. Also noted for its strength in the oil and gas space.

Strengths Interviewees underline the firm's "good talent" in this market, citing its "very good, high-quality lawyers."

Work highlights Defended Diane Roederer and DRDelicacy against infringement claims brought by Champagne Louis Roederer.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Sostek is held in high regard for his extensive litigation experience, drawing praise as a "very knowledgeable" trial lawyer who "knows his way around the courtroom." He litigates a broad range of IP issues, including patent and copyright infringement claims.

Herbert Hammond maintains a comprehensive contentious and noncontentious IP practice, advising across all major rights. He is also noted for his handling of ADR proceedings, which sees him frequently appointed as mediator and arbitrator in IP disputes.

Department profile by Thompson & Knight LLP

Thompson & Knight's Intellectual Property practice group is comprised of lawyers who focus on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, and related technology matters. In a non-adversarial context, our experience includes legal counseling, assisting clients with the strategic use of IP assets to advance business objectives, prosecution of patents, registration and prosecution of marks, licensing, technology transfers, and protection of trade secrets. Thompson & Knight's IP attorneys also regularly counsel and represent clients on issues of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, acts of unfair competition, and theft of trade secrets. 

Thompson & Knight's IP attorneys and trial lawyers have decades of experience litigating patent infringement cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in actions in the federal district courts throughout the United States, including substantial experience before the Northern and Eastern District of Texas, the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the District of Delaware. Our lawyers also regularly appear before the International Trade Commission and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.



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Vinson & Elkins LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Acts for some of the biggest names in sports, media and life sciences, providing support on everything from due diligence on M&A deals to patent, copyright and trademark litigation. Active Eastern District of Texas caseload, as well as frequently appearing before nationwide trial and appellate courts.

Strengths One client states: "They do an incredibly good job for us. No matter what the issue is, they've been outstanding. They are the most conscientious and responsive lawyers we work with."

Interviewees also commend the firm's "high quality" work and note that "they're able to provide full guidance and identify the bigger and smaller risks."

Work highlights Represented Moblize in a patent infringement case brought by TDE Petroleum Data Solutions, successfully having the patent ruled as invalid and securing the dismissal of all claims.

Argued successfully for the dismissal of a $200 million patent claim filed against magicJack VocalTec and others by netTalk.

Significant clients Spredfast, NBA Media Ventures, Huntsman, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, Duke Energy.

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Clients particularly value Peter Mims for his longstanding experience, noting that "for him to be able to explain a complicated area of law and guide us through that portion of the transaction was invaluable." He acts on a range of disputes, including those arising from M&A, and is noted for his strength at the intersection of technology and IP law.

Devika Kornbacher is described by one source as being "smarter than I can ever hope to be," while others highlight her "very practical and cost-sensitive approach." She frequently advises on IP issues emanating from corporate transactions, including M&A and software development agreements.

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• Breadth of Industry and Technology Experience: Many of our lawyers have advanced degrees or have worked in technology or life-science industries, affording greater insight into our client's most challenging IP issues.

• Venue Experience: Although we handle cases in federal district and appellate courts nationwide, our IP team has handled a vast number of cases in Texas federal district courts, including a large volume of patent, copyright and trademark cases in the Eastern District of Texas. 

• IP Transactions. We handle complex IP issues in transactional matters, including M&A and project finance transactions and patent clearances.

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Winston & Strawn LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Acts across an impressive range of IP concerns, including particular expertise in patent litigation. Also noted for its handling of trade secret issues and the IP aspects of transactions. Maintains its strong reputation in the energy market, while also acting for software, healthcare and telecom clients.

Strengths Clients describe this as a "go-to firm for patent infringement litigation and arbitration," noting that "they understand our business" and "have always been available to us."

Work highlights Successfully obtained a $24.5 million jury verdict in favor of Suncoast Post-Tension against a former employee, upholding allegations of copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract and unfair competition.

Acted for True Science Holdings in a successful $13.6 million patent infringement case against Mars, invalidating both patents involved in the dispute following a five-day jury trial.

Significant clients Schlumberger, Katch Kan, Sunoco, ARM, AstroPak.

Notable practitioners

"Very impressive trial lawyer" John Keville impresses with his "good communication skills" and handling of high-value IP disputes. Peers describe him as a "very creative and persuasive attorney," stating that facing him in a courtroom means "you're going to have to stay on your toes."

Tom Melsheimer is an "excellent trial lawyer" whose "phenomenal" skills in a courtroom are widely noted by interviewees. He litigates a wide range of civil and criminal matters, including patent infringement, product liability and fraud disputes.

Department profile by Winston & Strawn LLP

With more than 200 IP attorneys firmwide, and more than 20 in Texas with technical degrees, Winston & Strawn’s Texas IP attorneys have obtained headline-grabbing results in several high-stakes cases. Our Texas offices include an active patent litigation and trade secret litigation practice, with in-house forensics experience, providing clients with the skills required to handle the technology challenges inherent in trade secret and other IP litigation.

In February 2017, Winston significantly expanded its Texas practice with the addition of 25 prominent partners joining from nine different firms and the opening of a Dallas office. The group brings substantial experience in disputes and transactional matters—including intellectual property. Anchoring our Dallas team are prominent Texas litigators Thomas Melsheimer, Matthew Orwig, Natalie Arbaugh, and Steven Stodghill, and according to a Texas lawyer recently interviewed by D Magazine, this move was described as “the equivalent of starting a firm with an Olympic all-star team.”

The firm’s expansion into Dallas, one of the nation’s fastest-growing financial and business centers, enhances Winston’s ability to deliver outstanding service to clients with operations in this metropolitan area and beyond. Our new Dallas service offerings complement our well-established and award-winning Houston IP platform and significantly bolster the firm’s Texas presence.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Offers expert guidance on trade secrets, copyright and trademark matters, maintaining a strong focus on district court and USPTO patent proceedings. Frequently retained on cases heard in the Eastern District of Texas.

Strengths Clients appreciate the "responsive and professional" team, noting that it is particularly valuable in the Eastern District, as its attorneys are "obviously very familiar with the Bench and understand the local nuances of practice."

Notable practitioners

David Clonts comes recommended for his IP litigation practice, where he attracts praise for "being good at developing a case for trial" as he "knows the strategy you need to follow and the steps you need to take." Clients also describe him as "proactive; he comes to you with solutions."

Charles Everingham attracts praise for his "smart, well thought out and evenly measured" approach to patent litigation. Interviewees also draw attention to his previous role as a district court judge, which further informs his handling of IP disputes.

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Baker McKenzie - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Extensive experience acting before the USPTO, the TTAB and the ITC, as well as district courts and the Federal Circuit. Alongside patent, trademark and copyright litigation, the group leverages its resources to provide global portfolio management support. Broad client base includes chemical, life sciences, electrical and software companies.

Strengths One source commends the firm's "absolutely first-rate service" as well as its strong bench of "attorneys with real-world experience who are ready to go to court from day one."

Clients praise the firm's considered counsel, saying that "they're very thoughtful and they give well thought out but still pragmatic advice."

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" John Flaim is noted for his skill in handling IP litigation in the computer and software fields, as well as working on transactional and licensing matters. He leads the firm's global intellectual property group.

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Blank Rome LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Strong, broad-based offering that allows the team to act on wide-ranging litigation, transactional and prosecution matters across the spectrum of IP rights. Advises big-name clients from the USA and further afield.

Strengths Clients "completely trust the firm's advice," describing it as "really good right from the get-go" and highlighting its "pragmatic" approach.

Work highlights Represented Churchill Drilling Tools in its successful defense of patent infringement claims brought by Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment, filing an IPR before the PTAB that invalidated the patent in question.

Defended Corel against the assertion of nine patents by Microsoft in relation to Corel's home office software.

Significant clients Nanoco, Brocade, ZTE, Apple, Daktronics.

Notable practitioners

Clients particularly appreciate David Cabello's direct approach, noting: "He's quick off the mark, will cut to the chase and tell me what I need to know and what his recommendation is." He chairs the firm's IP and technology group and maintains a broad contentious and noncontentious practice.

Russell Wong is valued by clients for the high level of commercial sensibility he brings to his advice on litigation and licensing matters, which draws on previous in-house experience as chief IP counsel. He acts for a broad roster of clients, including software startups and major IT companies.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Recognized for its handling of ITC and district court patent litigation, as well as its increased focus on PTAB proceedings. Notable international capabilities attract major global brands, including electronics and computer software companies. Frequently advises on multijurisdictional patent enforcement.

Strengths Interviewees label this "an excellent team," praising its "very well prepared and creative" attorneys and appreciating that they "listen to their clients and work well with them."

The firm is especially praised for the "very strong team" it brings to ITC proceedings, which sees it described as a "good choice for bet-the-company litigation."

Work highlights Defended Itron against patent infringement claims brought by GroupChatter, recently arguing for the case to be transferred to a preferable forum.

Represented KLA-Tencor against allegations of fraud on the patent office, which formed part of an antitrust suit brought by Xitronix.

Significant clients Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Luminex, Samsung Electronics, HP, Ericsson.

Notable practitioners

John Guaragna is appreciated for the commercial understanding he brings to patent litigation, as one source details: "What makes him particularly successfully is that he really takes the time to understand what the business issue is for the client." He is also recommended for his strength as a "very good communicator."

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Heim, Payne & Chorush LLP - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly recommended for its expertise in electronics, computer science and pharmaceuticals. Well-regarded IP boutique that provides support for clients across a range of areas, including patent litigation, trade secrets and antitrust.

Notable practitioners

Michael Heim is held in high regard for his longstanding IP practice, which includes handling issues arising from the electrical, telecom and software spaces. He is recognized for his strong litigation practice.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Respected patent trial team that acts for a range of clients, including those in the energy, financial services and retail markets. Strong litigation capabilities are supported by a broad prosecution and portfolio management offering. Also noted for its experience in disputes with nonpracticing entities.

Strengths Clients commend the team's "tactical lawyers" who "move through issues very quickly and handle them very diplomatically," confirming that they are "a safe pair of hands in major litigation."

Work highlights Secured a defense verdict for Repros Therapeutics before the US Court of Appeals, having successfully argued at trial that the plaintiff should not be included as a named inventor on the client's patents.

Represented TCL Communication Technology Holdings in patent infringement claims brought by Ericsson, arguing successfully for a motion to stay proceedings following the patent office's review of the patents under question.

Significant clients HP, SunGuard, Bristol Bay Industrial, LG Electronics, NEC.

Notable practitioners

David Levy comes recommended for his "knowledgeable" IP practice, which includes representing major technology companies in patent disputes. Market commentators confirm that he is a popular choice among clients.

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Munck Wilson Mandala LLP - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Expert guidance across the full spectrum of IP protection. Strong trial capabilities complemented by an impressive track record of prosecuting patents and advising on corporate transactions. Frequently acts for clients such as life sciences, gaming and energy companies, as well as financial services entities.

Strengths Interviewees particularly highlight the firm's "very strong patent prosecution" capabilities and praise the "good solid team" it offers.

Work highlights Continued to manage and prosecute a wide range of patents for Samsung Electronics, as well as advising on trademark concerns.

Acted for Galderma Laboratories in patent infringement actions brought against a generics manufacturer.

Significant clients Honeywell International, Texas A&M University, Marlow Industries, Raytheon.

Notable practitioners

William Munck chairs the firm's IP group and draws on longstanding experience in IP portfolio counsel. His broad client base includes computer software, pharmaceutical and energy entities.

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We Know Technology

At Munck Wilson Mandala, we represent clients around the world, protecting their ideas, inventions and business. Our attorneys have diverse and distinguished technical backgrounds and experience representing domestic, foreign and multinational companies in developing and executing offensive and defensive licensing strategies. We are fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Spanish, and other languages. As a team, we have well over 500 years - half a millennium - of combined experience representing clients in patent preparation and prosecution, licensing, and litigation.

In addition to representing some of the more well-known names in technology, the Munck Wilson Mandala team also represents smaller companies who have disputes over patent infringement and trade secret matters. The firm also investigates the validity of issued patents, registrations, contracts, designs and filings to be certain all avenues are explored and all proper precautions are in effect. 

Because we understand your technology and business, we are better equipped to understand your challenges, work with your management and inventors and shape your IP strategies. Through technology assessment techniques and applied research, Munck Wilson Mandala helps clients improve business performance and institute organizational and strategic changes for competitive advantage. 










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International Work: 
Munck Wilson Mandala routinely represents domestic, foreign and multinational companies in all areas of intellectual property and technology, and assists companies in protecting and asserting intellectual property assets worldwide. Through an extensive global network of foreign associates, the firm helps clients assess, secure and enforce patent protection worldwide, including patent prosecution.





Sidley Austin LLP - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Advises clients across the breadth of IP matters, with a strong patent litigation offering bolstered by expertise in unfair competition and trade secrets, as well as copyrights and trademarks. Life sciences and technology disputes feature heavily in its active caseload.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Tarnay is a key contact for the practice.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Effective patent litigators handling high-stakes litigation for household names active in manufacturing, telecommunications and computer software. Notable experience in handling big-ticket disputes taken to trial in courts across the USA.

Strengths One source states: "Weil has a great team and has a particularly good focus on client service."

Work highlights Successfully defended Microsoft before the US Court of Appeals against a suit brought by Allvoice alleging that the Microsoft's speech recognition, word processing systems and other operating systems infringed its patents.

Reached a settlement on behalf of Vivint in a patent infringement case brought by Script Security Solutions.

Significant clients Intel, Tesla Motors, T-Mobile, Lubrizol Specialty Products.

Notable practitioners

Garland Stephens "has a really good reputation" for his representation of major companies in IP disputes. He is particularly noted for his strength in disputes arising from the technology and electronics industries.

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Senior Statesmen

McKool Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

William LaFuze is a highly respected member of the Texas IP Bar whose extensive experience in patent disputes spans a range of industries. His recent work includes defending Baker Hughes against patent infringement claims filed by Rapid Completions.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

The "first-rate" William Slusser is highly regarded for his extensive experience in patent litigation and strong trial practice. He remains a strong choice of counsel for clients, offering particular expertise in representing technology and energy companies.

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Sutton McAughan Deaver, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Sutton is praised for his skill in the courtroom, where "in addition to knowing the law and being able to put together cogent arguments, he's very approachable and persuasive." He acts on disputes arising from industries such as energy and electronics, and is described as "one of the best IP lawyers in Texas." 

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McKool Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

The "first-rate" Samuel Baxter draws high praise for his patent litigation practice, which sees him frequently act in high-value infringement trials. Interviewees describe him as "the dean of the plaintiffs' lawyers," highlighting his strong track record of success in big-ticket cases.

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McKool Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Cawley is "certainly one of the very best in the state" when it comes to patent litigation, according to impressed commentators. He remains "top of the list" for clients, who cite his "phenomenal" presence in the courtroom, where he "comes across as very credible to judges."

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Fish & Richardson PC

From the Chambers USA guide

"Super-smart" DJ Healey is "one of the very best patent litigators in the US," according to interviewees. Her longstanding experience in trial and appellate proceedings involving patents sees her described as "a walking encyclopedia who everyone listens to."

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David McCombs is "an expert in patent proceedings," according to impressed interviewees, who also highlight his ability to "provide excellent advice at the strategy level." His leading PTAB practice is complemented by notable expertise in federal court litigation at both trial and appellate stages.

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McKool Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

Acclaimed trial lawyer Mike McKool boasts a "stellar reputation" across a range of IP disputes, including recent high-profile work in the telecom and mobile devices field. Clients regard him as a "real standout" for major disputes.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Scott Partridge is hailed as a "first-rate" litigator who offers particular expertise in representing technology industry clients in IP disputes. He frequently appears before the ITC, as well as offering extensive federal and state courtroom experience.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barton Showalter draws extensive praise for his leading patent litigation and licensing practice. Clients highlight the "multidimensional experience" he brings to the table, while peers state that "everyone on earth loves him; he is beloved around the state."

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Theodore Stevenson

McKool Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" Theodore Stevenson is a leading trial and appellate attorney, offering extensive expertise in litigating patent disputes. Clients state that he is "a very good oral advocate" who is "very effective at leading the team of lawyers and developing a case."

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Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alan Albright is held in high regard by interviewees, who describe him as a "first-rate, really excellent trial lawyer." He is frequently retained on high-profile patent disputes, and also handles trade secret litigation.

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Nicolas Barzoukas

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Nicolas Barzoukas of Reed Smith LLP is particularly renowned for his work in the biotech and pharmaceutical space, where sources praise him as "a smart lawyer and a tough negotiator." His expertise includes handling Hatch-Waxman litigation and Markman hearings.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Clonts comes recommended for his IP litigation practice, where he attracts praise for "being good at developing a case for trial" as he "knows the strategy you need to follow and the steps you need to take." Clients also describe him as "proactive; he comes to you with solutions."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers USA guide

Hilda Galvan is "an outstanding lawyer" who "always considers what will play well with the juries and judges," according to interviewees. She is particularly noted for her representation of software, semiconductor and wireless infrastructure companies in PTAB proceedings and court litigation.

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Heim, Payne & Chorush LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Heim is held in high regard for his longstanding IP practice, which includes handling issues arising from the electrical, telecom and software spaces. He is recognized for his strong litigation practice.

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "smart and knowledgeable" Sharon Israel of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP "understands our strategic needs, both from a cost management perspective and a business perspective," according to interviewees. She is noted for her strong patent litigation practice.

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Very impressive trial lawyer" John Keville impresses with his "good communication skills" and handling of high-value IP disputes. Peers describe him as a "very creative and persuasive attorney," stating that facing him in a courtroom means "you're going to have to stay on your toes."

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Sutton McAughan Deaver, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "incredibly sharp" Robert McAughan has a "terrific reputation" for his work across an impressive range of IP matters, including litigation and transactional issues. Clients highlight his strong technical expertise, noting: "He can really get up to speed with this side very quickly and holds his own in technical discussions."

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Winston & Strawn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tom Melsheimer is an "excellent trial lawyer" whose "phenomenal" skills in a courtroom are widely noted by interviewees. He litigates a wide range of civil and criminal matters, including patent infringement, product liability and fraud disputes.

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Thompson & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Sostek is held in high regard for his extensive litigation experience, drawing praise as a "very knowledgeable" trial lawyer who "knows his way around the courtroom." He litigates a broad range of IP issues, including patent and copyright infringement claims.

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Susman Godfrey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Susman is a highly respected presence in the courtroom whose sterling commercial litigation practice includes a focus on IP disputes. Sources draw attention to his extensive advocacy expertise, stating: "When it comes to trial lawyers in Texas, he's right up there."

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Barr of King & Spalding LLP is a highly regarded IP litigator who frequently appears before the Eastern District of Texas in patent disputes. He is particularly noted for his representation of clients in the energy industry.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients particularly appreciate David Cabello's direct approach, noting: "He's quick off the mark, will cut to the chase and tell me what I need to know and what his recommendation is." He chairs the firm's IP and technology group and maintains a broad contentious and noncontentious practice.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Chassman of Reed Smith LLP is a "well-regarded litigator" who draws particular praise for his "incredibly responsive" approach. He frequently advises on patent disputes involving complex technological issues.

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Chen Malin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Li Chen of Chen Malin LLP "merges all of his legal talents with a really terrific business mind," according to impressed clients, who also highlight his ability to "focus like a laser on the most important issues." His fluency in Mandarin sees him frequently retained on cross-border patent litigation.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Brett Govett is described by interviewees as an "outstanding lawyer." His broad commercial litigation practice includes a notable focus on complex IP disputes, including taking patent infringement cases to trial.

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Herbert J Hammond

Thompson & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Herbert Hammond maintains a comprehensive contentious and noncontentious IP practice, advising across all major rights. He is also noted for his handling of ADR proceedings, which sees him frequently appointed as mediator and arbitrator in IP disputes.

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Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees confirm that Carey Jordan "has a very good reputation for patent prosecution management and counseling," while also commending her strength in the chemical industry space. She is an experienced transactional attorney who recently arrived at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP from McDermott.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Kubehl "is a very gifted orator and has a very good technical mind," according to impressed clients. He is a go-to trial lawyer for complex infringement suits, as well as advising on licensing concerns. Sources describe him as a "brilliant patent litigator."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Kudlac of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is a "smart patent lawyer" who is highly regarded for his handling of litigation. His experience includes acting on disputes involving semiconductor, telecom and financial transactions software.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Meek maintains an impressively broad practice, advising on contentious patent and copyright matters, licensing and prosecution. His recent work includes leading the firm's representation of Samsung Electronics, recently securing a defense verdict against infringement claims brought by ContentGuard Holdings.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients particularly value Peter Mims for his longstanding experience, noting that "for him to be able to explain a complicated area of law and guide us through that portion of the transaction was invaluable." He acts on a range of disputes, including those arising from M&A, and is noted for his strength at the intersection of technology and IP law.

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Parker Highlander PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

David Parker of Parker Highlander PLLC comes recommended for his skillful management of patent portfolios. He also offers strength in patent prosecution, and draws on notable experience in biotech issues.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Phillip Philbin comes highly recommended as a "really, really good trial lawyer" who is "excellent to work with." His broad contentious experience covers a broad range of IP concerns, including patents, copyrights and trade secrets.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Global practice head James Repass regularly advises on noncontentious IP matters, including M&A due diligence and licensing. Interviewees describe him as "just wonderful to work with," adding: "He makes you feel like you are the only client he has." 

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Susman Godfrey LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Max Tribble is "a talented litigator" who is particularly valued for the technical expertise he brings to complex patent disputes. Sources praise his strong trial practice, noting that he is "very well respected by the judiciary."

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Weaver is recognized for his strong trial practice, which sees him regularly act in high-value patent, licensing and copyright disputes. Clients agree that he is "a rare combination of technical smarts and trial lawyer skills that's very hard to find," praising his "good sense not just for what the issues are but also for which are going to be more important."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Whittle of Hogan Lovells US LLP is described by one source as "the ace licensing guy in Texas," while others highlight his "knowledgeable and practical" counsel. He is particularly valued for his strength in IP issues arising from the oil and gas market.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Zembek is an "extremely talented" attorney who is highlighted for his expert handling of patent litigation arising from the technology industry, including disputes involving e-commerce and telecom companies. His notable trial practice includes acting on multidistrict litigation.

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Locke Lord LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Baker of Locke Lord LLP brings extensive experience across a range of IP disputes, including patent and copyright infringement litigation. He is noted for his expert handling of both trial and appellate proceedings.

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Hoover Slovacek LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Burgert of Hoover Slovacek LLP brings broad commercial litigation experience to his IP practice. He maintains a focus on disputes involving energy companies.

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McKool Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Burgess is a "talented litigator" who is "well respected for his legal acumen" as well as being "great on the technical side," note interviewees. He is a popular choice for clients in the tech industry, including leading names in telecom and software, which he frequently advises on patent infringement cases.

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McGuireWoods LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Darren Collins of McGuireWoods LLP has "very valuable rounded experience in patent prosecution and litigation," according to impressed sources. Clients hold him in high regard, noting that he is "very knowledgeable and practical from a business point of view."

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Sutton McAughan Deaver, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Al Deaver has a "great depth of technical knowledge, which he marries really well with his patent law experience," according to clients. He is particularly noted for the strong strategic counsel he provides on contentious IP proceedings.

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Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeff Dodd of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP is "very strong in licensing," according to one source. He frequently advises on IP issues arising from transactions, as well as litigating disputes involving trademarks and copyrights.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Russell Emerson frequently acts on complex IP disputes, including those involving semiconductors, medical devices and pharmaceutical products. Sources hold him in high regard as a "patent lawyer's patent lawyer."

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Charles Everingham

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Everingham attracts praise for his "smart, well thought out and evenly measured" approach to patent litigation. Interviewees also draw attention to his previous role as a district court judge, which further informs his handling of IP disputes.

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Farney Daniels

From the Chambers USA guide

Bryan Farney of Farney Daniels is "a very creative and hard-working lawyer" who is frequently retained on life sciences and software IP disputes. He is a "very fine trial lawyer" whose expertise also includes appellate proceedings.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

The "outstanding" John Flaim is noted for his skill in handling IP litigation in the computer and software fields, as well as working on transactional and licensing matters. He leads the firm's global intellectual property group.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Roger Fulghum is "an incredibly gifted oral advocate" with the "ability to manage complex litigation matters," according to clients. He is recognized for his handling of trade secret and patent litigation at trial and appellate stages, as well as acting on transactions and prosecution.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

John Guaragna is appreciated for the commercial understanding he brings to patent litigation, as one source details: "What makes him particularly successfully is that he really takes the time to understand what the business issue is for the client." He is also recommended for his strength as a "very good communicator."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Hall is especially valued for his understanding of complex patent cases involving telecom issues, acting for a number of marquee industry clients. Interviewees describe him as a "very smart, brilliant guy."

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Dentons

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Hanson comes recommended as a "very good patent prosecutor" who is particularly expert in matters involving biotech companies. He is an experienced IP attorney based at Dentons.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Levy comes recommended for his "knowledgeable" IP practice, which includes representing major technology companies in patent disputes. Market commentators confirm that he is a popular choice among clients.

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Chen Malin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Malin of Chen Malin LLP works on the IP issues arising from a range of areas, including software and domain names. Interviewees highlight his "detail-oriented" approach and note that he "can get to the heart of a matter quickly."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dwayne Mason is "highly regarded" for his broad IP practice, which includes counseling clients on disputes involving patents, trademarks and trade secrets. He heads the Texas IP litigation practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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Munck Wilson Mandala LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Munck chairs the firm's IP group and draws on longstanding experience in IP portfolio counsel. His broad client base includes computer software, pharmaceutical and energy entities.

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McKool Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

Steve Pollinger is "well respected" for his handling of complex patent litigation. He frequently acts on complex disputes involving technological issues, appearing before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and in courtrooms for an impressive roster of clients.

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Constance Gall Rhebergen

Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Constance Gall Rhebergen specializes in advising corporate clients on patent portfolio management, as well as on IP issues arising from M&A and licensing concerns. She acts for software, energy and agricultural companies, among others.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

Gina Shishima specializes in IP work arising from the medical, biotech and pharmaceutical industries, where she advises on both transactional and contentious matters. She heads the firm's US IP practice.

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Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Gene Spears is "the smartest guy I've ever run across," enthuses one source. He litigates patent, copyright and trade secrets cases for a range of clients, while offering particular experience in advising chemical industry entities.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Garland Stephens "has a really good reputation" for his representation of major companies in IP disputes. He is particularly noted for his strength in disputes arising from the technology and electronics industries.

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Band 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ben Tobor of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is a longstanding figure at the Houston IP Bar. Sources commend his patent prosecution practice and note that "the steady and practical advice he provides is always aligned with our business drivers."

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers USA guide

The "highly regarded" Charles Walker is recognized for his strength in the courtroom, which sees him frequently act on patent and trademark disputes. His expertise also extends to areas such as trade secrets and false advertising claims.

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Band 4

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Russell Wong is valued by clients for the high level of commercial sensibility he brings to his advice on litigation and licensing matters, which draws on previous in-house experience as chief IP counsel. He acts for a broad roster of clients, including software startups and major IT companies.

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Up and Coming

Devika Kornbacher

Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Devika Kornbacher is described by one source as being "smarter than I can ever hope to be," while others highlight her "very practical and cost-sensitive approach." She frequently advises on IP issues emanating from corporate transactions, including M&A and software development agreements.

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