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Intellectual Property — Northern Virginia


Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for First-class IP shop in Virginia, with significant experience in major litigation. Also advises on prosecution, post-grant reviews and portfolio management, among other matters. Regularly acts for prominent players from an array of industries, including technology, pharmaceutical and aerospace.

Strengths The team is lauded for “providing high-caliber legal advice in a timely manner,” while sources also note its “very high-quality lawyers.”

Work highlights Acted for AstraZeneca in Hatch-Waxman litigation pertaining to its Onglyza and Kombiglyze products. The case concerns Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) filed by ten generic pharmaceutical manufacturers with the FDA.

Continued to manage Caterpillar's domestic and international portfolio of at least 1,400 trademark applications and registrations and 1,100 patent applications. This includes representation in enforcement and inter partes proceedings before the USPTO.

Significant clients FedEx, AstraZeneca, Fidelity National Information Services, LG Electronics, Sony.

Notable practitioners

Sources note that Charles Lipsey is “well respected” and experienced in the courtroom. He is a seasoned litigator with noted knowledge of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Christopher Foley is recognized for his expertise in the trademarks and patent spaces. Sources say that he is "hard-working, creative and he really knows the law."

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Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Superb IP boutique with significant expertise in patent prosecution matters for a variety of top-tier technology clients. Also adept at advising on patent litigation, IP transactions and post-grant proceedings. Offers an expanding international footprint, with notable strength in the Japanese market through its affiliate office in Tokyo.

Strengths The firm scores highly with clients: "I am extremely impressed with Oblon's IP services. They have been very helpful and professional in meeting all our requirements."

Another interviewee adds: "Their general strengths lie in their intimate knowledge of the USPTO and their excellent patent examiner interview skills."

Value for money Sources agree that the firm offers attractive rates for the quality of service provided: "I have been very satisfied with the value for money and there are rarely any surprises with billing."

Work highlights Acted as Fujitsu's primary patent prosecution counsel in the USA.

Continued to represent Rakuten Kobo on all its IP matters in the USA. Matters handled include patent applications and enforcement proceedings.

Significant clients Broadcom, Sony, eBay, Square, Kodak.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Kunin is commended as “incredible, extremely knowledgeable and a consummate professional” by impressed sources. He is particularly recommended for his excellence in post-grant proceedings.

Senior counsel Charles Gholz is a highly experienced practitioner who continues to provide clients with his formidable expertise in the patent space.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Market-leading practice with a deep bench of seasoned attorneys offering significant technical expertise. Advises on the full range of matters, including trademark registrations, patent applications and litigation. Experienced in representing clients at the state and international levels. Particular recent activity in handling ANDA filings on behalf of generic pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Strengths Interviewees praise the team's litigation abilities: "They are very highly motivated and very focused on the different levels you need to be in litigation: technical details, procedures and overall strategy. I feel they do a very good job of approaching at these levels when advocating for us."

Sources also highlight the firm's outstanding levels of client service: "They were very responsive and worked very closely with us as a real partner. It was a very positive experience."

Work highlights Represented GEA Process Engineering and GEA Procomac in defense of patent infringement litigation brought by Steuben Foods. The case related to aseptic filling machines.

Acted for Medtronic in a Federal Circuit appeal brought by Endotach in an effort to overturn a PTAB decision in which its patent claims against Medtronic were found to be unpatentable.

Significant clients Kroger, UBS, Chevron, Philips, Schrader Electronics.

Notable practitioners

Jack Barufka coheads the firmwide IP team and offers a broad practice covering matters such as litigation, licensing and technology transactions. One impressed client reports: "He is terrific. He really understands both the legal and business sides of things."

William Atkins is a hugely experienced IP litigator with experience of a broad range of patent and trademark disputes. Interviewee speak highly of Atkins, describing him as "an excellent speaker and truly a scholar," and affirming that he is "a very good litigator."

Ngai Zhang is a highly rated associate with a burgeoning reputation among the firm's clients. He handles a range of matters including patent portfolio, due diligence and inter partes reviews on behalf of a diverse set of clients. He has additional knowledge in the social media space.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for A highly regarded option for representation in a variety of IP matters, including the development of IP portfolios and patent disputes. Represents an impressive roster of national and international clients, ranging from large companies and prestigious universities to individual investors and startups.

Strengths One interviewee praises the firm's commercial awareness, noting that it is "not only very knowledgeable but also very aware of real-life business issues and practical considerations."

Work highlights Continued to manage the trademark portfolio enforcement and management for Enterprise Holdings.

Represented Deere & Company in multiple trademark enforcement proceedings against third party infringers.

Significant clients MasterCard Worldwide, Bush Brothers & Company, Concordia Pharmaceuticals, FibroGen, Women’s Choice Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners

Patrick Keane is a key contact.

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Cooley LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for A highly rated group with notable expertise acting for technology, medical device, energy and telecom companies. Significant experience handling the full range of patent matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and portfolio management.

Notable practitioners

Frank Pietrantonio is well regarded by market observers. He utilizes his engineering background to advise clients from the technology sector on the full range of patent matters in the Southeastern region. Sources regard him as "an excellent practitioner."

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Nixon & Vanderhye PC - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for A dedicated team of IP lawyers with strong experience covering technology and sciences. Particular prowess in patent prosecution matters.

Notable practitioners

Larry Nixon is noted for his strength in patent disputes. Interviewees report that he is "well known and highly regarded" in the Virginia market.

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Senior Statesmen

Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP

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Senior counsel Charles Gholz is a highly experienced practitioner who continues to provide clients with his formidable expertise in the patent space.

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Eminent Practitioner

Frank Pietrantonio

Cooley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Frank Pietrantonio is well regarded by market observers. He utilizes his engineering background to advise clients from the technology sector on the full range of patent matters in the Southeastern region. Sources regard him as "an excellent practitioner."

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jack Barufka coheads the firmwide IP team and offers a broad practice covering matters such as litigation, licensing and technology transactions. One impressed client reports: "He is terrific. He really understands both the legal and business sides of things."

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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James Gatto of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has a robust IP practice assisting an impressive set of technology clients in a range of cutting-edge software, social media and gaming patent matters.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Interviewees describe Dale Lazar of DLA Piper LLP (US) as a “sophisticated attorney who understands the law.” He is recommended for his handling of patent prosecution and litigation.

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Charles E. Lipsey

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources note that Charles Lipsey is “well respected” and experienced in the courtroom. He is a seasoned litigator with noted knowledge of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

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Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Kunin is commended as “incredible, extremely knowledgeable and a consummate professional” by impressed sources. He is particularly recommended for his excellence in post-grant proceedings.

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Nixon & Vanderhye PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Larry Nixon is noted for his strength in patent disputes. Interviewees report that he is "well known and highly regarded" in the Virginia market.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Atkins is a hugely experienced IP litigator with experience of a broad range of patent and trademark disputes. Interviewee speak highly of Atkins, describing him as "an excellent speaker and truly a scholar," and affirming that he is "a very good litigator."

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Christopher P. Foley

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

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Christopher Foley is recognized for his expertise in the trademarks and patent spaces. Sources say that he is "hard-working, creative and he really knows the law."

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Laurence & Phillips

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Kevin Laurence of Laurence & Phillips is noted for his representation of clients in inter partes reviews and other post-grant proceedings. He offers experience on matters pertaining to the chemical, pharmaceutical and medical device industries, among others.

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Associates to watch

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ngai Zhang is a highly rated associate with a burgeoning reputation among the firm's clients. He handles a range of matters including patent portfolio, due diligence and inter partes reviews on behalf of a diverse set of clients. He has additional knowledge in the social media space.

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