With 65 Ph.D.s, more than 100 advanced degrees, and multi-lingual capabilities, including Chinese and German, we offer clients around the world a patent prosecution and counseling practice that is unrivaled in its depth of industry and technical experience. From the earliest stage of technical development to product clearance and licensing, our team develops a deep understanding of our clients’ business strategy so that we can customize an IP strategy for them.
Our approach sets us apart from our competitors. We ask:
Only after we answer these questions do we start to draft patent applications that support those IP strategies.
Our patent lawyers are skilled in the strategic planning of patent portfolios, including writing successful patent applications in complex and novel situations in anticipation of possible future litigation. We are often called upon to represent clients—from ventured-backed startups to Fortune 500 companies to leading universities—on complex licensing, patent clearance, and adversarial matters, as well as to provide strategic business counsel regarding the development of products or technologies that may allegedly infringe patents held by competitors or require the negotiation of royalty payments. When necessary, we assemble experienced teams of patent lawyers, patent litigators, and technical experts to address unique business or IP issues that may arise.
Law360 IP Practice Group of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2016
Chambers Global 2018 Global: Intellectual Property Asia-Pacific Region: Intellectual Property China: Intellectual Property: International Firms Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms United States: Intellectual Property (Patent) United States: Intellectual Property (Section 337)
Chambers USA 2017 National: Intellectual Property National: International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337) California: Intellectual Property California: Intellectual Property (Patent Prosecution) New York: Technology & Outsourcing Washington D.C.: Intellectual Property (Litigation) Washington D.C.: Technology & Outsourcing
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms Asia-Pacific Region: Intellectual Property
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The National Law Journal 2016 IP Hot List
Legal 500 US 2018 Copyright Patent Litigation: ITC Patent Litigation: Full Coverage Patents: Portfolio Management and Licensing Patent: Prosecution (Including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Trade Secrets Trademarks: Litigation
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018 China: Intellectual Property: Foreign Firms Hong Kong: Intellectual Property Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms and Joint Ventures
Managing IP: American Awards Shortlist 2018 United States: Appellate United States: Life Sciences IP Litigation United States: ITC Japan: Patent – Foreign Firms
IAM Patent 1000 2017 California: Litigation (Gold) California: Transactions (Highly Recommended) California: Prosecution Hong Kong: Litigation & Transactions International Japan: Litigation and Licensing (Highly Recommended) National: Transactions National: Litigation Washington D.C.: Litigation
LMG Life Sciences 2017 Hatch-Waxman Patent Litigation Patent Prosecution (Highly Recommended) Patent Strategy and Management (Highly Recommended)
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IP Practice Group of the Year 2015, 2013
IP Firm of the Year
“A standout feature is practice head Michael Ward’s expertise in agricultural IP involving patents on plants and plant products." (Legal 500 US 2018)
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