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Patent Litigation

Our trial lawyers represent both plaintiffs and defendants in patent disputes in federal courts throughout the United States, and routinely handle appeals before the Federal Circuit. These cases involve a broad range of technology and industries, including electronics, semiconductors, software, telecommunications, the Internet, FDA-approved drugs and medical devices, chemical engineering and materials science, and media and entertainment. Because most of these cases required court construction of numerous patent claim types and claim terms, our attorneys have extensive experience in handling claim construction issues.

Patent rights are often not resolved through litigation, but privately through patent licensing arrangements. We assist clients in enforcing their patents and patent portfolios through licensing programs. Before initiating such licensing programs, we conduct substantial patent and claim analysis, and engage potential licensees in face-to-face meetings to discuss the technical and legal issues informing a company’s choice between litigation and licensing.

Although we do not prepare or prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, many of our attorneys are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and have prior experience practicing before the Patent Office. This prior patent prosecution experience enables our litigation attorneys to understand the issues that faced the patent prosecution attorneys and patent examiners. This familiarity with patent prosecution procedures also enables our attorneys to advise clients and their patent prosecution counsel on any post-issuance matters, such as filing and opposing requests for reexamination or reissue, and enhances understanding of the possible effects of such procedures on pending or proposed litigation.

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