WilmerHale's IP Litigation Practice features a premier litigation team backed by the academic and industry experience of more than 140 lawyers and technology specialists with scientific or technical degrees.

Named IP Litigation Department of the Year by The American Lawyer in 2014, our lawyers have tried major cases in federal district courts from coast to coast, the US International Trade Commission and Germany. We also regularly represent clients in patent appeals before the United States Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit.

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Steinberg, Donald R.

Donald R. Steinberg

Chair, Intellectual Property Department

+1 617 526 6453 (t)

don.steinberg@wilmerhale.com

Pirozzolo, Lisa J.

Lisa J. Pirozzolo

Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group

+1 617 526 6388 (t)

lisa.pirozzolo@wilmerhale.com

Selwyn, Mark D.

Mark D. Selwyn

Partner-in-Charge, Palo Alto Office

Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group

+1 650 858 6031 (t)

mark.selwyn@wilmerhale.com

Experience

Recent achievements include:

CLASSEN IMMUNOTHERAPIES, INC. V. SOMAXON PHARMACEUTICALS
2:12-cv-06643-GAF-PLA, US District Court, Central District of California
In April 2013, the firm achieved victory when Judge Gary Allen Feess of the Central District of California dismissed Classen Immunotherapies, Inc’s (“Classen”) patent infringement claims against our client Somaxon Pharmaceuticals with prejudice.... Read More

CELLECTIS SA V. PRECISION BIOSCIENCES
In May 2013, WilmerHale secured a victory for client Precision BioSciences, Inc., a leader in the field of genome engineering, in a patent infringement lawsuit against Cellectis SA.... Read More

BRAINTREE LABORATORIES, INC. V. NOVEL LABORATORIES, INC.
3:11-cv-01341, US District Court, District of New Jersey
In June 2013, WilmerHale obtained a favorable final judgment in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey for Braintree Laboratories, Inc. (Braintree) in its patent infringement case against Novel Laboratories (Novel).... Read More

KODAK V. ALTEK CORPORATION
In October 2013, a jury in SDNY returned a verdict in favor of our client Kodak, resulting in a damages award of $75.8 million. Prior to trial, the Kodak team obtained summary judgment that Ricoh owed royalties on point and shoot cameras..... Read More

ORGANIC SEED GROWERS & TRADE ASS'N V. MONSANTO
Judge Naomi Buchwald of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a lawsuit brought against WilmerHale clients Monsanto Company and Monsanto Technology LLC by a collection of organic and conventional farmers attempting to block potential litigation should Monsanto's patented seeds stray onto their land.... Read More

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD. V. GENERAL ELECTRIC CO.
In July 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit awarded a victory to our client, General Electric, in its longstanding patent infringement battle with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over wind turbine technology.... Read More

BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB - BARACLUDE PATENT
WilmerHale obtained a significant victory for our client Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) in a patent invalidation proceeding against a Chinese generic company involving the drug product Baraclude (entecavir) before the Patent Reexamination Board of China's State Intellectual Property Office and the Beijing First Intermediate People's Court.... Read More

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY V. ASIA OPTICAL COMPANY, INC.
In March 2012, Judge Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted our motion for summary judgment of liability in Kodak v. Asia Optical, 11-cv-6036.... Read More

PIECZENIK V. ASTELLAS PHARMA US, INC. ET AL.
In March 2012, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (J. Newman, J. Mayer, J. Plager) affirmed the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey's (J. Pisano) dismissal of patent infringement and RICO claims against our client, Medarex Inc., a subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., on grounds that the plaintiff failed to state a claim under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6).... Read More

ST. CLAIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONSULTANTS, INC. V. RESEARCH IN MOTION, LTD.
In March 2012, WilmerHale obtained a significant victory on behalf of Research In Motion when the United States District Court for the District of Delaware granted a rare summary judgment of noninfringement in favor of RIM against St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants.... Read More

GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED V. BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB COMPANY
While GTG's motion for consolidation was pending before the MDL Panel, the PTO, in June 2012, granted an ex parte reexamination of the '179 Patent.... Read More

BROADCOM V. EMULEX
After securing favorable verdicts on two patents in 2011, the Broadcom-Emulex team followed up with a string of additional victories in 2012.... Read More

SIGNAL TECH, LLC V. ANALOG DEVICES
In May 2012, we succeeded in persuading Signal Tech LLC to dismiss its entire lawsuit against Analog Devices with prejudice for no money.... Read More

MBO LABORATORIES V. BECTON, DICKINSON & CO.
WilmerHale successfully represented Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) in a suit alleging infringement of a patent pertaining to a type of safety needle.... Read More

YAHOO! V. FACEBOOK
WilmerHale represented Facebook in its first major patent battle, after Yahoo! initiated a lawsuit claiming infringement of ten Yahoo! patents.... Read More

FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC. V. MEDIATEK
WilmerHale secured a significant victory at the International Trade Commission for its client MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions.... Read More

MFORMATION TECHS, INC. V. RESEARCH IN MOTION, LTD.
Less than 40 days before trial, WilmerHale took the lead in defending Research in Motion (RIM) in a jury trial in the Northern District of California from patent infringement claims regarding phone management software, and that totaled nearly $1 billion.... Read More

PSN ILLINOIS, LLC V. ABBOTT LABORATORIES AND ABBOTT BIORES CENTER, INC.
WilmerHale represented Abbott Laboratories and Abbott Bioresearch Center, Inc., now known as AbbVie Inc. (AbbVie) in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by PSN Illinois, LLC (PSN) in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.... Read More

Publications & News

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August 15, 2014

Estoppel as Applied to and From Patent Office Post-Grant Proceedings

An article by Monica Grewal and Richard Crudo published in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, Vol. 88, No. 1020.

August 14, 2014

Territoriality and Jurisdiction in EU IP Law

An article by Trevor Cook published in the July 2014 edition of Journal of Intellectual Property Rights, Vol. 19, pp. 293-297.

August 4, 2014

Technical and Scientific Experience

Our ability to provide superior legal representation to technology companies is greatly enhanced by the academic and industry experience of our lawyers in a wide variety of technical and scientific fields.    

July 17, 2014

WilmerHale and 17 Partners Rank in Managing IP’s 2014-2015 IP Stars Handbook

Managing IP has released its second annual edition of its IP Stars Handbook—a guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the United States—prominently ranking WilmerHale and 17 of its partners.

July 8, 2014

WilmerHale is “Most-Favored IP Department” Among Clients and General Counsel According to BTI’s Latest Research

The BTI Consulting Group today released its newest report—BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation—an in-depth analysis of the intellectual property market that identifies WilmerHale as a standout among the leading law firms in the market.

July 7, 2014

Patent Law and the Supreme Court: Certiorari Petitions Denied

WilmerHale compiles lists of certiorari petitions that raise patent-law issues. This page contains a consolidated list of all recently denied petitions, organized in reverse chronological order by date of certiorari petition.

July 7, 2014

Patent Law and the Supreme Court: Certiorari Petitions Granted

WilmerHale compiles lists of certiorari petitions that raise patent-law issues. This page contains a consolidated list of all recently granted petitions, organized in reverse chronological order by date of certiorari petition.

July 7, 2014

Patent Law and the Supreme Court: Certiorari Petitions Pending

WilmerHale compiles lists of certiorari petitions that raise patent-law issues. This page contains a consolidated list of all pending petitions, organized in reverse chronological order by date of certiorari petition.

June 25, 2014

WilmerHale Secures String of Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Wins

Two US Supreme Court decisions handed down on June 12 mark the latest in a string of victories secured by WilmerHale's Appellate and Supreme Litigation Court Practice during the 2013-2014 term.

June 23, 2014

Four Important Strategic Consideration for Inter Partes Review Proceedings

An article by David Cavanaugh, Michael Twomey, Vic Souto, Christopher O'Brien, Heather Schafroth and Michael Smith, published in the May/June 2014 edition of IP Litigator, Vol. 20, No. 3.

Patent Cert. Petitions

WilmerHale compiles lists of certiorari petitions that raise patent-law issues. This page contains a consolidated list of all recently pending, granted and denied petitions, organized in each listing in reverse chronological order by date of certiorari petition.

Patent Law and the Supreme Court: Certiorari Petitions Pending

Patent Law and the Supreme Court: Certiorari Petitions Granted

Patent Law and the Supreme Court: Certiorari Petitions Denied

For more information on these petitions or other patent appeal matters, contact:

Joseph J. Mueller (+1 617 526 6396, joseph.mueller@wilmerhale.com)
Thomas G. Saunders (+1 202 663 6536, thomas.saunders@wilmerhale.com)
Leslie Pearlson (+1 617 526 6809, leslie.pearlson@wilmerhale.com)