Intellectual Property Counseling and Prosecution

Intellectual Property Counseling and Prosecution

Providing comprehensive solutions for the acquisition, enforcement and protection of IP.

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  • For Unified Patents, achieved a victory against American Vehicular Sciences when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidated all challenged claims of US Patent No. 9,043,093. The ’093 patent was asserted against Honda, Nissan, Hyundai and Toyota.
  • For a major financial institution, achieved a series of victories against Intellectual Ventures, which filed suit alleging infringement of patents related to online banking. The case ended following four successful covered business method proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in which the PTAB invalidated 83 of IV’s claims across the four patents as directed toward unpatentable abstract ideas.
  • For a technology company, provided representation in an international copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation dispute in the United States and in parallel declaratory proceedings in the United Kingdom.
  • Numerous global companies, including a consumer electronics company, a sportswear and athletic goods company, and a car manufacturer, have relied on our representation in various trademark and trade dress matters.
  • Our copyright experience includes securing a major victory for Google in the Second Circuit in a copyright dispute with the Authors Guild over Google Books, representing an American toy and board game company against allegations of copyright infringement, and representing several major television networks in a copyright case.
  • For NitroMed, filed and obtained patents covering methods of treatment using the company’s commercial drug product, BiDil—which is targeted to the treatment of heart failure in black patients—and worked with the company to implement strategies for product life cycle management.
  • For Wyeth and its licensee XCyte, prosecuted a large and complex family of US and foreign patents concerning an anti-cancer immunotherapy.
  • Represented Columbia University in the negotiation of several intellectual property licenses, and in patent prosecution relating to diverse fields such as software applications, integrated circuits, life sciences, chemistry and physical sciences.
  • Working closely with corporate colleagues, counseled clients in transactions that include:

    • WebMD’s $160 million acquisition of VIPS
    • Idenix Pharmaceuticals’s $156.8 million IPO and private placement to Novartis
    • NitroMed’s $61.34 million IPO
    • A $49.4 million follow-on offering for Lexicon Genetics
    • A $69.7 million follow-on offering for EPIX Medical
    • Predix Pharmaceuticals’s merger with Physiome Sciences
  • A number of clients have relied on us to analyze their patent portfolios vis-a-vis their field of interest and the effect of targeted competitors’ portfolios on their business, and to complete freedom to operate analyses concerning a variety of products and technologies.


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    IP Group of the Year



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    Best Law Firms–Band One: Intellectual Property

    Chambers USA

    Since 2011

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    Intellectual Property Firm of the Year

    LMG Life Sciences


  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Ranked WilmerHale nationally for intellectual property in 2020 and ranked our California (2012–2020), Colorado (2016–2020), Massachusetts (2020), New York (2012–2019) and Washington DC (2012–2019) intellectual property practices. In addition, ranked our Washington DC Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution practice in 2019 and 2020, and our New York Intellectual Property: Patent practice in 2020.
  • IAM Patent 1000 – Ranked WilmerHale a leading firm again in 2019 for litigation nationally, as well as in California, Colorado, the DC Metro area and Massachusetts. The firm was also recommended in Massachusetts for its transactions practice.
  • Law360 – Named WilmerHale among the top five “go-to” firms for PTAB litigation, a list that identifies the law firms that handled the most cases at PTAB from 2012-2019. The publication also named the firm its Technology Group of the Year for 2016–2019.
  • Best Lawyers in America recognized 124 WilmerHale lawyers and named 11 of them “Lawyers of the Year” for 2020, including Michael Bevilacqua, who was named Boston Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year, and Lisa Pirozzolo, who was named Boston Patent Litigation Lawyer of the Year.
  • LMG Life Sciences – Recognized with the Impact Case of the Year award for the firm’s work on Enzo Life Sciences v. Roche Molecular Systems and Robert Gunther was named the General Patent Litigator of the Year – New York at the LMG Life Sciences Awards 2020. In addition to these winning categories, WilmerHale was shortlisted for General Patent Litigation Firm of the Year, Intellectual Property Firm of the Year and Inter-Partes Review Firm of the Year. LMG also shortlisted Amy Wigmore as General Patent Litigator of the Year – District of Columbia, Lisa Pirozzolo as General Patent Litigator of the Year – New England, Emily Whelan as Post-Grant Proceedings Attorney of the Year and William McElwain as Appellate Litigator of the Year – Intellectual Property.
  • Managing IP – Named WilmerHale as the winner of the 2020 Patent Contentious Firm of the Year for the Northeast region and recognized the firm with an Impact Case of the Year Award for the firm’s role in Mission Products Holdings Inc v Tempology LLC, led by Danielle Spinelli and Craig Goldblatt. Listed WilmerHale among the top 10 “Law Firms for Petitioners and Patent Owners in PTAB Proceedings Filed in 2019” and the top 15 “Law Firms at the PTAB 2019 – Petitioners and Respondents Combined.”
  • The Legal 500 United States – Ranked WilmerHale’s Intellectual Property Practice in the top tier in its 2011–2020 editions.
  • The BTI Consulting Group – Recognized WilmerHale as the “Most-Favored IP Department” in the United States and one of five firms called out as “Go To IP Firms” in the BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation report.

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