Intellectual Property

WilmerHale helps clients at every stage of growth in all aspects of their business that involve the acquisition, exploitation or protection of intellectual property.


Our clients have access to an experienced team of more than 200 attorneys and technology specialists, with more than 120 holding degrees in technological, engineering or scientific fields, and 70 lawyers and agents registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Our patent prosecution team files 1,800 US and foreign patent applications on average per year, and obtained nearly 1,500 US and foreign patents for clients during the past two years alone. In addition, we file approximately 2,000 trademark applications annually, with 1,500 registrations issued each year as well. In 2017, The Legal 500 United States ranked WilmerHale's Intellectual Property Practice in the "Top Tier." WilmerHale has been included on The National Law Journal's IP Hot List each year since the list's inception in 2012, and in that same period Chambers USA has continuously ranked WilmerHale's IP Practice in band one, noting our teams "are outstanding at all levels, combining first-rate technical and legal acumen and great trial skills." 

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Steinberg, Donald R.

Donald R. Steinberg

Chair, Intellectual Property Department

+1 617 526 6453 (t)

don.steinberg@wilmerhale.com

Haag, Joseph F.

Joseph F. Haag

Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Department

+1 650 858 6032 (t)

joseph.haag@wilmerhale.com

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, including:

biochemistry

inorganic chemistry

biology

mathematics

biophysical studies

medicine

cellular studies

microbiology

chemical engineering

molecular biology

chemistry

molecular genetics

computer engineering

molecular studies

computer science

neurology

electrical engineering

neuropharmacology

engineering physics

organic chemistry

genetics

pharmacology

immunology

physics

industrial management

public health

information systems

systems engineering


Electrical and Mechanical Arts

The following lawyers and technical specialists have academic degrees and/or professional experience in fields related to electrical and mechanical arts.

Brittany Amadi, counsel

  • BS in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, University of Maryland

Thomas E. Anderson, partner

  • MSE in electrical engineering, Syracuse University
  • BS in electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Former design engineer at General Electric
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Ellyar Barazesh, senior technology specialist

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Former patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Jonathan E. Barbee, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, Columbia University

Steven D. Barrett, partner

  • SB in mechanical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael J. Bevilacqua, partner

  • MS in computer science, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • BS in computer science and mathematics, cum laude, University of Scranton
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Dana O. Burwell, senior associate

  • BSE in biomedical engineering, Duke University

David L. Cavanaugh, partner

  • BME in mechanical engineering, Villanova University
  • Former senior patent counsel at Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Former electro-mechanical arts patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Tim Cho, associate

  • PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • SM in electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS in electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Arthur W. Coviello, counsel

  • BS in mathematics-physics, with honors, Brown University

Richard Crudo, senior associate

  • MS in physics, Connecticut University
  • BS in physics, Arizona University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Peter M. Dichiara, partner

  • BS in computer engineering, summa cum laude, Boston University
  • Holds a US patent for a circuit design
  • Former in-house counsel for Motorola; prepared and prosecuted patent applications relating to asynchronous transfer mode networking, analog modems and multimedia and Internet related software
  • Former senior hardware engineer and senior software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation; designed CPU and I/O related logic and developed firmware
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Tara D. Elliott, partner

  • BS in computer engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Benjamin S. Fernandez, partner

  • BS in mechanical engineering, Colorado State University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Daniel A. Fleisher, senior associate

  • MEng in computer science, Cornell University
  • BSE in computer science and engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Former software developer in the investment banking industry
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Lauren B. Fletcher, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Adele Frankel, counsel

  • MS in computer science, University of Chicago
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Arthur J. Gajarsa, senior counsel

  • BS in electrical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Former Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

S. Zubin Gautam, associate

  • PhD in mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA in mathematics, magna cum laude, Yale University

Richard Goldenberg, partner

  • MS in systems engineering, Boston University
  • BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, University of Maryland
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael A. Greene, senior associate

  • BS in physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Monica Grewal, partner

  • MS in electrical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS in engineering, Trinity College
  • Former engineer at United Technologies Corporation, Hamilton Standard Division; was involved in the advanced testing of the NASA spacesuit and shuttle environmental control systems
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Yung-Hoon (Sam) Ha, partner

  • PhD in materials science and engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BSc in materials science and engineering, cum laude, Cornell University
  • Former patent agent at Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C. in Virginia
  • Was a postdoctoral research scientist/fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC from 2002 to 2004
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Joseph F. Haag, partner

  • BS in mechanical engineering, Northwestern University
  • Former in-house counsel at Walker Digital Corporation, a business solution invention and development company
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jeffrey T. Hantson, counsel

  • BS in electrical and computer engineering, cum laude, Cornell University
  • Former electrical enginner at Lockheed Martin

John V. Hobgood, partner

  • BS in chemical engineering, with distinction, Purdue University
  • Former process control engineer in the petrochemical industry
  • Former environmental engineer with a chemical plant
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Adam Johnson, associate

  • BS in mathematics, University of Idaho

Jeffrey P. Johnson, partner

  • MS in information systems policy, University of Maine
  • BS in surveying engineering, highest distinction, University of Maine

Belinda M. Juran, partner

  • BS in mathematics, summa cum laude, University of Scranton
  • Former software engineer and engineering manager at Honeywell Information Systems/Bull HN Information Systems
  • Former software quality specialist at Cadence Design Systems
  • Marketing officer for 3D display developer, Eastern Delta (now Actuality Systems) during its prize-winning participation in the 1997 MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition
  • Co-founded a consulting company providing services to high technology clients

Omar Khan, partner

  • MS in electrical engineering, with honors, Johns Hopkins University
  • BS in biomedical engineering, with honors, Johns Hopkins University

Jason D. Kipnis, partner

  • MS in computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS in computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former consultant for Oracle Corporation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Theodoros Konstantakopoulos, counsel

  • PhD in electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MS in electrical engineering and Computer Science
  • Diploma in electrical engineering and computer engineering, University of Patras
  • Intern with Cypress Semiconductor in Nashua, New Hampshire; developed a control network for programmable devices, performed timing and energy analysis and performed a design and feasibility study for differential design logic as part of a team of six engineers
  • Research Assistant, MIT Computer Architecture Group
  • Research Assistant, MIT Digital Integrated Circuits and Systems Group
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Kevin Lamb, senior associate

  • BA in mathematics, highest honors, University of Texas

Matthew Leary, counsel

  • BS in electrical and computer engineering, University of Colorado
  • Former senior component architect at Evolving Systems
  • Principal and founder of Elite Systems, Inc.
  • Principal and founder of Softworks, Inc.
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Anne Lee, senior associate

  • BS in mechanical engineering, Stanford University
  • Former product manager at Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Former product design engineer at Ford Motor Company
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Young Lee, associate

  • BS in computer science and commerce, University of Toronto
  • Former software developer at IBM

Yvonne S. Lee, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, University of California at San Diego
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Haixia Lin, counsel

  • MEng in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
  • BS in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
  • Former research assistant in the Laboratory for Information Decision Systems at MIT
  • Former teaching assistant for courses in dynamic programming, discrete stochastic processes and probabilistic systems analysis at MIT
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jason Liss, counsel

  • MS in information systems, Drexel University

Cosmin Maier, counsel

  • MSE in electrical engineering, University of Michigan
  • BSE in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, University of Michigan
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Evelyn C. Mak, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, cum laude, Cornell University
  • Former technical advisor and patent agent with Fish & Neave LLP in New York City
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Dominic E. Massa, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, Cornell University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Christopher R. O'Brien, counsel

  • BS in electrical engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Catherine S. Owens, associate

  • BA in mathematics, magna cum laude, Bryn Mawr College

Silena Paik, counsel

  • MEng in applied and engineering physics, Cornell University
  • BA in astrophysics and mathematics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Former researcher for several facilities including the Department of Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell University, Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facility, the Nanobiotechnology Center, the University of California Department of Physics and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the Advanced Light Source

John P. Pettit, counsel

  • MS in computer science, Stanford University
  • BS in computer engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Extensive computer and database programming - has worked for Manhattan Associates (formerly Evant), LogicTier, Electronic Arts and Oracle Corporation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Natalie R. Pous, counsel

  • BEng in biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • Former patent examiner for surgical instrument art at the US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Grant K. Rowan, partner

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Maryland
  • Former electrical engineer with NASA, where he designed and simulated a high-speed data-monitoring system and designed software for a portion of the Earth Observation Satellite
  • Former engineering assistant with Engineering and Economics Research, Inc. and Westinghouse Electric Corporation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Nancy L. Schroeder, senior associate

  • BS in chemical engineering and biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former research assistant with US Genomics
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Brian M. Seeve, counsel

  • AB in computer science, cum laude, Harvard College
  • Former software consultant with Aptify, Inc.; worked in team to design and implement database systems for nonprofit membership organizations
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Vera Shmidt, senior associate

  • BS in chemical engineering, Northwestern University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Arthur Shum, senior associate

  • BSE in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, Princeton University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael Silhasek, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Notre Dame

David R. Smith, special counsel

  • SB in aeronautics and astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Former contract system administrator and an in-house system manager in the financial and architectural industries
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael H. Smith, counsel

  • BS in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Mary (Mindy) V. Sooter, partner

  • ME in Telecommunications, University of Colorado
  • BS in electrical engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Former Director of Software Engineering at startup Internet company
  • Former computer system architecture consultant at Accenture 
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Donald R. Steinberg, partner

  • BSE in electrical engineering and computer science, magna cum laude, Princeton University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michael Van Handel, senior associate

  • BS in electrical engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Former radio frequency engineer at EchoStar Technologies
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Dennis Wang, counsel

  • BS in computer science and engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Wei Wang, associate

  • PhD in electrical engineering, Stanford University
  • BSc in electronic and information science and technology, Peking University
  • Former senior engineer at Intel Corporation

Becky A. Whitfield, associate

  • PhD in bioengineering, University of Washington
  • BS in biomedical engineering, Rutgers University
  • Post-doctoral fellow with the Puget Sound Blood Center

Daniel V. Williams, special counsel

  • BS in mechanical engineering, with honors, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Former engineer at IBM, Microelectronics Division; designed machinery for production of printed circuit boards
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Ryan Yang, associate

  • MS in electrical engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BS in electrical engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • Former senior mixed signal design engineer at Marvell Semiconductor
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Joseph Yu, counsel

  • BS in computer science and mathematics, cum laude, Vanderbilt University
  • Former applications engineer and business analyst for Sotheby's

Kathryn Zalewski, special counsel

  • BS in computer science, Purdue University

Kelly Zeng, associate

  • MS in computer science, University of Maryland at College Park
  • BA in computer science, Mount Holyoke College
  • Former computer specialist for the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Biological and Chemical Arts

The following attorneys and technical specialists have experience in fields related to the biological and chemical arts.

Owen Allen, counsel

  • BA in chemistry, cum laude, Harvard University
  • Former research assistant, Harvard Medical School; performed research in laboratory of Christopher T. Walsh in Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology relating to enzymatic mechanisms of an antibiotic polypeptide, using numerous techniques including solid-phase peptide synthesis
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Barbara A. Barakat, attorney

  • BA in chemistry, College of the Holy Cross
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Lauren V. Blakely, associate

  • BS in microbiology, summa cum laude, Clemson University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jeffrey Coleman, associate

  • PhD in molecular toxicology, Pennsylvania State University
  • BS in chemistry, Ursinus College
  • Former biochemistry content consultant and test item writer for the American Institutes for Research

Timothy A. Cook, senior associate

  • MA in chemistry, Columbia University
  • AB in chemistry, Harvard College
  • Former teaching fellow for organic chemistry at Harvard University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Trevor Cook, partner

  • BS in chemistry, Southampton University

Andrew J. Danford, counsel

  • SB in chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Christine Duh, special counsel

  • BS in biological sciences, Stanford University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Deric X. Geng, senior associate

  • PhD in chemistry, SUNY Stony Brook
  • BS in chemistry, Peking University
  • Researched drug-like molecules that modulate protein targets and pathways implicated in diabetes and metabolic diseases at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research
  • Accomplished the total synthesis of anticancer agent aigialomycin D and work as part of a team to design and accomplish the total synthesis of fully synthetic gp120 glycopeptides as anti-HIV vaccine agents as a postdoctoral fellow at the US Army Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Samantak Ghosh, senior associate

  • PhD in chemistry, Stanford University
  • MSc in chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • BSc in chemistry, first class honors, Presidency College

Ritu Gupta, associate

  • MA in chemistry, Columbia University
  • BA in biochemistry, magna cum laude, Barnard College

Bo Han, counsel

  • BS in biology, highest distinction and highest honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Former research assistant in the Neurology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; investigated the in vitro effects of statins and interferon beta-1a on the inflammatory response in Multiple Sclerosis patients
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Matthew J. Hawkinson, counsel

  • BA in molecular and cell biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Former genetic engineering research associate with Xenogen Corporation

Steven Horn, associate

  • BS in intensive chemistry, Yale University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Cindy Kan, technology specialist

  • PhD in organic chemistry, Stanford University
  • BA in chemistry, summa cum laude, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Former visiting research investigator at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

John F. Kane, patent attorney

  • BS in biology and chemistry, summa cum laude, Wright State University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Amy P. Kaplan, senior associate

  • BA in human biology, Stanford University

William W. Kim, partner

  • PhD in cellular, molecular and biophysical studies, with distinction, Columbia University
  • BS in biology, DePaul University
  • Former Norman and Rosita Winston Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology at the Rockefeller University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Anna E. Lumelsky, counsel

  • BA in biology, magna cum laude, Harvard University

Laura Macro, senior technology specialist

  • PhD in cellular biophysics, The Rockefeller University
  • BSc in cell biology with industrial experience, first class honors, University of Manchester

Amanda Major, partner

  • BA in chemistry, Wake Forest University

Mark D. McBriar, senior associate

  • BS in chemistry, cum laude, Dickinson College
  • MS in organic chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
  • PhD in organic chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Nora Q.E. Passamaneck, counsel

  • BA in biology, cum laude, New York University
  • Former research technician at the Marine Biological Laboratory

Heather M. Petruzzi, counsel

  • BS in chemistry, summa cum laude, University of Richmond; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Gabriel Rosanio, technology specialist

  • PhD in interdepartmental biological sciences, Northwestern University
  • BS in biochemistry, University of Notre Dame

Jonathan B. Roses, counsel

  • BA in chemistry, Connecticut College
  • American Chemical Society Certified
  • Former senior research associate at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; worked as medicinal chemist
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Rana Sawaya, counsel

  • PhD in molecular biology, Cornell University
  • MS in microbiology, McGill University
  • BS in microbiology and immunology, with Great Distinction, McGill University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Mary Rose Scozzafava, partner

  • PhD in inorganic chemistry, Brandeis University
  • BS in chemistry, magna cum laude, Lehigh University
  • Former research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and at Max-Planck-Institute for Radiation Chemistry, Muelheim, Germany
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Laura Sole, associate

  • MS in chemistry, Northwestern University
  • BS in chemistry, University of Virginia
  • Former organic chemistry teaching assistant and research assistant at Northwestern University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Margareta Sorenson, senior associate

  • PhD in molecular biophysics, Hunter College of the City University of New York
  • Post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Colleen Superko, partner

  • MS in biochemistry, University of Vermont
  • BS in biology, Dickinson College
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Anthony Trenton, partner

  • MA in natural sciences, University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall

Michael J. Twomey, partner

  • AB in biology, magna cum laude, Harvard College
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow in biology
  • Graduate fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Emily R. Whelan, partner

  • AB in chemistry, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Jamie T. Wisz, partner

  • AB in biology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University
  • Former biological analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Kevin M. Yurkerwich, senior associate

  • PhD in chemistry, Columbia University
  • MPhil in chemistry, Columbia University
  • MA in chemistry, Columbia University
  • BS in chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Elaine Zhong, senior associate

  • BA in environmental sciences, with high honors, University of California, Berkeley

 

Last updated May 2017.

Post-Grant Proceedings

Our extensive experience with IP litigation, patent prosecution and post-grant patent proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board enables us to strategically advise petitioners and patent owners and implement inter partes review (IPR), covered business method review (CBM), post-grant review and ex parte reexamination to further our clients' objectives. For petitioners, these procedures can provide a faster, more cost-effective means to adjudicate the validity of a patent and obtain freedom to operate. For patent owners, an effective strategy and thorough understanding of the procedures are important to preserving claims and claim breadth. We have found that post-grant proceedings can provide strategic tools to limit and define issues before or during patent litigation, or promote settlement.

Following the 2012 passage of the America Invents Act, WilmerHale was among the first law firms to file 100 IPRs, emerging as a leader in post-grant proceedings and advising clients on the interplay between USPTO proceedings and concurrent litigation.

We've remained active since filing our 100th IPR, representing petitioners and patent owners, and taking numerous IPRs and CBMs through hearing and final decision successfully. WilmerHale's patent prosecution and litigation experience enables us to navigate complex procedural, substantive and strategic issues posed by post-grant proceedings and deliver favorable results.

On the trademark side, we leverage our litigation and prosecution experience in handling opposition and cancellation proceedings.

 

IP Protection

WilmerHale's globally recognized IP Litigation Practice, which works seamlessly with our IP lawyers, helps clients achieve their business objectives by offering high-quality, cost-effective services and innovative solutions. Whether startups or Fortune 500 companies, we represent clients from a range of industries in high-stakes matters relating to patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, Hatch-Waxman litigation and IP appeals. The American Lawyer named WilmerHale its 2014 IP Litigation Department of the Year and a finalist for 2016 IP Litigation Department of Year. The firm has been named a winner twice and a finalist six times since the first year the title of IP Litigation Department of the Year was awarded in 2004.

Our IP litigation lawyers collaborate regularly with our core IP team. The group has substantial experience trying IP cases in district courts nationwide and at the US International Trade Commission, and arguing appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and US Supreme Court. We have tried jury and non-jury cases involving an array of technologies, from complex mathematical algorithms, wireless networks and devices for manufacturing semiconductor chips to osteoporosis drugs and thrombin inhibitors.

Companies confronting issues involving both antitrust and IP law—and the intersection between the two—turn to WilmerHale to evaluate issues arising from standards bodies participation, collaborations with competitors, distribution and licensing arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, and settlements of disputes. Each matter team is built to include antitrust and IP litigators with experience collaborating across disciplines in order to achieve extraordinary results.

Global Capabilities

WilmerHale is positioned to help with the challenge of protecting and enforcing clients' intellectual property around the globe, bringing to bear lawyers ranked as the best in the world from the patent and trademark bar, as well as IP litigators and international trade lawyers with global experience in navigating the complex legal, business and public policy aspects of international IP.

We have offices in Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt and London, and attorneys qualified to practice before the European Patent Office. We also have relationships with firms in most other significant foreign jurisdictions, including Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Australia.

The firm's lawyers help companies secure protection for their IP in jurisdictions around the world—for instance, preparing and prosecuting patents under the Patent Cooperative Treaty and working with seasoned patent lawyers in multiple jurisdictions. We also resolve protection and enforcement disputes before administrative agencies and courts around the world—either directly (in those jurisdictions where the firm can appear) or in coordination with local counsel; improve foreign government enforcement of IP—including by devising legal and public policy strategies, working directly with foreign governments (including in difficult developing markets like China and India) and enlisting US and EU government support and action; and contain the damage from infringement—including ensuring that infringing products do not enter the United States (through section 337 litigation before the US International Trade Commission).

 

Analyzing IP Portfolios

To match our clients' business needs, our team analyzes the value of existing IP portfolios and tailors them accordingly. This includes targeting future technological areas of interest, protecting existing areas from competitors and preparing for market changes.

Our IP lawyers work closely with WilmerHale's Emerging Company Practice, which provides the legal guidance startups need to go from venture capital financing through IPO and beyond, and collaborate with the firm's corporate, environmental, defense, regulatory, cybersecurity, privacy, financial services and trade practices.

 

Technology and Product Categories

We offer full-service IP coverage across a broad spectrum of technologies and product categories, including: 

  • analog and digital electronics
  • biotechnology
  • chemical engineering
  • consumer products
  • electronics
  • genetics
  • green technology
  • life sciences
  • manufacturing
  • media and publishing
  • medical devices
  • nanotechnology
  • pharmaceuticals
  • semiconductors
  • software
  • telecommunications
  • universities
  • wireless technology

Publications & News

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September 19, 2017

LMG Life Sciences Names WilmerHale Life Cycle Firm of the Year and Lisa Pirozzolo General Patent Litigator of the Year

Lawyers from across the United States and Canada gathered on September 13 at the Essex House in New York to celebrate the annual LMG Life Sciences Awards, recognizing the 2017 top firms and legal professionals in the life science industry.

September 15, 2017

Mindy Sooter Elevated to Chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s IP Section

As chair, she is responsible for ensuring that the section focuses on educational programs and the exchange of information about new or proposed developments in the intellectual property field.

August 29, 2017

Felicia Ellsworth Appointed to Standing Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure

The committee reviews issues and proposals concerning the Massachusetts Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure, and advises the Justices on the rules of civil and appellate procedure.

August 29, 2017

WilmerHale Assists Pepe the Frog Creator in Enforcing IP, Striking Back at Islamophobic Children’s Book

On behalf of client and artist Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe the Frog, WilmerHale has enforced Furie's intellectual property rights to shut down distribution of Eric Hauser's controversial children's book The Adventures of Pepe and Pede.

August 16, 2017

Inside WilmerHale’s Approach to Matter Management for IP

Outside counsel use matter management tools for a plethora of reasons—from creating budgets, to managing the progress of matters, to measuring staffing levels—all in an effort to provide predictably and transparency to clients. This article discusses the firm's approach to matter management for patent prosecution and for post-grant proceedings.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

August 9, 2017

5 Questions to Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

Partners Gregory Lantier, Natalie Hanlon Leh and Mindy Sooter have published a six-part series aimed at providing guidance to ensure that AFA proposals are meaningful and realistic to both clients and outside counsel. In the sixth and final part of the series, the authors discuss five questions that should be asked before a firm enters into a joint-representation AFA.

August 7, 2017

The Use of Applicant Admitted Prior Art in IPR Petitions

In this article published by Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal,  Don Steinberg, Yung-Hoon Ha and Liv Herriot explore how the Patent Trial and Appeals Board has considered Applicant Admitted Prior Art (AAPA) when a petitioner has relied upon it as part of one or more of its grounds in its IPR petition requesting the Board invalidate a patent. The authors provide recommendations for both petitioners and patent owners based on how the Board has decided on this issue.

August 3, 2017

The Relevance of Alternative Designs 16 Years After TrafFix

In this article written by Vinita Ferrera, Aaron Macris and Jeffrey Olshan, published in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, authors discuss the many interpretations of TrafFix on alternative designs and provide guidance for litigants as such evidence can have a substantial impact in trade dress litigation. Dealing with it effectively requires an understanding of how courts differ in their treatment of alternative design evidence and the nuanced ways it can be used.

August 2, 2017

5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

Partners Gregory Lantier, Natalie Hanlon Leh and Mindy Sooter have published a six-part series aimed at providing guidance to ensure that AFA proposals are meaningful and realistic to both clients and outside counsel. In part five of the series, the authors discuss five questions that all AFAs should answer clearly.

Recognition

  • The American Lawyer - Named WilmerHale its 2014 IP Litigation Department of the Year and a finalist for its  2016 IP Litigation Department of Year. The firm has been named a winner twice and a finalist six times since the first year the title of IP Litigation Department of the Year was awarded in 2004.
  • Best Lawyers in America - Recognized 99 WilmerHale lawyers, naming seven of them as "Lawyers of the Year" in the 2016 edition. Lisa Pirozzolo was named as the Boston Litigation: Patent Lawyer of the Year and Seth Waxman as the Litigation: Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year. The 2015 edition recognized nearly 100 lawyers and named Partner Bill Lee as the Boston Litigation: Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year.
  • Boston Business Journal - Named WilmerHale as the "Area's Largest IP Law Firm" in the 2016 edition of its annual survey, marking the eleventh time WilmerHale has placed among the top in this listing.
  • BTI Consulting Group - WilmerHale was recognized as the "Most-Favored IP Department" in the nation, one of two firms that are the "Best at Complex IP Litigation," one of six firms identified as "Go To IP Litigation Firms," and one of five firms called out as "Go To IP Firms" (for non-litigation IP work) in the BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015 report. WilmerHale was named as an "IP Litigation Standout"—among the top 5% of all firms—in the 2018 and 2017 editions of the BTI Litigation Outlook.
  • Chambers Europe: Leading Lawyers for Business - Ranked 12 WilmerHale lawyers and five firm practices, including Intellectual Property, in its 2016 edition
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers - Praised our IP practice as "an absolutely outstanding team that gives everything you want from a law firm" and ranked WilmerHale in their 2012-2017 guides for Intellectual Property: Patent, Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Unfair Competition, and International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Named our intellectual property practice among the 2013 shortlist of leading IP law firms in the United States
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Ranked our practice in band one in Massachusetts for the past 14 years (2003-2017). Chambers USA 2011-2017 ranked our national practice in band one, noting that our teams "are outstanding at all levels, combining first-rate technical and legal acumen and great trial skills." In addition, Chambers USA ranked our California (2012-2017), Colorado (2016-2017), DC (2012-2017) and New York (2012-2017) intellectual property practices. In 2013-2017, we were recognized in International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337).
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Ranked Bill Lee since 2003 and has named him a "star performer" for 13 consecutive years (2004-2017). In each of these years he was the only Massachusetts IP lawyer to receive this ranking. Chambers USA notes that he is "a legend" and "one of the most prominent litigators in the US." Peers agree that he commands an "exceptional, well-deserved reputation," while clients assert: "His experience and insights are worth every penny."
  • Daily Journal - WilmerHale was named to the "Top Verdicts" 2013 list for the firm's representation of Apple Inc. in the prominent Apple v. Samsung case. Two of WilmerHale's IP litigation victories were previously included in the "Top Verdicts" 2012 list, calling attention to California's most widely-watched rulings of the year. Recognized for being closely followed and examined across the nation, the cases, Apple v. Samsung and Mformation v. Research in Motion were featured.
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 - Named the firm as "best-in-class" in patent litigation and licensing in California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington DC.
  • Intellectual Property Today - Consistently placed among the guide's “Top Patent Firms” and “Top Trademark Firms,” which rank law firms based on the number of US patent and trademark registrations they filed in the previous year.
  • Juristat - Ranked WilmerHale in its list of the Top 10 Firms for Cybersecurity Patents—a list of patent departments with the highest allowance rates for cybersecurity patents—in 2016.
  • Lake Whillans - The Life Sciences Law Firm Index included WilmerHale among the top three best life sciences law firms (2016, 2017), as the top firm for startup work (2017), among the top 10 deal firms (2017), the top two patent law firms (2016) and top 10 firms for thought leadership (2016).
  • Law360 - WilmerHale was named among Law360's " Practice Groups of the Year" in 2016, marking the fifth time the IP group has received the recognition.
  • Lex Machina - According to the 2017 Patent Trial and Appeal Board Report by legal data analytics firm Lex Machina, WilmerHale is one of two full-service law firms that is most experienced in representing petitioners at the PTAB, having filed 65 petitions in 2016 alone. 
  • Managing IP (MIP) - Named WilmerHale the 2017 Patent Contentious Firm of the Year—both in the United States and in the Northeast region—and Bill Lee was named as the Massachusetts Outstanding IP Litigator. In 2016, WilmerHale was named Patent Contentious Firm of the Year and Natalie Hanlon Leh was named the Colorado Outstanding IP Litigator of the Year. WilmerHale was shortlisted in 2015 and selected as the Patent Contentious Firm of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • Managing IP (MIP) - Named WilmerHale among the top nationally ranked firms for intellectual property in 2017, and recognized 17 of our partners as IP Stars.
  • PLC Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook - WilmerHale is listed in the 2011/2012 edition as a leading law firm in the US for life sciences in patent litigation; highly recommended for patent counseling. The 2009/10 edition lists our Intellectual Property and Patent Counseling practices as "highly recommended" in the US.
  • Practical Law Company (PLC) - WilmerHale earned a place among the top ten law firms in the 2012 Life Sciences Industry Super League and is noted as boasting "a strong transatlantic life sciences practice with substantial offerings"
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal - In 2016, WilmerHale was ranked among the top 10 largest IP law firms in Silicon Valley, a ranking based on the number of attorneys working out of the firm's Palo Alto office. 
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa - Recognized the firm in 10 various practice areas, including intellectual property in 2012
  • The Legal 500 United States - Named WilmerHale the nation's best law firm for patent litigation at their inaugural 2014 awards program 
  • The Legal 500 United States - Ranked WilmerHale's Intellectual Property Practice in the " Top Tier" in its 2011-2017 editions
  • The National Law Journal - WilmerHale was one of 15 law firms to be named to the 2015 Intellectual Property Hot List, a recognition the firm has earned each year since 2012. 
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® - In the 2013-2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings, the firm was honored with first-tier national rankings in Biotechnology Law, IP Litigation, Patent Litigation and Patent Law; and first-tier metropolitan rankings in Washington DC and San Jose for IP Litigation; in Boston for Copyright Law, Patent Law, Patent Litigation, IP Litigation, and Trademark Law; and in New York for Biotechnology Law.