By patenting their innovations, our clients increase the value of their intellectual property and enhance their ability to compete in the marketplace. We work with individual scientists and engineers, laboratory and research teams, and R&D and product development groups to determine whether, when and where it is in our clients' business and technical interests to seek patent protection. And we don't just file patent applications. Drawing on our experience with patent litigation, corporate financings and technology transactions, we implement IP strategies that conserve resources, add measurable value and give our clients a cost-effective and commercially practical competitive edge.

In 2014 alone, we filed nearly 2,000 US and foreign patent applications and obtained more than 600 US and foreign patents for our clients, covering innovations that span the technological spectrum, including aerospace, biochemistry, biotechnology, business methods, chemistry, computer science, fuel cells, genetics, high speed data communication, integrated circuits, materials science, medical devices, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, semiconductor devices/processes, and software. We also prepare and prosecute patent applications internationally—under the Patent Cooperative Treaty and in working with a network of seasoned patent lawyers around the world. Our experience extends to appeals, interferences and opposition proceedings within the USPTO, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the European Patent Office. 

Contacts

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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

In recent matters, we:

  • Filed and obtained patents covering methods of treatment using NitroMed's commercial drug product, BiDil®—which is targeted to the treatment of heart failure in black patients—and worked with the company on the implementation of strategies for product life cycle management
  • Prosecuted a large and complex family of US and foreign patents for Wyeth and its licensee XCyte, concerning an anti-cancer immunotherapy that is currently in Phase III clinical trials
  • 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

Publications & News

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May 17, 2016

WilmerHale Attorneys and Practices Recognized in 2016 edition of IP Stars Handbook

The fourth edition of the IP Stars Handbook—a Managing IP guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the United States—has been released and it prominently ranks WilmerHale and 19 of its partners.

April 28, 2016

Broadest Reasonable Interpretation and Claim Amendments in Post-Grant Patent Challenges

Monica Grewal and Michael Smith, in an article published in the American Constitution Society's (ACS) blog, discuss the recent debate over whether the Patent Office should apply BRI or Phillips constructions in post-grant proceedings.

April 20, 2016

Patent Law and the Supreme Court: Patent Certiorari Petitions Denied in 2016

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.

April 20, 2016

Patent Law and the Supreme Court: Patent 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.

April 20, 2016

Patent Law and the Supreme Court: Patent 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.

April 15, 2016

Strategic Considerations of Estoppel for IPRs After Shaw Industries Group v. Automated Creel Systems

In this article published in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, David Cavanaugh and John Polley discuss how the Federal Circuit's recent opinion in Shaw Industries Group v. Automated Creel Systems may have important implications for the decision to pursue an IPR proceeding.

April 7, 2016

Bill Lee and Co-Author Doug Melamed Honored with Academic Article Award at 2016 Antitrust Writing Awards

Bill Lee and his co-author Douglas Melamed were the recipients of an Academic Article Award for their article, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Patent Damages," which Cornell Law Review published last year.

March 23, 2016

Chambers Global 2016 Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices

Chambers Global has named 28 WilmerHale lawyers among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business” in its 2016 edition. Additionally, the firm is ranked in 15 practice areas that span five regions.

February 25, 2016

Scandalous, Immoral and Disparaging Patents in Light of Tam

Omar Khan and Richard Crudo explore the potential implications of Tam in the patent context in this article published by Law360

February 19, 2016

Printed Publications at the PTO

David Cavanaugh and Anant Saraswat explore how the implementation of the America Invents Act has led to an increase in inter partes review proceedings at the PTAB as a way to challenge the validity of a patent in this article published in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal.

Patent Certiorari 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)