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IP Litigation Chair and Partner: Andrew Thomases
IP Transactions Chair and Partner: David McIntosh

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Established: 1865

For over 150 years, Ropes & Gray’s global intellectual property group has provided clients across the world with a broad spectrum of IP services, handling cutting-edge cases, transactions and other strategic matters from six offices in key cities across the United States (Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.) and four international offices in London, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul. On the ground across three different continents, our IP professionals provide clients with around-the-clock, top-tier IP support on an international stage. Indeed, Ropes & Gray’s IP group has been consistently recognized for its excellence by independent ranking publications such as Chambers, Legal 500, Managing IP, LMG Life Sciences, and IAM Patent 1000. Notably, we were recognized as the U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2019 “Law Firm of the Year” for Patent Law.

Many of Ropes & Gray’s IP attorneys have degrees or advanced degrees in technology or life sciences areas, and a number have worked in industry prior to joining the firm. Leveraging our strong technical backgrounds, our team has substantial experience handling business critical matters across a range of industries, including: technology, media and telecommunications; life sciences; retail and consumer products; private equity; financial services; health care; medical devices; and education. We work closely with our clients to understand their technology and business, as well as the relevant third party patent landscape. 

Ropes & Gray’s IP litigators have extensive experience handling all types of business critical IP disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and false advertising. Our IP litigators argue in every key IP litigation court, including the U.S. federal district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and International Arbitration tribunals. 

Ropes & Gray’s IP team also consists of corporate attorneys focused on helping clients establish corporate structures, complete strategic and commercial transactions, and execute against long- and near-term business priorities in circumstances in which IP assets are critical to the structure, the deal, and the goals. Our attorneys are exceptionally well versed in handling structures, transactions, and operations where proprietary brand, media, technology, data, content, methodology and other proprietary intangible assets are key to achieving the client’s goals. Whether the goal is protecting IP assets, forming a venture, securing capital, developing technology, issuing securities, licensing IP rights or making acquisitions, our IP team stands ready to offer cohesive and comprehensive guidance.


Last updated 17th April 2020

Practice Areas: Copyright, IP transactions, ITC litigation, Life sciences, Patent contentious, Patent litigation, Patent office proceedings, Patent strategy & counseling, PTAB litigation, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark litigation, Trade mark office proceedings, Trade mark prosecution, Trade mark strategy & counseling

Sector Expertise: Advertising, Aerospace & defence, Artificial intelligence, Automotive, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer technology & services, E-commerce, Electrical, Electronics, Fashion & luxury goods, Financial services, Food & beverage, Gaming, Healthcare, ICT & software, Industrials, Internet, Life sciences, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Media, Medical device, Oil & gas, Optics & photonics, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Robotics, Semiconductors, Sports, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Universities & research

Ropes & Gray is a member of the following industry organizations: Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), International Trademark Association (INTA), PTAB Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA), Boston Intellectual Property Association (BPLA), Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA), and ChIPs, among others. 

At Ropes & Gray, diversity has long been an essential part of our firm identity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive community of professionals of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and family structures. 

The firm works hard to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of people of diverse backgrounds at all levels. Our diversity committee hosts programs and events, addresses policy issues, and works to ensure that diversity remains a key focus across all of our offices. With the help of resources such as the Ropes Multicultural Group, LGBTQ Forum, Women’s Forum, and professional development and attorney support teams, we offer educational programs and seminars to our firm community. 

Further, Ropes & Gray has consistently been recognized as being among the nation’s leading law firms in the area of diversity overall, as well as with respect to minorities, gays and lesbians, and women. In the 2019 Vault survey, Ropes & Gray was ranked number eight for overall diversity, marking the 10th consecutive year that the firm has been ranked in the top 10. Moreover, for the past 11 years, the firm received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”