Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck


Head Office Address:
607 14th St. NW, Suite 800
United States (National)
DC 20005

+1 202 783 6040

ROTHWELL, FIGG, ERNST & MANBECK, P.C. (Rothwell Figg) is a quality-focused firm for high stakes intellectual property matters. We have over 50 lawyers and IP professionals representing a wide range of clients on a global basis, from emerging businesses to Fortune 500 companies. For over 35 years, our experienced lawyers have administered all types of IP matters regardless of size or complexity.

Our practices have been recognized by the 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in National and Metropolitan Washington DC, Tiers 1 and 2; we were named Washington DC’s Top Medium Sized Firm for Intellectual Property in the 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition; Recommended in Washington DC Metro by Managing Intellectual Property for Patent Contentious, 2013; in 2014 Rothwell Figg was named to BIT’s Honor Roll for law firms with the best client relationships in the High Tech industry for having “strong, well-established relationships as a primary law firm”; and our litigation practice has also been recognized by IAM Patent 1000 for the Washington DC Metro area.

We understand that intellectual property is a key factor in a company’s success. Our lawyers and IP professionals take a strategic, cross-disciplined approach to offering business-oriented insights into IP matters. Through our multifaceted perspective, technical competency, and sharp understanding of our clients’ businesses, we bring a tailored strategy with deeper insights into our clients’ matters positioning them with best chance of attaining their goals.

Our lawyers have the experience and the technical knowledge required to handle the most sophisticated IP matters. Many of our lawyers and IP professionals have first-hand industry experience in engineering, research, development and design and many hold advanced scientific degrees. Additionally, Rothwell Figg is home to many former patent examiners, as well as a former Patent and Trademark Office Solicitor, Administrative Patent Judge putting us in an extraordinary position to represent and counsel clients in a wide range of capacities.

In addition to our lawyers’ in-depth knowledge, we rely on our well trained and highly experienced law clerks, IP Operations managers and experienced legal assistants who work together with our lawyers to ensure the prompt and economical delivery of our legal services.

Our lawyers are lead litigators in IP matters of every kind and at every level, representing clients in the pharmaceutical, medical & dental device, financial, high-technology, manufacturing, retail, and media industries. Our patent litigation practice is recognized as one of the best in the nation, and we are frequently lead trial counsel in jurisdictions across the country in cases involving large competitors as well as those involving non-practicing entities.

Patent prosecution remains one of the firm’s strongest practices. Our patent lawyers are securing IP protection, rendering opinions, and providing advice on activities within the IP law field. We serve clients that are engaged in sophisticated technological areas such as computer hardware and software; semiconductors; advanced electronics; telecommunications; e-commerce and the Internet; financial services; biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields; medical devices and a variety of mechanical systems devices.

Accompanying our patent prosecution practice, our post-grant practice regularly handles cases in the United States Patent and Trademark Office before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board – since the implementation of the America Invents Act, we have counseled clients on more than 20 postgrant proceedings, including the first Covered Business Methods proceeding.

Rothwell Figg has substantial experience handling cases involving trade identity (trademark), copyright and licensing areas, character rights, publications relating to education, and unique trade identity cases involving color and size of pharmaceuticals and parallel imports. We regularly represent clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in matters involving trademark opposition and cancellation.

As part of our comprehensive intellectual property practice, we provide strategic IP counseling, patent infringement and validity opinions, and handle licensing and IP-related transactional and due diligence matters. We also have a significant trade identity and copyright practice, representing clients in the fields of trademarks, service marks, trade names, copyright, unfair competition, character protection, and the like.

Open communication is one of the keys to Rothwell Figg’s success, which is why our firm has a regular communication policy ensuring that our clients will always know the progress of their matter.

Last updated 20th June 2018