Williams & Connolly’s reputation for handling “bet-the-company” civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels applies equally to the firm’s thriving Intellectual Property Practice. Major corporations including Google, AstraZeneca, Dropbox, Roche/Genentech, Samsung, Pfizer, Intel, Eli Lilly, and many others place their trust in Williams & Connolly litigators to handle major intellectual property matters, particularly in patent litigation and related licensing disputes.
About 50 Williams & Connolly attorneys devote a substantial portion of their practice to patent cases, including fourteen former clerks of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Many of our lawyers practicing in this area have science degrees, and thirteen have been admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
A major part of Williams & Connolly’s patent litigation practice is representing pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical patent litigation.
Williams & Connolly has handled over 100 IPR proceedings, including numerous concurrent with district court proceedings in Hatch-Waxman cases.
RuyakCherian LLP blends the the knowledge and depth of a big law firm with the trial experience of a litigation boutique, and a history of success in high stakes cases. Founded in 2015 as a Technology and Competition Law Firm by Robert Ruyak and Sunny Cherian, RuyakCherian has established itself as a leading litigation firm. It is based in Washington, D.C., and represents both domestic and international clients throughout the United States in their most significant legal matters.
Attorneys at RuyakCherian have successfully represented a broad variety of clients, including some of the largest U.S. and international corporations and organizations, corporate officers, boards of directors, charitable organizations, lawyers and law firms, classes, and individuals in complex litigation matters.
RuyakCherian represents both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and mediations, and has achieved favorable results for clients in government investigations. It is a record that sets it apart from other firms and offers an advantage and unique perspective.
Our attorneys bring with them decades of experience as partners and associates from some of the world’s leading law firms. In fact, Bob Ruyak was the managing partner of Howrey, the largest litigation-focused firm in the world, from 2000 to 2011. They have also served as law clerks, authored treatises, and contributed to numerous scholarly journals.
RuyakCherian has consistently been ranked as a top-tier firm by U.S. News—Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” since its inception. Our lawyers have been awarded numerous accolades and are consistently recognized for their excellence and leadership in peer reviews, client surveys, and various other ranking methods.
Comprehensive worldwide IP protection and strategies.
Katten's IP programs build foundational strength. Our approach is brand immersive and begins with understanding your company and competitive pressures. Industry-rich experience — particularly in apparel and fashion, technology, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and entertainment — adds practicality and common sense. From start to finish, Katten covers your IP concerns domestically and internationally in:
Advertising, marketing and promotions
Copyrights and trademarks
IP-asset secured financings
Licensing and related commercial agreements
Portfolio management and counseling
Trademarks and trade names
Securing IP value in deals, in court and across platforms.
Trusted by corporate boardrooms as well as by the artistic forces behind them, we dig deeper than simply what the law or IP search says. Our attorneys are authorities leading the conversation as teachers in law schools and as contributors to Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, Managing Intellectual Property and The Licensing Journal.
Should threats arise to brands, products or services, we protect you swiftly and decisively. We obtain temporary restraining orders to shut down high-profile infringers, navigate multichannel expansion for Fortune 500 brands and secure IP essentials for emerging companies. We also vigorously defend companies against overreaching third-party claims. In the realm of deal making and financings, the influence of IP assets is growing. Katten offers practical insights and guidance in IP valuations and strategies related to:
Weil offers a comprehensive, national IP practice, encompassing Patent Litigation, Technology and IP Transactions, IP/Media (which encompasses trademark, copyright, music licensing, and advertising matters), and our cross-disciplinary IP Counseling Practice.
Weil’s national Patent Litigation practice offers strong platforms in Silicon Valley, Houston, New York, and Washington, DC, with 40 practitioners nationally. We have earned a reputation as a go-to firm for high stakes patent litigation in all of the major venues, including in federal district courts, at the United States International Trade Commission, on appeal at the Federal Circuit, or before the Patent Office. Our patent litigators regularly handle matters where the rulings are game-changing and where the law, facts, and technology are complex. In many instances, these cases often have far-reaching impacts across entire industries. Importantly, many of our attorneys have degrees in chemistry, biology, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics. These technical and scientific backgrounds allow us to identify critical issues and quickly understand the technology at the forefront of a case. With the majority of our team licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent Office, our team has unique strategic advantages in being able to navigate the interplay of district court cases and IPR/post-grant proceedings. Indeed, our lawyers are leaders in inter partes review and covered business method review proceedings, having handled more than 250 of them since 2012.
Our Technology and IP Transactions group comprises 22 lawyers in New York, Silicon Valley and London who spend 100% of their time on technology and intellectual property transactions—a distinguishing feature of Weil—bringing deep expertise to client matters. We represent our clients in all stages of development from start-ups to Fortune 50 across a broad range of industries. We are well known for our cutting-edge work across all forms of stand-alone technology and intellectual property transactions such as patent acquisitions, licensing agreements, joint ventures, strategic alliances, research and development collaborations, internet/e-commerce arrangements and other types of cross-border technology transactions, among others. Our lawyers also handle transactions in the Fintech and Adtech sectors.
Our IP/Media practice, which boasts nearly two dozen lawyers with IP expertise and courtroom experience, has a leading reputation for success on behalf of media and non-media companies dealing with challenging IP issues and disputes. Leading social media companies, major entertainment companies, and international financial services companies regularly turn to Weil’s IP/Media practice to manage a wide variety of issues, including: complex and cutting-edge secondary liability issues; music licensing; trademark and copyright licensing requirements; trademark strategy, enforcement and litigation; IP matters arising in the transactional context; false advertising claims; DMCA safe harbors and compliance requirements; development of terms of service, fair use and assessment of infringement risks (both direct and secondary); and defenses associated with the clients’ service offerings and product development initiatives. Weil has also built the nation’s pre-eminent music copyright law licensing practice, which includes clients like Sirius XM Radio, Inc., Twitter, Mood Media, the local broadcast radio industry, the local broadcast television industry, broadcast television networks, dozens of cable networks, and a host of Internet-based music users. We work closely with our broad base of clients to help coordinate these issues on a global basis, and over the last several decades, our lawyers have participated in many of the most significant trademark & copyright cases of our time.
Weil also offers an IP Counseling group, which provides clients with pre-litigation counseling and design-around advice, patent strategy and analysis, and technology-focused litigation services (such as infringement and invalidity contentions, prior art searching and analysis, reexaminations, and expert reports).
Weil’s clients benefit from our deep bench of leading practitioners with the full spectrum of IP capabilities. Clients of the group include: AIG; eBay; Eli Lilly; Facebook; General Electric; GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Illumina; Intel; Johnson & Johnson; Lenovo Group; Micron; Nuance Communications; Oculus; Oracle; S&P Global; Samsung; Sanofi; SiriusXM Radio; Twitter; Under Armour; among others.