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.
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:
Cooley's lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, financial institutions, investors and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, often where innovation meets the law.
Cooley’s global intellectual property practice is comprised of 200+ IP lawyers and professionals across a dozen offices in the US and Europe. Our IP team provides prosecution and strategic counseling services that allow clients to gain the most value from their IP and represents clients in complex infringement suits in which core products and brands are at stake. We are proud to be recognized as a leader in IP law by several publications including The American Lawyer, BTI Consulting, Chambers, Corporate Counsel, IAM Patent 1000, Legal 500, Law360, LMG Life Sciences, Managing IP, National Law Journal and World Trademark Review, among others.
Cooley has 1,100+ lawyers across 16 offices in the United States, Asia and Europe
One of the top law firms on Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list
Fully integrated IP prosecution, counseling and litigation practice
4,500+ patent applications filed globally for clients in 2019
3,500+ trademark applications filed globally for clients in 2019
1,500+ domain names recovered through UDRP and Nominet proceedings
1,000+ investor-side and company-side patent due diligence reviews in high-value deals and transactions
1,000+ trademark, copyright and advertising disputes globally in 2019 (cancellations, oppositions, litigation)
We are an IP Litigation powerhouse for technology, life sciences and health technology in patents, trade secrets and commercial litigation with unparalleled trial success at all levels at each forum and venue. Our approach integrates our practices to provide businesses with comprehensive intellectual property protections. Our litigation expertise and experience also gives us an edge in advising our clients on the likely outcomes of litigation, including in the context of corporate acquisitions and portfolio management. Our approach, which supports “small firm” key partner attention with the “large firm” resources ensures our clients receive effective and efficient representation at every stage of the case. We are committed to helping clients structure the most comprehensive and workable enforcement and defense for all aspects of their intellectual property.
Bench and Jury Trials at the U.S. District Courts
We have litigated and counseled on patent and trade secrets issues across a wide range of industries, including software, hardware, electronics, chemical processes, telecommunications, consumer goods, manufacturing, sales, financial services, and pharmaceuticals.
We are also experts in §101 invalidity challenges with a near-perfect record in district court and the Federal Circuit, pursuing and obtaining attorneys’ fees, and obtaining wins in Federal Circuit appeals.
We are experts in the nuances of life sciences patent litigation, including Hatch-Waxman Act and biosimilars patent litigation under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, and the intersecting FDA regulatory regime in which these cases operate.
We have handled over 400 post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, on behalf of both petitioners and patent owners across a wide range of industries.
Our attorneys have been hailed as ones who can be “trust[ed] . . . with crown jewels, and have been described as “PTAB mastermind[s],” “PTAB trial guru[s],” knowing the PTAB “like the back of [their] hands,” and “understand[ing] all the rules and subtleties of IPR proceedings better than anyone I’ve ever worked with.”
Our attorneys worked on the first ever PTAB proceeding on the technology side and also led the first ever successful defense of a pharmaceutical patent.
ITC Section 337 Investigations
We represent both complainants and respondents, and have been at the forefront of recent cutting-edge decisions at the ITC.
We have served as counsel in more than 60 Section 337 Investigations, and have appeared before each of the Presiding Administrative Law Judges (ALJs), including multiple successes before Customs in ensuring our clients’ products are not excluded from the United States.
We represent clients in all aspects of litigation related to arbitration, including bringing and defending motions to compel arbitration, obtaining and opposing interim and protective measures in aid of arbitration, seeking and opposing recognition of arbitral awards, seeking and opposing the annulment of arbitral awards, and disputes over the taking of evidence in the US in aid of international arbitrations and foreign litigation.
We regularly draft, advise, and teach courses on the drafting and interpretation of arbitration and forum-selection agreements in circumstances ranging from simple two-party deals to complex commercial transactions involving multiple parties, jurisdictions, and applicable laws. We recognize that each matter is unique and strive to meet our client’s objectives in the most cost-effective manner.
Supreme Court and Appellate Review
We have top-notch appellate capabilities and can handle an IP litigation matter from start to finish.
Our lawyers are skilled in the art of written and oral advocacy, as well as in simplifying technical arguments for generalist Federal Circuit judges.
We devote our practice to the craft of conceiving and presenting argument on complex, law-intensive issues, bringing to bear our many years of experience in areas of law that cut across traditional legal disciplines, such as constitutional interpretation, damages, procedure, and jurisdiction.