|Alston & Bird|
|Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner|
|Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton|
|King & Spalding|
|Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman|
|Merchant & Gould|
|Meunier Carlin & Curfman|
|Smith Gambrell & Russell|
Alston & Bird's IP group focuses on patent prosecution, litigation, and counseling and features offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC. The firm has about 160 lawyers and patent agents, including approximately 100 legal professionals registered to practice before the USPTO, and 10 with PhDs. The firm represents such high-level clients as Hilton Hotels, Dell Computer, Georgia Pacific, and Nokia. It recently represented Nokia in Apple v Samsung patent litigation, which led to a California court finding that Samsung has distributed Nokia's licensing information in violation of the court's protective order. Peers speak of the firm as a "formidable competitor with lots of great lawyers and significant depth in patent litigation." An international telecommunications company praises the firm in IP litigation saying, "Alston's IP team understands that it must evaluate not only how a particular issue impacts the dispute at hand but our company's broader strategy."
Based in Atlanta, Patrick Flinn is a well-respected litigator whose clients often come from the technology and telecommunication sectors. He is defending Nokia and Networks US in a consolidated patent infringement actions brought by Implicit. A peer notes: "Pat Flynn is one of the most well respected senior patent litigators in the Atlanta market. I think very highly of him." Another peer notes that Flinn does a lot of Nokia work and is "very strong." John Haynes and Flinn recently acted as lead counsel in four district court actions representing Nokia Solutions and Networks US in patent infringement actions brought by Huawei Technologies. A telecommunications client speaks of Haynes as a "stellar IP litigation attorney," adding, "I am impressed by his legal skills and willingness to dive into difficult and complex issues. John is someone we always want on every case we have. He is hardworking and truly cares about our objectives we are trying to meet."
Frank Smith leads the trial team and represents Dell in a variety of patent suits involving wireless technology. He also represents M-I drilling Fluids, a Schlumberger subsidiary, in IPR proceedings involving methods for drilling and transporting oil drill cuttings from offshore oil rigs.
Jason Cooper and Keith Broyles serve as IP area coordinators. Broyles, known by one peer as a "very good patent litigator," co-leads the IP practice and focuses on all areas of intellectual property including patent litigation, enforcement, and appellate. Cooper regularly appears before the PTAB and is experienced in both inter partes and ex partes patent matters. Recently, Cooper represented Sealed Air in five IPRs responding to a suit by Pregis Innovative Packaging. The IPRs were all instituted. Both Broyles and Cooper are currently representing Southwire in multiple IPRs concerning its self-lubricated cable products.
Founded in 1885, Ballard Spahr, known by one peer as having a "good cadre of talent," is a national firm with more than 500 attorneys throughout its 14 US offices. In 2008, the firm acquired Needle & Rosenberg.
Clients include Comcast, DuPont Pioneer, Qiagen, Smith & Wesson, and Shaw Industries.
The firm's IP department is currently led by Mitchell Katz as chair. Katz also serves as practice leader of the patent group, where he is a member of the chemical, pharmaceutical, and nanotechnology teams. On top of counseling clients, he lends his knowledge to Emory University as an adjunct professor of patent law. Peers speak of IP litigator Lawrence Nodine alternately as "very creative, solid, reliable," an "excellent trademark litigator," and "a strong all-around IP lawyer with practical and scholarly approach to litigation."
Duane Morris is an international full-service IP firm, recognized for its use of cutting-edge technology for real-time patent and trademark docket management. The firm is active in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products spaces. A peer speaks of the firm as at the "top of the list of Georgia-based firms."
Woody Jameson chairs the IP practice group at the firm. Woody's technological expertise includes: cable television technology, internet technology, online banking transactions, MPEG decoding technology, telecommunications, and computer hardware and software applications. A peer calls him "very strong patent litigator largely focused on patent litigation. Between Jameson and Matthew Gaudet, who specializes in networking, telecommunications, and computer science, there is a strong roster of clients, including: Cisco Systems, NetApp, and Aeroflex. A peer speaks calls Gaudet an "up-and-coming litigator."
Recently, Duane Morris represented Cisco at the Federal Circuit, in a significant case in which the the court vacated a $16 million damages award against Cisco.
With a staff of about 30 IP attorneys in Atlanta, Finnegan is a global IP boutique that tends to deploy smaller teams and keep an equal balance between partners and associates. Most of the firm's work is international in scope. A peer speaks of the firm as having a "stellar reputation in IP." A manufacturing client praises the firm for helping "solve many issues dealing with two ITC investigations," adding "This is a very positive and responsible team."
Roger Taylor, Virginia Carron and John Livingstone are singled out by peers for their IP capabilities. Carron is a managing partner in the Atlanta office. She was lead counsel in a multiple patent case defending NUSA that involved patents related to aseptic processing of low-acid food product. A peer notes of Carron: "Carron is the most prominent, if not the head of the Finnegan office. She has a strong patent and litigation-focused practice." Another peer notes: "She is very active locally and well-known with a good reputation."
Dyer has more than 50 lawsuits under his belt, and extensive litigation experience in both federal courts and the ITC. In the past year, Dyer successfully defended a major defense contractor in a patent infringement suit related to the heads-up display on next-generation fighter aircraft.
Livingstone, former leader of the firm's biotechnology practice in Japan, runs a US district court patent litigation practice that specializes in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and biotechnology. Recently, he acted as a first chair litigator for Ajinomoto in a rare biotechnology ITC action related to genetically modified organisms for producing amino acids. He also represented AstraZeneca at trial related to its diabetes medication.
Taylor, the former managing partner of the Atlanta office, works to protect IP rights and defend domestic and foreign clients against infringement in state and federal courts. He does opinion and guidance work involving a large portfolio of patents.
The Atlanta office of Greenberg Traurig is one of the go-to places for entertainment-related issues. The firm's gold roster of clients include SoundCloud, Microsoft, Spotify, and Pandora. The firm also represents some of the leading country musicians including Kenny Chesney, George Strait, and Willie Nelson. Bobby Rosenbloum co-chairs the Atlanta entertainment and media practice. A peer speaks of him as a "really bright, sharp lawyer."
Atlanta-based IP boutique Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton boasts one of the most well-rounded groups of litigators, prosecutors, and IP strategists in the country. The firm's trademark and copyright team is one of the largest in the United States, with about 90 attorneys. The PTAB practice has completed work for the likes of Adidas, Google, Motorola, and Oracle. In one notable case last year, the firm represented Lionsgate Films against John Does, when a copy of the film "The Expendables" was leaked to the internet prior to being released. The team worked around the clock to achieve an 89 percent compliance rate. A consumer products company speaks of the firm's trademark litigation group as "great strategists, thorough, business minded, tough but pleasant"
Wab Kadaba leads the IP department in Atlanta. He takes a leading role in managing the global IP portfolio for Novelis, an aluminum producer worth roughly $11.1 billion. He is intellectual property litigation counsel to Adidas, defending its patents in IPR proceedings against Under Armour. Also involved in the case was Mitchell Stockwell, who focuses his practice on intellectual property dispute resolution. Stockwell handled the first wearables case on behalf of Adidas versus Under Armour, and has successfully defeated multiple IPR petitions in related matters. William Brewster, who specializes in trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation, has represented Energizer, UPS, DuPont, Georgia Pacific, and Instagram in various disputes. Brewster and Charles Henn represented Adidas against Skechers in a litigation involving Skechers' alleged infringement of the Stan Smith sneaker. Brewster co-chairs the firm's trademark group. Brewster and Henn recently handled a trademark case for FXX against Exxon over the interlocking X's logo. A major entertainment client speaks of Brewster and Henn as "the best in the business." A peer speaks of Henn as "very good."
Theodore Davis focuses his practice almost exclusively on trademark and occasionally on copyright. He has done several cases before the TTAB as well as before district court. Among other accomplishments, Davis served as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law in 2015/2016. A peer calls him "an encyclopedia of trademark knowledge." One recent client says, "There is simply no one more knowledgeable about substantive trademark law than Theodore Davis."
King & Spalding's IP group comprises roughly 70 IP professionals, located in US offices that include Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC. Clients include Nokia, Microsoft, Alcatel-Lucent, IBM, Google, and Merck. A peer speaks of the firm as "among the best in copyright." One of the firm's global IP group founders, Bruce Baber, counts Google among his many high-profile clients in contentious IP matters. Other noteworthy stars include Holmes Hawkins and Rebecca Kaufman. Hawkins leads King & Spalding's intellectual property group, and his practice benefits from the more than two decades he has dedicated to the profession. A peer calls Hawkins a "one-man show" and "strong patent litigator." A client speaks of Hawkins as an "excellent strategist." An energy client speaks of the firm as having an "excellent IP team" in Atlanta.
Founded in 1900, Merchant & Gould is an IP boutique based in Minneapolis that has developed a strong reputation for its trademarks and patent prosecution capabilities. Attorneys at Merchant & Gould are particularly lauded for their expertise in securing and protecting the IP rights of clients in the electrical, computer software, chemical and life sciences, and food and beverages sectors. Managing partner of the firm's Atlanta office Kent Stier handles a wide range of intellectual property work, including the procurement, establishment, management, and development of international IP portfolio strategy.