, Washington, D.C.
Our Intellectual Property group helps drive your business growth by protecting and leveraging your ideas and innovations, your brand, and your creative works. With almost 400 lawyers, specialists, and paralegals worldwide, we combine a strategic, global outlook with local knowledge and a keen understanding of the technological and business factors involved in this area of law.
We are the only IP practice to be ranked tier 1 on a global, European and Asian level by Chambers guide, 2014.
We provide IP advice to over 50% of the world's top 100 brands* and represent 6 of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers and 12 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation.
We advise companies of all sizes and in virtually all industries across the life cycle of IP assets, from development to commercialization and licensing through to maturity. We also have a deep understanding of and advise on a broad range of issues in closely related areas such as e-commerce, data protection, IT contracts, and all types of media work.
We manage global and regional trademark and domain name portfolios as well as handling IP litigation in U.S. and European courts, the International Trade Commission, and other forums throughout the world. We alsohandle the IP and technology law aspects of major corporate and commercial transactions.
Many of our lawyers have scientific backgrounds and hold advanced degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering, biochemistry, computer science, or physics, helping us to fully understand the scientific principles underlying products and processes. With our worldwide footprint and broad knowledge, we stand ready to address your intellectual property issues wherever they arise.*Source: Financial Times Top 100 Global Brands, 2014.
Awards and rankings
- Europe – Domain Names / Internet Firm of the Year: Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards 2014
- Intellectual Property Law firm of the Year: Le Monde du Droit Awards 2014
- Top-tier ranking for intellectual property globally, Chambers Global 2014
- Top-tier ranking for intellectual property Asia Pacific-wide, Chambers Asia Pacific 2014
- Top-tier ranking for intellectual property Europe-wide, Chambers Europe 2014
- Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Italy: Top Legal Awards 2013
- OHIM Work IP Firm of the Year: Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards, 2013
- International IP Law Firm of the Year, Chambers China Awards for Excellence, 2013
- Large Tier – IP Law Firm of the Year in Vietnam, Global Law Experts, 2013
- Global IP Firm of the Year, Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards, 2012
- European Trade Mark Firm of the Year, Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards, 2012
- Top-tier ranking for intellectual property, Asian Legal Business, 2012
- Hong Kong Trademark Firm of the Year, Asia IP, 2012
- Highly recommended for Intellectual Property in China & Hongkong, France Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and Russia, IAM Licensing 250 2012
- Patent Firm of the year, Asia IP Magazine 2011
- Awards for UK - Contentious Trade Marks, Germany - Trade Mark Prosecution, and Europe - Internet and Domain Names, Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards 2011
False Advertising and Unfair Competition
International Trade Commission
Internet and E-Commerce
IP in Commercial Transactions
IP Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Licensing and Technology Transfer
Media Litigation and Counseling
Privacy and Information Management
Strategic Counseling and Portfolio Development
Trade Secrets and Confidential Know-How
Trademarks and Brands