Citing the firm’s trial wins in high-profile patent cases and its strengths across IP litigation capabilities, Law360 has named the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice of Latham & Watkins as “IP Group of the Year.”
“Equipped with a stable of veteran IP trial attorneys, Latham & Watkins certainly flexed its patent litigation muscles over the past year,” Law360 reported, citing as examples the firm’s victory for Interdigital Communications Inc. in a wireless patent case and its successful defense of Capital One Financial Corp. in a bellwether suit against a patent holding company, Intellectual Ventures.
Matthew Moore, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s IP Litigation Practice Group, noted “that a major part of Latham’s success is its high number of excellent attorneys with first-chair trial experience who are involved with their cases on a day-to-day basis.”
Many of Latham’s IP attorneys come from engineering or scientific backgrounds, giving them a solid understanding of technical issues often involved in patent cases. “We marry the incredible technical ability with the storytelling ability that, I think, very few firms could approach,” said Doug Lumish, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s IP Litigation Practice Group.
Law360 also recognized Latham’s “nonstop” rate of success at the U.S. International Trade Commission, highlighted the firm as a “a heavy-hitter in the generic drug litigation realm” and noted “its brisk pace before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, where it has a more than 96 percent rate of getting petitions granted.”
“The firm is also adept at handling IP litigation at all stages, from district and circuit courts all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court,” Moore said, noting synergies between the firm’s IP Litigation and Appellate practice groups.
“We're not offering a trial lawyer who can win the trial,” Lumish said. “We're offering a group that can cover you from top to bottom, across any technical field and in any venue.”