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Last month, we highlighted the top attorneys and law firms in securities litigation as part of our Leaders in Litigation series. This month, we are turning our attention to patent litigation, recognizing the top plaintiff’s attorneys and law firms and the top defense attorneys and law firms for 2019.
Top Plaintiff Attorney Analytics*
This month’s top plaintiff attorney and leader in patent litigation for 2019 is Timothy Devlin, Managing Partner of Devlin Law Firm, LLC. Previously a Principal at Fish & Richardson, the nation’s largest patent litigation firm, Mr. Devlin is recognized as one of the country’s premier patent litigators. He has served as lead counsel in more than 200 patent cases in 2019 and is frequently identified by groups such as Best Lawyers USA and the Legal 500 as being among the top patent litigators worldwide.
Mr. Devlin primarily represents emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, and operating entities in patent infringement cases. His litigation experience spans network communications, consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing and wafer processing, financial systems, medical devices, chemical processes and products, network security, internet protocols, and more. A cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Mr. Devlin is admitted to practice in Delaware, D.C., and New York courts.
Top Plaintiff Law Firm Analytics*
The top plaintiff law firm for all patent litigation cases in 2019 is none other than Mr. Devlin’s Devlin Law Firm, LLC. Focused primarily on three areas – patent litigation, IP strategy and registration, and trademark and copyright litigation – Devlin Law Firm’s tagline appropriately reads: Big firm experience. Entrepreneurial spirit. The firm defines itself as “lean enough to cater to the needs of sole proprietors and startups” but also “experienced enough to provide counsel to multinational corporations.”
Mr. Devlin and his law partner, James Lennon, represent plaintiffs worldwide in asserting patents and protecting their intellectual property. They have successfully handled cases in all major patent venues, resulting in eight-figure damages awards.
In addition to Devlin Law Firm, we also recognize other noteworthy patent plaintiff firms Stamoulis & Weinblatt LLC, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Rabicoff Law LLC, and Kizzia & Johnson PLLC.
Top Defense Attorney Analytics*
This month’s top defense attorney and leader in patent litigation for 2019 is Melissa Richards Smith of Gillam & Smith, LLP. Melissa is an acclaimed trial lawyer, representing defendants in state and federal courts throughout the Eastern District of Texas. She has tried numerous patent cases to verdict resulting in both non-infringement and validity verdicts and has served as local counsel for visiting lawyers in more than 1,500 patent cases.
Melissa has been consistently recognized as one of the premier patent litigation attorneys nationwide. Since 2008, she has been named a Texas Superlawyer, a Top 50 Texas Female Lawyer, a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyer, and a Top 40 Lawyer under 40. Various Fortune 500 companies in the area of intellectual property have named her as a “go-to” lawyer and she has been rated as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.
Top Defense Law Firm Analytics*
The top defense law firm for all patent litigation cases YTD 2019 is Fish and Richardson, PC. “Fish” is among the world’s premier IP litigation firms, working with clients to protect and enforce IP rights. Fish maintains a Munich, Germany office, serving client needs throughout the European Union and delivering cost savings on services through inter-office collaboration on US and EU matters.
Fish is also known for helping China’s leading corporations enforce and defend IP rights in the US and Europe. The firm’s extensive network with firms worldwide “ensures [it is] ready to provide comprehensive IP services in virtually any jurisdiction.”
In addition to Fish, we also recognize other noteworthy patent defense firms Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Gillam & Smith, LLP, DLA Piper LLP, and Richards, Layton & Finger, PA.
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