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Fish named to Law360’s Top Practice Groups of the Year

January 18, 2013

Press Releases

Fish named to Law360’s Top Practice Groups of the Year

January 18, 2013

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Law360 selects Fish for “Intellectual Property Practice Group of the Year” and “Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year”

Fish & Richardson has been named Intellectual Property Practice Group of the Year” and “Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year” by Law360 for the size, complexity, and significance of its 2012 litigation wins.  This is a particularly prestigious honor since only five firms – out of hundreds of nominations – are selected in each practice area.

Fish was singled out as “IP Practice Group of the Year” by Law360 for its “landmark victory for Mayo Collaborative Services at the U.S. Supreme Court,” and for “cases that established new law on willfulness and declaratory judgment.”  Law360 called Fish’s Mayo win, “the highest-profile patent ruling of the year.”

Law360 also highlighted Fish’s “important victory” for W.L. Gore where “the Federal Circuit changed the law on willful infringement and set forth a heightened standard that makes willfulness harder to prove” and its representation of 3M Co. in a Federal Circuit case in which the court established a new precedent on when a licensing letter from a patentee creates declaratory judgment jurisdiction for the recipient.

Fish was named “Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year” for its impressive wins for Mayo Clinic, W.L. Gore, Cephalon, Inc., Allergan, Inc., and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.  For Cephalon, Fish won an important Federal Circuit ruling that clarified parties’ respective burdens of proof when a defendant seeks to invalidate a patent.  This issue, seen in almost every Hatch-Waxman pharmaceutical litigation, has now been resolved in branded pharmaceutical’s favor.

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