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Law360 Reveals Largest IP Boutiques

March 23, 2015

Media Coverage Articles

Law360 Reveals Largest IP Boutiques

March 23, 2015

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Today, Law360 named Fish & Richardson the number one “Largest IP Boutique” firm in the nation according to data compiled for the Law360 400.

Fish & Richardson has stayed on top because of its collaborative approach to working on cases, according to Ann Cathcart Chaplin, leader of the firm’s litigation group. The various practice groups and staff members, everyone from the firm’s 200 litigators to its patent prosecutors, combine their expertise to serve the best needs of their clients, she said.

“We’ve created interdisciplinary teams to handle nuanced matters,” Cathcart Chaplin said. “That combination really differentiates ourselves [from competitors].”

Differentiation is important in the face of a changing legal landscape. In the world of IP, litigation work is flat at best, even with increased work trying cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission, but post-grant proceedings have been increasing. America Invents Act cases, such as inter partes review and covered business method review, have become more commonplace, and Cathcart Chaplin said Fish & Richardson has been prepared for years for the growing importance of the proceedings.

“We focused on post-grant early, and have hit the ground running on educating teams and providing information to clients,” she said.

As a result, Fish & Richardson is ranked No. 1 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as the most active firm, topping out at 154 proceedings, she said. “We don’t just practice law, but we help to make it,” she said, calling one of her firm’s pharmaceutical victories last year “phenomenal.”

Fish & Richardson represented Fresenius USA Inc. in a patent infringement suit in which Baxter International Inc. accused Fresenius’ 2008K hemodialysis machine of infringing its patents.
After a decade long battle, which included two trials, three Federal Circuit appeals, the high court denying Baxter a writ of certiorari and a USPTO reexamination, the law firm was able to save Fresenius from having to pay millions of dollars.

By refusing to a full-panel rehearing of its decision in the case, the appeals court showed that post-grant reviews can directly impact the outcome of patent litigation, according to the firm. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to review the decision, there were broad changes in the way patentees and defendants approached patent litigation, Cathcart Chaplin said.

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