Fish & Richardson Named Law360 IP Practice Group of the Year for Fourth Straight Year

Fish & Richardson has been named IP Practice Group of the Year for the fourth year in a row by Law360 for having "secured a slew of high stakes appellate and trial patent victories in 2015." Law360 also named Fish an IP All-Star - a designation given to only four firms that have attained multiple IP practice group of the year wins over the past five years.

Law360 highlighted Fish's "blistering schedule, handling nine patents trials in federal district court while making numerous oral arguments before the Federal Circuit. The firm, which has one of the busiest patent litigation practices in the country, also appeared in trials at the U.S. International Trade Commission and more than two dozen hearings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board." The publication also noted that Fish "continues to lead the way in the use of post-grant review proceedings, which have taken on increased significance since several new procedures were added in the America Invents Act."

"Fish is successful because of our exceptional breadth and depth in both trial skills and technical acumen. We are able to field teams for patent litigation around the country that are unparalleled in both of those important areas. Not only that, but we have the capability to handle multiple, very complex trials simultaneously," said Kurt Glitzenstein, Litigation Practice Group Leader at Fish. "We also have the ability to draw on deep expertise in both patent prosecution and litigation, allowing us to createinterdisciplinary post-grant teams. This synergy has proven to be a winning formula for our firm and our clients."

Law360 lauded Fish's "big wins in federal courts for clients that included the likes of …Microsoft Corp." and for Ion Geophysical Corp., which faced a $124 million judgment after jurors in Texas found in 2012 that it infringed patents on technology used to search for oil and gas beneath the ocean floor. Fish was brought into the case after the trial, and "persuaded a Federal Circuit panel in July to chop $100 million off the verdict because the award misapplied patent law. The appeals court ruled that lost profits cannot be awarded for damages resulting from contracts performed abroad. The full Federal Circuit in October refused to hear the case."

"That was a terrific example of Fish's capabilities to come into a case that had already been tried, and to identify and target specific issues for appeal, and prevail on those issues on appeal," said Glitzenstein.

Law360 also cited Fish's jury wins for long-time clients Power Integrations Inc. and Adobe. In the Adobe case, Fish won a jury verdict that Adobe's well-known Photoshop application did not infringe two EveryScape Inc. patents. In its "huge win" for Power Integrations Inc., Fish won an almost $140 million jury verdict against Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. for infringing two of Power Integrations' power-supply patents.