Unlocking Value for IP Owners

For over 15 years, Fish & Richardson has represented over a hundred clients that were looking for alternatives to the traditional “billable hour.” These are clients that wanted to partner with a premier law firm to assist them in monetizing their valuable intellectual property rights. Through licensing and litigation of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, we are proud to have helped individual inventors, academic institutions, and business enterprises of all sizes and in virtually all industries recover over $300 million.

We do not represent “patent assertion entities,” otherwise known as “patent trolls.” Rather, our mission is to help clients enforce and monetize their valuable IP rights with meritorious claims that they either cannot afford to pursue, or would prefer not to pursue, through traditional hourly fee arrangements.

In exchange, we share in any recoveries that we help our clients obtain. We accept that in some instances, there will be no recovery, and in those instances our clients have no fee obligation to us. That is why we view these as “partnerships,” not in the formal sense of that word, but certainly in the spirit of that word. We make money only if you do.

For those matters accepted into this enforcement program, we offer our clients the following advantages:

Unparalleled Expertise

Fish is one of the leading IP litigation firms in the United States. We have expertise in virtually every technology field, with nearly every attorney having at least one technical degree, and many with advanced degrees, including over 90 technical Ph.D.s across the firm. We have extensive licensing and litigation experience, the latter spanning every major jurisdiction in the country. We have successfully handled contingent fee cases in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, recovering over $300 million on behalf of contingent fee clients since 2005.

Expert Vetting, Free of Charge

All of our contingent fee matters undergo extensive vetting prior to acceptance, with close scrutiny by our contingent fee committee, a group of seasoned trial lawyers and one retired federal judge, with a combined experience of well over 100 years of practice. We never charge clients for this vetting service. And we never pursue claims that we do not think are meritorious.

Flexible Funding Arrangements

Our contingent fee clients range in size from individual inventors to academic institutions to large multi-national corporations, and we offer a wide variety of contingent fee options to suit clients’ financial profiles objectives.

Fish’s lawyers have handled patent and trade secret litigation, copyright and trademark infringement, and patent licensing cases on a contingent fee. Our patent litigation experience spans a wide variety of scientific and technology areas, including:

  • Automotive
  • Medical devices
  • Network security
  • Optical switches
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Surgical implants
  • Wireless networks

If you are interested in exploring a contingent fee partnership with Fish, please fill out the form below.

Contingent Fee Arrangement inquiry form

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