Patent litigation tends to be expensive, and many law firms want to handle your litigation. We don't want to be litigators: instead, we want to help our client's litigation team WIN. We find that the additional capabilities of a technology-oriented firm like ours can be very helpful in supporting licensing and litigation activities. Our attorneys have not only performed prior art analysis, but have even done defensive searches (although we recommend that professional searchers or expert consultants should be the first resort for this).
We have also provided substantial added value to litigation teams by developing expert witness positions. We can also help a litigation team spot abnormalities in the prosecution history. For those clients who have not already chosen their litigators, we can help with this choice. However, we will not be the lead litigators ourselves.
In preparation for patent licensing, it is often useful to sort through large numbers of patents quickly, and to look for design-around possibilities in many claims. We have experience with this. Once negotiations are underway, fast analysis of infringement and validity issues can be very useful in responding quickly to positions taken by an adversary. (Failure to respond quickly can lead to a shift in momentum.) We have worked successfully with corporate counsel to develop a tenable position on less than 24 hours' notice.
The firm also provides litigation support services to enforce or defend patents. We assist discovery, document review, expert witness, patent analysis, or patent mapping. Our attorneys have collectively prosecuted thousands of patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and, in association with foreign counsel, international patents in many major commercial markets around the world. We have representative clients in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as business contacts in a number of countries.