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Patent Litigation

Corporations involved in high-stakes intellectual property disputes need trial lawyers who know their own business and make it their business to better understand their clients’ businesses. King & Spalding believes in combining proven first-chair trial lawyers who are dedicated to patent work with a deep bench of technical specialists. Our patent litigators have been recognized in publications such as Chambers USA, Legal 500, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Euromoney Publications’ Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Experts, Georgia Super Lawyers, New York Super Lawyers and Texas Super Lawyers. Our patent trial lawyers routinely appear in district courts across the country, including busy venues such as the Eastern District of Texas, the Central and Northern Districts of California, and Delaware.

We have handled some of the largest ITC patent cases ever filed and have argued in appellate courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

More than half of our patent lawyers have technical degrees, including more than a dozen Ph.D.s, in a wide range of disciplines, from high-tech to life sciences to oil and gas, consumer products and many others. Our ranks include engineers, scientists, and programmers with decades of industry experience across diverse industries and specialties. We pride ourselves in having true technical expertise in every subject matter we litigate.

In addition, the King & Spalding IP practice includes many former judicial clerks, including four former U.S. Supreme Court clerks and several former Federal Circuit, regional circuit, and district court clerks.

Our patent litigation clients include some of the most well-known technology companies in the world, such as GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Google, Spansion, Boehringer Ingelheim, Qimonda, Baxter Healthcare, Nokia, and Sanofi-Aventis, as well as emerging companies seeking to protect, enforce and monetize their patent assets. IP Law & Business magazine has recognized King & Spalding as one of the top patent litigation firms in the country.

Managing Intellectual Property named our successful defense of Google, Inc. as its 2013 “United States Copyright/Patent Milestone Case of the Year.”

Chambers USA 2014 describes the King & Spalding patent team as “a noteworthy patent litigation team, effective in all aspects of IP.”

IP Law & Business magazine has recognized King & Spalding as one of the top patent litigation firms in the country.

Patent Prosecution, Strategic Counseling & Diligence

With expertise in assisting companies of all sizes, King & Spalding’s transactional patent practice focuses on creating value in our clients’ patent portfolios. Our practice encompasses a wide range of subject matter, including life sciences, computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering, oil and gas, and business methods. We bring deep scientific and technical expertise to bear on our clients’ transactional patent needs, with nearly 60 lawyers, agents and technical advisors holding technical degrees, including more than a dozen Ph.D.s, in such diverse areas as electrical engineering, industrial engineering, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, computer science, material science engineering, applied mathematics, systems engineering, physics, nuclear engineering, chemical engineering, biophysics, health physics, cellular and molecular biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, human genetics, microbiology, immunology, bioinformatics, molecular and systems pharmacology, neuroscience, psychological and brain sciences, developmental biology, and aquatic biology.

In addition to decades of law firm practice, our attorneys have worked as in-house counsel, as Examiners in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and in industry as engineers and scientists. Our attorneys are known for quickly learning technically complex subject matter without the need for outside consultants, as are often employed by others. Whether they are reading technical schematics, parsing source code, deciphering genetic code, or analyzing chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, small molecules, or pharmaceuticals, our attorneys have the skills to “talk the talk” with our clients and the Patent Office. We have particular expertise in managing complex patent portfolios and developing strategies to invalidate or navigate third-party blocking patents covering our clients’ technologies on a worldwide basis. Patents prosecuted by King & Spalding attorneys have earned hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties.

IP Today ranks King & Spalding among the top 30% of law firms advising on patents in 2013. In 2013, King & Spalding filed nearly 1,700 U.S. and non-U.S. patent applications on behalf of our clients.

Holmes J Hawkins III 
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