Patent Litigation

McGuireWoods’ patent litigation group combines the talents of our registered patent lawyers with those of our experienced trial lawyers. We are intimately familiar with patent law as it applies to a wide range of technologies, and have the communication skills necessary to explain difficult legal and technical concepts to judges and juries. Our team includes individuals with prior technical experience in the industry, a number of whom also have advanced scientific degrees. Combined with firsthand experience at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, our lawyers can efficiently handle patent prosecution and litigation matters in virtually any technology.

The firm’s practitioners have handled cases in some of the most patent-savvy tribunals in the United States, including the “rocket dockets” of the Eastern District of Virginia and the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, the Northern and Central Districts of California, the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. International Trade Commission. As patent disputes mirror the increasingly global nature of our clients’ businesses, we regularly coordinate U.S. patent litigation with international patent proceedings in Germany, The Hague and the European Patent Office (EPO).

Our clients range from start-ups and medium-sized companies to some of the largest, most recognizable multinational corporations, universities, and research organizations, many of which are leaders and innovators in their respective fields. For example, we represent one of the leading global polymer system suppliers, the leading supplier of insulated concrete forms building systems in North America, one of the largest generic drug manufacturers in the United States, the leading U.S. semiconductor manufacturer of transceiver products, a leading manufacturer of cell phones and one of the most innovative and leading nanotechnology companies, and the automotive, diesel and telecommunications divisions of one of the world's largest technology companies.

Jury trials often make clients uncomfortable because of the variables involved and the concern that the average person may not be able to comprehend complex facts and concepts to reach the “correct” decision. Corporate general counsel and chief executive officers demand certainty and a clear sense of the outcome of their patent cases as early as possible in the litigation process. McGuireWoods regularly recommends that clients use focus groups to test the strength of their patent infringement cases or defenses, which can provide key insights into potential outcomes and use of various courtroom strategies.

In this arena, our attorneys have participated in more than 100 focus group presentations and can cost-effectively test a case before a focus group. Focus groups allow counsel and clients to watch the jury deliberation process and see whether “jurors” understand the difficult information given to them by each side. Focus groups are an excellent learning tool to assist clients in understanding how a real jury could receive the case and rule on it. The results provide clients with the information necessary to make sound business decisions about the value of patent infringement matters and how to proceed.

Patent Litigation

CONTACTS

Brian C. Riopelle Partner T: +1 804 775 1084
David E. Finkelson Partner T: +1 804 775 1157
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Representative Matter

Fortune 500 wireless carrier

Defense of patent litigation suit against non-practicing entity based on three internet help request patents.
Representative Matter

Fortune 500 wireless carrier

Defense of a Fortune 500 wireless carrier in patent infringement suits brought by non-practicing entity based on twenty-six patents allegedly directed to wireless network, handset and website functionalities.
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Steve Adkins Steven E. Adkins
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

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Irving M Brenner Irving M. Brenner
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2075
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Kristen M Calleja Kristen M. Calleja
Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1374
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Jason Cook Jason W. Cook
Partner
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6418
F: +1 214 273 7483
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Andi Daly Andriana Shultz Daly
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

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Amanda DeFord Amanda L. DeFord
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

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David E Finkelson David E. Finkelson
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1157
F: +1 804 225 5377
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Shaun Hassett Shaun W. Hassett
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6422
F: +1 214 273 7475
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Franklin Kang Franklin D. Kang
Partner
Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

Wells Fargo Center
South Tower
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 4200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3103

T: +1 415 844 1948
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Lyle Kossis Lyle D. Kossis
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

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Rebecca Levinson Rebecca B. Levinson
Counsel
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 828 2816
F: +1 202 828 3322
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William Li William Li
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201

T: +1 214 932 6440
F: +1 214 273 7489
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Melissa Martinez Melissa O. Martinez
Associate
7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671

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F: +1 410 659 4482
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Megan Rachford Meghan M. Rachford
Associate
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5740
F: +1 404 443 5681
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Brian C Riopelle Brian C. Riopelle
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1084
F: +1 804 698 2150
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George R Spatz George R. Spatz
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 321 7676
F: +1 312 698 4584
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Derek H Swanson Derek H. Swanson
Senior Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1081
F: +1 804 698 2258
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Rachelle Thompson Rachelle H. Thompson
Partner
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

T: +1 919 755 6572
F: +1 919 755 6591
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