Law Firms

Big Firms Rise in IP Survey

Posted Jul 13, 2007 8:47 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Big law firms are giving patent-litigation boutiques a run for their money.

IP Law & Business began surveying law firms in 2000 to determine their amount of patent work, according to a story on the latest findings. At the time, IP specialty firms “ruled the top of the charts.” Since then, large general practice law firms with intellectual property groups have gained ground.

Now Jones Day handles the most plaintiffs work, with 27 cases, according to the latest findings. Foley & Lardner is tied for third in the plaintiffs-firm rankings, and Greenberg Traurig is fifth.

A Boston-based patent boutique, Fish & Richardson, topped the survey chart of defense firms and patent litigation overall.

The survey showed only a slight uptick in patent work last year, but that’s likely to change soon, the story says. Patent litigation is likely to heat up following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent rulings cutting back on the scope of patent protection. (See “Patent Owners Take a Double Hit,” in the May 4 ABA Journal eReport for more information on the decisions.)

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