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Legal 500 United States Ranks Crowell & Moring’s Intellectual Property Group

Washington, D.C. – March 19, 2007: Crowell & Moring LLP is pleased to announce that the firm's Intellectual Property Group has been ranked by The Legal 500 U.S.-Volume II (Intellectual Property, Media, Technology, and Telecoms) in the categories of IP: non-contentious/transactional - Patent Re-examination and IP: non-contentious/transactional - Patent Prosecution: International Clients. The prestigious rankings are driven by independent interviews of clients and members of the legal community at outside law firms. Two firm lawyers recognized in this category include, Jeffrey D. Sanok, Washington, D.C. based chair of Crowell & Moring's Intellectual Property Group, and Kimberley Chen Nobles, a partner with the group based in Irvine, California.

In the past year, Crowell & Moring's Intellectual Property Group has been involved in multiple re-examination proceedings before the U.S. patent & Trademark Office involving patents in active litigation. In one such case concerning a leading luxury automaker's innovative display technology, the firm successfully initiated the re-examination of five of the lawsuit patents, shortly after which the parties settled. Crowell & Moring also successfully guided an important manufacturing patent through the re-examination proceeding to strengthen the Patentee's rights. The firm's Intellectual Property Group has continually represented some of the most prestigious household names in the world.

Crowell & Moring's Intellectual Property Group has grown considerably over the last year through the additions of partners such as Janet M. MacLeod, Bruce D. DeRenzi, Dickerson M. Downing, Andrew M. Riddles, and Kathryn L. Clune. The group consists of 56 lawyers in Washington, D.C., California, New York, and Brussels.

"Crowell & Moring's unique combination of a prestigious patent prosecution team and skilled litigators allows us to service our clients and their increasingly complex global needs" said Sanok.

The Legal 500 U.S. Intellectual Property, Media, Technology, and Telecoms book is the second of four guides covering the U.S. legal market. The firm's Corporate Group was recently ranked in the 2007 Legal 500 U.S.-Volume I (Corporate and Finance) book for its mergers and acquisitions work. For nearly 20 years, The Legal 500 has been providing independent commentary on law firms in more than 90 different countries/jurisdictions. For more information, visit

Crowell & Moring LLP is a full-service law firm with nearly 350 lawyers practicing in litigation, antitrust, government contracts, corporate, intellectual property and more than 40 other practice areas. More than two-thirds of the firm's lawyers regularly litigate disputes on behalf of domestic and international corporations, start-up businesses, and individuals. Crowell & Moring's extensive client work ranges from advising on one of the world's largest telecommunications mergers to representing governments and corporations on international arbitration matters. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm also has offices in California, New York, London, and Brussels.


Jeffrey D. Sanok