Background - Practices (Details)

Intellectual Property Litigation


The intellectual property team at Crowell & Moring helps clients across the United States and abroad realize the full value of their intellectual property and defend it against unauthorized use. Our litigators have been recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Europe as among the top intellectual property practitioners in the field.

We are trial lawyers first and foremost. When it comes to IP disputes, the vast majority of our lawyers have extensive courtroom experience and understand how to present complex ideas in straightforward terms that appeal to judges and juries. We practice regularly before district courts across the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and other courts and government agencies.

With the resources of a full-service law firm and the flexibility of an IP boutique, we help businesses prevent and resolve disputes quickly and favorably. We secured a $919 million verdict for our client DuPont in a theft of trade secrets case related to KEVLAR® fiber technology. This was the largest-ever contested verdict in a trade secrets case, as well as the largest verdict ever in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Our experienced, assertive and creative litigators are adept at handling both offensive and defensive cases. For example, we help clients deal with the growing challenges presented by non-practicing entities (NPE's, or "patent trolls") and other parties seeking to force companies to license patents having questionable applicability to the target's business. We also assist clients in protecting their market position against those who would compete unfairly with infringing technology. Our patent team includes lawyers with a focus on Hatch-Waxman matters, including Paragraph IV litigation and the successful commercialization of generic drugs.

Clients and peers alike recognize the strong technical, trial, and regulatory credentials of our legal team. One of our current partners formerly served as acting director of the USPTO, and 25 of our lawyers and patent agents are registered to practice before the USPTO. Many of our 120 IP lawyers, located in firm offices worldwide, hold academic degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering, chemistry, computer science, life science, and other scientific disciplines, and have real-world experience in industries such as electronics, online services, pharmaceuticals, software, and telecommunications.

Our technical and legal experience, coupled with our commitment to client service, has attracted Fortune 100 and other top corporations whose brands are household names and whose products lead the way in technological innovation. We represent clients such as Alcoa, AT&T, BAE Systems, Breckenridge, BMW, Daimler, General Motors, IKEA, United Technologies, Actavis Inc., Yamaha, and others, operating in virtually every sector of the economy, from generic pharmaceutical manufacturers to developers of high-tech hardware and software. Matching the creativity of our clients, we regularly develop alternative fee arrangements and other engagement terms that align our services with the immediate and long-term goals of our clients.