IP litigation is the firm’s biggest practice area. We protect and exploit the IP for companies that have developed some of the most valuable IP in the world. Our regular clients include Google, IBM, Qualcomm, SONY, Samsung, Symantec, and Johnson & Johnson. Legal publications rate our IP practice among the top IP in both the US and Germany (where 80% of the EU’s IP cases are filed). The American Lawyer (2012) named us the “Top IP Litigation Department of the Year,” and The National Law Journal (2014) selected us to its “Intellectual Property Hot List.” Prestigious German legal directory, JUVE, named us "IP Law Firm of the Year" (2012) and "Patent Law Firm of the Year" (2012).
More than 140 of our lawyers have degrees in either hard sciences or engineering. Thus, we can quickly learn even the most complex technologies. And, because we try so many cases, we have mastered the art of explaining these often complex technologies to judges and juries that do not have technical backgrounds. We have won many IP trials representing companies as plaintiff, including what was at the time largest jury verdicts in the history of California and Massachusetts. We are equally adept at winning trials when our clients are defendants. Our US practice is national. We litigate all over the US. We are one of the few law firms to have obtained multiple defense verdicts in the Eastern District of Texas.
There is an oft repeated phrase: The world is shrinking. It certainly is in IP litigation. IP disputes between major companies almost invariably involve litigations in the US district courts, the ITC and the EU. Our lawyers work seamlessly with each other in these cross-border disputes coordinating strategy and doing so in the most efficient way possible.
Please click on the links below to learn more concerning specific areas of our IP litigation and trial practice.
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.