Intellectual property litigation is the firm’s largest practice area. More than eighty percent of our intellectual property cases involve patents.
We are one of less than a handful of go-to firms for “bet the company” patent litigation, regardless of the jurisdiction where the litigation—often litigations—are filed. We represent many of the world’s leading technology companies in their most important matters. Many of their disputes are fought on multiple fronts and involve multiple litigations in venues around the world. Invariably they involve litigations in the U.S. and the EU.
We have a seasoned patent litigation practice in the EU and in the U.S. The prestigious German legal directory, JUVE, named us the “IP Law Firm of the Year” and “Patent Law Firm of the Year” in 2012. We are the only foreign firm to ever win either award. The American Lawyer ranked us 2012 “Top IP Litigation Department of the Year.” The National Law Journal also named us to its inaugural 2014 “IP Hot List,” and Managing IP named us 2012 “Firm of the Year” in litigation before the International Trade Commission, and 2011 “Firm of the Year” in the “Patent Contentious – West” category.
We have won numerous important patent cases both before and at trial in numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States, including the ITC. We have also won many cases in Germany where more than 80% of EU patent litigations are filed. Those cases have involved a wide range of technologies and have often been the subject of substantial media attention. The “Smartphone Wars” are a recent example. We have represented Motorola, Samsung, and HTC in epic battles with Apple.
Our clients hire us because we win. We win because we focus on what matters to the exclusion of what does not. At the beginning of each case, we figure out which issues are the most critical to achieving early victories. By identifying the key pressure points and working to develop case strategies accordingly, we help our clients gain the leverage they need to resolve cases on their terms, not those of their opponents. We do so efficiently.
Our cases are venued in courts throughout the country, including the well-known patent venues in California, Texas, Wisconsin, Delaware, New Jersey, and Virginia. Many also involve parallel litigations in the EU. Both large and small companies hire us because we win. We not only understand complex technologies, we also know how to frame the issues in a manner that judges and jurors will understand.
Note: We are willing to consider representing clients in patent litigation on a fixed or contingent fee basis in appropriate cases.
More than 250 of our lawyers are experienced intellectual property litigators. More than 110 of our litigators are scientists or engineers, with degrees and professional backgrounds that our clients need, including:
Physics, chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology and biochemistry, computer science, software and database design and information systems, missile guidance systems, and numerous types of engineering: civil, materials science, chemical, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, automotive, and aeronautical.
We have substantial experience over a wide range of technologies, including computer architecture, enterprise and consumer software, network systems, high-power metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETS), DRAMs, semiconductor fabrication processes, database architectures, flash and computer memory devices, computer graphics, MPEG compression techniques and devices, set-top boxes, satellite, DSL and voiceband modem technology, television remotes, biomedical products, plasmas and LCD displays, microprocessor architectures, automated gaming systems, semiconductor image scanning and inspection equipment, MRI technologies, hazardous waste remediation equipment, home banking systems, wind turbines, monoclonal antibodies, electronic controls, automotive technologies, consumer packaging, chemical adhesives, building materials, balloon dilatation catheters, fiber optic communications, cellular communications, radio frequency identification systems, smart battery technology, night vision systems, inertial navigations systems, aircraft safety systems, industrial automation and direct broadcast satellite systems.
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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.