Press Release March 18, 2016

Goodwin Wins Five Managing IP North America Awards, Including a Firm of the Year Award

Goodwin’s Intellectual Property Practice was highly recognized at Managing IP’s North American Awards ceremony on March 17. The firm was named “US Life Sciences IP Litigation Firm of the Year” and partner Daryl Wiesen was selected as “Outstanding IP Litigator Massachusetts.”

In addition, Goodwin was the most honored firm in the category of industry “milestone cases” for its groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals victories last year including:

  • B&B Hardware v. Hargis (March 2015)
    Goodwin achieved a major victory for B&B Hardware before the U.S. Supreme Court, which addressed when a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board may also bind a federal district court, through the doctrine of issue preclusion. The team representing B&B Hardware was led by Appellate Litigation Practice co-chair Willy Jay, along with partners Rob Carroll and Ira Levy, and associate Jacob Osborn.
  • Teva v. Sandoz (January 2015)
    In a decision that continues patent protection for Goodwin client Teva Pharmaceuticals' multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone®, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated and remanded a Federal Circuit decision invalidating one of Teva’s patents, ruling that the appeals court had not given proper deference to findings of fact by the District Court during claim construction. Partner Willy Jay successfully argued the case for Teva before the Supreme Court. The Goodwin Teva/Copaxone® team was led by David Hashmall and Elizabeth Holland, and included John Bennett, Henry Dinger, Bill James, Willy Jay, Nicholas Mitrokostas and Daryl Wiesen.
  • Williamson v. Citrix Online (June 2015)
    Goodwin helped to make new law in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for client IBM in Williamson v. Citrix Online LLC, et al. Legal commentators and scholars in the blogosphere noted that this decision will have a significant impact on the interpretation of computer software patents. The team on the appeal included Mark Abate and Calvin Wingfield.

The Managing IP North America Awards recognizes outstanding firms and individual in U.S. and Canadian intellectual property.

Goodwin’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice, named by Law360 as one of its “Practice Groups of the Year” for two consecutive years, has worked with clients to secure preliminary injunctions, declaratory and summary judgments, favorable results in Markman proceedings, advantageous settlements, victories at trial and appellate relief. Goodwin attorneys routinely work with clients to take cases from pre-suit investigations through discovery and trials.