Patent Litigation

In a high-stakes patent dispute, the fighting advantage goes to the side with the right litigation experience. We’re ranked by Corporate Counsel as having one of the nation’s most active patent litigation practices. From the courtroom to the boardroom, Goodwin’s more than 100 IP lawyers and scientists are dedicated to actively protecting client assets.

Leading life sciences and technology companies rely on us to secure preliminary injunctions, declaratory and summary judgments, favorable results in Markman proceedings and at trial, advantageous settlements and appellate relief. We routinely work with clients to take cases from pre-suit investigations through discovery proceedings and trials. Our lawyers provide counsel on infringement, validity and patentability issues, and litigate patents in federal district courts throughout the country. We also have substantial experience before the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

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ITC 337 Proceedings

Companies with Section 337 investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission know the stakes are high and having experienced counsel is critical. Goodwin’s ITC team has substantial knowledge of complex investigations under Section 337 and has a winning track record. We represent U.S. and international clients on both sides of disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Our team can quickly initiate investigations and swiftly respond to new investigations, protecting clients’ products and industries.

Our ITC lawyers have first-chair experience before the ITC and know exactly how to prepare matters for trial quickly and efficiently. Our practice chair is a former ITC attorney with firsthand knowledge of the Commission’s culture. Additionally, we are adept in delivering persuasive presentations under the judges’ diverse approaches to ITC trials. A win in high-stakes ITC litigation is only as good as the remedy, and Goodwin has extensive experience dealing with U.S. Customs and the Court of International Trade on enforcement matters.

 
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Patent Prosecution + Counseling

When others attempt to infringe or misappropriate our clients’ patent rights, we vigorously assert and protect those rights. Goodwin’s Patent Prosecution + Counseling Practice draws from more than 100 intellectual property specialists across the firm. Our patent attorneys are devoted to developing and implementing sophisticated patent procurement, management and exploitation policies to further our clients’ business goals. We serve a diverse array of domestic and international companies, procuring and enforcing patent rights, providing proactive counsel to determine the patent rights of others, and in conjunction with our IP Litigation practice, defending against infringement claims.
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Opinions + Counseling

Clients rely on our experienced attorneys and science advisors to help them make sound business decisions.

Lawyers in our patent opinions and counseling practice provide strategic advice to domestic and international companies. We work closely with clients to determine offensive and defensive patent strategies. Issues we routinely address include patent infringement, invalidity, unenforceability, licensing and freedom to operate.

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Privacy + Cybersecurity

As businesses today face an increasingly sophisticated threat environment compounded by aggressive regulatory enforcement, companies need a partner who can help you mitigate risk and respond to the unthinkable. Our Privacy + Cybersecurity practice is one of the longest-standing privacy practices of any AmLaw 50 firm. Dating back to the late 1990s and established formally in 2004, it is fully integrated and leverages the firm's core strengths, with the group's lawyers coming from the technology, financial institutions, licensing, litigation, regulatory and appellate practices. This unique approach, focusing on client needs and value, enables us to engage specialists whose experience is framed by a holistic understanding of clients' needs in this threatening environment. Our practice provides a full spectrum of services from advice and counseling, transaction-related advice, defense of class action litigation and government enforcement actions. Having counseled on hundreds of data breaches and litigated landmark cases, we provide practical advice on all aspects of information-related management and risk before, during and after breaches. 
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Technology Licensing

Licensing and other technology transfers represent a critical component of any comprehensive intellectual property rights management program. These transactions can generate significant economic value and other competitive advantages when effectively structured and executed.
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Trademarks

Copyrights and trademarks are about more than just safeguarding your work — they are essential to preserving your company’s identity, reputation and culture. Goodwin’s Intellectual Property Practice is recognized as a powerhouse in the industry, and our trademark practice is sought for pivotal matters. Our IP attorneys fight vigorously to protect trademarks and work diligently to minimize the legal and business risks inherent in developing new trademarks. In addition to trademark litigation, our practice also focuses on portfolio development and enforcement. We represent both established brands, like Campbell Soup Company, Pepperidge Farm, IBM and Four Seasons Hotels, and emerging companies looking to distinguish themselves in the market.
 
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Patent Trial + Appeal Board

As the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) becomes an increasingly popular venue for resolving patent validity disputes, having experienced counsel familiar with the PTAB’s intricacies is essential. Leveraging decades of USPTO and federal court trial experience, Goodwin’s more than 50 registered patent attorneys and agents have pioneered cutting-edge and cost-effective approaches to achieve success in all three types of America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings: inter partes review (IPR), covered business method review (CBM), and post grant review (PGR). 
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Related Practices
ITC 337 Proceedings

Companies with Section 337 investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission know the stakes are high and having experienced counsel is critical. Goodwin’s ITC team has substantial knowledge of complex investigations under Section 337 and has a winning track record. We represent U.S. and international clients on both sides of disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Our team can quickly initiate investigations and swiftly respond to new investigations, protecting clients’ products and industries.

Our ITC lawyers have first-chair experience before the ITC and know exactly how to prepare matters for trial quickly and efficiently. Our practice chair is a former ITC attorney with firsthand knowledge of the Commission’s culture. Additionally, we are adept in delivering persuasive presentations under the judges’ diverse approaches to ITC trials. A win in high-stakes ITC litigation is only as good as the remedy, and Goodwin has extensive experience dealing with U.S. Customs and the Court of International Trade on enforcement matters.

 
Read More
Patent Prosecution + Counseling
When others attempt to infringe or misappropriate our clients’ patent rights, we vigorously assert and protect those rights. Goodwin’s Patent Prosecution + Counseling Practice draws from more than 100 intellectual property specialists across the firm. Our patent attorneys are devoted to developing and implementing sophisticated patent procurement, management and exploitation policies to further our clients’ business goals. We serve a diverse array of domestic and international companies, procuring and enforcing patent rights, providing proactive counsel to determine the patent rights of others, and in conjunction with our IP Litigation practice, defending against infringement claims.
Read More
Opinions + Counseling

Clients rely on our experienced attorneys and science advisors to help them make sound business decisions.

Lawyers in our patent opinions and counseling practice provide strategic advice to domestic and international companies. We work closely with clients to determine offensive and defensive patent strategies. Issues we routinely address include patent infringement, invalidity, unenforceability, licensing and freedom to operate.

Read More
Privacy + Cybersecurity
As businesses today face an increasingly sophisticated threat environment compounded by aggressive regulatory enforcement, companies need a partner who can help you mitigate risk and respond to the unthinkable. Our Privacy + Cybersecurity practice is one of the longest-standing privacy practices of any AmLaw 50 firm. Dating back to the late 1990s and established formally in 2004, it is fully integrated and leverages the firm's core strengths, with the group's lawyers coming from the technology, financial institutions, licensing, litigation, regulatory and appellate practices. This unique approach, focusing on client needs and value, enables us to engage specialists whose experience is framed by a holistic understanding of clients' needs in this threatening environment. Our practice provides a full spectrum of services from advice and counseling, transaction-related advice, defense of class action litigation and government enforcement actions. Having counseled on hundreds of data breaches and litigated landmark cases, we provide practical advice on all aspects of information-related management and risk before, during and after breaches. 
Read More
Technology Licensing
Licensing and other technology transfers represent a critical component of any comprehensive intellectual property rights management program. These transactions can generate significant economic value and other competitive advantages when effectively structured and executed.
Read More
Trademarks
Copyrights and trademarks are about more than just safeguarding your work — they are essential to preserving your company’s identity, reputation and culture. Goodwin’s Intellectual Property Practice is recognized as a powerhouse in the industry, and our trademark practice is sought for pivotal matters. Our IP attorneys fight vigorously to protect trademarks and work diligently to minimize the legal and business risks inherent in developing new trademarks. In addition to trademark litigation, our practice also focuses on portfolio development and enforcement. We represent both established brands, like Campbell Soup Company, Pepperidge Farm, IBM and Four Seasons Hotels, and emerging companies looking to distinguish themselves in the market.
 
Read More
Patent Trial + Appeal Board
As the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) becomes an increasingly popular venue for resolving patent validity disputes, having experienced counsel familiar with the PTAB’s intricacies is essential. Leveraging decades of USPTO and federal court trial experience, Goodwin’s more than 50 registered patent attorneys and agents have pioneered cutting-edge and cost-effective approaches to achieve success in all three types of America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings: inter partes review (IPR), covered business method review (CBM), and post grant review (PGR). 
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