Our Silicon Valley lawyers focus on patent litigation, counseling and other intellectual property matters for technology and life sciences companies. In addition, we have led significant commercial litigation and internal investigations, including in shareholder derivative cases, licensing disputes and other matters, for major technology and life sciences companies.
Areas of Focus
Dechert’s IP lawyers represent companies in every aspect of intellectual property, including patent litigation, life sciences patent counseling and transactional IP matters. Our approach involves partnering with clients to find business solutions that will enable them to manage, leverage and enforce their IP assets. We regularly develop proactive risk mitigation, rights optimization and IP enforcement strategies. We defend clients against charges of patent infringement and we help clients monetize their patent portfolios, including through litigation, in jurisdictions around the world, including in the International Trade Commission. We handle strategic patent counseling and patent cross-licensing to help maximize value at every stage of the life cycle of our clients’ products and patents.
Comprised of lawyers who combine decades of IP experience with training in science, technology, engineering, medicine and business, our fluency in sophisticated subject matter affords our clients an advantage in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.
While we work in a wide variety of fields, we focus particularly on computers and electronics, telecommunications, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and the IP needs of financial services companies.
Life Sciences Litigation and Patent Counseling
Life sciences companies face a complex web of business, legal and regulatory challenges in all stages of their growth. Our Silicon Valley lawyers understand the issues companies face in developing and commercializing new products and technologies.
By applying our considerable resources, experience and knowledge, we help clients to prosper in a competitive environment by creating, patenting, monetizing and defending the intellectual property assets that are essential to their business success and by zealously representing their interests in litigated disputes.
The needs of technology companies are as vast, intricate and diverse as the industry itself. The business, legal and regulatory demands they face require the relentless focus and seamless collaboration of a global specialist law firm. Dechert provides comprehensive litigation, transactional, regulatory and investigative services to technology clients around the world and in every part of the industry, including:
- broadcasting, cable and satellite
- computer hardware and software
- data privacy
White Collar Defense and Investigations
Dechert’s global white collar practice defends clients facing government investigations. We frequently represent clients in cases brought by the Department of Justice and defend clients in investigation and enforcement proceedings initiated by diverse federal agencies, as well as by whistleblowers, state attorneys general and other government and regulatory bodies.
Dechert’s white collar defense team has particular expertise in handling simultaneous inquiries by multiple federal and state government agencies and in defending the companion civil cases that frequently follow. Our Silicon Valley lawyers, who include a former federal prosecutor, serve as national coordinating counsel for clients facing large-scale investigations and nationwide class actions.
In addition, we frequently direct the most complex and challenging internal investigations for companies and corporate boards, including in shareholder derivative matters. In pursuing investigations to a successful conclusion, we help our clients resolve critical concerns such as getting to the bottom of complex problems, whether to disclose findings, and whether to waive privileges or take remedial measures.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Widely recognized as a ‘go-to’ firm for litigation, Dechert defends clients in the biggest, toughest litigation matters, including class actions and multi-district cases. Companies across a broad range of industries see the benefits when seeking successful outcomes to disputes related to consumer fraud, securities, false advertising, corporate governance, commercial agreements and mergers and acquisitions.
Our Silicon Valley litigators are renowned for devising strategy, managing virtual law firms, defeating class certification, managing e-discovery, obtaining summary judgments or dismissal of claims, negotiating favorable settlements — and prevailing at trial.
Moreover, working with Dechert lawyers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, we deliver multi-jurisdictional expertise to guide clients through disputes wherever they arise.