Intellectual Property Litigation

Technology and life sciences companies engaged in intellectual property disputes turn to Dechert because of our reputation for providing innovative yet practical advice and aggressive courtroom representation. With our longstanding focus on handling large-scale patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and IP-antitrust disputes, our global intellectual property litigation group consistently ranks among the best in the United States. Our legal services and strategies are distinguished by a high degree of technological and scientific sophistication, which we put to good use in protecting and maximizing the value of our clients’ IP assets. In each instance, we precisely tailor our advice to match a client’s specific needs and goals.

Patent Litigation

Our patent litigators are particularly qualified — through a combination of education, training, experience and demonstrated ability — to handle disputes arising in the electronics, computer, financial services, life sciences, medical device, semiconductor and software industries. Engaged in this practice for decades, Dechert’s litigation team has a solid track record of success representing industry-leading companies in high-stakes, complex disputes, both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.

Our litigation prowess derives from our extensive experience trying patent cases in a wide range of venues throughout the United States, including numerous matters in the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas and other “rocket docket” jurisdictions; in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the International Trade Commission; and throughout the world. Many of our more than 60 patent attorneys hold advanced technical and scientific degrees. Additionally, our patent group frequently partners with our nationally recognized Antitrust/Competition group to litigate the antitrust aspects of patent disputes and to advise pharmaceutical clients on drug life cycle issues and ANDA filings by generic drug companies.

Corporate Counsel, recognizing our in-depth knowledge of technologies and sciences and our many successful outcomes before administrative tribunals and at every level of court, included us in its select group of “go-to” law firms for intellectual property representation.

Trade Secret and Non-Compete Litigation

We handle trade secret and non-compete disputes for a range of sophisticated technology companies in industries including high technology and software, medical devices, life sciences, aviation and financial services. Working with small start-ups, established blue chips and everything in between, we provide comprehensive representation — from pre-litigation trade secret counseling and portfolio management to prosecuting and defending trade secret enforcement actions and trade secret misappropriation claims.

In addition to devising creative strategies to protect our clients’ trade secrets and other confidential information via enhanced security measures, we help clients protect their competitive advantages by preparing and negotiating enforceable non-competition, non-solicitation, non-recruitment, trade secret, confidentiality and intellectual property agreements with employees, suppliers and customers. When necessary, we enforce those agreements through informal dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation and litigation.

Trademark Litigation

Our trademark attorneys provide full-service brand protection. We protect the integrity of our clients’ brands by guiding our clients through the trademark examination and clearance process and by dealing with and resolving any disputes that may subsequently arise — disputes in which our clients’ reputations, corporate identities and very existence often hang in the balance.

We protect client marks in all U.S. federal and state courts, before the USPTO and its Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, in the United Kingdom and in a host of other key jurisdictions around the globe. We have experience representing clients in disputes arising in more than 40 countries in continental Europe, Central and South America and Asia and promoting client interests before such international tribunals as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). We have negotiated countless settlements, defeated numerous preliminary injunction motions and obtained many multi-million dollar recoveries and consent decrees acknowledging trademark infringement. Our capability and success in this area has consistently earned us a top-tier ranking in The Legal 500 United States’s “Trademarks — Specialist Advice” category.

Copyright Litigation

Dechert lawyers have extensive experience analyzing complex copyright issues that are of critical importance to businesses and nonprofit organizations. We aggressively protect clients’ copyrights in federal and state courts, before the U.S. Copyright Office, in international tribunals and in jurisdictions around the world.