First-Chair Litigators Lead Firm to “IP Hot List” Recognition

The National Law Journal

June 01, 2015

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has named Latham & Watkins to its annual “IP Hot List,” citing the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group for significant recent accomplishments in high-profile cases. 
The published article about Latham’s work focused on the firm’s collaborative and team-oriented approach to IP cases, noting: “At Latham & Watkins, the intellectual property litigation practice is built around first-chair lawyers, a strategy that consistently yields high-profile wins.”

"Many IP litigation groups are centered around one main person," the article quoted Matthew Moore, global Co-chair of the practice. "We have a team of at least 10 first-chair litigators who love to work together to get the best results for our clients."

NLJ highlighted examples of the firm’s winning approach and significant victories, “Last year, Latham obtained dismissal of five patent infringement claims involving banking technologies against client Capital One Financial Corp. by Intellectual Ventures LLC, one of the world's largest patent holders. Moore argued in this bellwether case that the plaintiff's patents violated Section 101 of the Patent Act, which holds that abstract ideas are not patentable.”

The firm was also recognized for “a huge jury trial win” for InterDigital Communications Inc. against ZTE Corp. for infringing on patents covering mobile phone devices that use 3G and 4G wireless technology. Moore credited the win to the talents and chemistry among the litigators on the case, led by partners Max Grant, Ron Shulman, Bert Reiser, Julie Holloway and Jonathan Link. "When you put together a team like that, first and foremost it gets their client great results,” Moore said.

In addition, the IP practice was cited for impressive victories over the past year in a broad array of matters, including wins in high-profile patent cases for Par Pharmaceutical Inc., Freddie Mac, Cross Match Technologies Inc., Honeywell and Jaguar Land Rover.

The “IP Hot List” honor is further recognition of the unparalleled ability of Latham’s litigators to win intellectual property cases at every stage of an action — on motions to dismiss, at summary judgment, in the International Trade Commission, at jury trial and on appeal — across diverse industry sectors and spanning different disciplines of IP law. 

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