Intellectual Property > Overview

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s intellectual property practice group is comprised of over 50 lawyers in 11 domestic offices who work together to represent companies, large and small, in protecting their intellectual property and defending them in intellectual property disputes. Our lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including litigating complex patent cases in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission, and litigating trademark, copyright, trade secret and trade dress matters. Our lawyers also handle transactional matters involving the licensing or transfer of IP rights, and counsel clients on the management of global IP portfolios. Our group represents a wide range of clients which include Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, small businesses, universities, research foundations and government agencies. Our clients choose Akin Gump for our dedication to outstanding client service, our record of success, and our wealth of knowledge of both the law and the technologies that are the foundation of our clients’ core businesses.

Our Team

Akin Gump offers clients recognized trial lawyers who will handle and resolve their litigation matters. These trial lawyers have devoted their careers to defending clients’ interests in the courtroom. Included in this group is a former U.S. magistrate judge of the Eastern District of Texas, whose unique perspective of presiding over more than 75 Markman hearings and over 100 complex patent cases provides clients with judicial insight rarely found elsewhere. In addition to seasoned trial lawyers, our case teams include lawyers with technical backgrounds, an approach that provides our clients with a synergistic team able to handle patent disputes effectively while fully understanding the technology at issue. Nearly eighty percent of our patent lawyers have technical degrees, including degrees in engineering, computer science, biology, and chemistry. We also have many experienced litigators with excellent reputations for handling trademark and copyright matters. Our litigators have achieved nationally recognized success in representing companies in trademark, copyright and trade secret matters.


Akin Gump’s IP group is proud to have been commended for its commitment and dedication to its clients, as well as for its courtroom achievements. In October 2012, Corporate Counsel named us among the top five IP litigation practices in the nation. The firm’s selection as a “Litigation King” was based on results from a survey of Fortune 100 companies. Additionally, in September 2016, “Litigation Outlook 2017,” published by BTI Consulting Group, named us to its “Honor Roll” of IP Litigation Powerhouses. The ranking was based upon feedback received from GCs and other high ranking in-house lawyers.

Our group and lawyers have also been recognized by a wide range of industry and legal publications, including The American Lawyer, Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, Daily Journal, IP Today, IP Law and Business, Law 360, Legal 500, The Legal Intelligencer, The National Law Journal, Trademark Insider, and Euromoney's "Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Experts."