Intellectual Property > Patent Litigation

When faced with enforcing or defending your patents in court, you need lawyers who are experienced, knowledgeable and tenacious in fighting for your intellectual property rights. Among the premier firms nationwide for patent litigation, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a firm with a proven track record of achieving success for our clients in high-stakes patent litigation in all technology areas. As important as our trial skills and technical acumen is our understanding that patent litigation is not an end in itself—instead, it is a tool to achieve our clients’ business goals. This is why, year after year, companies large and small choose Akin Gump to assert and protect their intellectual property rights when it matters most, whether in district or appellate court, before the International Trade Commission or in the context of post-grant proceedings. Leading industry and legal publications agree: Akin Gump’s patent litigators have been ranked among top professionals in The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, IP Today, The Legal Intelligencer, The Best Lawyers in America, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Experts and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

A Team that Understands the Science of Winning

Our success in patent litigation is the result of a confluence of our superb trial skills with our scientific and technical knowledge and experience. An exceptionally high number of our patent litigators—nearly eighty percent—possess technical degrees and industry experience in addition to their legal acumen. Of those lawyers, nearly 50 percent hold engineering degrees, nearly 40 percent hold degrees in the general sciences and over 20 percent hold degrees in the life sciences. On top of that, many have the benefit of years of direct experience in industry or academia in their chosen fields. Akin Gump patent litigators are extremely capable in finding and executing creative strategies to resolve the complex, cutting-edge legal technical and scientific issues we face in litigating intellectual property matters. Our insight into science and technology allows our lawyers to connect with their clients and the minds behind the science and technology and get to the core of the issues raised by the patents in dispute. Because of this insight, our patent litigators are skilled in simplifying complicated processes, formulas and circuitry and asserting our clients’ intellectual property rights in ways that judges and jurors can understand and ultimately identify with.

However, our skilled patent litigators are only part of the story. As part of a large global firm, our patent litigators draw on the resources of other practices that come to bear in patent litigations. We work cohesively and collaboratively with our antitrust, FDA regulation, Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement and international trade attorneys to handle these issues when they come to play in patent litigations. The resources available at a firm that stands at the crossroads of government and business allow us to provide a comprehensive level of service to our clients that few other firms can match.

Your Industry is Our Industry

As a result of our broad knowledge base in science and technology, we have represented clients in a wide range of industries. These have included food and beverage manufacturers, automobile manufacturers, cellular telephone manufacturers and service providers, and computer, television and components manufacturers. In recent years, there has also been a noticeable increase in the number of patent cases involving the life sciences. Akin Gump’s patent team includes litigators who focus on pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent litigation cases. Our team has represented patent holders and accused infringers in cases involving patents on consumer products, medical devices, small molecule drugs and biopharmaceuticals, including some of the most significant cases concerning antibodies and pharmaceutical compositions.

We Are at Home in the Hotbed of Patent Litigation

In addition to our extensive experience in patent litigation nationwide, Akin Gump lawyers have particular experience defending companies in the Eastern District of Texas, having litigated over 100 cases there in the past six years alone. We are pioneers in the district and consider this hotbed of patent litigation our backyard; with our Longview office, Akin Gump is the one of the few top-tier global law firms to have an office with patent litigators based in the Eastern District of Texas. This physical presence gives us not only the unique ability to provide the kind of local support that clients depend upon, but also a deep understanding of the local Patent Rules and of the court’s judges and staff. Deepening our familiarity with this contentious district is the fact that our team includes a former U.S. magistrate judge from the Eastern District of Texas who presided over 75 Markman hearings and over 100 complex patent litigations. In addition, our state-of-the-art facilities in our Longview office are complete with all of the video-conferencing, networking and communications technology necessary to support trial and complex proceedings pending in the Eastern District of Texas. Simply put, Akin Gump is an industry leader in this crucial venue for patent litigation.