Intellectual Property > Patent Litigation

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. Our lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including complex patent cases in federal district courts, before the International Trade Commission and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). 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. Our group represents a wide range of clients, which includes Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, small businesses, universities, research foundations and government agencies. In just the past 5 years, we have litigated over 460 high-stakes patent litigation matters, of those 48% were in the Eastern District of Texas.

Akin Gump offers clients recognized trial lawyers who will handle and resolve their litigation matters. These trial lawyers have devoted their careers to representing clients’ interests in the courtroom. Included in this group are: Dianne Elderkin (Philadelphia), the first woman ever recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by the American Lawyer and one of the few trial lawyers to be both a registered patent agent and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers; Steve Zager (New York), the global head of IP litigation, recently recognized as a “Trial Ace” by Law 360 and honored as “Litigator of the Week” by Texas Lawyer; Kirt O’Neill (San Antonio), recently recognized as “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer, and Chad Everingham (Longview), a former U.S. magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Texas, who presided over more than 75 Markman hearings and over 100 complex patent cases. In addition to these seasoned trial lawyers, our case teams include lawyers with diverse and advanced technical backgrounds.

Your Industry is Our Industry

Our Akin Gump patent litigators represent clients in a wide range of industries across all major technology and life sciences sectors. With documented depth and training in chemistry, biology and electrical, mechanical, chemical and computer science engineering, there is simply no area of technology where we do not have the ability to serve our clients’ interests. We offer clients recognized trial lawyers who will handle and resolve their litigation matters, no matter the complexity of the matter.

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. As trial lawyers, we work with our clients to simplify the most complex technical concepts and to explain our clients’ business and intellectual property rights in ways that judges and jurors can understand and support. In fact, nearly 80% of our team has technical degrees in science or engineering. Many also have the benefit of years of direct experience in industry or academia in their chosen fields. 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.

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.

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 nearly 250 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. Our experience provides us with a strong familiarity of the Eastern District’s patent rules, as well as an understanding of the makeup of the jury pool—all critical factors in driving litigation success. 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.


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. Our group and lawyers have been recognized by a wide range of industry and legal publications, including The American Lawyer, Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, IAM Patent 1000, Daily Journal, IP Today, IP Law and Business, Law 360, Legal 500, The Legal Intelligencer, The National Law Journal, and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Experts.”