Patent Litigation

Patent Litigation

Combining in-depth technical knowledge with courtroom experience.

Intellectual property litigation requires experienced counsel, familiar with both technology and patent law, who can turn complex technical and legal information into a compelling story for judges and juries. The lawyers of Hunton & Williams LLP's intellectual property litigation practice have the talent, focus and experience to skillfully manage and protect our clients’ intellectual property assets. Our collective experience and knowledge make Hunton & Williams a powerful ally through every phase of the litigation process. When we can best serve our clients by resolving disputes short of trial, we do so.

Team members are actively involved in all aspects of the IP cycle, including preparation, procurement, counseling, opinions and licensing of patents, copyrights and trademarks. This experience allows us to see the broader picture in litigation. As such, we have the skill and experience to develop a thorough understanding of each matter, and handle all phases of litigation. We operate strategically, assessing the likelihood of success, developing a litigation strategy and plan, budgeting for the case, handling discovery, presenting a compelling case at trial and designing effective and creative settlement options — effectively and efficiently representing our clients and their interests.

Members of our team have litigated more than 100 patent infringement cases in federal district courts, including numerous complex, high-profile matters with millions of dollars at stake. We have achieved successful results domestically and abroad, including significant victories in the venues most popular for intellectual property litigation. In addition to our district court experience, we successfully defend appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other circuits and work with the Court of Federal Claims and International Trade Commission. We familiarize ourselves with the unique traits of each venue, and adapt our strategies appropriately to achieve the best-possible resolutions.

Staffing Approach
Our approach to staffing intellectual property litigation matters is comprehensive. At the beginning of a suit, a trial team of litigators and lawyers is formed. Early involvement of the lawyers who will actually try the case enables development of a trial strategy that can be executed through the course of discovery, negotiations and trial. Unnecessary depositions, document reviews and collections can be avoided, and the client can focus on obtaining the documents and information needed to prove the case at trial.

Trial teams also include lawyers who are deeply familiar with the technology at issue. These lawyers learn the case from a technology perspective and work closely with each client’s technical and legal personnel to develop strategy and chart an appropriate course of action.

Technical Proficiency
Our lawyers have real-world and courtroom experience with a wide range of technologies, enabling them to move quickly on behalf of clients. Team members have worked as engineers, systems analysts, computer scientists and in-house patent counsel for leading companies — technical experience that enables them to understand client technology and products.

Between them, team members hold ten master’s degrees and numerous PhDs in the technical disciplines most relevant to our clients, and ten team members have served as patent examiners in the medical device, biotechnology, computer, software, semiconductor, chemical and electrical arts, a benefit that contributes to our long track record of trial success. 

Team Awards and Honors
The firm's successful approach to serving client needs has been noticed by numerous legal publications. Our lawyers and practice have been singled out by Chambers, SuperLawyers and Managing IP for excellence.  In addition, Hunton & Williams was named as a "leading patent practice" in the 2012 Benchmark Guide to America's Leading Litigators, and as one of  the nation's "busiest patent practices" by IP Law & Business.