WASHINGTON, D.C. — McDermott Will & Emery was recently identified as one of Washington, D.C.’s strongest IP law firms. "Smart Moves on Intellectual Property," an article published in the March issue of Washington Business Forward, addressed the question, "So where should a Washington business turn when it needs an intellectual property attorney?" The answer: McDermott Will & Emery.
McDermott was among six law firms, three IP boutiques and three general practice firms, recognized by Washington Business Forward as one of the "hottest IP firms in town." The firms were identified as a result of interviews with managing partners at D.C. and Northern Virginia IP boutique firms, IP practice group heads at large general practice firms and legal headhunters. The article acknowledged Ray Lupo, head of McDermott, Will & Emery’s IP practice, as one of the region’s top IP litigators (as named by Legal Times, October 2000) and mentioned that McDermott is currently handling approximately 60 patent infringement cases in federal courts and at the International Trade Commission.
"To be recognized by our peers in this manner is an acknowledgement you cannot put a value on," commented Mr. Lupo. "This recognition reaffirms our commitment to provide the most comprehensive range of leading edge services by creating a practice comprised of highly recognized and experienced IP professionals."
The IP practitioners interviewed for this article identified the key factors clients should look for when judging IP firms and practices. By comparing these considerations with the credentials of McDermott’s IP practice it is clear to see how although McDermott, Will & Emery is an international general practice firm, its IP practice easily ranks alongside leading IP boutiques.
According to the article, the first thing to consider is the number of lawyers. McDermott’s IP practice currently numbers more than 130 IP professionals, which includes lawyers, litigators and patent agents. Second, how many of the IP lawyers are licensed by the patent bar? More than 45% of McDermott’s lawyers are admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. And finally, the technical backgrounds of the IP lawyers should be a significant determining factor. As for McDermott, 86 of its 130 IP lawyers hold hard science or technical degrees, either at the bachelor, master or doctorate level. Some of the degrees held by McDermott IP lawyers include biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.