CHICAGO - McDermott Will & Emery's Intellectual Property Department was named in IP Law & Business's annual survey of law firms that filed the most cases in the previous year. This year the survey entitled, "Swords & Shields" was published in the publication's May 2003 issue. McDermott Will & Emery was ranked 11 out of 41 firms, which filed the most patent cases in 2002, and was listed as one of the Top 10 defense firms in the United States.
Lawyers from the Firm filed eight cases on behalf of the plaintiff and defended companies on 22 cases over the course of the year. The cases included in IP Law & Business's survey were only federal district cases filed in 2002 and still active as of February 14, 2003. The survey did not include International Trade Commission cases.
"Our success in 2002 is a result of a firmwide commitment to growth and excellence in the area of IP," commented Jack Lever, head of the Firm's IP Department. "With an increasing group of talented IP litigators, we continue to rank, even among boutique firms as a top IP litigation firm."
McDermott, Will & Emery's strategic patent prosecution program also resulted in 1534 patents for its clients in 2002, ranking the Firm in the Top 10 of IP Today's annual survey of top patent firms, published in March 2003.
The Intellectual Property Department of McDermott, Will & Emery now numbers more than 160 IP lawyers and patent agents. Our IP lawyers engage in various aspects of IP work, including advertising and marketing, computer and internet law, copyrights, legislation, litigation, patents, trade dress, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition and antitrust. More than 100 of the Firms IP lawyers hold technical degrees and are patent bar members. Of those, more than half hold a degree in electrical engineering, biotechnology, chemistry or other technical disciplines including computer engineering.