CHICAGO (March 18, 2009) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that the Firm has once again been ranked as one of the most active patent prosecution firms in Intellectual Property Today's annual Top Patent Firms survey (March 2009 issue). Firms are ranked according to the number of utility patents issued in 2008 where the firm or individual is listed as the legal representative on the face of the registration. With a total of 1,448 patents issued in 2008, including 1,392 utility patents, McDermott placed 11th among 360 firms surveyed, and second among general practice firms.
Stephen Becker, co-head of the Firm's Patent Procurement Group, commented that, "We are delighted that our patent and trademark practices are consistently ranked among the leading patent firms. These rankings are a result of the breadth and depth of our intellectual property team and our international platform."
McDermott is consistently ranked as one of the most active firms for patent litigation (both trial and appellate), ITC litigation, patent prosecution and trademarks. The Firm's intellectual property team includes more than 200 registered patent lawyers and agents. The Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department is composed of professionals with experience in virtually all fields of technology including telecommunications, computer hardware and software, semiconductor fabrication, robotics and servomechanisms, biotechnology and pharmaceutical chemistry. The department includes numerous lawyers and agents with valuable experience as former administrative patent judges, U.S. Patent Office examiners, petition specialists and government international representatives.