WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 8, 2009) — McDermott Will & Emery LLP has once again been ranked by IP Law & Business as one of the most active firms before the International Trade Commission (ITC). The rankings appeared in the publication's article, "A Gatekeeper's Power Persists; The agency's ability to give fast relief made 2008 another busy year."
"The ITC is a swift moving forum, one that demands lawyers be able to think quickly and cleverly as they aggressively litigate their cases," commented Terrence P. McMahon, head of the Firm's global Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department. "Our continued high rankings show we deliver exceptional service. Our clients can continue to count on us to adjust quickly as the ITC grows to handle its growing workload."
Law firms have been moving to increase their ability to get patent disputes, or 337 investigations, heard by the ITC. The survey found that 36 cases were filed in 2008 providing steady and profitable work in an economy that many are calling dismal.
IP Law & Business is a source of information on the law and business of intellectual property targeting IP practitioners. Data for this ranking was collected from public information from the ITC as of February 2009.
McDermott Will & Emery has one of the leading section 337 practices in the United States. As Chambers USA stated, clients praise McDermott's International Trade Commission work as "an example of real expertise." Since 1982, Firm members have acted as counsel in over 50 section 337 investigations. These investigations have involved numerous technology areas and numerous causes of action, including patent, trademark and copyright infringement. Most of these section 337 investigations involved concurrent litigation in federal district courts.