IRVINE, CA (April 15, 2010) — Intellectual Property Today ranked McDermott Will & Emery as one of the most active patent prosecution firms in its annual Top Patent Firms survey (March 2010 issue). With a total of 1,497 patents issued in 2009, including 1,415 utility patents, McDermott placed 11th among 356 firms surveyed. Firms are ranked according to the number of utility patents issued in 2009 where the firm or individual is listed as the legal representative on the face of the registration.
Mark Itri, head of the Firm's IP Prosecution, Transactions & Strategy Practice Group, commented, “We are honored to be recognized by IP Today among the most active patent prosecution firms. We are particularly pleased to be the highest ranked global law firm among so many highly-respected IP boutique firms.”
McDermott’s intellectual property practice includes more than 90 registered patent lawyers and agents, representing one of the largest and most accomplished concentrations of prosecution experience worldwide. The Firm’s intellectual property practice is composed of professionals with experience in virtually all fields of technology, with particular strengths in telecommunications, computer hardware and software, semiconductor fabrication, business methods, robotics and servomechanisms, energy and alternative energy, chemicals, polymers, biotechnology and pharmaceutical chemistry. More than 125 of McDermott’s lawyers hold technical and/or scientific degrees and have acquired industry experience in specialty fields with major corporations. The intellectual property practice includes numerous lawyers and agents with valuable experience as former U.S. Patent Office examiners, petition specialists and government international representatives.