IRVINE, CA (March 14, 2012) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP has once again been recognized as one of the nation’s ten most active patent firms in the annual Intellectual Property (IP) Today “Top Patent Firms” survey for 2012. From a field of 272 law firms surveyed, McDermott’s Intellectual Property practice ranked 10th overall.
Firms are ranked according to the number of utility patents issued in 2011 where the firm or individual is listed as the legal representative on the face of the registration. McDermott had a total of 1,915 patents issued in 2011, including 1,823 utility patents.
“We are honored to be recognized in the Top 10 once again by IP Today for all the hard work and ingenuity our team has put into each of our many patent filings each year,” Mark Itri, partner and head of the Firm's IP Prosecution, Transactions & Strategy Practice Group. “I’m particularly proud that our team was able to maintain our position as one of the top-ranked general practice firms among a crowded field of highly-specialized IP boutique firms. McDermott has always been committed to having one of the top IP practices in the world, and we plan to continue our expansion in this growing marketplace for legal services.”
McDermott’s IP Prosecution, Transactions & Strategy Practice Group continues to receive high honors from the industry’s top names. In January, Managing Intellectual Property magazine ranked McDermott among the top national firms in their 16th annual “The World IP Survey”. The Firm ranked in the categories of Bio Life Sciences, Patent Prosecution, Patent Contentious and International Trade Commission (ITC). Additionally, the Firm was listed among the top regional practices in the areas of Patent Prosecution and Patent Contentious in several U.S. jurisdictions. Outside the United States, the Firm is listed nationally in the United Kingdom in the Patent Contentious category.
McDermott has been rapidly expanding its IP prosecution and transactions capabilities over the past six months. Since September 2011, McDermott has added some 33 experienced IP attorneys and patent agents in its IP Prosecution, Transactions & Strategy Practice Group across several offices including Orange County, Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Boston.
With more than 200 lawyers and patent agents around the world, McDermott’s Intellectual Property practice is renowned for its broad trial, appellate, prosecution and transaction experience. More than 150 members of McDermott’s intellectual property team hold technical and/or scientific degrees and more than 125 are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). McDermott’s Intellectual Property practice includes numerous lawyers with valuable industry experience as well as former USPTO examiners and petition specialists.
About McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.