The National Law Journal’s “Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers” list recognizes lawyers working across a diverse range of issues within the IP community, all of whom are shaping the way in which modern IP law is practiced.
Yar Chaikovsky is a prominent intellectual property trial lawyer in both district courts and the ITC, and Mark Itri is a member of McDermott’s Management Committee and head of the Firm’s Global IP Prosecution, Transactions & Strategy Practice Group. Mr. Chaikovsky was chosen because of his recognition as a thought leader in patent litigation in the United States. He was recognized for his innovative trial work protecting corporations using aggressive litigation strategies against patent trolls, including Acacia. One of his strategies for dealing with improper patent assertions that substantively stand out has been to make the trolls pay our firm's clients for bringing litigation. Mr. Itri was chosen based on the breadth and variety of his international and Fortune 100 client base, his management and leadership roles, as well as spearheading and implementing a custom patent-pending tool called “Quantum Tracker” which assists in real time monitoring and tracking of billings against established budgets, and trend analysis.
With more than 175 lawyers and patent agents around the world, McDermott’s Intellectual Property practice is renowned for its broad trial, appellate, prosecution and transaction experience. Members of the practice hold degrees in a wide variety of technical fields and are uniquely capable of handling intellectual property matters in virtually every technical or scientific discipline. For example, more than 140 members of McDermott’s intellectual property team hold technical and/or scientific degrees and more than 115 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.