Kaye Scholer’s highly respected Intellectual Property practice is once again recognized in the annual IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners guide. The guide notes the practice’s overall strength, especially in our New York and Silicon Valley offices, and also identifies seven partners and special counsel as leaders in the profession.
Kaye Scholer’s New York office was highlighted for dealing with the most cutting-edge issues facing giants in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including recent instructions from Teva to defend its branded products from generic challengers. The guide specifically notes that “because the firm has litigated against Teva on countless occasions within its originator-focused patent litigation practice, [the new engagement] services as a ringing endorsement to its efficacy and expertise.”
Similar praise was expressed for the firm’s Silicon Valley office for the second consecutive year, where “the firm has its share of defense instructions against non-practicing entities (NPEs)—on which it “provides the right focus and budget”—but it especially shines when competitors clash swords over mission-critical technology in vanguard fields of scientific research.”
In addition to the practice’s office rankings, seven of its lawyers were recognized individually for their respective skills and strengths:
- Silicon Valley-based Intellectual Property practice co-head Michael Malecek was ranked in the gold band of IAM Patent 1000 for California with the guide noting that he “would easily find a spot on the platinum tier if there was one.”
- Silicon Valley-based partner Deborah Fishman was also ranked, as was New York-based partner David Barr who was recognized by the guide as “among the set’s busiest lawyers.”
- New York-based practice co-head Aaron Stiefel and partner Daniel DiNapoli were also ranked by the guide and noted as “two of the best pharmaceutical patent litigators anywhere in the world.”
- Illinois-based partner Robert Unikel was recognized as a man who “understands the technology and can communicate it effectively to judges and juries.”
- Special counsel Gerald Sobel was recognized as a “Luminary” for the third year in a row.
Now in its fifth year, IAM Patent 1000 identifies the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe.
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