Mr. Sobel is an experienced litigator and in recent years, mediator, whose practice is primarily in the areas of patent, antitrust and agreements.
Mr. Sobel has litigated landmark and precedent-setting complex cases, including wins in antitrust and patent jury trials of record duration and at the appellate level. His clients have included a significant number of the world's one hundred largest companies in various technologies, among them pharmaceutical, biotech, electronic, computer, electro-optical printing and aerospace technologies.
To illustrate, he was lead counsel for Xoma in its win in the 3½-month patent infringement jury trial (N.D. Cal.) against Centocor, the longest biotech patent infringement trial; and he represented Xerox in its win in a year-long jury trial against SCM (D. Conn.), defeating claims of monopolization of the copier market based on alleged patent-based predatory acts. At the appellate level, he represented Pfizer in its win at the Federal Circuit against the University of Rochester, creating new law concerning patent validity.
Mr. Sobel has participated in mediations and arbitrations in significant litigations, typically patent, antitrust, trademark and trade secret cases, as mediator or advocate. He is a mediator in the Southern District of New York Mediation program. He has been active at the Center for Public Resources and has published and lectured on ADR.
IAM Patent 1000 described Mr. Sobel as the "Dean of the Patent bar" (2014) and an “éminence grise” (2015). Chambers Global (2014) notes that he is a "towering figure in the field of patent litigation," and Chambers USA (2015) refers to his “all but unmatched experience as a patent litigator in cases involving life sciences and sophisticated electronic and mechanical engineering.” Mr. Sobel is also regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
Publications and Professional and Civic Associations
His publications include numerous works on patent litigation, antitrust, ADR and other topics. He co-teaches at Columbia Law School, taught at NYU Law School and has lectured at Stanford, George Washington, Fordham, Brooklyn, Case Western Reserve, and Washington University (St. Louis) Law Schools. He has also given over 100 lectures at professional meetings on litigation, trial, patent, licensing, antitrust and ADR topics. His professional activities have included membership, committee participation and lecture programs at the American Bar Association Antitrust Section, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Patent Litigation of U.S. District Court in Delaware and the Advisory Committee of the Engelberg Intellectual Property Institute at the NYU School of Law.
In The Market
- Chambers Global 2016 Recognizes Kaye Scholer Lawyers March 2016 • 评级与认同
- Who’s Who Legal 2016 Honors Kaye Scholer Lawyers February 2016 • 评级与认同
- Best Lawyers 2016 Recognizes 45 Kaye Scholer Lawyers August 17, 2015 • 评级与认同