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Intellectual Property Litigation

Sutherland sets itself apart by focusing on both counseling and litigation, which allows them to appreciate and address unique legal issues.

Sutherland’s IP litigation team works with clients to spot critical issues early and reach strategically sound and cost-effective resolutions.

Sutherland attorneys understand that asserting IP and defending against allegations of infringement are a critical part of an overall competitive strategy—the stakes are high for both sides in a dispute. At Sutherland, our litigators and patent prosecutors work together to identify any potential invalidity or infringement scenarios efficiently and to advocate them effectively. A large number of our IP lawyers hold specialized and advanced degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, molecular genetics, medicine and other scientific disciplines, providing invaluable background and insight into the technology and issues in dispute.

Sutherland regularly handles multi-patent, multidistrict disputes between industry competitors. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement, patent interference and patent-related antitrust suits; trademark and trade dress infringement suits; trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings; copyright infringement suits; trade secret claims; federal and state unfair competition controversies; and false advertising and other Lanham Act claims.

We represent clients in litigation around the world, including U.S. and overseas courts; arbitration and mediation inside and outside the United States; and administrative proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the USPTO and international patent offices. On behalf of our clients, we have won important rulings both affirming and reversing lower court decisions in state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Why Sutherland

Sophistication. The majority of our attorneys hold specialized advanced degrees. When a dispute involves complex technology, our attorneys understand the subject matter and can explain it to judges, juries, arbitrators and mediators in easy-to-understand terms.

International experience. We work with foreign counsel to coordinate patent litigation strategy in proceedings pending concurrently in U.S. and foreign venues. We also oversee trademark and copyright litigation matters handled by foreign counsel that we engage all over the world on behalf of our clients.

Cost-effective approaches. We listen to our clients and understand their priorities and preferences for each specific matter. When appropriate, we staff our cases leanly, including using contract attorneys for certain tasks and appointing attorneys with lower rates to perform as much work as possible.

Committed, experienced litigators. While Sutherland is very conscious of costs, our lead trial attorneys take a hands-on approach throughout the case. We believe that lead trial counsel must be involved at every stage in order to have meaningful input into developing strategy and tactics that can best increase the chances of a positive result, through settlement or trial.

Teamwork. Unlike many of our competitors, our litigators work together with patent prosecutors who have relevant advanced technical training in order to spot issues and develop strategies for efficient resolution of contentious matters.

National recognition. Our IP litigation attorneys have been recognized by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and other organizations.

Nuts and Bolts

Sutherland represents clients in the full range of IP litigation, including:

  • Patent infringement, patent interference and patent-related antitrust suits
  • Trademark and trade dress infringement suits
  • Trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Copyright infringement suits
  • Trade secret claims
  • Federal and state unfair competition controversies
  • False advertising and other Lanham Act claims

Sutherland attorneys have appeared in courts and administrative proceedings across the United States, including:

  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • State and federal appellate courts

We represent clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings in the U.S. and around the world, including:

  • International Chamber of Commerce
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Zürich, Stockholm, Paris and Finland Chambers
  • World Intellectual Property Organization

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It takes a balanced team to advocate effectively for clients in a variety of industries. Sutherland’s Intellectual Property Litigation team adeptly handles all types of disputes involving widely varied technologies across the U.S. and around the world.

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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