Intellectual Property and Technology
With nearly 175 intellectual property lawyers in the US and 450 worldwide, our Intellectual Property group has an almost unrivalled reach. Our associates are involved in every aspect of assisting companies protect their brands, patents, trade secrets, designs and other intellectual property. We also have the depth of experience needed to assist our clients in maximizing the value of their patent portfolios. Working closely with our IP lawyers, our Technology and Sourcing lawyers focus on the development, protection, exploitation and use of technology-related assets throughout the various stages of a company's growth, and the sourcing of strategic assets and services for use in a company's operations. The IP group also is home to our Franchise practice. The majority of our franchise clients are franchisors and distribution companies, but we also represent multiple outlet, area development and master franchisees, as well as franchising joint ventures on a wide variety of franchising, distribution, corporate, real estate, technology, finance, environmental, tax and other matters. We also provide a number of cross-border services delivered through international sector teams and practice groups. To learn more, visit our services page.
What led you to practice in your practice group?
My interest in patent litigation began with internships and courses during law school. I do not have a technical background, but found the interplay between the central legal and technical issues involved in patent cases compelling. As a summer associate, my experiences working on substantive assignments with colleagues and my exposure to the practice group’s refreshing and collegial culture confirmed that I wanted to join the practice group.
What do you enjoy most about practicing in your practice group?
The problem-solving and the people. Cases are typically staffed with a team of talented trial lawyers spanning multiple offices across the country. This dynamic team provides countless opportunities to share case management ideas and strategies, and is extremely rewarding. In addition, the problems that we solve are intellectually stimulating because each case presents a different universe of technology and products to explore. Unique to cases and firms of this stature, practice group members also challenge associates to take ownership of numerous facets of case assignments, leading to more rapid development of professional skill sets.
What do you wish you would have known when you first started practicing?
I wish I knew that colleagues do not simply pay lip service to the “my door is always open” expression. In fact, practice group members often are receptive to discussions concerning assignments or case strategies, and requests to observe more advanced litigation activities are usually well received. As a junior associate, it is easy to focus on completing seemingly discrete assignments without context. Capitalizing on those opportunities to engage colleagues accelerates the learning curve for appreciating the big picture—building the strongest possible case for the client at trial.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your practice in the last two years?
My biggest challenge as a junior associate has been effectively communicating with colleagues to better manage their – and my own – time commitment expectations for assignments. Simply stated: proper time management makes life easier.