Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is one of the largest law firms in the world focusing solely on intellectual property law. With 375 lawyers and offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Finnegan practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law.
Surveys conducted by legal and business publications consistently rank Finnegan as one of the leading intellectual property law practices in the world. In Managing Intellectual Property's 2002-2012 World IP surveys of 4,000 global practitioners, the firm was consistently ranked as a #1 or #2 Tier U.S. law firm for contentious and prosecution patent and trademark work. In 2008-2012, Chambers USA ranked Finnegan as a top intellectual property law firm. And, in 2008-2012, The Legal 500 U.S. ranked Finnegan as a #1 Tier firm in nearly every significant intellectual property law category, including patent litigation, patent prosecution, trademark litigation, and trademark non-contentious. The publications cited the firm’s winning record, technical expertise, and deep bench of talent in all aspects of IP litigation, including trials, appeals, ITC investigations, and USPTO proceedings.
Finnegan practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. It also represents clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. The firm’s reputation for resolving some of the most complicated IP issues lies with its ability to match the needs of each unique case with the right combination of legal and technical capabilities. Nearly 400 of the firm’s legal professionals hold degrees in scientific disciplines. They bring a wealth of intellectual property law experience to the firm from their past positions as law clerks for federal judges (including many from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and various U.S. District Courts); as lawyers for the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Justice Department; as corporate patent, trademark, and copyright counsel; and as patent examiners or trademark lawyers for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The firm represents its clients’ litigation interests in courts throughout the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where it has argued more patent cases than any other law firm; U.S. district courts; and various state courts. The firm also represents clients in actions against the U.S. government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and in actions before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the firm coordinates with firms in other countries regarding international litigation matters.
Finnegan’s services extend beyond litigation. Its lawyers serve as both advocates and arbitrators in domestic and international arbitrations, and frequently provide advice and opinions on the infringement and validity of all forms of intellectual property. Other work includes assisting clients in achieving the greatest value from their intellectual property law assets. The firm conducts intellectual property audits and due diligence analysis, provides patent and trademark watch services, formulates strategies for using intellectual property assets, formulates and carries out IP licensing programs, and negotiates and drafts domestic and international licensing agreements. It obtains appropriate licenses under the U.S. export control laws and negotiates as well as litigates government contract disputes.
Finnegan has significant experience in all areas of practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It is involved at the initial stages of evaluating technology for patentability, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, and analyzing patents for enforcement opportunities. Finnegan is widely recognized as one of the top law firms for handling some of the most complex procedures before the USPTO, such as interferences, ex parte and inter partes reexaminations, and reissues. It also has an established European oppositions practice, defending clients’ patents and helping them establish freedom-to-operate by challenging patents in the European Patent Office (EPO).
Annually the firm’s prosecution team, which includes lawyers, technical assistants, legal assistants, and other support personnel, handles more than 3,000 patent applications, file several hundred new trademark applications, and renders legal opinions for numerous national and international clients. In the firm’s Washington, DC office, an entire department is dedicated to coordinating, filing, and managing applications for patents and trademarks in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world.
Finnegan represents clients in virtually every business sector, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, electronics, computers, telecommunications, alternative energy, consumer products, financial services, the Internet, manufacturing, and publishing. The firm’s clients range from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies to emerging companies involved in a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, such as gene therapy, multimedia content delivery systems, alternative energy, cardiocare products, and Internet operating systems. Nearly half of the firm’s clients are international companies, many of which are based in Europe and Asia.