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Intellectual Property Litigation

Shearman & Sterling’s intellectual property litigation practice offers a full range of legal services relating to the defense, enforcement and commercial exploitation of intellectual property assets. Working in conjunction with our highly regarded 100 lawyer-plus litigation and global arbitration practices, our services include litigation and dispute resolution in district courts, at the International Trade Commission (ITC) and before arbitral panels; inter partes and ex parte validity proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); and strategic counseling regarding litigation and licensing. Through our extensive international footprint, we serve as global coordinating counsel in multi-jurisdictional cases and have extensive experience working with the most qualified firms in local jurisdictions.

Patent and Other IP Trial Experience. The group’s intellectual property lawyers routinely litigate patent cases at both the trial and appellate levels in federal court and at the ITC, as well as challenge and defend patent validity before the USPTO. We have a “trial ready” approach to litigation. Our partners have been lead counsel in patent infringement cases across the country, including in such frequent patent courts as the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Michigan, the District of Delaware, the Central District of California and the Southern District of New York.

Technical Experience. Shearman & Sterling’s trial lawyers are not only well-versed in the intricacies of IP law, but also technically equipped to explain complex scientific concepts to judges and juries. Our intellectual property litigation practice includes registered patent lawyers, as well as lawyers with technical degrees who practice primarily in the patent and technology areas.

Broad Industry Representation. Our lawyers have represented scores of companies in high-profile disputes across a wide range of industries, including automotive and aircraft propulsion and safety systems; consumer products—from power tools to toys to smartphones; and medical devices.

Automotive and Aircraft. Our lawyers have represented many of the world’s largest automotive and airplane manufacturers, as well as their parts suppliers. We assist these multi-national corporations in responding to threats posed by the best-known patent owners that have targeted their industries. We also help these companies develop patent positions and enforce their patent rights to protect their innovations and investments.

Consumer Products. We have litigated on behalf of many of the world’s best-known companies, protecting their businesses from patent attacks and using their own IP assets to protect against infringing competitors. From table saws to televisions, automobiles to airplanes, chemicals to software code, Shearman & Sterling's IP litigators have advised these companies on the critical IP legal issues they face in the midst of sweeping technological change and the increasing number of well-financed non-practicing patent-assertion entities.

Medical Devices. Our litigators have represented companies in high-stakes cases and licensing negotiations covering a wide range of medical devices, including capsule endoscopes, surgical tools, and medical imaging equipment and software.

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