McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. McDermott has more than 1,000 attorneys located in 15 offices around the world, as well as a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai, which allows it to respond quickly and effectively to clients’ needs regardless of geographic position. McDermott staffs cases with lawyers from more than one office or department as necessary to provide the best team and client service possible.
McDermott has marked 75-plus years of serving a wide range of client interests. Established in 1934 as a tax practice in Chicago, Illinois, McDermott has grown its core practices and offices around the globe. The expansion of McDermott’s international platform has supported numerous cross-border transactions and litigation matters, while providing the experience necessary to offer corporate and commercial, international and domestic tax, labour and benefits, competition, IP and regulatory counsel to clients across all industries. In the years to come, McDermott will continue to expand geographically and enhance its existing practices and industryfocused strengths. McDermott is committed to building on these strengths in order to best serve its clients and communities.
McDermott’s outstanding client service is the cornerstone of its practice and a key attribute from which it builds client relationships. The mission of McDermott Will & Emery is to partner with clients to accomplish their business objectives by providing superior counsel, service and dedication.
McDermott has more than 185 IP lawyers dedicated to a full-service IP practice, which is one of the largest and most respected in the world. McDermott’s approach to client counselling combines its IP lawyers’ technical backgrounds and practical experience with legal knowledge and business acumen. More than 125 members of McDermott’s IP team hold technical and/or scientific degrees and more than 90 are patent bar members. McDermott’s IP lawyers have invaluable experience as former administrative patent judges, US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examiners, petition specialists and international representatives. McDermott’s IP litigation practice is fully integrated with its deep roster of technically trained patent attorneys and agents.
McDermott’s IP litigation practice group is renowned for its trial and appellate experience. McDermott is consistently ranked as one of the most active firms for patent litigation (both trial and appellate) and International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation. McDermott has been providing IP litigation services for more than 40 years and has lawyers with real trial experience, including first-chair trial lawyers. McDermott has a deep bench of IP litigation lawyers, who are exceptionally experienced and well known for managing and conducting complex patent litigation worldwide, including appeals, as well as infringements concerning trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights.
McDermott’s IP litigation practice is diverse, in terms of both subject matter and venue experience. McDermott has one of the world’s premier groups of lawyers and professionals dedicated to medical devices and biotechnology litigation; they are particularly skilled at effectively presenting complex technologies and sciences to judges and juries.
McDermott’s IP litigation lawyers have extensive experience and are extremely knowledgeable about the practices and procedures in the US federal district courts, US courts of appeals (including the Federal Circuit), the US Supreme Court, the USPTO and before the ITC. McDermott’s litigators are acknowledged for their capabilities in coordinating pan-European litigation, including advising on opposition in the European Patent Office and the Community trademark office. McDermott has developed and actively maintains a network of non-US associates concentrating in IP law and, as a result, can protect clients’ rights in counterpart tribunals and agencies around the world.
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Sarah Chapin Columbia, Chair, firmwide IP litigation practice group