The Patent Litigation practice in Perkins Coie’s Palo Alto office call the Northern District of California home. Although we practice in districts across the country to represent our clients in patent infringement suits, we consider ourselves authorities in our home court—the Northern District of California. A favorite jurisdiction for patent infringement suits due to its location, the Northern District of California has been a trailblazer for many of the patent local rules that are seen in district courts across the nation. Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, we make sure that we keep abreast of the practices and preferences of the judges and magistrate judges of the Northern District of California in patent infringement cases, as well as the patent-specific, discovery and procedural rulings issuing from our home district.

Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property practice combines the focus and flexibility of a boutique firm with the complementary services of one of the world’s leading technology law firms. Our internationally recognized practice consists of more than 250 attorneys and agents who provide innovative, comprehensive counsel at every stage of IP protection and development, including patent litigation and appeals, post-grant proceedings, patent prosecution, portfolio counseling and technology licensing, as well as copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition counseling and litigation.

Perkins Coie regularly represents clients in high-stakes patent matters around the country. Our team litigated over 250 patent cases during the past two years, with achievements that include outright wins on motions to dismiss, summary judgments, and bench and jury trials. Additionally, we have resolved disputes through the negotiation of many favorable settlements. And when cases go up on appeal, we have a winning record representing clients in high-stakes patent appeals before the Federal Circuit. Our practice includes several former Federal Circuit law clerks as well as the former Solicitor and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Over 175 of our attorneys and other professionals have degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and life sciences-related fields, and many of our attorneys previously worked as scientists, engineers or in-house counsel. We have built a premier practice by immersing ourselves in our clients’ technologies and industries, and clients benefit from our interdisciplinary approach to matters. Our IP team is highly skilled at analyzing technology, with the experience and issue-specific backgrounds to master complex scientific issues.

Our IP practice has garnered significant recognition, including:

  • Named by Law360 as one of the top “Firms That Dominated the Federal Circuit” for the third year in a row, ranking number one for win percentage (85 percent) and third in total victories in 2018
  • Named one of the top seven firms that general counsel look to hire for IP litigation, according to BTI Litigation Outlook 2019
  • Ranked fourth among national firms handling patent defense cases in 2018 per Docket Navigator and Lex Machina
  • Ranked third for gender diversity in our IP practice in the 2018 Inclusion Blueprint Survey by ChIPs and the Diversity Lab
  • Recognized globally, nationally and regionally in IP by Chambers