Intellectual Property Litigation

Skadden represents clients in their most important intellectual property disputes, whether in federal or state court, before the International Trade Commission or the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, in mediation or global arbitration.

Broad Spectrum of Litigation Experience

In litigation, Skadden IP litigators guard clients’ key products and brands both by defending against infringement allegations and enforcing intellectual property rights, including in obtaining multimillion-dollar jury verdicts against competitors. Our trial experience allows us to anticipate and strategically manage every phase of a case, often giving us an edge in terms of resolving our clients’ matters without entering the courtroom. When cases do advance to trial, our clients benefit from the experience of our nationally recognized litigators, who have had notable success in federal and state court, as well as the other forums in which IP disputes are adjudicated.

Companies call on us to resolve complex, high-profile IP cases at the trial and appellate levels. We handle disputes relating to trade secret, patents, copyright, trademark, licensing and advertising across a broad spectrum of industries, including aerospace, biotechnology, chemicals, communications, computer technology, consumer products, electronics, financial services, life sciences, media and entertainment, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors and sports, among other areas. We also provide strategic prelitigation advice in matters relating to trade secret misappropriation, infringement issues and patent portfolio strategy, confidentiality agreements, and other business disputes involving technology.

Award-Winning Practice

We repeatedly have been recognized for our intellectual property litigation capabilities. Most recently, our IP litigation practice has been named a Powerhouse in BTI Litigation Outlook 2018 (as well as the 2017 report) based on surveys of more than 300 corporate counsel at the world’s largest companies. Skadden, which was named a finalist in The American Lawyer’s 2017 Litigation Department of the Year competition, also was ranked as a nationwide Tier 1 firm for patent litigation and intellectual property litigation by U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017, included in LMG Life Sciences’ 2016 rankings of law firms as a leader in Patent Strategy and Management and named among Law360’s 2015 Technology Practice Groups of the Year for courtroom victories in the technology sector. We also have been named to The National Law Journal’s “Intellectual Property Hot List” for multiple years.

Business-Driven Solutions

Skadden’s IP litigation team crafts business-driven solutions that result in meaningful wins for our clients, both inside and outside the courtroom. These strategies include utilizing our broad media and publicity network, leveraging our deep experience in the operation of public and private businesses to identify potential non-legal means of resolving disputes, and providing a multidisciplinary approach by incorporating advice from Skadden attorneys on issues outside of IP, including tax, antitrust, regulatory or corporate transaction capabilities, as needed. Skadden’s broad capabilities and multinational reach allow us to tailor results-oriented solutions that make business sense for our clients. Whether through a decisive trial victory, a sophisticated settlement decoupling two parties or a joint venture that resolves the instant dispute and allows for the parties to move forward in a mutually beneficial outcome, our focus on business-driven solutions places our clients in a superior strategic posture.