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  • Ocean Tomo ranked a patent portfolio managed entirely by Nixon Peabody in the top 1% for patent quality
  • Legal 500—Nixon Peabody Ranked in Trade Secrets Category
  • Ranked in Tier 2 by U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2016 for Patent Law
  • Recommended for patent prosecution and litigation by IAM Patent 1000
  • BTI Litigation Outlook 2013
    • “Most Feared Law Firms”—Honor Roll
    • Strong Performance—IP Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
  • Managing IP Magazine
    • Ranked in the top 15 among all U.S. law firms for securing “the highest-quality patents” for clients across all industries
    • Recognized as a national leader in the patent category for bio life sciences
    • Numerous attorneys recognized as “IP Stars”
  • Recommended for trademark prosecution and strategy and for trademark litigation and enforcement by World Trademark Review 1000
  • Ranked among the top trademark firms by IP Today
  • IAM Magazine
    • Ranked in the top 5 for patent quality in the “consumer electronics/discretionary” category
    • Ranked in the top 10 for patent quality in the “information technology” category
    • Ranked in the top 10 in the “overall” category (which includes all industries)
 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Working side-by-side with our clients, we leverage every possible IP-related opportunity to maximize revenue and accomplish their business objectives.

Who we are

Intellectual property laws, and the competitive landscape in many industries, are shifting rapidly. Now more than ever, attorneys need to bring not only sharp legal skills, but also a deep knowledge of technology, and excellent industry-specific business judgment to every matter.

There are few assets more valuable than your intellectual property. Effective navigation in an increasingly competitive market has never been more important. Protecting your innovations and minimizing costly disputes and interruptions to your business are essential to generate revenue and stay a step ahead of your competition.

We understand that our clients’ innovations serve as the foundation for building strong companies and reputations. We help clients stay abreast of the ever-changing U.S. patent system, monitor rapidly shifting social media trends that impact our clients’ brands, intimately understand our clients’ competitive landscape, and vigorously defend our clients’ IP rights.

Who we work with

  • Cutting edge technology companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Consumer product and services companies
  • Life science companies
  • Leading universities and academic medical centers

Media Clips

  • The Healing Power of AI
    Tech Crunch | August 12, 2016
    Silicon Valley IP litigation associate Erik Birkeneder authored this article about how deep learning algorithms can have the potential to improve medical diagnostics and care.
  • The Styled Side: Style and Legal Hurdles at the Olympics
    KPCC-FM (NPR Los Angeles affiliate) | August 10, 2016
    Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Staci Riordan is quoted in this article about controversies surrounding corporate sponsorships at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Notorious B.I.G. Will Have His Life & Lyrics Turned Into A TBS Scripted Series
    The YBF | July 30, 2016
    Los Angeles IP counseling and transactions partner Julian Petty is noted as representing Bystorm Films and Notorious B.I.G., LLC, on a scripted series for TBS that will loosely incorporate Biggie’s life and lyrics.
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  • Robotext Class Defendants May Benefit from Multi-District Consolidation Approach
    Bloomberg BNA Privacy Law Watch | June 14, 2016
    TCPA team co-leader and Boston IP litigation associate Troy Lieberman is quoted in this piece discussing considerations companies should address when facing multiple Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions.
  • When it comes to high quality patents these are the US firms that lead the way
    IAM | April 8, 2016
    The story notes the U.S. law firms delivering the highest quality patents on their clients behalf. Nixon Peabody ranked among the top 10.
  • Beats, Rhymes and Law for Nixon Peabody's Julian Petty
    American Lawyer | March 23, 2016
    This article profiles Los Angeles partner Julian Petty. Click here to read the full article.
  • 4 Times To File A Continuation Patent Application
    Law360 | March 17, 2016
    Silicon Valley IP litigation partner Jennifer Hayes provides third-party commentary throughout this article about when to file a continuation patent application.
  • 4 Ways Fashion Brands Trip On The Oscars Red Carpet
    Law360 | February 25, 2016
    Los Angeles partner and Fashion practice group leader Staci Riordan is quoted in this story about the four biggest legal landmines for fashion brands to avoid when celebrities wear their designs on the Oscars red carpet this Sunday.
  • #FreeKesha Puts a Legal Battle in a Public Spotlight
    NPR | February 23, 2016
    Los Angeles partner Julian Petty is quoted in this story discussing the #FreeKesha movement supporting the pop singer as she fights her recording contract with Sony. Throughout the piece, he provides third-party commentary on how public support is playing into the legal battle. Click here to read the full article.
  • Apple's Aggressive Stance at PTAB is Paying Off
    Law360 | February 11, 2016
    Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Paul Kitch is quoted in this piece that discusses Apple’s strategy behind its America Invents Act review petitions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and how this gives the company greater leverage in patent infringement fights.
  • On the Move
    The Recorder | February 5, 2016
    This coverage notes Silicon Valley IP litigation partner Jennifer Hayes election to the partnership news.
  • Can an Applicant With a Criminal History Buy a Franchise?
    The Legal Intelligencer | January 22, 2016
    New York City partner Craig Tractenberg authored this column discussing whether a potential franchisee can purchase a franchise with a criminal history.
  • Can Discount Prices Get Retailers Into Trouble?
    Apparel News | January 21, 2016
    Los Angeles partner and Fashion practice group leader Staci Riordan provides third-party commentary in this piece about an increasing number of class-action lawsuits against big-name department stores over markdowns allegedly made on “false” original prices.
  • Life Cycle Approach to Data Rights Can Help Contractors
    Law360 | January 14, 2016
    Boston IP Counseling & Transactions counsel David Crosby and Washington, DC, associate Harini Kidambi co-authored this column regarding implications arising from the 2015 Army Data & Data Rights Guide for military service professionals and other contractors.
  • Shout-Out: Nixon Peabody Scores Win for Planet Fitness in Transgender Locker Room Suit
    American Lawyer Litigation Daily | January 13, 2016
    This feature story highlights the firm’s efforts securing a dismissal of transgender locker room policy lawsuit for client Planet Fitness. The Boston team of partner Art Pressman and associate Troy Lieberman are noted as counsel.
  • Get Ready For EU Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent
    Law360 | January 8, 2016
    San Francisco IP litigation partner Ron Lopez and Silicon Valley IP litigation associate Jennifer Hayes co-authored this column on the new single Unified Patent Court with jurisdiction over European patents.
  • Hackers Strike Out
    Journal of Sports Analytics | January 1, 2016
    Boston associate Matt Frankel authored this column discussing recent cases of alleged misappropriation, infringement, and/or theft of sports analytics intellectual property.
  • Notorious B.I.G. estate gets copyright infringement lawsuit tossed
    Reuters | December 23, 2015
    Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this feature article for our representation of Warner Music Group, EMI Music Publishing, Big Poppa Music, Bad Boy Records and the estate of The Notorious BIG. Our team—led by partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty—won a dismissal of copyright infringement claims involving BIG’s 1994 debut album. Associates Neal Gauger and Seth Berman were part of the legal team. Click here to read the full article.
  • Warner, Notorious BIG Estate Duck Songwriter's IP Suit
    Law360 | December 22, 2015
    Partners Staci Riordan and Julian Petty and associates Neal Gauger and Seth Berman are mentioned in this article for their representation of Warner Music Group, EMI Music Publishing, Big Poppa Music, Bad Boy Records and the estate of Notorious BIG in a case focused on alleged copyright claims involving BIG’s 1994 debut album. Staci provides commentary. Click here to read the full article.
  • Changing Channels
    Fordham Lawyer | December 11, 2015

    Partner Julian Petty is featured within this article highlighting Fordham Law alumni prominently involved in the evolution of the way we watch movies and listen to music. Click here for the complete coverage.

  • Michelle Lee Steers USPTO Through Choppy Waters
    Law360 | December 9, 2015
    San Francisco IP Litigation partner Ron Lopez is quoted in this profile of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee.
  • Sneaker Wars: Converse vs. New Balance
    Boston Magazine | December 1, 2015
    Los Angeles partner and leader of our Fashion practice Staci Riordan is included in this feature story on how the footwear industry is dealing with intellectual property lawsuits.
  • Your Working Life with Staci Riordan
    Your Working Life | December 1, 2015
    Los Angeles partner and leader of the firm’s Fashion industry team Staci Riordan is profiled in this podcast. Your Working Life is a series that features thought-leaders and influencers in the career and personal growth arena. Staci talks about her passion for fashion and getting into fashion law.
  • 4 Ways to Knock Out a Frivolous Patent Suit in East Texas
    Law360 | November 9, 2015
    San Francisco IP Litigation partner Ron Lopez provides commentary in this feature story on how to beat a frivolous patent case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas which is known for being a difficult challenge.
  • New Bill Seeks to Level Playing Field for Franchisees
    The Legal Intelligencer | October 23, 2015
    New York City IP Litigation partner Craig Tractenberg authored this column discussing a new bill intended to establish “responsible franchise practices” and level the playing field for franchisees.
  • Protecting attorney-client privilege in asset sales
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | October 15, 2015
    Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Janet Garetto and Chicago IP Litigation partner Russ Genet co-authored this column on protecting the valued attorney-client privilege. Click here to read the full article.
  • Protect your consumers' privacy from mass telemarketing
    Rochester Business Journal | October 9, 2015
    This column explains the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the risks to businesses, and how businesses can avoid TCPA liability. Corporate transactions partner Jeff LaBarge, commercial litigation associate Dan Deane and IP litigation associate Troy Lieberman collaborated on the piece.
  • RevoLaze Drops Lawsuit Against Hennes & Mauritz
    California Apparel News | October 8, 2015
    Los Angeles partner and leader of our fashion practice Staci Riordan is quoted in this article discussing a dropped legal action against her client, fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M). Staci is quoted in the piece expressing H&M’s confidence that the retailer would have won the lawsuit as it did not infringe on RevoLaze’s laser technology used to distress jeans.
  • 5 Mistakes to Avoid In Patent Prosecution
    Law360 | October 7, 2015
    Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Paul Kitch provides commentary on the most common mistakes by patent prosecutors and how to avoid them.
  • Are Patent Trolls Taking Over the Fashion Industry?
    Fortune | October 7, 2015
    Partner and leader of the firm’s fashion team Staci Riordan provides commentary in this feature story discussing how the fashion industry—especially textile companies—are dealing with copyright infringement lawsuits.
  • State, Federal Law Differ on Franchisors as Joint Employers
    The Legal Intelligencer | September 30, 2015
    New York City IP litigation partner Craig Tractenberg authored this column discussing differences in state and federal law related to franchisors as joint employers.
  • Fashion Week gets down to business with show, expert
    Democrat & Chronicle | September 29, 2015
    Los Angeles partner and leader of the firm’s Fashion team Staci Riordan is featured in this column on the legal side of the fashion industry.
  • Planet Fitness asks Beale to dismiss Cormier's suit
    Midland Daily News | September 26, 2015
    Boston Franchise partner Art Pressman is noted as counsel for Planet Fitness parent company, Pla-Fit Franchise LLC, in its efforts to dismiss a lawsuit involving the gym’s transgender-friendly locker room policy.
  • Fed. Circ.'s Apple Ruling Makes Patent Injunctions Easier
    Law360 | September 17, 2015
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen discusses a federal patent-infringement decision and how it could now be easier for patent owners to secure injunctions in disputes over complicated technology and boost their bargaining power in settlement negotiations.
  • Think Before You Hit ‘Send'
    New Hampshire Business Review | September 4, 2015
    Manchester Commercial Litigation associate Dan Deane and Boston IP Litigation associate Troy Lieberman co-authored this column discussing what businesses need to know about the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Avoiding Vicarious Liability for Accident Resulting From Delivery
    The Legal Intelligencer | August 28, 2015
    New York City IP Litigation partner Craig Tractenberg authored this column discussing vicarious liability resulting from a car accident involving a food delivery service.
  • Collecting Fees Still Tough After Octane, Highmark Cases
    Law360 | August 28, 2015
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen provides commentary in this article discussing how two Supreme Court rulings have helped accused patent infringers gain leverage to resolve weak cases earlier and get attorneys' fees awarded.
  • Endorsements on Social Media Run Afoul of FTC
    Daily Journal | August 26, 2015
    Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions associate Ellie Altshuler provides third-party commentary in this feature story on celebrity endorsements of brands or products on social media.
  • Brand Building With a Legal Foundation at Loyola's Summer Fashion Law Program
    California Apparel News | July 30, 2015
    Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner and leader of the firm’s Fashion practice Staci Jennifer Riordan is included in this article about Loyola Law School’s Fashion Law Summer Intensive. Staci is the executive director of the Fashion Law Project at Loyola and teaches not only fashion entrepreneurs and executives, but also attorneys who represent fashion-industry clients as well as current law students.
  • Hip-Hop Lawyer Julian Petty Keeps L.A.'s Top Rappers from Signing Shady Deals
    L.A. Weekly | July 8, 2015
    This profile of Julian Petty includes quotes from him on his experience working with clients in the music industry and how he’s helping them navigate the challenges of an evolving industry. A few of Julian’s clients are quoted throughout the profile. Click here for the complete coverage.
  • Julian Petty: The Man with the Master Plan
    Examiner.com | July 3, 2015
    Julian Petty is featured in this Q&A. In the piece, Julian discusses getting into the music industry and how he works with industry clients now. Click here for the complete coverage.
  • UC Will Nurse Lab Inventions
    Los Angeles Business Journal | June 22, 2015
    This article focuses on a new $250 million independent fund created by the University of California to invest in research enterprises on its campuses.  Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Seth Levy talks about the research environment particularly for health care technologies and how it’s changed with regard to what it takes to get technology licensed or spun out.
  • Cool Jobs: Entertainment Attorney Julian Petty Talks Going from Intern to Law Firm Partner
    Black Enterprise | May 26, 2015
    This article profiles Los Angeles partner Julian Petty who has carved out a successful practice advising clients in the entertainment industry. Click here to read the full article.
  • Microphone Check
    NPR | May 12, 2015
    Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Julian Petty is featured in this interview on NPR's “Microphone Check,” a radio show focused on covering hip-hop music and culture. Julian discusses how the music industry is evolving and how this impacts his clients.
  • Nautilus Standard Used by CAFC to Overturn Pre-Nautilus Patent Indefiniteness Judgment
    BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal | March 11, 2015
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen and Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Paul Kitch discuss the Federal Circuit’s precedential opinion reversing a district court's judgment of patent claim invalidity for indefiniteness since the Supreme Court's Nautilus decision.
  • Lawyers Weigh in on High Court Claim Construction Ruling
    Law360 | January 20, 2015
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen and Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Paul Kitch discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to cast aside the Federal Circuit's long-standing rule that all district court claim construction rulings must be reviewed anew on appeal.
  • Pinterest Squeezes Travel Startup in Trademark Row
    The Recorder | January 16, 2015
    San Francisco IP Counseling & Transactions partner Marlene Williams is quoted among industry sources discussing the trademark battle between Pinterest and Pintrips.
  • Marijuana Patent Applications Face Tough Road at USPTO
    Law360 | January 8, 2015
    Boston IP Counseling & Transactions partner David Resnick is quoted in this article discussing potential challenges facing those applying for new types of marijuana plant patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.



  • Life Sciences Cases to Watch in 2015
    Law360 | January 2, 2015
    Boston IP Litigation and Life Sciences partner Maia Harris is quoted in this feature article on what to watch in life sciences in 2015.
  • The Changing Landscape: Looking Forward Through a New Lens
    Loyola Lawyer | January 1, 2015
    Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Staci Jennifer Riordan, leader of the firm’s Fashion practice, is profiled among other attorneys carving out busy practices in new areas of the law.
  • Top IP Firms Hired To Fight Converse TM Blitz
    Law360 | December 23, 2014
    Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Staci Jennifer Riordan is noted among the “veritable who's who of elite intellectual property” attorneys and firms representing dozens of major companies for allegedly copying Converse’s iconic Chuck Taylor.
  • Novelty Textile Wins Major Case Over Fabric Design Copyright
    California Apparel News | November 26, 2014
    Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partner Staci Jennifer Riordan provides commentary in this article on fashion copyright infringement.
  • Keep Your Company's Trade Secrets from Walking Out Your Door
    Rochester Business Journal | November 21, 2014
    Rochester M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Jeff LaBarge and Rochester Commercial Litigation associate Terence Robinson collaborated on this column discussing 10 practical ideas to safeguard trade secrets.
  • Don't Worry About Stem Cell Patents… Yet
    Daily Journal | November 18, 2014
    Los Angeles office managing partner and IP Counseling & Transactions attorney Seth Levy and Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions patent agent Stephen Chen authored this column discussing a recently filed U.S. Supreme Court petition in the ongoing saga about the patentability of stem cells.
  • Credit Card Information Security Issues in Franchising
    The Legal Intelligencer | October 31, 2014
    New York City partner and leader of the firm’s Franchise & Distribution practice Craig Tractenberg and Washington, DC, IP Litigation and Franchise & Distribution associate Keri McWilliams authored this piece discussing important data security issues for the franchise industry.
  • Post-Pom Distinctions May Not Stop Lanham Act Claims
    Law360 | October 27, 2014
    Boston IP Litigation partner Maia Harris, Boston Commercial Litigation partner Fred Kelly and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense law clerk Charles Dell'Anno authored this article discussing the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Pom Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company to Lanham Act challenges related to drug labeling and marketing.
  • New Ammo for Apple in Patent Trial
    Daily Journal | October 8, 2014
    San Francisco IP Litigation partner Ron Lopez provides commentary in this feature story on the ongoing patent trial involving Apple.
  • Nixon Peabody Nabs Fox Rothschild's Fashion Law Head
    Law360 | October 7, 2014
    This feature story highlights the arrival of Los Angeles IP Counseling & Transactions partners Staci Jennifer Riordan and Julian Petty. The coverage notes that Staci Jennifer will lead our fashion law team after having spearheaded Fox’s group and Julian will focus his practice on providing strategic career and business guidance to clients in the music, TV, film, new media and book publishing industries.
  • Optics firm taking Chinese manufacturers to task
    Democrat & Chronicle | September 18, 2014
    Rochester IP Counseling & Transactions partner Kristen Walsh is quoted in this article on IP issues for U.S. companies operating, or considering starting operations, in China.
  • Antique Car Dealer Taking the Low Road by Infringing Songs, Suit Says
    Westlaw Journal | September 8, 2014
    This coverage highlights Freeplay Music Inc. v. Streetside Classics—a lawsuit over alleged use of copyrighted songs. Partner and leader of the IP Litigation practice Jason Kravitz and Long Island Commercial Litigation associate Seth Berman are noted as plaintiffs’ counsel.
  • The Past, Present and Future of Stem Cells
    Daily Journal | August 27, 2014
    Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy and Los Angeles patent agent Stephen Chen co-authored this column looking at the state of stem cells and what’s next.
  • Courts Line Up Behind 3rd Circ.'s Ascertainability Logic
    Law360 | July 25, 2014
    Buffalo Commercial Litigation associate Tracey Ehlers, Buffalo Commercial Litigation partner Viv Quinn, and Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Janet Garetto discuss federal courts’ increased attention to the ascertainability of class members especially in the food and beverage industries where consumers do not typically retain receipts.
  • Life After Aereo: TV Startups Continue With Little Worry
    Mashable | July 9, 2014
    Boston IP Litigation partner Gina McCreadie provides commentary in this feature story discussing the state of the TV startup industry after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision about the streaming service Aereo.
  • Lawyers Weigh In On Supreme Court's Aereo Ruling
    Law360 | June 30, 2014
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in American Broadcasting Companies Inc. et al. v. Aereo Inc. is discussed by industry attorneys including Boston IP Litigation partner Gina McCreadie.
  • Fed. Circ. May Ditch Rigid Stance after High Court Reversals
    Law360 | June 27, 2014
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's repeated reversals of patent decisions by the Federal Circuit.
  • Supreme Court Decision in ABC v. Aereo
    WBZ-AM (Boston CBS News) | June 25, 2014
    In this radio segment, Boston IP Litigation partner Gina McCreadie discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in American Broadcasting Companies Inc. et al. v. Aereo Inc.
  • After Supreme Court Ruling, Here are Aereo's Best Options
    Boston Business Journal | June 25, 2014
    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in American Broadcasting Companies Inc. et al. v. Aereo Inc., Boston IP Litigation partner Gina McCreadie looks ahead for Aereo and the industry.
  • Supreme Court Rules against Aereo
    New England Cable News (NECN) | June 25, 2014
    Boston IP Litigation partner Gina McCreadie discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in American Broadcasting Companies Inc. et al. v. Aereo Inc.
  • Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Software Patent Ruling
    Law360 | June 19, 2014
    Silicon Valley IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen and Washington, DC, IP Counseling & Transactions professional specialist Rob Pilaud provide commentary on the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank ruling that computerized abstract ideas are not patent eligible.
  • USPTO Plan to Speed Up Patent Apps Will Limit Protection
    Law360 | June 12, 2014
    Boston IP Counseling & Transactions partner David Crosby discusses a new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program that will speed up the process by which software patent applications are processed.
  • You Say 'Insolubly Ambiguous,' I Say 'Reasonably Certain'
    Law360 | June 4, 2014
    Boston partners Maia Harris and Mark FitzGerald and associate Shayne Huff authored this column discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc.
  • High Court Nixes ‘Amenable to Construction,' ‘Insolubly Ambiguous' Indefiniteness Rules
    Bloomberg BNA | June 3, 2014
    Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Paul Kitch and Silicon Valley IP litigation partner Shawn Hansen provide commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc.
  • Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Induced Infringement Ruling
    Law360 | June 2, 2014
    Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Paul Kitch and Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen provide commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Limelight Networks Inc. v. Akamai Technologies Inc.
  • In the News
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | May 21, 2014
    This coverage notes that Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Sorin Cimpoes has been named to the board of managers of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.
  • Win or Lose, Aereo Is About to Make History
    Mashable | May 21, 2014
    Boston IP Litigation partner Gina McCreadie discusses the U.S. Supreme Court hearing focused on arguments against start-up Aereo which gives consumers the opportunity to lease antennas to access free-to-air broadcast television.
  • Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Patent Rulings
    Law360 | April 29, 2014
    Silicon Valley IP Litigation partner Shawn Hansen provides commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in a pair of cases regarding the appropriate standard for awarding attorneys’ fees in patent litigation cases.
  • Supreme Court Expresses Skepticism on Aereo
    Boston Globe | April 23, 2014
    Boston IP Litigation partner Gina McCreadie provides commentary on the U.S. Supreme Court's hearing of American Broadcasting Companies Inc. et al. v. Aereo Inc.
  • Business News
    WBZ-AM Radio 1030 | April 23, 2014
    Boston IP litigation partner Gina McCreadie provides commentary in the Aereo Supreme Court case.
  • Here are Three Things to Watch for in the Aereo Case
    Boston Business Journal | April 22, 2014
    Boston IP litigation partner Gina McCreadie discusses the U.S. Supreme Court case about start-up Aereo, which gives consumers the opportunity to lease antennas to access free-to-air broadcast television.
  • Personalized Medicine Changes the Rules of the Play (Personoitu Laaketiede Muuttaa Pelisaantoja)
    Mediuutiset (Finland) | March 21, 2014
    In this Finnish health care publication, Boston Patents counsel Leena Karttunen Contarino provides commentary on how the FDA defines personalized medicine and about the FDA’s attempts to handle personalized medicine drugs and devices in an integrated process.
  • Provisional Patent Apps Need More Detail In Post-AIA Era
    Law360 | February 26, 2014
    Silicon Valley Patents partner Kal Shami discusses how provisional applications need to provide a more complete picture of the claimed invention to protect patents in a post-America Invents Act world.
  • Valley Offices Nab IP Laterals
    The Recorder | February 18, 2014
    This coverage highlights the arrivals of Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Litigation partners Shawn Hansen and Jeff Lokey.
  • Valley Offices Nab IP Laterals
    The Recorder | February 18, 2014
    This coverage highlights the arrivals of Silicon Valley intellectual property litigation partners Jeff Lokey and Shawn Hansen.
  • In the News
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | February 10, 2014
    This news brief notes that Chicago Patents attorney Sorin Cimpoes has been elected to the firm’s partnership.
  • People on the Move
    Boston Business Journal | February 4, 2014
    This coverage notes that Boston Brands & Creations attorney Gina McCreadie has been elected to the firm's partnership.
  • Universities Seek More Legal Help on Export Control Compliance
    Daily Journal | February 4, 2014
    Patents partner and Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy discusses export control compliance relating to increased federal enforcement attention on academic institutions bringing in top international talent.
  • People on the Move
    San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal | February 4, 2014
    This coverage notes that Silicon Valley Patents attorney Maria Swiatek has been elected to the firm's partnership.
  • Strong Software Patents Crucial, Michel Tells Justices
    Law360 | January 28, 2014
    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan is noted in this article for his representation of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property who recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging that any ruling that weakens software patents "would be a step backward for the United States."
  • Patentable Subject Matter in the U.S.
    IP Copy | December 17, 2013

    Los Angeles patents partner Seth Levy discusses the current state of case law in the U.S., the U.S. Supreme Court's Myriad decision and its aftermath, USPTO Guidance, and patent prosecution tips.

  • Personalized Medicine Providers, FDA Has Your Back
    Law360 | December 8, 2013
    Boston Patents counsel Leena Karttunen Contarino and Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk authored this column discussing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s comprehensive personalized medicine report.
  • Enter the Academic-Entrepreneur
    Daily Journal | November 27, 2013
    Los Angeles Patents and office managing partner Seth Levy authored this contributed article focusing on some of the pitfalls that exist for the academic-entrepreneur and the university technology transfer programs whose currency is those academician’s innovations.
  • Patent Law Committee Taps Nixon Peabody's Paul Kitch as Vice-Chair
    Intellectual Property Today | October 28, 2013
    This article notes that Chicago Patents partner Paul Kitch has been named vice chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Patent Law Committee.
  • Restaurant Owner Loses $1M Copyright Claim Over TV Show
    National Law Journal | October 23, 2013
    This coverage notes a California federal judge’s decision to dismiss copyright infringement claims against TV One LLC. TV One’s legal team was led by Los Angeles partners Thad Stauber and Sarah André, Washington, DC, partner Kendal Tyre, Los Angeles associate Michael Azat, and Washington, DC, associate Kenneth Nichols.
  • Maine Law Muddles Liability in Drug Injury Suits
    Law360 | October 11, 2013
    Boston Life Sciences and IP Litigation partner Joe Leghorn provides commentary on a new Maine law, a first of its kind in the U.S., allowing prescription drugs to be purchased from foreign pharmacies.
  • Big Law Social Media Success Strategies
    The American Lawyer | October 1, 2013
    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan’s use of Twitter is highlighted in this feature story.
  • 'Raging Bull' copyright fight headed for U.S. Supreme Court
    Reuters | October 1, 2013
    San Francisco Commercial Litigation attorney John Chatowski provides commentary in this article noting that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Raging Bull copyright.
  • Putting an Estate Value on the Assets Unique to You
    The New York Times | September 28, 2013
    Boston Private Clients partner Sarah Connolly comments on how patents (which have the potential to be more valuable after a researcher’s death) can play a role in estate planning.
  • Rochester firms work to protect intellectual property
    Democrat and Chronicle | September 27, 2013
    Rochester Private Equity & Investment Funds counsel Jeremy Wolk discusses the importance of sufficient capital and intellectual property safeguards for startups.
  • Martha Stewart Fires Pre-Emptive Shot against Alleged Troll
    National Law Journal | September 27, 2013
    Boston partner and leader of the firm’s Brands & Creations practice Jason Kravitz provides third-party commentary about a patent infringement case involving iPad apps created by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
  • Trade Secrets Spats Center on Cloud
    The Recorder | September 20, 2013
    San Francisco Brands & Creations partner Rob Weikert comments on how trade secrets matters are being impacted by growing use of online data storage.
  • Case to Watch: A circuit split and 'Raging Bull'
    Reuters Legal | September 13, 2013

    John Chatowski discusses a closely watched lawsuit over rights to the "Raging Bull" film.

  • Protecting U.S. Trade Secret Assets in the 21st Century
    Landslide | September 1, 2013
    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan wrote this article discussing the need for U.S. companies and the intellectual property bar to place more importance on trade secret asset protection.

Ideas

A fight left unfinished—the D.C. Circuit in Takeda v. Burwell declines to clarify the scope of Hatch-Waxman Paragraph IV certifications
Intellectual Property Litigation Alert | July 26, 2016

Brexit-ing intellectual property rights?
Intellectual Property Alert | June 28, 2016

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Webinar Recording: The Defend Trade Secrets Act
Originally recorded June 23, 2016 | June 27, 2016

Hong Kong to amend its patent law
Intellectual Property Alert | June 8, 2016

Finally, some relief: Federal Circuit lowers the bar in Alice cases
Intellectual Property Alert | May 16, 2016

President Obama signs Defend Trade Secrets Act, providing federal jurisdiction for trade secret misappropriation
Trade Secrets Alert | May 12, 2016

Home Sweet Home: Federal Circuit Decides Venue Requirements for Patent Cases
Intellectual Property Litigation Law Alert | May 2, 2016

Congress passes Defend Trade Secrets Act providing federal jurisdiction for trade secret misappropriation
Trade Secrets Alert | April 27, 2016

When the future dictates the present
Intellectual Property Alert | March 25, 2016

Federal Circuit appears set to maintain patent forum shopping
Intellectual Property Alert | March 14, 2016

Copyrightable code: HTML code incorporating CSS code by reference is subject to copyright protection
Intellectual Property Alert | February 16, 2016

The Federal Circuit's new rulings on patent exhaustion
Intellectual Property Alert | February 12, 2016

Is your company's website violating the ADA?
Litigation Alert | December 21, 2015

Second Circuit rules "Google Books" project does not infringe authors' copyrights based on fair use defense
Intellectual Property Alert | October 19, 2015

Defense under the Doctrine of Laches still valid in patent law
Intellectual Property Alert | September 28, 2015

Personalized medicine patent watch—recently allowed claims
Intellectual Property Alert | September 21, 2015

Federal Circuit: PTO held to lower standard of proof to defend finding that issued patent is unpatentable
Intellectual Property Alert | September 9, 2015

The Federal Circuit's new rule on divided infringement: a boon for patent owners
IP Divided Infringement Alert | September 1, 2015

Personalized Medicine Patent Watch
Intellectual Property Alert | August 21, 2015

Presentation Recording: Chicago Corporate Counsel IP Seminar
Originally recorded June 2, 2015 | July 14, 2015

SCOTUS holds that TTAB decisions can have preclusive effect on federal courts
Intellectual Property Alert | March 24, 2015

New limitations on the scope of the "patent exhaustion" doctrine have important implications for patent prosecution and licensing
Intellectual Property Alert | February 26, 2015

Supreme Court: application of "tacking" doctrine in trademark cases should be resolved by a jury
Intellectual Property Alert | January 22, 2015

Bring on the Experts! Supreme Court rules factual determinations made in claim construction must be reviewed for clear error, not de novo.
IP Law Alert | January 20, 2015

Federal Circuit finds software-based e-commerce claims patent eligible
Intellectual Property Alert | December 8, 2014

California Federal Court Takes First Stab At False Advertising Claims Involving Prescription Drugs After POM Wonderful
IP Law Alert | October 21, 2014

Webinar Recording: Tech Talk 101: are you fluent in the language of data security?
Originally recorded October 8, 2014 | October 14, 2014

USPTO extends deadline for Patents for Humanity applications to October 31, 2014
Intellectual Property Alert | September 26, 2014

Third Circuit extends Supreme Court's Octane decision to Lanham Act cases
Intellectual Property Alert | September 8, 2014

Whose "likes" are they?
Social Media Law Alert | September 3, 2014

Webcast Recording: Patents for Humanity
Originally recorded August 14, 2014 | August 20, 2014

Ninth Circuit refuses to extend Aereo to Dish Network's technology
Intellectual Property Alert | July 15, 2014

Webinar Recording: Seven Things You Need To Know Now About The Continually Shifting IP Landscape
Originally recorded July 10, 2014 | July 11, 2014

Does Supreme Court decision signal the end for Aereo?
Intellectual Property Alert | June 26, 2014

The Supreme Court did not kill software patents in its decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank
Intellectual Property Alert | June 19, 2014

Supreme Court allows POM suit against Coca-Cola for Lanham Act violations
Intellectual Property Law Alert | June 12, 2014

Back to the drawing board
Intellectual Property Law Alert | June 2, 2014

You say “insolubly ambiguous,” I say “reasonably certain”
Intellectual Property Law Alert | June 2, 2014

Supreme Court revives suit over Raging Bull and finds doctrine of laches couldn't be used to bar claims within statutory timeframe
Intellectual Property Alert | May 21, 2014

Personalized medicine patent watch
Intellectual Property Alert | May 20, 2014

Federal Circuit decision on copyright protection afforded to computer programs reminds programmers to think twice before using pre-existing code
Intellectual Property Alert | May 13, 2014

Supreme Court relaxes standard for awarding attorneys' fees in patent infringement cases
Intellectual Property Alert | May 1, 2014

Supreme Court hears oral argument in the Aereo copyright dispute
Intellectual Property Alert | April 23, 2014

Even "antiquated" contract may include e-book publishing rights
Intellectual Property Alert | April 2, 2014

Webinar Recording: Trade Secrets Trends Impacting the Insurance Industry
Originally recorded March 18, 2014 | March 24, 2014

Mass expansion of Internet domain names is coming: brands need to be ready
Intellectual Property Alert | March 21, 2014

New patent-eligible subject matter guidelines announced
Intellectual Property Law Alert | March 12, 2014

What will happen when your foreign IP licensor becomes insolvent?
Bankruptcy Alert | March 3, 2014

Personalized medicine patent watch
Intellectual Property Law Alert | February 27, 2014

Court dismisses copyright infringement claims over Google Books based on fair use defense
Intellectual Property Alert | November 21, 2013

New intellectual property regulation requires scramble to protect marks in Ethiopia
Africa Alert | October 16, 2013

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Legal 500 recognizes Nixon Peabody attorneys and practices
June 20, 2016

Nixon Peabody advises Constellation Brands in acquisition of the Prisoner Wine Company
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Nixon Peabody expands its IP practice in Los Angeles
March 30, 2016

Nixon Peabody advises Brookstone Partners in sale of cosmetics packaging company to German firm
March 4, 2016

Nixon Peabody introduces 2016 new partner class
February 1, 2016

Nixon Peabody advises The Notorious B.I.G. estate and others in copyright claim win
December 23, 2015

Nixon Peabody expands Los Angeles IP practice
August 3, 2015

Legal 500 recognizes Nixon Peabody attorneys and practices
June 3, 2015

Nixon Peabody receives high ranks in patent quality by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine
April 30, 2015

Crain's Chicago Business recognizes Nixon Peabody client, Cummins Allison, as a leader in patent quality
April 22, 2015

Nixon Peabody Elects 12 Partners
February 17, 2015

Nixon Peabody grows IP talent in Los Angeles with big experience in fashion and entertainment law
October 7, 2014

California Pacific Medical Center and Insys Therapeutics collaborate on cancer treatment research
August 25, 2014

Chambers ranks Nixon Peabody highly for legal counsel to growth industries
April 18, 2014

Nixon Peabody Advises in 3M's Acquisition of Treo Solutions
April 1, 2014

Nixon Peabody grows IP litigation talent in Silicon Valley with partners Shawn Hansen and Jeff Lokey
February 18, 2014

REVOLIGHTS: Revolutionary Bike Lighting
February 14, 2014

Nixon Peabody's 11 newly elected partners navigate clients through a range of business issues
February 4, 2014

Patent Law Committee Taps Nixon Peabody's Paul Kitch as Vice-Chair
October 28, 2013

Nixon Peabody wins in court for TV One
October 23, 2013

Nixon Peabody Names New Managing Partner in Los Angeles
October 7, 2013

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Webinar: The Defend Trade Secrets Act
June 23, 2016

Chicago Corporate Counsel IP Seminar
June 2, 2016 | Chicago, IL

Cost-effective Ways to Challenge Patents on Both Sides of the Atlantic
May 11, 2016 | Palo Alto, CA

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Cost-effective Ways to Challenge Patents on Both Sides of the Atlantic
May 6, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA

Avoiding Patent Exhaustion: Keeping your patents vital after Lexmark and Helferich
March 22, 2016 | Palo Alto, CA

11th Annual California MCLE Super Seminar—Los Angeles
January 21, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA

11th Annual California MCLE Super Seminar
January 20, 2016 | San Francisco, CA

It Takes a Very Steady Hand! Understanding the "Operation" and Anatomy of an IP License Grant
October 29, 2015 | Buffalo, NY

Patents for Humanity
October 16, 2015

Behind the Music—An in-depth discussion with industry insiders
October 14, 2015

Providers as Innovators, Investors and Customers in Digital & Consumer-Facing Health Care
October 7, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA

New wastewater permits for craft breweries and wineries—What you need to be thinking about now
September 24, 2015 | Rochester, NY

Procure and Protect
September 16, 2015 | Rochester, NY

Genetic privacy, discrimination, and commercialization in the era of large-scale bio-banking
June 16, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA

Chicago Corporate Counsel IP Seminar
June 2, 2015 | Chicago, IL

Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2015: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing
May 12, 2015

Protecting Trade Secrets, Confidential Business Information and Goodwill in the Information Age
March 12, 2015 | Buffalo, NY

Taking your craft brewery, distillery, or winery to the next level—What you need to be thinking about now
January 15, 2015 | Boston, MA

Litigation land mines: How to minimize exposure and protect your new business
January 6, 2015

Upstate New York Alcoholic Beverage Summit: What's Fermenting This Fall?
November 6, 2014 | Rochester, NY

Webinar: Tech Talk 101: are you fluent in the language of data security?
October 8, 2014

Protecting Trade Secrets, Confidential Business Information and Goodwill in the Information Age
October 2, 2014 | Rochester, NY

Investment Trends in IP & Technology
October 1, 2014 | New York, NY

Start-ups can never be too careful when protecting trade secrets
September 19, 2014

Code the Deal
September 19, 2014 | New York, NY

Patents for Humanity
August 14, 2014

Webinar: Seven Things You Need To Know Now About The Continually Shifting IP Landscape
July 10, 2014

The "inside scoop" on how to defeat counterfeiters
July 9, 2014 | New York, NY

Chicago Corporate Counsel IP Seminar
June 3, 2014 | Chicago, IL

Nixon Peabody's Semi-Annual CLE Program
May 15, 2014

IP Rights: Protect technology and build value for your company
May 6, 2014 | Jericho, NY

IoT Olympiad
May 2, 2014 | Boston, MA

Trade Secrets 101
April 2, 2014

Minding the Store: Legal Roundtable for Retailers
March 27, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

Trade Secret vs. Patent Protection After AIA: Making the Choice
March 26, 2014

Webinar: Trade Secrets Trends Impacting the Insurance Industry
March 18, 2014

Investment Trends in Technology & IP
March 12, 2014 | Boston, MA

Your Most Valuable IP Assets Could Be Secret: Maximizing the Value of Trade Secrets in 2014
March 11, 2014

Trade Secrets 101
January 22, 2014

IP DEFENSE: Silicon Valley 2014
January 21, 2014

Nixon Peabody's 9th Annual All-Day California MCLE Seminar
January 14, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

Trade Secrets: Protecting Your Intellectual Capital and Confidential Business Information
November 4, 2013

Focused Branding: Why it's important for attracting investors
October 15, 2013 | Boston, MA

Licensing Executives Society (LES) 2013 Annual Meeting
September 22, 2013

Trade Secret Management & Monetization Symposium
September 10, 2013 | Chicago, IL

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Forum and ExCo
September 5, 2013

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