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In Chambers' 2002-2003 regional review of international legal talent in the area of "Intellectual Property: East Coast," Kirkland & Ellis ranked third. This ranking reflects the opinion of the marketplace as revealed by Chambers' systematic and objective research.
Firmly established in the East coast market, peers claimed that this team has had success in raising its profile by producing highly focused and effective patent litigators that serve a "high quality client base." The group takes advantage from its depth of trial experience on the domestic and international scene, while a strong corporate offering ensures a healthy level of transactional matters are undertaken. The past year has seen the firm successful in a number of high value cases, in Honeywell International Inc v Hamilton Sundstrand Corp, the jury found that the patents were valid despite allegations of prior art, and the firm's client was awarded $46.58 million. Durel Corp v Osram Sylvania Inc involved obtaining the reversal of a $63 million patent judgment, and the team represented Infineon Technologies in a $3.5 million judgment against Rambus. The team also won a jury trial for Oxford Gene Technology in a 'David and Goliath' case against Efometrics. Transactional matters have included a substantial amount of work for Hitachi, such as the joint venture formation of Myriad Pyrotonics and the creation of Opnext, which handles fibre optic networks.
Clients: 3M; Hitachi; AOL; Honeywell International; Pioneer; Infineon Technologies; Lucent; Motorola; DIRECTV.
Reprinted with permission from Chamber's Global: The World's Leading Lawyers 2002-2003