An apex predator in US patent litigation, Kirkland & Ellis is stacked to the rafters with intellectually gifted, strategically minded and vastly experienced trial lawyers forged in the fires of the toughest technology battles. Operating in all industry sectors and appearing in all forums, there is no case it is not ready for. - IAM Patent 1000, 2018
We are trial lawyers who try patent infringement cases before juries, judges and arbitrators. We represent clients in end-to-end, strategic disputes with their keenest and most aggressive competitors, and our lawyers are often called upon to right the ship in high-stakes cases. We have extensive experience trying cases in venues across the country where patent infringement cases are most often litigated, including district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
Trial readiness is a cornerstone of all litigation disciplines practiced at Kirkland, and we believe that the best litigation results — whether achieved in court or across the bargaining table — occur where Kirkland and the client act on the assumption that the case will go to trial. We focus on trial strategy and themes from the beginning of a case. While most cases settle before trial, strong trial-based case development optimizes the chance of favorable settlements by yielding pre-trial victories and signaling to the adversary that our client is unafraid to try the case if necessary to protect its interests. Kirkland’s trial-oriented approach is possible due to our deep bench of experienced trial lawyers and our uncommon commitment to training our junior lawyers.
In addition, our premier appellate attorneys brief and argue high-stakes cases in the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, protecting our clients’ IP interests at the appellate level.
11 Former USPTO Patent Examiners
78% of Our Patent Litigation Attorneys
Have technical backgrounds
Named an IP Powerhouse
BTI Litigation Outlook, 2019