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Patent Litigation

Patent enforcement has assumed an even more critical role in business, as the range of patentable subject matter has expanded from traditional technologies to computer software, biotechnology and business methods, and courts have regularly upheld multi-million dollar awards in infringement cases.  The successful resolution of a patent dispute requires a blend of skill, understanding and experience in litigation, patent practice and technology.

Sheppard Mullin's Intellectual Property attorneys have extensive experience in patent litigation and other dispute proceedings including arbitrations, International Trade Commission investigations and administrative proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Our attorneys have successfully prosecuted and defended patent disputes in federal courts across the country, and are routinely involved in all phases of patent litigation, including temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction proceedings;  "Markman" hearings to resolve issues of patent claim interpretation; jury and non-jury trials; and appeals to the Federal Circuit.

The successful resolution of a patent dispute begins with the ability to properly analyze the patents and technology at issue in order to advise the client appropriately.  Sheppard Mullin has a full service patent group consisting of registered patent attorneys with diverse technical backgrounds who have performed innumerable infringement and validity studies in support of the firm's Patent Litigation practice.

A successful outcome also depends on assembling a skilled litigation team with real world experience in litigating patent cases through trial and appeal.  Sheppard Mullin can assemble a trial team that brings to bear literally decades of experience in successfully litigating patent disputes.  The firm is able to staff a litigation team to manage virtually any patent dispute, regardless of size or complexity.