Litigation & Appeals
Choosing the right trial team is a critical decision in any litigation, but it’s particularly important in a patent lawsuit because of the inherent complexity of the subject matter. Here’s why Sterne Kessler is the right choice:
We’ve worked in your industry so we understand your business.
With 50 PhDs on staff—and scientific and engineering credentials wide and deep enough to staff the faculty of a science-oriented university—Sterne Kessler can grasp even the most complex technology and scientific issues. In an ongoing effort to keep our bench of technical expertise on the leading edge, we’re always actively recruiting “the best and the brightest” attorneys and agents specifically for their industry experience.
We know the law.
We’re specialists and recognized experts in intellectual property law—that’s all we do. With 30 years of experience dealing with the full gamut of intellectual property issues—and successfully litigating hundreds of cases—we have developed and honed proprietary processes that allow us to quickly understand your technology, the patent law issues affecting your case and determine cost-effective ways to handle it.
Our process works.
Sterne Kessler understands the importance of putting the case together properly from the very beginning—the value of due diligence and thorough research upfront, including the nuances that can make or break a case.
Early on, we work with you to determine your definition of victory. This is essential in developing the most effective strategy to achieve your goals. We understand that litigation is expensive and can exact significant costs on your business. So whether you’re the plaintiff or defendant, we try to minimize the disruption to your operation.
Our team seeks out those employees of your company who can best provide the details of your story, including information about your technology, business, philosophy and position in the market. This helps us identify the themes, possible witnesses and essential documents we’ll need—and how to gain access to them. We also work with your organization to develop a task-based budget that reflects what we learned during our early case assessment and incorporates the most effective tactics to accomplish your strategic goals. At every stage of the process, we remain focused and responsive to your needs.
We’re not afraid to go to trial—and have proved our ability to litigate effectively time and again.
Our bench is deep, so we have the capacity to staff a patent litigation of any size. We assign only seasoned trial attorneys to handle your case—litigators with extensive experience appearing before juries in federal district courts across the country. Having a litigation team with the demonstrated ability to successfully try cases can lead to early settlement on favorable terms and, if necessary, help to ensure the best possible representation at trial.
The majority of our litigators have a dual skill set: the ability to combine a thorough understanding of the disputed intellectual property with a sophisticated knowledge of patent law and practical trial skills. This allows them to provide critical insights into the substantive patent issues present in your case.
We look at every litigation opportunity as a long-term relationship.
Which explains why so many of our clients have been with us for decades. Take Reebok, for example, for whom we have handled more than 50 cases since 1987 and secured very favorable results.
For more information about our practice, please reference the litigation handbook, below.