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Managing IP North America Awards 2016: The winners

Michael Loney, New York

The winners of Managing IP’s North America Awards 2016 were revealed on March 17 at a dinner at the Four Seasons in Washington DC, recognising the best intellectual property law firms, individuals and cases of the past year

The winners of the awards presented on the night are listed below. See more updates and photos on Twitter (#mipawards).

Further information about all the winners, and photos from the dinner, will be published online next month and in the May issue of Managing IP.

You can also read the shortlists for all the categories.

This follows Managing IP’s Global Awards 2016 being presented in London on March 10. You can see the winners from that dinner here.


Patent prosecution

Northeast – Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt

South – Haynes & Boone

Midwest – Marshall Gerstein & Borun

West – Knobbe Martens

Patent Contentious

Northeast – WilmerHale

South – McKool Smith

Midwest – Brooks Kushman

West – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Trademark Prosecution  

Northeast - Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu

South – Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Midwest – Pattishall McAulliffe Newbury Hilliard & Geraldson

West - Holland & Hart

Trademark Contentious

Northeast – Kelly IP

South – Pirkey Barber

Midwest – Katten Muchin Rosenman

West – Sheppard Mullin


East – Jenner & Block

West – Durie Tangri



Patent Prosecution – Gowling WLG

Patent Contentious – Aitken Klee

Trademark Prosecution – Gowling WLG

Trademark Contentious – Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh

Copyright – Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

Specialty IP Firm – Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Outstanding IP Practitioner – David Aitken, Aitken Klee


Patent Prosecution – Knobbe Martens

Patent Contentious – WilmerHale

Trademark Prosecution – Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Trademark Contentious – Pirkey Barber

Copyright – Durie Tangri

Plaintiff IP Firm – Desmarais

Life Sciences IP Litigation – Goodwin Procter

International Trade Commission – Kirkland & Ellis

PTAB – Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt

Specialty IP Firm – Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

US Firm To Watch – Muncy Geissler Olds & Lowe


Outstanding IP Litigators by state

California - Lisa Kobialka, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

Colorado – Natalie Hanlon Leh, WilmerHale

Delaware – Jack Blumenfeld, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell

District of Columbia – Max Grant, Latham & Watkins

Georgia - Jeffrey Toney, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman

Illinois – Michael Brody, Winston & Strawn

Massachusetts – Daryl Wiesen, Goodwin Procter

Michigan – Frank Angileri, Brooks Kushman

Minnesota – J Derek Vandenburgh, Carlson Caspers

New York – Greg Arovas, Kirkland & Ellis

Pennsylvania – Martin Black, Dechert

Texas – Theodore Stevenson, McKool Smith

Virginia – Erika Arner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Washington State – Nagendra Setty, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

PTAB – Naveen Modi, Paul Hastings


Apotex v Merck

Canada’s Federal Court of Appeals – July 2015

McCarthy Tétrault represented Merck

Canadian Broadcasting Corp v SODRAC 2003

Supreme Court of Canada – November 2015

Matteau Poirier represented SODRAC.

Cassels Brock represented interveners the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, the Canadian Music Publishers Association and the International Confederation of Music Publishers.

McCarthy Tétrault represented interveners Music Canada, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations, the Canadian Independent Music Association and Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo.

Akamai Technologies v Limelight Networks

Federal Circuit – August 2015

WilmerHale argued for Akamai, which was also represented by Law Offices of David H Judson, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, and Choate Hall & Stewart

In Re Simon Shiao Tam

Federal Circuit – December 2015

Archer & Greiner argued for appellant, which was also represented by Martin Law Firm

Authors Guild v Google

Court of the Appeals for the Second Circuit – October 2015

WilmerHale represented Google, which was also represented by Durie Tangri

B&B Hardware v Hargis

US Supreme Court – March 2015

B&B was represented by Goodwin Procter

ClearCorrect Operating v ITC

Federal Circuit – November 2015

McClanahan Myers Espey argued for ClearCorrect, which was also represented by Mayer Brown

Pharrell Williams et al v Bridgeport Music Inc et al

Central District of California – March 2015

King & Ballow represented the estate of Marvin Gaye

Teva v Sandoz

US Supreme Court – March 2015

Goodwin Procter argued the case for Teva

Williamson v Citrix Online

Federal Circuit – June 2015

Fish & Richardson argued for all defendants-appellees.

Baker Botts represented Webex Communications, Cisco Webex, Cisco Systems

Goodwin Procter represented International Business Machines Corporation


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