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Rothwell Figg and Six Attorneys Named Among the World's Leading Patent Professionals in 2018 IAM Patent 1000

March 15, 2018

Rothwell Figg and six firm partners are honored to be recognized in the 2018 edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, a guide that identifies leading private practice patent professionals and firms in key jurisdictions around the globe.

The firm is recommended in the DC metro area in the fields of prosecution and litigation.

The Rothwell Figg attorneys who qualify for a listing in the guide after receiving abundant positive feedback from peers and clients are:

  • E. Anthony Figg – identified as a Luminary in the DC metro area
  • Steven Lieberman – ranked in litigation in the DC metro area
  • Joseph A. Hynds – ranked in litigation in the DC metro area; recommended for post-grant proceedings nationally
  • Martin M. Zoltick – recommended for prosecution and ranked in litigation in the DC metro area; recommended for post-grant proceedings nationally
  • R. Danny Huntington – highly-recommended for prosecution in the DC metro area; highly-recommended for post-grant proceedings nationally
  • Sharon L. Davis – ranked in litigation in the DC metro area

The guide included the paragraph below containing high praise for the firm and the recognized attorneys:

“Rothwell Figg continues to thrive in its focus areas of litigation and post-grant proceedings.” “Its trial lawyers are strategic, creative and extremely knowledgeable” and “can save you potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars by getting you to a good result efficiently”. “Their expertise is critical to making sure you have a cost-effective – and winning – strategy in place.” The top dog in the pack is Steven Lieberman, “an incredibly quick learner with an agile intellect”. “He is well informed about life within the law and outside of it and can comment insightfully on lots of topics so, as well as being a top lawyer, he is just an interesting guy to talk to.” The embodiment of a sharpshooter, Lieberman can pick out the dispositive issues in a dispute right away because of his experience – and do this in pharmaceutical, e-commerce and high-tech cases. He has been on a winning streak for a long time now, but a recent highlight of particular note was an Eastern District of Texas defence win for Turner Broadcasting System and a swathe of other media companies against Bartonfalls, whose case was dismissed with prejudice and without leave to amend. With him on this was Sharon Davis, with whom he often collaborates. Davis is chiefly known for her prowess in Hatch-Waxman Act litigation, which has been a focal point for the firm ever since E Anthony Figg established it. One of the market’s elder statesmen, “Tony is still a top-notch adversary. He hits hard in litigation but is a stand-up guy who is honest and genuine. If he says something you can take it to the bank”. A veteran of 50 originator versus generic battles, Joseph A Hynds is another lawyer with plenty of seasoning in the life sciences. Putting the set’s PTAB proficiency under the microscope, Rothwell Figg was selected to handle the first covered business method review case precisely because of its longstanding expertise in interferences, upon which the AIA proceedings were largely based; one can reasonably say that few firms are as steeped in post-issuance practice. R Danny Huntington and Martin M Zoltick are names to commit to memory. Former Gilette Research Institute chemist Huntington is a “premier practitioner in post-grant and in the life sciences industry. He has watched closely as the US IP landscape has evolved and has always understood the needs of his clients and how to execute strategically in a way that fulfils them”. Zoltick has an intimate knowledge of how the USPTO and PTAB work and how to bend processes and procedures to his clients’ advantage. His dual prosecution and litigation experience gives him a real edge.

The Patent 1000 research directory focuses exclusively on patent practices and practitioners. As with previous editions, to arrive at the 2018 rankings, IAM undertook an exhaustive qualitative research project to identify the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this critical area of practice. An overview of their research process is available here. When identifying the leading firms, factors such as depth of expertise, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed were all taken into account, alongside positive peer and client feedback. Individuals qualify for a listing in the IAM Patent 1000 when they receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market within which they operate. Only those individuals identified by market sources for their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent matters are featured in the publication.

To see the full 2018 rankings, and to learn more about IAM Patent 1000, please visit http://www.iam-media.com/patent1000/.