The Intellectual Property Practice Group's lawyers offer strategic insights and solutions to companies facing complex intellectual property issues. We understand that such issues must be considered in the context of larger business needs and interests. We partner with our clients to develop strategies that effectively and efficiently advance and protect their interests. We have deep capabilities across all categories of IP litigation and transactional matters, including:
- Trade dress
- False advertising
- Trade secrets
- Unfair competition
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's deep bench of trial lawyers with technical backgrounds, advanced degrees and industry experience provides the necessary insight to develop and defend against sophisticated claims in a wide range of industries and complex technologies.
Our litigators are recognized throughout the industry as leaders in prosecuting, defending and trying IP claims in federal and state courts, before administrative bodies including the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as before arbitration panels. The Intellectual Property Group, as well as many Gibson Dunn IP litigators, are recognized by top legal publications, including Chambers. The National Law Journal named Gibson Dunn one of the top U.S. intellectual property practices in its 2016 Intellectual Property Hot List, while Law360 named Gibson Dunn a 2014 Practice Group of the Year in the Intellectual Property category. Our IP litigators are also an integral part of Gibson Dunn's Litigation practice that The American Lawyer named its 2016 Litigation Department of the Year, our firm's unprecedented third win in this biennial competition following consecutive terms as the 2010 and 2012 Litigation Department of the Year and 2014 Finalist honors. In addition to trying cases, working with our renowned appellate practice places us at the forefront of IP appellate litigation including multiple representations before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit.
The lawyers of Gibson Dunn's Intellectual Property Practice Group also provide strategic counselling on all aspects of IP transactions.
Working closely with lawyers from Gibson Dunn's other transactional practices, we provide critical insight into the complex IP issues that are often the driving factor behind corporate deals powering the modern information economy, including in connection with mergers, acquisitions, financings, strategic alliances, joint ventures and initial public offerings. Our lawyers have extensive experience drafting and negotiating IP representations, warranties and covenants as well as licensing, cross-licensing and grant-back arrangements. Members of the group work closely with our clients' internal business teams to analyze and provide critical thinking and advice with respect to the intellectual property owned or licensed by target companies. This serves to reveal and address material issues potentially affecting value propositions or other critical drivers of an underlying transaction, including:
- IP due diligence
- Licensing in and licensing out of IP rights
- Open source licensing reviews
- Software audits
- Post-closing assignment filings
Further, working with our Public Policy group, we provide critical guidance in connection with navigating the nuances inherent in legislative advocacy before the U.S. Congress and various state legislatures concerning IP issues.