DLA Piper LLP (US)

Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Recognized for its handling of ITC and district court patent litigation, as well as its increased focus on PTAB proceedings, with a notable patent defense practice. Notable international capabilities attract major global brands, including electronics and computer software companies. Frequently advises on multijurisdictional patent enforcement. Able to draw upon the wealth of national and international resources that underpins the firm's wide network of offices.

Strengths One client notes: "The firm has a deep bench and can provide solid support in almost every area of practice."

Another source comments: "The entire team is very communicative, knowledgeable on their subject matter and efficient." The interviewee adds: "They cut to the chase, don't waste time and really understand their clients' business needs."

One source characterizes the team as "great negotiators who can easily reach a resolution and get a favorable settlement, and they can do that because they can back their negotiating posture with a proven history of litigating hard and effectively."

Work highlights Represented Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Hilton Hotels in a long-running patent infringement dispute with wireless solution provider Ameranth over the use of mobile menu technology.

Notable practitioners

John Guaragna is the firm's leading light for technology and IP matters in its Austin office, and is particularly recommended for his handling of patent infringement cases. Sources describe him as "practical, efficient and creative."