Fish & Richardson P.C. recently was ranked number one in IP Law360's first annual survey of the most frequently hired patent litigation law firms in the U.S. According to the survey, Fish & Richardson "was by far the most in-demand patent litigation firm last year."
IP Law360, which is a newswire for IP professionals that covers developing stories in litigation, law, and policy, researched federal court dockets to assess the number of new cases each law firm took on in 2005. Fish & Richardson was named as lead counsel in 82 cases compared to 60 cases for Jones Day and DLA Piper and 45 cases for Howrey. Other firms in the top ten include: Greenberg Traurig with 44 cases, Foley & Lardner with 41 cases, McDermott Will & Emery with 41 cases, Sidley Austin with 41 cases, Kilpatrick Stockton with 40 cases, Morrison & Foerster with 39 cases, and Townsend and Townsend with 39 cases.
The survey also found that there was a "hefty work load for the top (IP) firms despite an overall drop in the volume of litigation." The volume of patent lawsuits dropped 11 percent in 2005. The drop reverses the trend of mounting patent litigation, which had risen 78 percent in the past decade.
Fish & Richardson has ranked number one on IP Law & Business'annual survey of top patent litigation firms for four of the past five years (since they began the survey) and number one on its list of top firms in patent cases at the International Trade Commission (a ranking that the publication began compiling last year).
Fish & Richardson also announced that Joy M. Tassin has joined the firm in the Litigation Group. Ms. Tassin will focus her practice in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, biology and pharmaceuticals.