Fish & Richardson Sweeps Best Law Firms Tier 1 IP Rankings; Named “Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year”; Named to Appellate Hot List

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 15:47

Fish & Richardson has been ranked as an elite “National Tier 1” law firm in five practice areas – Patent Litigation, Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation, Patent Law, Technology Law, and Trademark Law – in U.S. News & Best Lawyers® 2015 "Best Law Firms" rankings.  Fish was also recognized as the “Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year.”  Only one law firm in each practice area – from among thousands of firms nationally – is selected to receive “Law Firm of the Year” honors, making this a particularly significant achievement.


Fish’s high rankings and designation as “Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year” indicate a unique combination of quality of law practice and breadth of legal expertise.  The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that involves collecting the opinions of Fortune 1000 companies and thousands of leading lawyers. 

Fish’s offices in Austin, Boston, Dallas, Delaware, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Diego, and Washington, DC, also received top “Tier 1” rankings. 


Fish & Richardson has been named to the National Law Journal’s (NLJ) “2014 Appellate Hot List” as one of 20 firms “with outstanding achievements before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts and state courts of last resort.”  This is the fourth time that Fish has been named to the Appellate Hot List.

The NLJ noted in its profile that, “twenty-five former clerks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit give Fish & Richardson’s appellate lawyers a big advantage in intellectual property challenges, but the firm's victories go beyond IP.”  For example, Fish’s win in a Texas Court of Appeals for the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and owner Mark Cuban showed that Fish's appellate strength extends into the broader reaches of commercial disputes.

The NLJ cited Fish’s Federal Circuit victory for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), which put an end to eight years of litigation, including two district court cases and two Federal Circuit fights. The NLJ also highlighted Fish’s two Federal Circuit wins for LG Electronics Inc. in July 2014 in Multimedia Patent Trust v. LG Electronics and Multimedia Patent Trust v. Apple.  “Fish defeated two long-running patent claims by Alcatel-Lucent S.A. subsidiary Multimedia — sealing earlier victories against Multimedia's claims that LG and other mobile-device manufacturers had infringed Multimedia's video-compression technology patents.”