Fish & Richardson Named American Lawyer “IP Litigation Department of the Year” Finalist

Boston, MA, January 9, 2014 – Fish & Richardson announced today that it has been named “IP Litigation Department of the Year” finalist by The American Lawyer.  Fish litigator Juanita Brooks was also singled out as “Litigator of the Year” winner for being “a titan of the patent bar.”  The prestigious American Lawyer awards were published on January 3, 2014.

According to American Lawyer, Fish “handles more patent litigation than any other firm…more than double the amount of the next busiest firm.”  In 2012, “Fish handled 20 percent of all U.S. patent cases tried to verdict” and “more importantly, when Fish goes to trial, it’s a force.”  

The magazine lauded several of Fish’s many significant wins over the past two years including: a U.S. Supreme Court 9-0 victory for Mayo Clinic “which has major implications in the burgeoning field of personalized medicine” and a big win for 37 defendants (large retailers, banks, and airlines) accused of patent infringement by Parallel Networks LLC (a non practicing entity) in which Fish was able to “bring the massive litigation to a quick end before the expensive discovery process began.”  Fish represented 75 defendants in the Parallel Networks case at the Federal Circuit and “delivered the winning argument on behalf of all the defendants.”

“No other firm can come close to Fish in terms of the blockbuster wins we delivered for our blue chip Fortune 500 clients and sheer volume of big dollar, important, precedent setting cases we handled over the past two years,” said Ann Cathcart Chaplin, Practice Group Leader of Fish’s Litigation Group.  “We handled disputes with over $10 billion in controversy, and are truly honored to have our work recognized as an IP Litigation Department of the Year.”

Other wins highlighted in Fish’s American Lawyer profile (click to view) included the firm’s huge E.D. Texas defense jury verdict and Federal Circuit affirmance for 30 major airlines and ticket companies against CEATS Inc. over patents for reserving seats online, and an “equally impressive defense win for IPG Photonics Corp. in a patent dispute with rival laser manufacturer IMRA America Inc.”  

Fish & Richardson is a global law firm providing strategic counseling and litigation services to innovative clients who seek to protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property (IP).  Founded in 1878, Fish’s early clients included Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers.  The firm has more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists practicing IP strategy and counseling, IP litigation, and commercial litigation.  Fish is consistently singled out for its superior technical expertise and great results, and has been named the top patent litigation firm in the country for 10 consecutive years.  Visit and, and follow @fishrichardson on Twitter.

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