Intellectual Property Litigation

Called on to litigate IP disputes involving core technologies, products and brands

Why Cooley
  • 60+ IP litigators across the US and Europe
  • Smart, honest advice about which cases to take to trial and which ones to resolve early-on 
  • Renowned for our ability to win bet-the-company competitor cases, ones in which multibillion-dollar products, technologies and brands are at stake 
  • Unprecedented experience representing clients in tech and life sciences matters
  • 525+ patent cases in the last five years (high volume gives us significant exposure to key prior art and other relevant information that we can leverage)
  • 350+ PTAB proceedings
  • 1,000+ trademark and copyright disputes in 2019 (oppositions, cancellations, litigation) 
  • 1,500+ domain names recovered through UDRP and Nominet proceedings
  • 100+ Federal Circuit patent appeals in the last five years, vast majority as the appellee
  • 30+ Section 337 ITC investigations
  • 20+ patents invalidated in the last two years
  • 10 patent trials in the last five years


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Winning performances in high-stakes, high-dollar trials make Cooley an undeniable IP litigation powerhouse

– The Recorder

IP Litigation "Standouts"

– BTI Consulting

Capitalizing on lean staffing, Cooley has set itself apart with a recent trio of high-stakes trial victories

– The American Lawyer
  • Managing IP: Patent Contentious, PTAB Litigation and Life Sciences "IP Star" (2020)
  • BTI Consulting: IP Litigation “Standouts” (2020)
  • Legal 500 US: Patents - Litigation (full coverage) (2020)
  • BTI Consulting: IP Litigation Powerhouse (2017)
  • Law360: Litigation Powerhouse (2017)
  • Corporate Counsel: Top 10 Patent Litigation Practice (2016)
  • National Law Journal: IP Hot List (2016)
  • Docket Navigator: Top 5 Law Firm for PTAB Proceedings and Top 10 Law Firm for Patent Litigation Defense (2015)
  • The American Lawyer: IP Litigation Department of the Year Finalist (2015)
  • The Recorder: IP Litigation Department of the Year (2015)
  • Financial Times: Top 5 Most Innovative Law Firms (2015)
Group contacts
Stephen Smith  Partner Washington, DC, Reston
Heidi Keefe  Partner Palo Alto
Joseph Drayton  Partner New York
Jon Graves  Senior Counsel Reston
Michael Rhodes  Partner San Francisco
Michelle Rhyu  Partner Palo Alto
Bobby Ghajar  Partner Los Angeles
Angela Dunning  Partner Palo Alto
Brendan Hughes  Partner Washington, DC
Sanya Sukduang  Partner Washington, DC
Jonathan Davies  Partner Washington, DC
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