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Intellectual Property Litigation

Cravath is widely recognized as a leader in intellectual property litigation. The Firm represents both plaintiffs and defendants, at the trial level and on appeal, in cases involving copyrights, patents, trade secrets, trademarks and trade dress. Cravath also frequently advises clients on national and worldwide intellectual property strategy and the identification of IP assets that can be used effectively for offensive or defensive purposes.

Cravath received first‑tier rankings in both intellectual property litigation and patent litigation in the U.S. News & World Report‑Best Lawyers survey of the best law firms in the United States from 2011 through 2019 and was named “Law Firm of the Year” in Intellectual Property Litigation in 2011‑2012. From 2011 through 2018, Intellectual Asset Management magazine has recognized Cravath as among the top New York firms for patent litigation in its guide to the world’s leading patent practitioners.

The Firm has extensive experience in the most challenging intellectual property cases, typically cases of immense strategic importance to our clients, involving their most valuable and complex technologies and products.

Cravath also represents clients in commercial litigation that frequently arises from intellectual property matters, including antitrust and breach of license agreements. Our experience has taken us into fields as diverse as computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, diesel engines, securities trading systems, advanced metal alloys, luxury flooring, telecommunications, home security systems and fashion.

Whatever the subject matter, we bring to each case a trial lawyer’s courtroom perspective, which our clients have found to be an invaluable ingredient for success.