Intellectual Property Litigation

Carlos Perez-Albuerne, Dan Winston, Brenda Jarrell, Michael Bunis, Eric Marandett, Bob Frank, Paul Popeo

Blue Chip Clients

Lead trial counsel for clients, including:


Astellas Pharma
Avis Budget Group
EMC Corporation
General Electric
Millennium Pharmaceuticals
Momenta Pharmaceuticals
New England Biolabs
Voice Signal Technologies

  • Choate received top national rankings in bio/life sciences, patent prosecution, and patent litigation from Managing Intellectual PropertyRead more...

  • Choate named to IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals for IP Prosecution, Transactions, and Litigation. Read more...

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    Over one-third of equity partners and majority of practice areas recognized for excellence.

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    Choate was ranked among the best law firms in this year's US News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list, and has been named as an elite "National Tier 1" law firm in 4 practice areas.  Choate also received top "Tier 1" Boston rankings in 27 practice areas.  Read more...

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    Choate recently obtained a preliminary injunction for Momenta Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement action to preserve exclusivity in sales of the only generic form of enoxaparin, which had more than $1 billion in sales in its first 12 months.  Choate immediately sued and moved for a TRO and Preliminary injunction based on infringement of two patents covering methods used in the process of making the product, after another party announced in September, 2011 that it had obtained FDA approval to market a second generic enoxaparin.   Choate successfully obtained the TRO and then a preliminary injunction after several rounds of briefing and hearings, also surviving a motion to dismiss, thereby successfully keeping the rival product entirely off the market until trial.   

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    Choate represented Tillotson Corporation in multiple district court infringement and licensing actions to enforce a patent to conformable medical gloves, although the ITC had previously declined to enforce the patent prior to Choate’s representation.  Choate nevertheless subsequently enforced the patent and related license agreements in numerous actions in federal courts in Georgia and Illinois, resulting in a number of settlements and significant court rulings preserving Tillotson's ability to enforce the license agreements.  Choate’s enforcement actions resulted in Court rulings supporting both actual and liquidated damages as well as recovery of attorneys' fees, ultimately recovering millions of dollars in additional license fees for the client.

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    A team of Choate lawyers represented speech recognition company Voice Signal Technologies in three litigations with Nuance Communications.  The lawsuits filed in Boston, East Texas and Pittsburgh, involved multiple claims and counterclaims for patent infringement and theft of trade secrets.  The cases have been resolved as a result of an agreement by which Nuance will acquire Voice Signal.

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    Current Choate partner led a trial team to victory at the US International Trade Commission, representing two respondents accused of infringing five complex patents directed to semiconductor test equipment.  After a trial lasting over two weeks, the Administrative Law Judge found in favor of the respondents, concluding that they had not infringed the patents in the suit and that the complainant failed to establish the necessary domestic industry – rulings that were subsequently affirmed by the full US International Trade Commission.


Intellectual Property Litigation

"litigation is adroitly dispatched by a stellar team"    

IAM Patent 1000

Integrated IP Litigation Practice

Expert trial lawyers who litigate complex IP cases across the United States for companies in life sciences, networking, semi-conductor, materials and software, among other industries.

Choate's trial lawyers bring partner-level intensity to each of their cases.  Our teams combine extensive experience with technical expertise to achieve their clients' goals, including pre-litigation and due diligence counseling, and outcome-driven litigation and trial strategies.

Lead Patent Counsel 

Selected as lead counsel in major patent cases, including:

Life Sciences

  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals v. Amphastar et al. 
  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz, Inc. v. Teva
  • Becton, Dickinson v. Insulet
  • Iovate Health Sciences v. Allmax Nutrition
  • Wyeth v. Intervet and Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Harvard University v. Abbott Laboratories
  • Tiber Laboratories, LLC v. Cypress Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Amgen, Inc. v. Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc. and Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc.
  • Housey Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Eisai Company, Ltd.
  • King Pharmaceuticals and Wyeth v. Teva

Networking and Software

  • Streamserve v. Hewlett-Packard
  • Akamai v. Afluo
  • Akamai v. Speedera Networks, Inc.
  • Akamai v. Limelight Technologies, Inc.
  • PiNet International, Inc. v. Avis Budget Group, Inc.
  • PiNet International, Inc. v. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc.
  • PiNet International, Inc. v. The Hertz Corporation
  • St. Clair Intellectual Property Associates v. Hewlett-Packard
  • BSG Tech LLC v. Eastern Mountain Sports Inc.
  • BSG Tech LLC v. LLC
  • Locata LBS LLC v. United Sample, Inc.


  • AMP, Inc. v. Teradyne, Inc.
  • Formfactor, Inc. v. Micronics Japan Co. Ltd.
  • In the Matter of Certain Probe Card Assemblies, Components Thereof and Certain Tested DRAM and NAND Flash Memory Devices

Hardware, Materials and Other Technology

  • Read et al v. Powerscreen et al.
  • Polaroid Corporation v. Hewlett-Packard
  • Polartec, LLC v. Pontetorto SPA
  • Southern Mills, Inc. v. Polartec, LLC
  • Glen Raven, Inc. v. Polartec, LLC
  • Neuralogica Corp. v. Analogic, Inc.
  • Stat Medical Devices, Inc. v. Facet Technologies, et al.
  • Hollingsworth & Vose v. DelStar Technologies Inc. et al.
  • Nuance, Inc. v. Voice Signal Technologies, Inc.
  • Polaroid Corporation v. Eastman Kodak Company

Experts in Patent Interference Proceedings 

Extensive experience in interference proceedings in wide range of technologies.

License Disputes & Other IP Litigation

Counsel in major license disputes and other intellectual property litigation, including:

  • Applera d/b/a Celera Genomics Group v. Wyeth
  • Alamo Pharmaceuticals v. Astellas Pharma Inc.
  • Children’s Medical Center Corporation v. Celgene
  • HCRP v. Shionogi Pharmaceuticals
  • TransCanada v. Narragansett Electric Co
  • National Grid v. TransCanada Power Marketing

Lead Counsel in Trade Secret & Unfair Competition 

Selected as counsel in significant trade secret and unfair competition cases, including:

  • KiOR, Inc. v. Huber et al.
  • Tekmira Pharmaceuticals v. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and AlCana Technologies
  • Content Management Associates, Inc. v. FMR LLC
  • AvePoint, Inc. v. Janalent Corporation
  • Tillotson Corporation v. Numerous Entities
  • ScanSoft, Inc. v.Voice Signal Technologies, Inc.
  • Reebok International, Ltd.v. Easton Sports, Inc.
  • Baxter HealthCare, Inc. v. Genetics Institute, Inc. (Wyeth)
  • New England Biolabs v. Enzymatics
  • Thomson Financial Services, Inc. v. British Telecommunications, PLC
  • Nuance, Inc. v. Voice Signal Technologies, Inc.
  • EMC v. Pure Storage, Inc.
  • EMC v. Butcher 
  • EMC v. Darbyshire
  • EMC v. OrangePoint
  • EMC v. Pantaenius and Kreimendahl
  • EMC v. Tomlen
  • TransCanada Power v. Narragansett Electric

Lead Counsel in Trademark & Copyright 

Lead counsel in important trademark and copyright cases, including:

  • Victoria's Secret Stores Brand Management, Inc. v. Bob's Stores LLC
  • Iovate Health Sciences v. Allmax Nutrition
  • Bell v. Streetwise Records, Ltd.
  • Donaghue v. IBC USA (Publications), Inc.
  • DataGeneral Corporation v. Grumman Systems Support Corporation
  • Triangle Technologies Inc. v. EMC Corporation
  • Foley Hoag v. Foley & Lardner
  • Iovate v. Nutrabolics
  • Heller Industrial v. IronState Development

Bench Strength

Over 30 seasoned trial lawyers and litigation team members expert in patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, trade secrets and unfair competition.  Decades of experience representing companies in IP disputes. 

National Recognition

Lawyers throughout practice areas consistently receive national recognition for excellence.

  • Top ranked firm for IP Litigation in Massachusetts in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • Ranked “Tier 1” for Intellectual Property in Managing Intellectual Property’s 2014 IP Handbook.”
  • Recognized among the world’s leading practices for Litigation in the IAM Patent 1000
  • Partners recognized as among the world's leading patent litigators by IAM Patent Litigation 250 - The World's Leading Patent Litigators.
  • Nationally ranked as a leading Bio Life Sciences firm in Managing Intellectual Property.

Scientific Expertise

IP attorneys, patent agents and staff scientists, with PhDs and other advanced degrees, are expert in major fields, including:

Chemical engineering
Data storage
Drug delivery/formulation

Integrated circuitry
Medical devices
Medicinal chemistry




National/International Reach

Represent companies in litigation and arbitration throughout United States, as well as multinational companies in international disputes.


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