The 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© recognizes eight Banner Witcoff attorneys for their intellectual property practices.

The following Banner Witcoff attorneys are included in the recently published guide:

  • Joseph J. Berghammer for IP litigation;
  • Robert S. Katz for patent law;
  • Timothy C. Meece for patent litigation;
  • Jon O. Nelson for patent law and trademark law;
  • Binal J. Patel for patent law and patent litigation;
  • Joseph M. Potenza for copyright law, IP litigation, patent litigation, and patent law;
  • Charles W. Shifley for patent law and patent litigation; and
  • Bradley C. Wright for patent law;

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Albany International filed a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate Kimberly Clark’s novel patent on laminated papermaking belts based on 19 grounds of invalidity, including three alleged prior sales to Georgia Pacific and a series of other prior art references from the file history. Representing Kimberly Clark, Banner Witcoff attorneys Blair Silver, Camille Sauer, and Marc Cooperman successfully argued to the Board that Albany’s numerous grounds were all both redundant of previously considered art and substantively flawed. The Board agreed, holding that every single ground was cumulative or previously considered art and arguments or otherwise lacked a sufficient analysis of all of the claim limitations or otherwise failed to make a proper obviousness or inherency case.  As for the three purported sales to Georgia Pacific, the Board agreed that Albany’s own evidence raised serious doubts about whether the various fabric samples and recreations accurately represented the three fabrics as allegedly sold by Albany.  The case is Albany International Corp. v. Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., PGR2021-00019, Paper 22 (PTAB June 22, 2021).

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) recognized 15 Banner Witcoff attorneys in its 2021 edition of “IP Stars,” a guide to the world’s top intellectual property firms and practitioners. Additionally, the firm’s patent and patent prosecution practices were recommended and highly recommended in both Illinois and Washington D.C.

MIP recognized the following Banner Witcoff attorneys as 2021 “IP Stars” in their respective geographic locations and practice areas:

Marc Cooperman, Ross Dannenberg, John Iwanicki, Sarah Kagan, Robert Katz, Anna King, Timothy Meece, Frederic Meeker, Christopher McKee, Darrell Mottley, Joseph M. Potenza, Joseph M. Skerpon, Richard S. Stockton, Pieter van Es, and Bradley C. Wright.

The “IP Stars” rankings are based off research and information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners, and their clients through interviews, email and online surveys. 

View Banner Witcoff’s practitioner and firm rankings here.  

Banner Witcoff was recognized in Law360’s annual ranking of the 400 largest law firms in the United States.

The list, Law360 400, recognizes the largest U.S. based firms, as well as international firms with a U.S. component. The firms are ranked by domestic attorney headcount as of Dec. 31, 2020.

Banner Witcoff is proud to be included in the rankings again this year. See the full Law360 400 list here.

Banner Witcoff’s patent prosecution and litigation practices are recognized in the 2021 edition of the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. The firm also celebrates the ranking of nine of its attorneys.

The guide ranks the firm among the top firms nationally for patent prosecution. It also ranks the firm for litigation and patent prosecution in Illinois. Additionally, the firm was ranked for litigation and recommended for patent prosecution in Washington, D.C.

The following Banner Witcoff attorneys are recognized in the guide as leading professionals in their practice area and jurisdiction:

Binal Patel and Joseph J. Berghammer for litigation and prosecution in Illinois; Robert S. Katz and Frederick M. Meeker for litigation and prosecution in Washington, D.C.; Ross A. Dannenberg and Darrell G. Mottley for prosecution in Washington, D.C.; Timothy C. Meece for litigation in Washington, D.C.; John R. Hutchins for litigation in Washington, D.C.; John P. Iwanicki for prosecution in Massachusetts. Robert and Darrell were also recognized for their design patent work.

The IAM Patent 1000 notes Banner Witcoff as “an exceptional hit rate in registering patents; market-leading designs expertise; and razor-sharp litigation and post-grant abilities.” It adds, “As a result, it can fulfill any patent need for any innovative company.”

The IAM Patent 1000 is based on extensive research involving more than 1,700 interviews and feedback from market sources. Click here to view the full guide.

Banner Witcoff is pleased to welcome two new associates to the firm.

Andy Kim joined Banner Witcoff’s Washington, D.C., office on July 6, 2021.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, his master’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University and his law degree from Nova Southeastern, Shepard Broad Law Center. He will be handling electrical/computer patent prosecution and counseling.

Paul Holly joined Banner Witcoff’s Chicago, office on July 6, 2021. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his law degree from John Marshall Law School. Paul will be handling electrical/ computer patent prosecution and counseling.

Banner Witcoff expands its litigation practice in Chicago with the arrival of nationally recognized trial attorney Sanjay K. Murthy, who represents leading life science and technology companies in federal district courts, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and in Section 337 investigations in the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Sanjay also advises clients on freedom-to-operate matters, due diligence investigations, patent portfolio audits, and licensing and collaboration transactions. He joins Banner Witcoff from Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP.

Sanjay has experience working on a wide range of technologies, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, methods for manufacturing recombinant proteins, cell-based therapeutics, organic/polymer chemistry, power tools, oil drilling fluids, digital cameras, smart phones and automotive components.

“Sanjay brings tremendous experience and a well-deserved reputation for providing a broad range of advice to clients across life sciences and technologies,” said Banner Witcoff President Binal Patel. “He will be a great addition to the Banner Witcoff litigation team.”

Sanjay noted, “I am excited to join Banner Witcoff, which has built a world-class reputation in the intellectual property field. I look forward to working closely with the firm’s top-tier litigation group.”

He has been selected as a leading practitioner by industry publications including IAM Patent 1000, The Legal 500 and Managing Intellectual Property and has been recognized by The American Lawyer, LMG Life Sciences and Crain’s Chicago Business for helping his clients secure trial victories.

Banner Witcoff selected four law students as the 2021 recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship. Created by the firm to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, the fellowship provides recipients with $5,000 for law school tuition or other school-related expenses.

The 2021 recipients are:

  • Keval Amin, a first-year law student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in mechanical engineering and from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in physics
  • Shen Peng, a first-year law student at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University, respectively.
  • Sydney Huppert, a first-year law student at The George Washington University Law School. She graduated from The University of Virginia with undergraduate degrees in history and computer science. 
  • Elizabeth Rielley, a second-year law student at Washburn University School of Law. She earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physics from The Catholic University of America.

As part of the fellowship, the first-and-second-year law students will participate in the firm’s summer associate program.

The Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship is open to law students who identify as members of a historically underrepresented group in intellectual property law and meet certain criteria, including academic merit, a commitment to the pursuit of a career in the field, and demonstrated leadership qualities.

Donald W. Banner (1924-2006) — the namesake of the fellowship and firm — was a leader in the field of patent law. A former U.S. Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, he was chairman of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, a founding member of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, president of the International Patent and Trademark Association, co-founder and president of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and director of The John Marshall Law School Center for Intellectual Property Law.

Chambers and Partners recognized Banner Witcoff as a top intellectual property law firm in its 2021 rankings of lawyers and law firms across the United States.

The firm received top rankings for patent prosecution in the District of Columbia and for intellectual property law in Illinois. The Chambers USA 2021 guide also ranked Banner Witcoff attorney Marc Cooperman as a leading practitioner in Illinois, with one client noting that he “is very practical and has an incredible depth of legal knowledge.”

The annual rankings are based on submissions from law firms and independent research conducted by Chambers that includes interviews with clients and industry sources.

In their interviews with researchers, clients praised Banner Witcoff as “an impressive practice across the board” with attorneys who “know their clients very deeply.” One interviewee said Banner Witcoff has “a great team with a range of abilities,” adding: “They take a practical approach to litigation and have a deep understanding of the technical issues.”

Banner Witcoff, a client remarked, “is excellent at assembling a team and playing to the strengths of the team members.” Another client said, “The team is well balanced between senior and junior attorneys and paralegals. They work as a team, which is very relevant when handling cases.”

The 2021 guide noted that Banner Witcoff is a “[s]trong boutique known for advising a range of clients in sectors as varied as computer software and consumer products” and is “[s]ought after for its advice on the management and protection of IP portfolios.”

The guide added that Banner Witcoff has a “particular strength in the patent prosecution space, where it has undertaken notable actions in the field of design patents” and is “highly regarded for the drafting and prosecution of electrical and mechanical arts patent applications.”

In addition to the firm’s proficiency in “handling design and business method patents, due diligence support on corporate transactions, and copyright, patent, trademark and trade secrets disputes,” the guide said that Banner Witcoff provides “seasoned representation for inter partes reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and [is] also adept counsel for district court, federal court and ITC proceedings.”

Banner Witcoff launched its 2021 summer associate program in May and will welcome eight law students to the firm’s Chicago and Washington, D.C., offices over the next few months.

The following first-and-second-year law students will participate in Banner Witcoff’s summer associate program, which is designed to provide students with meaningful law firm experience in the field of intellectual property law:

  • Keval Amin, Loyola University Chicago School of Law,
  • Jake Earl, Chicago-Kent College of Law,
  • Sydney Huppert, The George Washington University Law School,
  • Hayden Kunz, The George Washington University Law School,
  • Joe McCollum, University of Illinois College of Law,
  • John Peloquin, The George Washington University Law School,
  • Shen Peng, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and
  • Elizabeth Rielley, Washburn University School of Law.

In addition to the summer associates, Banner Witcoff welcomed Sandy Rokhlin — a first-year law student at The George Washington University Law School — to its Washington, D.C. office as a research intern.

The summer associate program is a significant part of Banner Witcoff’s recruiting efforts and offers law students the opportunity to work closely with seasoned attorneys, assist in a variety of legal assignments, and participate in educational programming and social activities.

Students are selected based on their strong academic records in law school and undergraduate studies, technical backgrounds, and personal achievements. A high percentage of Banner Witcoff’s attorneys started with the firm through the summer associate program.

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