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Perkins Coie Named Patent "Law Firm Of The Year"

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SEATTLE (November 1, 2012) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce it has been named the 2012-2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Patent Law.  The firm was also, for the second year in a row, named “Law Firm of the Year” in Venture Capital Law.

“We’re extremely pleased and honored to be selected as the Patent ‘Law Firm of the Year’,” said Paul Parker, chair of Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property Group, “and we’re very grateful to U.S. News and Best Lawyers for selecting us for this prestigious recognition.  We owe much of our success to partnering with so many incredible clients to protect their innovative technologies, navigate complex patent landscapes and maximize the value of their assets.”

Only one law firm is honored as “Law Firm of the Year” for each of the nationally ranked legal practice areas.  Perkins Coie was chosen based on a combination of high performance on client surveys, the high regard that lawyers in other firms in that same practice area have for the firm and information that was provided in response to the law firm survey.

Perkins Coie’s Patent Practice has more than 185 attorneys dedicated to patent procurement and patent litigation matters for Fortune 100 and 500 companies as well as leading emerging growth companies.  More than 100 of our practitioners are registered patent attorneys before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and many have significant industry experience as practicing engineers or scientists, or hold advanced degrees in their technical fields.  Several of our attorneys are former patent examiners at the USPTO or worked as in-house patent counsel at FORTUNE 500 corporations before entering private practice.  In the past two years, the group’s efforts resulted in the issuance of more than 2,000 patents and the filing of nearly 3,300 new patent applications in the United States and around the globe.  In addition, we regularly represent clients in portfolio analysis, patent purchase and sale transactions and intellectual property due diligence matters.  Perkins Coie also has one of the largest patent litigation practices in the United States, with nearly 100 full-time patent litigators.  We represent a "who's who" of the world's leading semiconductor, software, computer, mobile device, Internet, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and medical device companies in patent cases in district courts throughout the United States and in the International Trade Commission.

Perkins Coie is listed in the 2012-2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" with first-tier rankings in 26 practice areas nationally and 112 practice areas in 11 major markets including Alaska, Chicago, Colorado, Idaho, Los Angeles, Madison, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Earlier this year, 197 Perkins Coie attorneys throughout the country were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on a confidential peer-review survey of the top attorneys in the nation.  This is the third year that U.S. News & World Report has partnered with Best Lawyers to produce the "Best Law Firms" rankings.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.