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Perkins Coie Recognized by Financial Times As One of the Most Innovative Law Firms in the U.S.

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SEATTLE (November 29, 2012) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce it has been recognized by the Financial Times as a "Standout” in Intellectual Property (IP) for the firm’s successful defense of client HTC against Flashpoint Technologies, a spin-off of Apple’s Image Capture Division, in a dispute over smartphone patent infringement before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Perkins Coie was one of only four firms in the top category (Standout) and one of only 15 firms ranked in the IP category overall. 

“To be recognized by the Financial Times as one of the most innovative law firms in the U.S. is an amazing honor,” said Jonathan James, Firmwide Co-Chair of Perkins Coie’s Patent Litigation Practice.  “At Perkins Coie, we have built our IP practice around representing the world’s leading technology companies in connection with their most complex IP issues.  It was a privilege to represent HTC in the Flashpoint case, and we look forward to continuing to work with them and other cutting-edge companies to help shape the next generation of IP law.”

For the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers 2012 report, 320 submissions were received and more than 400 telephone interviews with senior lawyers and C-suite executives were conducted to arrive at the final rankings. The entries were scored out of 10 points on originality, rationale and impact, and benchmarked against each other to arrive at the final ranking. 

About Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property Practice: Ranked by Law360 as one of the largest IP practices in the country, the practice includes more than 250 lawyers focused on IP litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, technology licensing, copyrights, and trade secret and unfair competition counseling. The firm's clients include companies in all technologies and industries around the world. The IP practice also has extensive experience litigating patent and trademark infringement actions, Internet-related disputes and gray market and anti-counterfeiting claims for companies in the software, online retail, search and electronics industries. The firm's clients benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to matters, which combines extensive legal and technical experience with strong corporate and litigation resources in a leading technology law firm.

Over the past year, the Perkins Coie IP practice has been recognized by a variety of industry authorities, including:

  • "Law Firm of the Year for Patent Law" - U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2012 - 2013

  • Ranked #4 nationally, for preparing and prosecuting the highest quality patents in the 2012 Intellectual Asset Management Magazine/Ocean Tomo quality report

  • Ranked in the Top 10 firms for patent quality in the information technology area by Ocean Tomo and Intellectual Asset Management Magazine

  • Sixth most hired law firm in the country for patent litigation defense and seventh for overall patent litigation in the country as ranked by Corporate Counsel Patent Litigation Survey, 2012

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.