IP disputes generate incredibly complex litigation, frequently lasting years and spanning multiple borders and time zones. The stakes are great, the issues are complicated, and time pressures are intense.
IP-centric litigation of this nature requires a team of professionals offering diverse skills. Slater Matsil’s litigation support practice works seamlessly with our partner law firms to provide services as part of an integrated effort. Some law firms engage us to manage IP issues that are outside their typical practice areas. Other law firms have an established IP litigation practice, but simply need additional boots on the ground or skilled support. For example, we have worked with many trial law firms to provide patent litigation expertise, including providing expert witness testimony on matters of patent prosecution practice and inequitable conduct issues. We have worked side by side with trial counsel on discovery and pre-trial preparation matters, liaised with expert witnesses, played a key role in claim construction briefing and Markman hearings, and provided expert testimony on an assortment of processes and technologies. We also routinely work with other firms in performing prior art searches, pre-filing diligence, and the like to complement the work being done at these firms.
Our familiarity with the challenges facing litigation counsel, from discovery issues to concerns about privilege and waiver, make us ideal candidates for handling Patent Office matters relating to or preceding litigation. We have assisted litigation counsel from simple matters such as correcting procedural deficiencies, filing certificates of correction, and correcting assignment records, to must-win matters such as challenging and defending post grant challenges (e.g., Inter Partes Reviews) arising from litigation.