IAM has ranked Pillsbury’s market-leading Intellectual Property practice and nine of its partners in the IAM Patent 1000 list for 2020. The firm is recommended in Washington, D.C. for Litigation and Prosecution and in Texas for Litigation, Prosecution and Transactions. This year, three partners were newly debuted in the rankings.

Pillsbury’s 2020 IAM Patent 1000 ranked partners are:

  • William Atkins: Washington, DC—Litigation
  • Jack Barufka: Washington, DC—Prosecution
  • Edward Cavazos: Texas—Transactions
  • Patrick Doody: Washington, DC—Litigation (New)
  • Brian Nash: Texas—Litigation (New)
  • Kecia Reynolds: Washington, DC—Litigation; National—International Trade Commission
  • Keeto Sabharwal: Washington, DC—Litigation
  • Josh Tucker: Texas—Prosecution
  • Ngai Zhang: Washington, DC—Prosecution (New)

In its profile of Pillsbury’s patent prosecution capabilities, IAM writes that a unique selling point for the firm is its “next-level expertise in the software domain” and describes Barufka as an “inspirational top patent strategist.” The profile identifies Tucker as a “superstar in the blockchain field” and said Zhang is “knowledgeable about everything happening in the blockchain and AI spaces.”

On the litigation and transactions side, IAM highlights Nash’s “outstanding ability to think on the fly” and points to Cavazos’ “universal IP view” and Sabharwal’s ability to “artfully cross technical divides.” The profile also states that Reynolds “holds the reins of the Section 337 practice” and describes Doody as an “effective captain” and Atkins as a “top trial lawyer.”

The IAM Patent 1000 is commonly regarded as the definitive resource for identifying world-class patent practitioners in the U.S. IAM’s qualitative research process identifies outstanding firms and individuals across multiple jurisdictions based on factors such as depth of knowledge, market presence and the level of work on which they are typically instructed, in addition to peer and client feedback. The full IAM Patent 1000 rankings can be viewed on IAM’s website.

On the cutting edge of IP for more than 120 years, Pillsbury’s Intellectual Property lawyers provide clients with successful and comprehensive IP strategies to protect, manage and optimize IP assets. The firm’s lawyers also assert and defend infringement claims and resolve IP-related disputes before regulatory bodies, in courts and at the negotiating table. Pillsbury’s team includes more than 100 IP lawyers, plus technical consultants, patent agents, former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiners, and scientists and engineers with advanced degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, physics and many other technical disciplines.