IAM has ranked Pillsbury’s market-leading Intellectual Property practice and six of its partners in the publication’s 2019 Patent 1000 list. The firm is recommended in Washington, DC for Litigation and in Texas for Prosecution and Transactions. In addition to the team honors, six IP partners are highlighted in the rankings across three jurisdictions. They are:

  • William Atkins: Washington, DC—Litigation
  • Jack Barufka: Washington, DC—Prosecution, Transactions
  • Ed Cavazos: Texas—Transactions
  • Kecia Reynolds: Washington, DC—Litigation; National—International Trade Commission
  • Keeto Sabharwal: Washington, DC—Litigation
  • Josh Tucker: Texas—Prosecution

In its profile of Pillsbury’s patent litigation capabilities, IAM writes that the firm is a “growing force,” in ITC and ANDA proceedings and notes Reynolds' impressive track record—she has handled more than 50 Section 337 investigations—along with Sabharwal’s experience representing pharmaceutical clients against competitors. The profile also praises Atkins as an “artful persuader” and the firm’s best-known IP trial lawyer and notes that Practice Section Leader Jack Barufka “fills the trusted advisor role to perfection” for clients.

IAM also covers Pillsbury’s patent prosecution and transactions capabilities, particularly noting Tucker as a “software savant” who has filed 70 blockchain patents. Austin Managing Partner Ed Cavazos is a “commercial problem solver” who has been involved in “game-changing” technology matters, the publication writes. Overall, the firm “can be found at the cutting edge of developments in … software, blockchain and artificial intelligence.”

The IAM Patent 1000 is commonly regarded as the definitive resource for identifying world-class patent expertise 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. We also assert and defend infringement claims and resolve IP-related disputes before regulatory bodies, in courts and at the negotiating table. Our team includes more than 100 IP lawyers, many bilingual, 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 numerous other technical disciplines.