Recently we celebrated our 25th year in business. Twenty-five years is a milestone for any business but especially one in a profession that has seen such radical changes during the past quarter century.
We believe that our success is grounded in the goal we set in 1985, a goal we remain true to today: to establish a first rate firm of experienced attorneys with proven track records to service high-quality clients in all aspects of intellectual property law. The work that we do in procuring patents, trademarks and copyrights in any and all technical fields is exciting and meaningful to our clients and our attorneys. Almost half our work is in litigation, transactional services and portfolio management in all technical fields. We have more than 2300 currently active clients ranging from individuals to billion dollar corporations and universities around the globe. One of the hallmarks of our success is the long term relationships we have built over the past 25 years with our clients and our 100+ employees.
Since 1985, we have grown to become a mid-sized firm with 34 seasoned shareholders, each with between 10 and 35 (and more) years of legal experience. A review of our shareholders' backgrounds reveals advanced technical degrees and prior work experience as examiners and members of the Board of Appeals and Interferences in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Included among our ranks are former trial attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice, testifying experts in patent law disputes, arbitrators, and mediators of intellectual property disputes. In addition, we have established a select corps of talented associates, paralegals, searchers, illustrators and litigation graphics professionals who provide streamlined support to all our clients' needs.
Putting the interests and needs of our clients first, we have declined many offers to merge with other firms. We have been highly selective in hiring attorneys and support staff, and we have been diligent in controlling costs. We have invested in cutting-edge technology capabilities and personnel that allow us to successfully handle major litigations and intellectual property portfolios. To ensure protection of our clients' intellectual property rights abroad, we have teamed up with well-qualified patent firms worldwide.
We believe that our approach to servicing clients has been the key to establishing a firm where people like to come to work, stay for many years and realize noteworthy accomplishments, such as:
- Being consistently ranked in the top 15 law firms out of 350 nationwide on the procurement of patents as published by IP Today
- Being recognized by Best Lawyers for outstanding performance
- Being recognized by our peers and legal experts as one of the top six Washington DC firms for handling complex patent litigation matters
- Being highly rated by Martindale Hubbell, Chambers and other national legal reviews.
In short, we believe that our firm provides unique benefits to our clients in the quality and quantity of work that we can do on their behalf nationally and internationally.
Larry Nixon, President