Nixon & Vanderhye




Clients rank Nixon & Vanderhye in the top 10% for IP litigation

In the just released BTI Litigation Outlook 2014: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms, clients ranked NV in the top 10% for IP litigation. BTI's analysis draws on direct client feedback from 300 independent, in-depth interviews with corporate counsel at the world's largest companies.


Legal 500 worldwide guide gives accolades to Nixon & Vanderhye

IP boutique Nixon & Vanderhye PC has a solid reputation in the market — both for representing Fortune 100 companies and for its active prosecution team, which regularly files high numbers of original and foreign originating patents. The group of 48 partners has a wealth of experience, and is led by name partner Larry Nixon, who has 40 years in the field and is focused on higher level technical issues. Within the practice standout attorneys include Leonidas Boutsikaris, Michael Keenan, B. J. Sadoff and Mary Wilson. Bryan Davidson is particularly recommended for his re-examination expertise, as is Alan Kagen, who is active within the mechanical and electronics space. The team was recently selected as a go-to counsel for prosecution matters by General Electric.


Nixon Vanderhye has been ranked nationally (again) as a Tier 1 Law Firm in Trademark Law

U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, have joined to rank more than 10,000 firms in 118 practice areas in 170 metropolitan areas and 8 states. In 2013, they found Nixon Vanderhye to be a Tier 1 Law Firm nationally in trademark law. In metropolitan Washington, DC, they ranked us a Tier 1 Law Firm in Intellectual Property.


Nixon Vanderhye has been recognized as a 2013 Go-To Law Firm®

ALM consolidates a list of the Fortune 500 Companies' general counsel every year, and determines which law firms they rely on for outside counsel in a number of key practice areas. NV has been selected by our client, General Electric Company, as a Go-To Law Firm for Patent Prosecution.


Nixon Vanderhye has been selected as one of Martindale-Hubbell's Top US Law Firms!

NV has been recognized for having at least one of every three of our attorneys achieve the AV Preeminent rating. Only 2,446 firms in the entire United States have attained this ranking.


Nixon Vanderhye has been nationally ranked a Tier 1 Law Firm in Trademark Law

U.S. News and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide, have joined to rank more than 10,000 firms in 118 practice areas in 170 metropolitan areas. On a national level, they found Nixon Vanderhye to be a Tier 1 Law Firm in trademark law. In metropolitan Washington, DC, they ranked us a Tier 1 Law Firm in four areas: Litigation–Intellectual Property, Litigation–Patent, Patent Law, & Trademark Law.


Nixon & Vanderhye is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been named in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America

The attorneys are Robert W. Faris, Larry S. Nixon, Frank P. Presta, Joseph A. Rhoa and B.J. Sadoff. For 30 years, Best Lawyers has come to be regarded by both the legal profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the U.S. The new 2013 Best Lawyers in America list, our 19th Edition, is based on a rigorous national survey involving more than 4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.


Nixon Vanderhye Partners Recognized Among Top Patent Prosecutors

Nixon Vanderhye is proud to announce that a number of its partners were recognized in Patent Buddy's 2011 Top Patent Prosecutors Survey. Out of approximately 40,000 registered patent attorneys, less than 2% were selected for this achievement. Patent Buddy, along with Patent Research Review, compiled the list in which six of Nixon Vanderhye's attorneys were named among the inaugural winners of the 2011 Top Patent Prosecutors. Being recognized for this accomplishment are Leonidas Boutsikaris, Bryan Davidson, Alan Kagen, Michael Keenan, B.J. Sadoff and Mary Wilson. Congratulations to our six honorees!


Larry Nixon named as one of the area's "Top Lawyers" in IP

Washingtonian Magazine names NV partner Larry Nixon as one of metropolitan DC's "Top Laywers" for his expertise in intellectual property. See the full list here.


Nixon Vanderhye ranked among the 2011-2012 U.S. News "Best Law Firms"

NV was ranked Tier 1 in metropolitan Washington, DC in three areas: Litigation - Intellectual Property, Patent Law, & Trademark Law. We were ranked Tier 2 in Litigation - Patent. These rankings reflect our performance against 9,633 different law firms nationally in one or more of 75 major legal practice areas—and in metropolitan or state rankings in one or more of 119 major legal practice areas.

Full data for the law firms that received rankings is available online, from the largest firms in the country to hundreds of one-person and two-person law firms, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.


Larry S. Nixon has been named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Washington DC Patent Law Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Larry S. Nixon as the "Washington DC Best Lawyers Patent Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The lawyers being honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, "We continue to believe—as we have believed for more than 25 years—that recognition by one's peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate Larry S. Nixon on being selected as the "Washington DC Best Lawyers Patent Law Lawyer of the Year' for 2012."


2011 Legal 500 worldwide guide profiles Nixon & Vanderhye

'Every lawyer is outstanding' at Virginia-based firm Nixon & Vanderhye PC, which has a particularly experienced prosecution group with strength in the consumer electronics, telecommunications, medical devices, computer hardware, software and biotechnology spaces. Many lawyers in the small but active team have served as an examiner or a law judge for the USPTO, and are accordingly well placed to advise clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, ranging from start-ups to mid-size companies and major corporations. The team handles both re-examinations and reissues. Key individuals include former examiner Alan Kagen, who is noted for his work in the computer, mechanical and electro-mechanical industries. Hugely experienced founding partner Larry Nixon is also recommended for his higher-level technical work. Bryan Davidson brings 30 years' experience, in-house knowledge and a chemical engineering background to the team.


2010 Legal 500 gives accolades to Nixon & Vanderhye

Nixon & Vanderhye PC has been described as a 'respected and technically competent boutique of 41 lawyers' and listed as a top firm for intellectual property in the 2010 Legal 500 publication. Attorneys mentioned include Rob Faris, Duane Byers, Robert Rowan, Joe Presta, Larry Nixon, Bryan Davidson, Alan Kagen, John Lastova, US (Mickey) Gill, and Len Mitchard.


NV helps independent inventors and startup business protect their IP

NV prepared patent applications for a non-drug treatment for hypertension which sold by Ardian Inc. in late 2010 to Medtronic for $800 million. NV prepared provisional and a non-provisional patent applications for independent inventors from which issued U.S. Patent 7,162,303 for renal nerve stimulation. The inventors sold their patent rights to Ardian who created a larger patent porfolio that was sold to Medtronic. NV did not prosecute or prepare applications for Ardian. The sale of Ardian to Medtronic was reported as the highest price paid for a medical device startup company. The technology developed by Ardia is the top Medical Innovation for 2012 as found by the Cleveland Clinic.


N&V creates law in trademark jurisdictional dispute:

In a groundbreaking decision extending the Supreme Court's recent MedImmune decision to trademark cases, N&V Bob Adams and Michael Crawford successfully argued that the "reasonable apprehension of imminent suit" test for determining declaratory judgment jurisdiction is not the appropriate legal test in trademark cases. In Surefoot, L.C. v Sure Foot Corp., 87 U.S.P.Q.2d 1266 (10th Cir. 2008), the appellate panel held that MedImmune cannot be limited to patent cases or to cases in which the parties are in privity. The Tenth Circuit also reversed the decision of the lower court by holding that TTAB oppositions in combination with earlier threats of litigation may establish Article III jurisdiction.


Larry S. Nixon has been named by Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in the Washington DC area for 2008. Only five percent of the lawyers in the region are named by Super Lawyers.

The selections for Super Lawyers are made by Law & Politics, a division of Key Professional Media, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Each year, Law & Politics undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a region wide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics' attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

Law & Politics publishes Super Lawyers magazines across the country. In addition to the magazines, Law & Politics publishes newspaper inserts and magazine special sections devoted to Super Lawyers. In 2008, Super Lawyers will reach more than 13 million readers.

Super Lawyers was first published in Minnesota in 1991. William White, attorney and founding publisher, remains the publisher today. Law & Politics is owned by attorney Vance Opperman, the former president of West Publishing.

Super Lawyers can be found online at, where lawyers can be searched by practice area and location.


Nixon & Vanderhye is pleased to announce that Larry Nixon is identified as one of the Washington area's best patent attorneys in the December 2007 issue of Washingtonian magazine.

The list was created based on peer recommendations of about 1000 attorneys. The full text of the article can be found at:


Nixon & Vanderhye wins another jury trial resulting in a multi-million dollar judgment for its client following 3 week jury trial:

N&V trial team (led by Joseph S. Presta and Robert W. Faris) proved to the jury that a family of two-stroke marine engines manufactured by Mercury Marine, a Division of Brunswick Corporation, infringed a patent owned by Electromotive, Inc., a small speed shop in Manassas, VA. N&V's client was awarded 3 million dollars. The case was tried in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division) with Judge Lee presiding over the jury trial. The case was settled on favorable terms following the verdict and prior to appeal.


Nixon & Vanderhye is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been named in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America ®.

The attorneys are Robert W. Faris, Larry S. Nixon, Mark E. Nusbaum and Frank P. Presta. The Best Lawyers Directory has been published for more than 25 years. Lawyers are chosen for inclusion based on nominations, recommendations and peer reviews. This year more than 2 million confidential evaluations of lawyers by top tier lawyers were compiled in 78 specialties, representing all 50 states and Washington DC.


Nixon & Vanderhye wins $39 million dollar judgment for client in patent-based antitrust case following 5 week jury trial:

N&V trial team (led by Robert A. Rowan and Joseph S. Presta) proved to the jury that a family of patents dating back to 1989 and relating to the casino table game Caribbean Stud was obtained by knowing and willful fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mikohn Gaming Corporation, through its subsidiary, Progressive Games Inc. brought a patent infringement suit against N&V's client, Prime Table Games and its owners, Derek Webb and Hannah O'Donnell, alleging that their casino table game Three Card Poker infringed certain of the patents in the family. The jury agreed with N&V that the infringement claim constituted Walker Process fraud, sham litigation based on inequitable conduct in the mother patent, and sham litigation based on a baseless infringement suit. N&V also proved all other elements of attempted monopolization, resulting in the jury finding a Sherman Act violation on all three independent bases. N&V's client was awarded 39 million dollars plus attorneys fees. The case was tried in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, with Chief Judge Henry Wingate presiding over the jury trial.


N&V Continues to be Ranked High in Top Patent Firms by IP Today:

Nixon & Vanderhye P.C. is proud to be ranked 11th of 353 in IP Today's (March 2007 issue) annual survey of patent law firms, including boutique and general practice firms. The survey is based on the number of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2006, and reports that N&V obtained 1,468 U.S. patents for its clients in 2006.