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Finnegan Facts

Fact #1: We didn’t get to be one of the world’s largest IP law firms by just growing our lawyer ranks and adding offices.
We got there by truly believing in our clients and then protecting, advocating, and leveraging their ideas. The world’s leading corporations and innovators have entrusted us with their most valuable assets for 50 years. They rely on our legal, technical, and scientific experience. And they understand we not only speak their language—but we know how to listen, too. That’s the first fact you need to know about Finnegan. And there are many more.
Fact #2: We have an incredibly wide range of IP-focused talent.
We offer full-service IP legal and technical experience in virtually every industry and technology—from electrical and computer technology, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, medical devices, and biotechnology to pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and alternative energy. Our practice includes all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. We also represent clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. 
  • More than 350 professionals focused on intellectual property, plus nearly 450 support staff, including legal assistants, and docketing, research, litigation support, and information technology specialists
  • 300+ professionals with scientific degrees
  • 75+ professionals with Ph.D.'s
  • 200+ professionals registered to practice before the USPTO
  • 35+ professionals who are former USPTO examiners
Fact #3: We don't just value diversity, we live it every day—in thought, approach, and solutions.
Diversity is so much a part of our culture, we’re consistently identified as one of the nation’s top law firms for minority and overall diversity. In the Vault Guide’s 2018 survey of the leading law firms for women, minorities, and overall diversity, Finnegan was ranked in the top 10 in each of these categories. We are particularly pleased to be identified by Working Mother magazine as a top 100 company for working mothers, and by Working Mother magazine and the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) as one of the top law firms in the United States for women. Our commitment to diversity says a lot about our culture in general. We believe in being inclusive, not exclusive. We value collaboration and working as a team. And most important, we are committed to continuing to expand the diverse face of our firm through recruiting, mentoring, collaborating, and innovative approaches that ensure our lawyers and staff develop both personally and professionally.
Fact #4: Sometimes, it’s best to let others speak for you.
  • Recognized as “Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year” in the United States, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017 (Managing Intellectual Property North American IP Awards)
  • Chosen as “Global IP Firm of the Year” and “U.S. Specialty Firm of the Year,” 2016 (Managing Intellectual Property Global IP Awards)
  • Selected as “U.S. IP Firm of the Decade,” 2015 (Managing Intellectual Property North American IP Awards)
  • Recognized as “Intellectual Property Firm of the Year,” 2016 (LMG Life Sciences Awards)
  • Ranked as a top firm for Intellectual Property and Trademark Law since 2010 (U.S. News—Best Lawyers Best Law Firms)
  • Ranked as a top U.S. law firm for Patent Contentious and Prosecution Work since 2005; for Trademark Contentious, Trademark Prosecution, and International Trade Commission Work since 2008; for Bio Life Sciences since 2011; and for PTAB Litigation (USPTO) Work since 2015 (Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Surveys)
  • Ranked as a top firm for Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution, Re-examinations, and Post-Grant Proceedings, Patent Licensing, Trademark Prosecution and Non-Contentious Work, and Trademark Litigation since 2008; and for Patent Litigation—International Trade Commission since 2010 (The Legal 500 U.S.)
  • Ranked as a leading firm in the United States for Patent Litigation and Patent Prosecution since 2012; and for Patent Transactions since 2015 (Intellectual Asset Management, Patent 1000)
  • Recognized as a leading firm for Trademark Work in the United States since 2011 (World Trademark Review, WTR 1000)
Fact # 5: We’ve come a long way in 50 years.

March 1, 1965. The firm Finnegan & Henderson is founded on the 12th floor of the Chanin Building at 815 Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC, by Marcus Finnegan and Douglas Henderson. The mission: to do high-quality legal work focused exclusively on intellectual property law.

1968. The firm changes its name to Finnegan, Henderson & Farabow. Art Garrett becomes a partner, and his name is added to the masthead in 1973.

1979. On April 13, 1979 at the age of 53, the firm’s beloved Marc Finnegan passes away. In the fall of 1979, Don Dunner becomes a name partner.

1988. The firm opens our Tokyo, Japan office and becomes one of the first patent firms to have a lawyer actively practicing in Japan as Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho (lawyer in foreign law).

1990. The firm’s Washington, DC office moves to 1300 I Street, NW. 

1993. Our Brussels, Belgium office opens to support a growing European client base.

1997. We open our Atlanta, GA and Palo Alto, CA offices.

2001. We open our 4th U.S. office in the high-tech market of Boston, MA.

2002. The firm is included for the first time in American Lawyer’s list of the 100 largest U.S. law firms, and our Reston, VA office opens.

2003. Our Taipei, Taiwan office opens.

2005. The DC office relocates to 901 New York Avenue, NW, where we are the anchor tenant in an award-winning building at the center of a downtown redevelopment project.

2008. Our 4th international office opens in Shanghai, China. The firm changes its logo and officially recognizes Finnegan as its short name.

2013. Our European office relocates to London, and Finnegan Europe LLP is licensed to practice law in the UK.

2015. We celebrate our 50th anniversary as one of the world's leading intellectual property law firms, and we open a Seoul, Korea office—our 4th Asia location.

Fact #6: To us, pro bono isn’t just a program. It’s a state of mind and a way of life.
Our pro bono work is as varied and diverse as the professionals at our firm. We let our professionals tell us what is important to them and where they feel they can best put their passion and expertise to good use. We credit 80 hours a year toward a lawyer’s billable hours goal. For those who choose more involved pro bono work such as litigation, the additional hours are rewarded and credited toward bonuses. Our lawyers sharpen their skills and help others by litigating criminal and civil cases, negotiating agreements and settlements, and working hand-in-hand with community nonprofit organizations to address their constituencies’ legal issues. We provide counsel to artists, children, the elderly, veterans, the homeless, and other groups in need that might not be heard without our assistance.
Fact #7: In complex IP disputes, few firms can match the scope of our talent and experience.
Our litigation practice covers all aspects of IP disputes, from complex patent litigation and appeals to trademark disputes. Our 250+ experienced IP litigators have handled hundreds of cases at all stages of litigation. We have 20 former district court or trial judge law clerks and 40 former CAFC or CCPA law clerks. In the last five years alone, Finnegan has represented clients in more than 150 Federal Circuit appeals.

Our litigation experience includes:
  • Patent infringement and related litigation issues
  • Contested patent cases 
  • Patent appeals
  • U.S. International Trade Commission, Section 337 cases
  • Trademark litigation
  • Copyright litigation
  • Trade secret litigation
Fact #8: Our patent stats are hard to beat.
  • 80 percent of our work is patent-related 
  • 325+ professionals focused on patent law 
  • 200+ professionals registered to practice before the USPTO 
  • 35+ professionals who are former USPTO examiners 
  • 12,000+ U.S. and foreign patent applications filed in the last three years 
  • Involved in 575+ district court litigations in the past five years 
  • Represented either the complainant or the respondent in 15 percent of all ITC cases filed in the past five years 
  • Briefed and argued more than 80 Federal Circuit appeals in the past five years
Fact #9: We have one of the most successful trademark practices in the world.
  • #1 or #2 Tier U.S. Law Firm for Trademark Contentious Work, 2008-2017 (Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Surveys)
  • #1 or #2 Tier U.S. Law Firm for Trademark Prosecution Work, 2008-2016 (Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Surveys)
  • #1 Tier National Ranking for Trademark Law, 2013-2017 (U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms)
  • #1 Tier Law Firm for Trademark Work in the DC-Metro Area, 2011-2017 (World Trademark Review, WTR 1000)
  • #1 or #2 Tier Law Firm for Trademark Work in the United States, 2011-2017 (World Trademark Review, WTR 1000)
  • #1 Tier Law Firm for Trademark Prosecution and Non-contentious Work, 2008-2017 (The Legal 500 U.S.)
  • #1 or #2 Tier Law Firm for Trademark Litigation, 2007-2017 (The Legal 500 U.S.)
  • #2 Band U.S. Law Firm for Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, 2015-2017 (Chambers USA)
  • Currently responsible for nearly 25,000 trademark applications and registrations (U.S. and foreign) 
  • Filed and defended nearly 400 U.S. trademark oppositions and cancellations in the past five years 
  • More than 100 U.S. trademark civil litigations filed and defended in the past five years 
  • Involved in 500 UDRP arbitrations in the past five years
Fact #10: We're at the hub of innovation—wherever in the world it may be.
Our clients’ businesses and IP assets are global, and protection of these assets is increasingly challenging. With offices around the world and decades of experience assisting multinational companies, Finnegan has the resources and expertise to formulate and execute global strategies. We’re located in research and technology centers such as Atlanta, Boston, Palo Alto, and Reston. We regularly appear on behalf of our clients in courts throughout the U.S. and before regulatory and administrative agencies in Washington, DC. We also have offices in the key global markets of London, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo. Our professionals are multilingual and multicultural, and they work with clients in real time around the clock and around the world.