Litigation - Appeals
A strong and experienced advocate on appeal
Finnegan attorneys have briefed and argued more cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit than any other law firm. The cases have covered a wide range of industries and issues that require meticulous attention to the details of the technology involved and that demand a thorough understanding of appellate law, Federal Circuit practice, and the strategies necessary for victory. Our success in these cases derives from the firm’s singular focus on IP law, the technical backgrounds of our attorneys, and their particular experience directly related to appellate practice. Knowing Finnegan’s reputation, both appellants and appellees seek our advice and representation.
Concise, accurate, and powerful arguments
Appellate cases are a highly specialized area of patent litigation. Finnegan is widely known for the quality of our briefs and oral arguments. Our comprehensive understanding of the technology and the law allows us to quickly identify the one or two arguments with the most promise to persuade. Our experience before the court helps us craft concise and persuasive arguments for our clients. With only one or two briefs and 15 minutes of oral argument to make your case, Finnegan brings the type of experience that can make all the difference.
Being there when it counts
The appeals process often starts well before the actual filing of the appeal. Clients retain us at the trial stage to help them look ahead at post-trial appeal issues. And in other instances, they retain us after trial to begin assisting with post-trial motions to make sure that issues are properly preserved for appeal. Approximately 60 percent of our appellate cases come to us after trial. Frequently, we are retained to assess how a case may fare on appeal. This assessment includes analyzing the patent(s), the lower court’s opinions, and other significant rulings; identifying the strongest issues for appeal; and advising on how to best present and argue the issues.
A long history of insight into the Federal Circuit
Finnegan has had a close and lasting involvement with the Federal Circuit and its predecessor courts. More than 50 of the firm’s attorneys served as judicial law clerks to judges on the Federal Circuit or its predecessor courts. As clerks, they worked closely with the judges, helping to draft opinions and gaining insight into the deliberative process and protocol of the court. In addition to the inside experience of our former Federal Circuit clerks, several of our attorneys have served in leadership roles on the court’s Advisory Council. They also helped found the Federal Circuit Bar Association, an organization in which many of our attorneys actively serve on committees and in leadership positions. Other Finnegan attorneys coauthored the leading treatise on Federal Circuit practice, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit—Practice and Procedure, published by Matthew Bender.
Experience at the highest level of IP appeals
In recent years, the Supreme Court has taken a greater role in shaping intellectual property law. Finnegan’s IP expertise and Supreme Court experience have led parties to turn to Finnegan attorneys in many important IP cases. Finnegan has represented both petitioners and respondents before the Court and has assisted amici in filing briefs at both the certiorari and merits stages. Our attorneys have participated in briefing over 50 cases, and they have argued several cases before the Court, including the landmark cases Bilski v. Kappos and Bonito Boats v. Thunder Craft Boats.