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Develop, Protect, Enforce, Expand

Patterson leverages its deep technical knowledge with a team of experienced litigators to maximize our clients’ enforcement options. Patterson has brought and defended cases in federal district courts, federal appellate courts, state courts, the USPTO, and the ITC. Patterson works with clients to execute comprehensive litigation and enforcement strategies to ensure consistent protection of intellectual property rights.

The Patterson litigation team includes attorneys with backgrounds in chemical and biochemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biology, and civil engineering, including three attorneys Ph.D.’s and nearly 100 years of combined experience in litigation alone. Our team’s strength in the sciences is complemented by our attorneys’ experience dealing with trademarks, brands, and business issues that allow us to comprehensively represent our clients’ interests when intellectual property or technology are at stake. Our litigation team members are experienced in complex intellectual property matters including:

  • Patent Infringement
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Trade Secret Misappropriation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Breach of Contract
  • Domain Name & Cybersquatting Disputes
  • Personality Right Infringement
  • Breach of Privacy
  • Unauthorized Use or Disclosure of Personal Information
  • Right of Publicity Misappropriation
  • High-Stakes Litigation
  • and More

Helping clients develop successful enforcement solutions

From chemical formulations and software to the latest in medical devices and construction machinery, from known brands to niche trademarks, and from small businesses to international innovators, Patterson has helped our clients develop successful enforcement solutions.

Patterson can help you craft and commit to an IP enforcement strategy that protects your business and your position in the marketplace.

Our litigation team represents clients in all forums of IP litigation, including:


Appellate Practice

In addition to numerous district court cases, Patterson has substantial experience handling appeals. We have successfully represented clients before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and routinely handle appellate matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Our comprehensive litigation strategy accounts for multiple contingencies, including:

District Court Litigation

Patterson has successfully litigated hundreds of intellectual property and technology claims for our clients in courts throughout the United States. Our litigation team has pursued clients’ rights in more than 100 federal patent cases and 70 trademark and copyright cases in federal district and appellate courts. We have deep knowledge of the federal district courts and their local rules, and our unique blend of litigation and prosecution experience enables us to provide our clients with multifaceted legal strategies and solutions. Whether representing plaintiffs or defendants, we have the trial experience necessary to handle all types of disputes and amounts in controversy. Through our combination of trial experience and technical expertise, we are able to explain complex technologies and legal matters simply, providing logical, understandable, and persuasive arguments to both juries and judges.


Intellectual property can also be protected through various mechanisms under state law. On the transactional side, Patterson has helped clients expand their branding through registration of trademarks and service marks with individual states throughout the country. On the litigation side, Patterson has assisted clients in trade secrets matters involving claims made under various iterations of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act as codified in state statutes, such as the Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA).


Patterson has broad experience in matters before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Through 2019, Patterson has represented clients in eighteen matters before the PTAB, including both Inter Partes Review and Post Grant Review proceedings. Patterson’s specialized blend of litigation and prosecution experience, combined with its attorneys’ technical expertise, has resulted in a success rate that has outpaced the overall success rate seen since these new post-grant proceedings began under the America Invents Act, whether representing the patentee or the petitioner. This has also contributed to Patterson’s ability to assist clients in the strategic utilization of these post-grant proceedings to successfully leverage PTAB final written decisions in co-pending district court and International Trade Commission litigations.


Patterson has substantial experience in trademark enforcement; our attorneys have represented clients in more than 400 proceedings before the Trial Trademark and Appeal Board (TTAB). Through our comprehensive knowledge of the Lanham Act and its technical intricacies, we have successfully protected our client’s brands through multiple cost-effective strategies, including trademark appeals.


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is an important destination for intellectual property disputes for foreign and domestic trade litigants. Used to block importation of infringing products into the United States, the ITC is one of the fastest-paced litigation forums available. The combination of an ITC action’s speed and complex subject matter makes it uniquely challenging, requiring counsel with key knowledge and experience in technology, intellectual property law, administrative law, and trial practice. Patterson’s litigation attorneys are exceptionally experienced in ITC proceedings and have the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully litigate Section 337 investigations before the ITC. We have represented both complainants and respondents in multiple ITC matters involving high-profile international businesses. Additionally, our unique cross-functional experience allows us to advise clients on comprehensive strategies, including whether and when to file an ITC, alternative and synergistic litigation forums, product development, and rights enforcement.