Intellectual Property

Overview

Richards Layton has one of the most active and respected intellectual property litigation practices in Delaware, with particular experience serving as lead or Delaware counsel in large-scale patent and trademark infringement matters in the Delaware District Court, one of the leading venues for IP litigation in the United States. Our lawyers represent both plaintiffs and defendants, and we are nationally recognized for tackling some of the most difficult IP matters that emerge in the Delaware District Court, including significant patent infringement disputes related to mobile telephones, cable television, mobile website technology, and computer chips.

Our firm has been top-ranked in Delaware for Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, and Patent Law in USNews/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” every year since 2011, and in 2015 Chambers USA reported, "They are extraordinary - they have a very good feel for the courts and an excellent command of the law." 

Directors

Frederick L. Cottrell, III
Director
302.651.7509
cottrell@rlf.com
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Kelly E. Farnan
Director
302.651.7705
farnan@rlf.com
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Steven J. Fineman
Director
302.651.7592
fineman@rlf.com
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Jeffrey L. Moyer
Director
302.651.7525
moyer@rlf.com
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Chad M. Shandler
Director
302.651.7836
shandler@rlf.com
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William J. Wade
Director
302.651.7718
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Robert W. Whetzel
Director
302.651.7634
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Other Attorneys

Christine Dealy Haynes
Associate
302.651.7508
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Travis S. Hunter
Counsel
302.651.7564
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Katharine Lester Mowery
Associate
302.651.7623
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Nicole K. Pedi
Associate
302.651.7844
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Jason J. Rawnsley
Counsel
302.651.7550
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Publications

  • "Chief Judge Stark Decides Four Motions for Summary Judgment on a Variety of Patent Issues," October 12, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Grants Defendants' Motion to Transfer Venue Following TC Heartland," October 12, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Defendants' Motion to Strike," October 12, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Motion to Dismiss," October 12, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Clarifies Requirements for Proper Venue in Hatch-Waxman Litigation and Permits Venue Discovery," October 12, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Request for Enhanced Damages," October 12, 2017   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," October 12, 2017   View >
  • "Magistrate Judge Burke Grants Motion to Transfer Venue," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Senior Judge Robinson Denies Motion for Attorneys' Fees," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Senior Judge Robinson Finds Broad Subject Matter Waiver Related to Opinions of Counsel," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Motion to Amend Complaint," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Provides "Inclinations" on Post-Trial Motions," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Motion to Renew Motion to Dismiss," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Orders Bellwether Trial," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants in Part and Denies in Part Motion for Protective Order," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Grants Motion to Disqualify Expert," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Visiting Judge Kearney Denies Motion to Dismiss," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," August 30, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Amends Discovery Order to Include Production of Documents from Plaintiff's Previous Related Patent Infringement Case," July 11, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Grants and Denies Post-Trial Motions," July 11, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Plaintiff's Request to Limit Number of Patent Claims for Trial and Dismisses Dropped Claims with Prejudice," July 11, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Plaintiff's Request for Additional Discovery," July 11, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Defendant's Request to Add New Non-Infringement Defenses Raised for First Time in Pretrial Order," July 11, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Defendants' Motion for Reargument on its Order and Contingently Imposes Costs on Defendants," July 11, 2017   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," July 11, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Motion for Leave to Substitute Claim Terms ," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Defendant's Motion to Withdraw Factually Impossible Admission," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Issues Decisions on Multiple Daubert Motions and Motions in Limine," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Rules on Summary Judgment Finding No Issue Preclusion," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "Jury Awards $50,313,779 in Damages for Willful Infringement," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Motion to Exclude Plaintiff's Damages Experts," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Pretrial Motions for Summary Judgment and Daubert Motion," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Grants Motion to Transfer Venue to California," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Rules on Motions in Limine and Other Pretrial Matters," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "Two Verdicts in Consecutive Jury Trials Before Judge Andrews," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," May 31, 2017   View >
  • "District Court of Delaware Assigns Cases to Visiting Judges," May 26, 2017   View >
  • "Delaware May See an Increase in Patent Cases in Light of Supreme Court Decision in Kraft v. Heartland," May 22, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark, Judge Andrews, and Magistrate Judge Burke Deny Redaction Requests," May 3, 2017   View >
  • "Magistrate Judge Burke Rules Infringement Contentions Are Not Confidential Information of Plaintiff," May 3, 2017   View >
  • "Senior Judge Robinson Denies Motion to Transfer," May 3, 2017   View >
  • "Magistrate Judge Burke Denies Motion to Transfer," May 3, 2017   View >
  • "Senior Judge Robinson Denies Motions for Relief from Judgment," May 3, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Rules on Effect of Estoppel Following IPR," May 3, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Grants in Part and Denies in Part Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim," May 3, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Denies Motion to Stay Pending Inter Partes Review Without Prejudice," May 3, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Invalidates Patents as Obvious," May 3, 2017   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," May 3, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Denies Requests for Leave to File Motions for Summary Judgment," April 13, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Motion for Sanctions Despite Confirmed Wiped Computers and Shredded Documents," April 13, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Grants in Part Defendants' Motion to Strike Plaintiff's Infringement Contentions and Portions of Its Expert's Report," April 13, 2017   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Update And Judge Sleet to Take Senior Status," April 13, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Defendant's Request for Supplemental Infringement Contentions," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Defendant's Motion to Dismiss," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Grants in Part Defendants' Motion for Attorneys' Fees," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Based on Discovery Violations," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Rules on Motions in Limine ," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Grants in Part and Denies in Part Cross-Motions to Strike Portions of Expert Reports," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Requires Plaintiff to Produce Documents Withheld on Purported Privilege Grounds," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Holds Patent Not Invalid for Obviousness," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Rejects Obviousness Argument," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Magistrate Judge Burke Grants and Denies in Part Proposals to Protective Order," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Motion to Enforce Settlement After Finding of Invalidity," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Denies Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," March 7, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Adopts Procedure for Use of Conflicts Counsel," February 9, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Construes Claim Terms and Denies Motion to Amend Pleading to Allege Inequitable Conduct," February 9, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Grants Motion for Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement Based on Collateral Estoppel," February 9, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim but Permits Leave to Amend," February 9, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Defendants' Motions for Fees," February 9, 2017   View >
  • "Magistrate Judge Burke Finds No Statutory Estoppel Based on IPR," February 9, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Grants Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement Following Claim Construction," February 9, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Motion to Exclude the Testimony of Damages Expert," February 9, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Plaintiff's Request to Enter Rule 54(b) Judgment," February 9, 2017   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," February 9, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Burke Grants Motion to Stay Pending Motion to Dismiss," January 13, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Affirms Magistrate Judge's Order Denying Discovery Sanctions," January 13, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Motion to Vacate and Rules on Disputes in a Joint Status Report," January 13, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Motion to Continue," January 13, 2017   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Grants and Denies Pre-Trial Motions," January 13, 2017   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," January 13, 2017   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Summary Judgment Motions and Motions to Preclude Expert Testimony," December 15, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Grants Defendants' Motion for Leave to File Motion for Summary Judgment of Noninfringement," December 15, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Parties' Motions in Limine to Preclude Evidence on Claim Construction," December 15, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Grants and Denies in Part Defendant's Motion to Dismiss," December 15, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Finds One Patent Invalid as Obvious, Another Not Invalid ," December 15, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Motion to Compel Discovery," December 15, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Grants Motion to Dismiss and Denies Motion for Declaratory Judgment," December 15, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Defendants' Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings," December 15, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," December 15, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson to Take Senior Status," November 3, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Motion for Attorneys' Fees," November 3, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Motion for Attorneys' Fees a Second Time," November 3, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings of Collateral Estoppel," November 3, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Motion for Damages, Fees, and Costs for Breach of Indemnification Agreement," November 3, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies 101 Motions in Two of Three Decisions Issued in One Day," November 3, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Finds One Patent Not Invalid, Another Patent Obvious in ANDA Case," November 3, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Denies 101 Motion," November 3, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Motion for Transfer," November 3, 2016   View >