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
whetzel@rlf.com
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Other Attorneys

Christine Dealy Haynes
Associate
302.651.7508
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Travis S. Hunter
Associate
302.651.7564
hunter@rlf.com
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Selena E. Molina
Associate
302.651.7682
molina@rlf.com
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Katharine Lester Mowery
Associate
302.651.7623
mowery@rlf.com
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Nicole K. Pedi
Associate
302.651.7844
pedi@rlf.com
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Jason J. Rawnsley
Associate
302.651.7550
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Related Practices

Publications

  • "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 >
  • "Magistrate Judge Burke Resolves Disputes over Identification of Accused Products and Production of Core Technical Documents," November 3, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," November 3, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Grants Motion to Amend Pleadings," October 5, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Dyk Denies Motion for Relief from Judgment," October 5, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants in Part and Denies in Part Motion to Preclude Expert Testimony at ANDA Bench Trial," October 5, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Denies Defendant's 101 Motion," October 5, 2016   View >
  • "Magistrate Judge Burke Imposes Deadlines to Narrow Asserted Claims and Invalidity References," October 5, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Denies Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction," October 5, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," October 5, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings Under Section 101," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Clarifies His Order Granting Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Issues Post-Trial ANDA Decision," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Summary Judgment but Grants Adverse Inference Regarding Infringement," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Parties' Motions to Strike Expert Reports," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Motions to Exclude Expert Witnesses in a Bench Trial," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Plaintiff's Motion for Sanctions," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Dismisses Request for Attorneys' Fees Without Prejudice," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Rules from the Bench on Certain Case Dispositive Motions and Motion for Sanctions, Reserves Decision on Others," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," September 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Trademark Case," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Denies Motion to Transfer Under Section 1404(A)," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Awards Over $900,000 in Fees for Exceptional Case," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Denies Motion for Summary Judgment of Laches," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Partially Grants Request for Costs," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Motion to Reconsider Denial of Transfer," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Limits Access to Confidential Information to Legal Counsel," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Magistrate Judge Burke and Chief Judge Stark Allow Early Claim Construction of One Term," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Magistrate Judge Burke Compels More Detail in Infringement Contentions," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Grants Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings Under Alice," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Sua Sponte Strikes Letter Requesting Teleconference ," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Notes Challenges in Trying Antitrust and Patent Claims Together," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," August 18, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Clarifies Specifics of Fee Award under Section 285," July 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Accepts in Part and Rejects in Part the Magistrate Judge's Opinion on Motions to Dismiss," July 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Adopts Special Master's Ruling on Motions to Strike," July 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Request to Intervene," July 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Grants Motion to Dismiss," July 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Denies Request to Reconsider Claim Construction ," July 12, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," July 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies in Part Parties' Request to Redact a Hearing Transcript," June 8, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Strikes Unused Exhibits From the Trial Record," June 8, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Grants Section 101 Motion to Dismiss for Unpatentable Subject Matter," June 8, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Imposes Prosecution Bar and Covenant Not to Sue on a Non-Practicing Entity's Executives and In-House Counsel," June 8, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Orders Defendants to Show Cause Why They Should Not Be Precluded from Using Information Provided by Foreign Parent Company," June 8, 2016   View >
  • "Magistrate Judge Burke Grants in Part Defendant's Section 101 Motion to Dismiss after Claim Construction Hearing," June 8, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Appoints Special Master for Motion to Disqualify Counsel," June 8, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Invalidates Defendant's Patent-in-Suit as Directed to an Abstract Idea," June 8, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Partially Grants Motion for Fees and Costs under Section 285," June 8, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," June 8, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," May 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Orders Hearing to Determine Whether the Parties Have Identified the Accused Products in the Case," May 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Delaware Corporation's Motion to Transfer," May 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Burke Declines to Assert Personal Jurisdiction over Texas LLC," May 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Finds Personal Jurisdiction over Washington Company but Grants Motion to Transfer Due to Undue Burden," May 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Motion for Attorneys' Fees after Invalidating Patents-in-Suit under Section 101," May 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Motion for Summary Judgment, Citing Patent's Inventive Concept," May 12, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Denies Motion to Dismiss Citing Factual Dispute on Patent-Eligibility of Subject Matter," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Renewed Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law and Motion for New Trial Following Jury Verdict," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Stark Grants Summary Judgment and Discovery Sanctions," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Limits Number of Custodians for Electronic Discovery," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Construes Claims as Plain and Ordinary Meaning," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants in Part Motion to Compel Discovery," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Chief Judge Stark Permits Sur-Rebuttal Expert Report with Costs in Lieu of Striking Untimely Reports," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Rules on Post-Trial Motions and Allows "Legally Unsupportable" Verdict to Stand," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Grants Motion for Attorneys' Fees," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Motion for Attorneys' Fees," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," April 28, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Standing," March 17, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Applies New Pleading Rules Retroactively to Motion to Dismiss Complaint for Direct Infringement," March 17, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Motion to Transfer And To Strike Preliminary Injunction Motion," March 17, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Thynge Grants Summary Judgment on Defendants' Licensing Defense," March 17, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Grants New Trial," March 17, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Denies Motion to Dismiss and Comments on Defendants' Frustrated Attempt to Collect Fees," March 17, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Resolves Jury Instruction Dispute," March 17, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," March 17, 2016   View >
  • "Delaware Intellectual Property Law Update," March 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Dismisses Induced, Contributory, and Willful Infringement Claims," March 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Sleet Grants Stay of Action Filed as "Protective Measure"," March 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction Without Prejudice," March 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Denies in Part Defendants' Motion to Redact Hearing Transcript," March 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Schedules Separate Infringement and Invalidity Trials," March 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Stark Places One-Way Restrictions on In-House Access to Confidential Discovery Material," March 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Defendant's Motion for Costs but Not Attorneys' Fees, Finding the Case "Unexceptional"," March 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Partially Lifts Stay Pending IPR After Institution Decision," March 1, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Stark Considers Indefiniteness at Markman and Refuses to Strike Claim Construction Brief," February 3, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Invalidates Patent," February 3, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Denies Defendant's Motion to Transfer Venue and Motion to Dismiss," February 3, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Andrews Grants Defendants' Summary Judgment Motion on Damages but Denies Summary Judgment Motions of Non-Infringement and Invalidity," February 3, 2016   View >
  • "Judge Robinson Allows Plaintiffs to Add Inducement Claim," February 3, 2016   View >