Intellectual Property

In today’s global economy, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property (IP) are among the most valuable assets of market leaders and rising businesses.

From aerospace technology to antiviral drugs, from software and web content to consumer goods, from cartoon character rights to financial services, BakerHostetler has the hands-on knowledge necessary to help clients secure and use IP assets for maximum competitive advantage. In thousands of proceedings spanning more than 100 countries, we protect client’s competitive advantage in negotiations, trials, and other dispute resolution proceedings.

As of January 1, 2014, BakerHostetler combined with Woodcock Washburn, one of the country’s most respected IP boutique law firms. With this combination, we doubled our existing IP practice to 140 lawyers and have offices in three additional significant markets—Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Founded in 1946, Woodcock Washburn is rated one of the top IP law firms in the United States by IP Law & Business. For 11 consecutive years, Chambers USA has listed the firm as the top IP firm in Pennsylvania. Moreover, BakerHostetler has deepened its existing depth of experience in the electrical and mechanical industries and significantly increased technical capabilities in computer sciences, biotechnology, the chemical arts, and life sciences.

The lawyers and agents who make up our IP Group have worked as engineers and in-house patent, trademark, and copyright counsel for companies and agencies as diverse as Borg-Warner, Canon, Capitol Records, IBM, Union Carbide, McDonnell Douglas, Exxon Mobil, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Justice Department, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Because of our extraordinary talents and track record of success, BakerHostetler was named a “go-to law firm” for IP law in Corporate Counsel® magazine’s guide to law departments in the nation’s top companies by in-house counsel at Johnson Controls and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Our practices in information-technology, patent, and technology law each received a National First-Tier Ranking from The Best Lawyers in America© 2013 edition (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

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Our IP Group encompasses eight teams:

Biotechnology, Chemical, and Pharmaceutical Team

Our Biotechnology, Chemical, and Pharmaceutical team helps clients leverage their intellectual property assets to create maximum revenue and growth, along with a distinct competitive edge. BakerHostetler's experience covers an extensive array of industries encompassed within the chemical arts field, including life sciences and industrial chemical applications. We proactively work with clients to maximize the value of portfolios, handling everything from portfolio management, licensing, and planning to litigation avoidance, third-party diligence, portfolio enforcement, and evaluation issues.

Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Science Prosecution Team

Businesses today operate in a global marketplace of ideas in which protecting intellectual property is not simply a necessary defensive exercise, but, instead, a vital component of strategy that can define the efforts of an entire organization. Our Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Software Prosecution team is comprised of more than 40 registered patent attorneys and agents, many of whom are recognized leaders in areas that include semiconductors, software, navigation systems, medical devices, aeronautics, and wireless communications and location technologies. Many of our team members hold advanced degrees in electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering fields and bring both a technical and legal understanding of these industries through prior experience as engineers, as well as in-house counsel.

Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Science Litigation Team

The complexity of today’s technology systems and the high value of intellectual property make industry disputes inevitable. Successful patent litigation requires broad intellectual resources combined with deep technological knowledge and an understanding of client business. Our more than 60 dedicated Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Science lawyers work with our clients as advisors, helping to maximize the value of patent portfolios through licensing and enforcement efforts carefully designed to monetize assets. To form cost-effective legal teams, we draw from our significant bench depth located across the United States.

Copyright, Content, and Platforms Team

BakerHostetler’s experience in handling copyright issues in media spans more than 95 years. Throughout this time, we have worked alongside our clients as they grappled with changes in the way content is distributed, copied, and created. Our team of sophisticated attorneys and professionals utilizes its experience in software and reproduction technologies, along with its deep understanding in intellectual property, media, and Internet law, to remain at the forefront of legal issues, including those created by evolving technologies. This broad base of knowledge and skills allow us to provide our clients with focused solutions in a cost-effective manner, regardless of industry type or company size.

Trademark Team

In this age of instant information and high-tech communications, a company’s success often depends upon the proper protection of its intellectual property, including its trademarks. We are dedicated to helping our clients strategically grow, secure, protect, defend, and enforce their valuable trademark assets, particularly in light of the rapidly evolving global marketplace. Our team of sophisticated trademark attorneys and professionals use their knowledge, skills, and experience to provide our clients with focused and cost-effective solutions, regardless of the type of industry or size of the company.

Information Technology and Transactions Team

Outsourcing, mergers, acquisitions, and virtual technology services and infrastructures enable organizations to vastly increase their reach and speed while dramatically lowering costs—but they pose significant risk, as well. The lawyers on our Information Technology and Transactions team are comprehensive strategic advisers who help clients across all sectors of the economy conduct complex transactions. As advisors, we often help clients choose technology platforms for maximum competitive advantage and profitability, while limiting risk exposure.

Media Law and Digital Content Team

Our digital media content team serves clients in all traditional and digital media. We help top international, national, and regional clients develop Internet platforms and negotiate agreements for Internet sales and distribution, information services, and computer games. We advise clients concerning their marketing and advertising activities, and we base such advice on broad experience developed in our representation of clients in music, motion pictures, gaming software, and other entertainment fields. Moreover, we are particularly well known for developing First Amendment law for media companies and the journalists and writers who work for them.

Privacy and Data Protection Team

We have one of the nation’s largest practices in the area of data privacy and information security. Our team is ranked with "considerable praise" in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business and holds the distinction of being “Recommended for Client Service” and “Recommended for Commercial Awareness.” We emphasize the importance of preparing clients to respond when a breach occurs. We routinely work with clients to prepare for such possibilities because we understand the importance of mitigating the potential impact of media coverage, federal, and state investigations and related consent decrees, consumer complaints and other potential issues.


Name Title Office Email
Hussein Akhavannik Associate Washington, D.C.
Michael E. Anderson Partner Washington, D.C.
Christopher M. Arena Partner Atlanta
David R. Bailey Partner Philadelphia
Miriam C. Beezy Partner Los Angeles
William C. Bergmann Partner Washington, D.C.
Ava L. Blake Associate Atlanta
Fernando A. Bohorquez Jr. Partner New York
Kevin M. Bovard Partner Philadelphia
Jared A. Brandyberry Associate Denver
Mark E. Braun Associate Philadelphia
Barry E. Bretschneider Partner Washington, D.C.
Craig M. Brown Associate Philadelphia
David M. Brown Associate Philadelphia
John W. Caldwell Partner Philadelphia
Eduardo M. Carreras Of Counsel Atlanta
Charles C. Carson Counsel Washington, D.C.
Lisa I. Carteen Partner Los Angeles
Timothy D. Casey Partner Seattle
Soonwuk Cheong Ph.D. Patent Agent Washington, D.C.
Thomas J. Clare Associate Philadelphia
Lisa N. Collins Associate Atlanta
Louis A. Colombo Partner Cleveland
Melanie S. Corcoran Staff Attorney Cleveland
John P. Corrado Partner Washington, D.C.
Regina Vogel Culbert Of Counsel Seattle
Craig L. Cupid Associate Atlanta
William R. Daugherty Counsel Houston
Thomas W. Dekleva Ph.D. Associate Philadelphia
Erdal R. Dervis Partner Washington, D.C.
John P. Donohue Jr. Partner Philadelphia
Jeremy M. Dukmen Associate Philadelphia
Sarah C. Dukmen Associate Philadelphia
Michael P. Dunnam Partner Philadelphia
Christopher M. Durkee Counsel Atlanta
Kenneth R. Eiferman Partner Philadelphia
David A. Einhorn Partner New York
Stephen S. Fabry Partner Washington, D.C.
Erich M. Falke Partner Philadelphia
David N. Farsiou Partner Philadelphia
R. Scott Feldmann Partner Costa Mesa
Gerald J. Ferguson Partner New York
Adam A. Fleckenstein Associate Atlanta
Adam J. Forman Partner Philadelphia
Tanya Forsheit Partner Los Angeles
Nancy R. Frandsen Partner Philadelphia
Hilmar L. Fricke Of Counsel Philadelphia
Alan L. Friel Partner Los Angeles
Harold H. Fullmer Partner Philadelphia
Randal L. Gainer Partner Seattle
Han Gim Partner Seattle
Daniel J. Goettle Partner Philadelphia
Daniel Goldberg Associate Los Angeles
Laura R. Gordon Associate Philadelphia
Michael David Graham Patent Agent Washington, D.C.
Jason P. Grier Associate Atlanta
Gregory A. Grissett Associate Philadelphia
Lesley M. Grossberg Associate Philadelphia
Felicity E. Groth Partner Philadelphia
Wade C. Haaland Ph.D. Associate Philadelphia
John A. Harrelson Jr., Ph.D. Counsel Philadelphia
James B. Hatten Associate Atlanta
Dale M. Heist Partner Philadelphia
John S. Hilten Partner Washington, D.C.
Michael Hirsch Staff Attorney Washington, D.C.
David B. Hoffman Counsel Philadelphia
Herbert E. Hoffman Associate Philadelphia
Jason F. Hoffman Partner Washington, D.C.
Robert B.G. Horowitz Partner New York
Benjamin C. Hsing Partner New York
Ronald C. Kern Jr., Ph.D. Associate Philadelphia
Nilesh Khatri Associate Washington, D.C.
Edward J. King Associate Philadelphia
Kevin W. Kirsch Partner Cincinnati
David E. Kitchen Partner Cleveland
Peter J. Knudsen Partner Seattle
Theodore J. Kobus III Partner New York
M. Scott Koller Counsel Los Angeles
Mark H. Krietzman Partner Costa Mesa
Jessie A. Kuhn Associate New York
P. Alan Larson Counsel Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey W. Lesovitz Partner Philadelphia
Jacqueline M. Lesser Counsel Philadelphia
John S. Letchinger Partner Chicago
Alan Leung Associate Washington, D.C.
Gary H. Levin Partner Philadelphia
Eugene Lieberstein Of Counsel New York
Stephanie A. Lodise Ph.D. Partner Philadelphia
Carrie A. Longstaff Associate New York
C. Dennis Loomis Partner Los Angeles
Joseph Lucci Partner Philadelphia
Krista L. Lynch Counsel Washington, D.C.
Charlie C. Lyu Associate Philadelphia
Kassity L. Mai Associate Washington, D.C.
David A. Mancino Partner Cincinnati
Kimberly M. Maynard Associate New York
Shannon V. McCue Partner Cleveland
Connor L. McCune Associate Seattle
Heather J. McDonald Partner New York
John E. McGlynn Partner Philadelphia
Melinda L. McLellan Counsel New York
Rakesh H. Mehta Ph.D. Counsel Philadelphia
Kathryn C. Mellinger Associate Philadelphia
Courtni E. Moorman Staff Attorney Cleveland
Christina J. Moser Partner Cleveland
John M. Mueller Counsel Cincinnati
John F. Murphy Partner Philadelphia
Phong D. Nguyen Partner Washington, D.C.
Jeb B. Oblak Associate Philadelphia
Jason S. Oliver Partner New York
Joseph P. O'Malley Counsel Philadelphia
Tracy U. Palovich Patent Agent Philadelphia
John M. Paolino Counsel Philadelphia
Stephanie M. Papastephanou Associate Philadelphia
Henrik D. Parker Partner Philadelphia
Alan M. Pate Associate New York
Tayan B. Patel Associate Washington, D.C.
F. Paul Pittman Associate Cincinnati
Paul E. Poirot Partner Washington, D.C.
William C. Powell Associate Seattle
Frank A. Pugliese Partner New York
Katrina M. Quicker Partner Atlanta
Aaron B. Rabinowitz Partner Philadelphia
Robert T. Razzano Partner Cincinnati
Michael J. Riesen Associate Atlanta
Steven J. Rocci Partner Philadelphia
Jeffrey H. Rosedale Ph.D. Partner Philadelphia
Douglas S. Rupert Partner Chicago
Chad A. Rutkowski Partner Philadelphia
Steven B. Samuels Partner Philadelphia
Brian L. Saunders Associate Philadelphia
David C. Schleifer Associate Seattle
John H. Scott III Associate Seattle
Shubhrangshu Sengupta Patent Agent Washington, D.C.
Peter B. Shapiro Associate New York
David J. Sheehan Partner New York
Kenneth J. Sheehan Partner Washington, D.C.
Lindsey A. Shoshany Associate New York
Thomas H. Shunk Partner Cleveland
Scott S. Simpkins Associate Philadelphia
Hans P. Smith Associate Costa Mesa
William F. Smith Of Counsel Seattle
Allen M. Sokal Counsel Washington, D.C.
J. Vaughn Spencer Ph.D. Associate Philadelphia
Maryanne Stanganelli Associate New York
Scott R. Stanley Associate Cincinnati
Michael D. Stein Partner Seattle
Kelu L. Sullivan Partner Washington, D.C.
Michael J. Swope Partner Seattle
Mark H. Tidman Partner Washington, D.C.
Donna A. Tobin Partner New York
Richard D. Tuminello Jr. Associate Washington, D.C.
S. Maurice Valla Partner Philadelphia
Monica S. Verma Partner Cleveland
Miranda Aiqing Wang Technical Advisor Seattle
Oren J. Warshavsky Partner New York
John H. Weber Partner Washington, D.C.
Theresa M. Weisenberger Associate Atlanta
Robert C. Welsh Of Counsel Los Angeles
Deborah A. Wilcox Partner Cleveland
Shawnna M. Yashar Partner Washington, D.C.


  • Chambers USA:
    • Intellectual Property in Ohio (2011 to 2015)
    • Intellectual Property in Pennsylvania (2014, 2015)
    • Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright in New York (2014, 2015)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" (2016)
    • Copyright Law: National Tier 2
    • Information Technology Law: National Tier 2
    • Litigation - First Amendment: National Tier 1
    • Litigation - Intellectual Property: National Tier 1
    • Litigation - Patent: National Tier 1
    • Media Law: National Tier 3
    • Patent Law: National Tier 1
    • Technology Law: National Tier 1
    • Trademark Law: National Tier 2
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016)
    • 2 lawyers named in Communications Law
    • 2 lawyers named in Copyright Law
    • 3 lawyers named in First Amendment Law
    • 1 lawyer named in Information Technology Law
    • 3 lawyers named in Litigation - First Amendment
    • 18 lawyers named in Litigation - Intellectual Property
    • 11 lawyers named in Litigation - Patent
    • 2 lawyers named in Media Law
    • 9 lawyers named in Patent Law
    • 1 lawyer named in Technology Law
    • 6 lawyers named in Trademark Law


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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
FilmOn and the Copyright Act §111 Compulsory Licensing
November 27, 2015
Web-based television streaming services have been dealt another blow in their campaign to transmit large broadcasters’ copyrighted programs.  In the latest decision on the issue, a federal judge rejected FilmOn X LLC’s claims that the...
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November 24, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced that the agency expects to begin Phase 2 Audits in early 2016. OCR intends to conduct desk audits and on-site audits of covered entities...
IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
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November 24, 2015
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Data Privacy Monitor
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November 23, 2015
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ALJ Issues Sweeping Decision Dismissing FTC’s Action Against LabMD
November 23, 2015
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