Alston & Bird has been ranked among the top five most-active AmLaw 100 firms in defending patent cases over the past decade.
As highlighted by Lex Machina in its 2020 Patent Litigation Report, which focuses on 10 years of legal analytics, Alston & Bird defended 667 cases, including 336 high-volume plaintiff cases and 86 abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) cases. Fifty-five of the cases were heard in federal district court.
Further underscoring Alston & Bird’s success in patent defense is the ruling secured by the firm in January in favor of Ford Motor Co., which won a final judgment of noninfringement in Delaware federal court against claims by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ethanol Boosting Systems LLC alleging that Ford infringed patented technology that produces cleaner and more-efficient engines.
In another case in December in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Alston & Bird client CarMax Auto Superstores Inc. won the dismissal with prejudice of claims by KCG Technologies that CarMax infringed a patent related to smart phone technology for cars.
The Lex Machina ranking is the most recent earned by Alston & Bird for its patent defense work. In January, the firm was recognized by Patexia Inc. in its 2020 ITC Intelligence Report as one of the top five most-active and best-performing law firms representing respondents in Section 337 investigations conducted by the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Lex Machina is an intellectual property litigation research company and division of LexisNexis.