Five Haynes and Boone Attorneys Listed Among World’s Leading Patent Practitioners by IAM


Five Haynes and Boone, LLP partners have been recognized in the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2012 legal directory.

Partners Randall C. Brown, John Hintz, David L. McCombsPhillip Philbin and Richard Rochford were all honored in the IAM 1000, a new guide that identifies the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe. Individuals were selected based on feedback from market sources compiled during analyst interviews.

“All five of these attorneys take great pride in the intellectual property work they perform for our clients every day,” said Terry Conner, managing partner. “To see their care and attention validated by this third-party research is especially gratifying. I congratulate them on this wonderful recognition.”

Overall, the directory editors rated the firm’s patent work with a Silver designation, meaning it is renowned for its top-end work.

“Complementing its leading reputation in the trademark sphere, Haynes and Boone also excels in patent law, winning commendation in all phases of patent protection, commercialization and enforcement,” the IAM researchers said. “Its prosecution know-how is especially highlighted by commentators: ‘Both the volume it handles and the quality it produces is more than impressive.’”

McCombs, chair of the firm’s technology practice, achieved a Silver ranking in litigation, and is a “Recommended Individual” in both licensing and prosecution. McCombs is described as an “accomplished overall counselor” who “wins plaudits across the spectrum of patent law.” He is an “absolute straight shooter,” researchers said, “who is ‘incredibly reliable and trustworthy, as well as being academically and technically brilliant.’ ”

Brown, who serves as the chair of the firm’s IP and Technology Transactions section, was ranked as a “Recommended Individual” in prosecution. “He is a leading authority on the chemical arts,” the editors concluded.

Hintz, Philbin and Rochford each received Bronze bandings designating them as among the most competitive in the field.

Hintz and Rochford are both recent arrivals in Haynes and Boone’s New York office. Researchers described Hintz as a “veteran litigator with experience of diverse technologies.” “He is a valuable addition to this expanding practice,” they said.

Rochford, former head of Nixon Peabody’s IP practice, “is great at explaining issues clearly and concisely in the courtroom,” researchers said. “He coordinates a team of people very effectively and is very good at reaching into the ranks of the firm to appropriately staff matters to best suit clients’ needs.”

Under the guidance of Philbin, the IAM editors said, the Haynes and Boone patent litigation practice “is revving up.” “He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in patent cases across the country and has won precedent-setting victories for clients,” they said.

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