IAM Patent 1000 Continues to Recognize Venable's IP Practice and Attorneys Among the Leaders in California, DC Metro Area, and New York for 2018

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10 attorneys recognized once again for Litigation, Prosecution, and Transactions

Washington, DC (June 7, 2018) – The 2018 edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals has recognized Venable's Litigation, Prosecution, and Transactions practices among the leaders in California, DC Metro Area, and New York. The publication noted that "Venable has really cracked the code for providing a seamless service across departments and legal disciplines and is a one-stop shop for technology innovators who want not only to procure, monetize, and enforce IP rights, but to also put themselves on a solid regulatory, tax, and competition law footing."

On the prosecution side, Michele Van Patten Frank "makes a well-deserved debut in the IAM Patent 1000 this year, having proven her 'unique ability to successfully navigate applications through the USPTO while keeping business objectives in mind and providing clever strategies for the development of portfolios. The quality of her work is excellent, her counselling is comprehensive, and her attentiveness and responsiveness are second to none'" and Michael A. Sartori, Ph.D. was singled out for "perform[ing] brilliantly as a mentor to his colleagues and is also a trusted adviser for his clients."

In highlighting the firm's cadre of IP litigation attorneys, IAM lauded Frank C. Cimino, Jr. as the group's "top trial lawyer" writing that he "litigates with speed and aggression, delivering arguments with pinpoint accuracy." Together with Bill Coston and Megan Woodworth, the team was noted for "successfully litigated numerous inter partes reviews in a complex patent dispute in the energy industry." IAM went on to note that William D. Coston "shines when it comes to issues at the intersection of IP and antitrust law." Heading up Venable's NY IP group, Frank M. Gasparo is tabbed as "comfortable advising the C-suite on strategy as he is advocating in court." Adam R. Hess is dubbed as a "determined strategist who exudes quiet confidence and really knows his stuff." Megan S. Woodworth was further called out for her "great work" as well as "excellent value for money."

The publication praised the IP transactions team for their ability to "anchor deal negotiations and secure signatures with minimal fuss," endorsing Nora E. Garrote and William T. Russell for their work in this space. James E. Nelson, was also noted for managing some of the "firm's most pressing and complex technology transactional matters."

In the DC Metro Area, Venable is "Recommended" for both Prosecution and Transactions and listed in the Silver band for Litigation.

The 2018 edition of IAM Patent 1000 is a unique guide that identifies the top patent professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The guide was compiled following an extensive five-month research process that included nearly 1,800 interviews with attorneys and in-house counsel. Firms and individual attorneys singled out by IAM Patent 1000 received significant positive feedback from peers and based on the depth of their experience, their market presence, and the level of work they perform.


Venable LLP is an American Lawyer Global 100 law firm headquartered in Washington, DC that serves as primary counsel to a worldwide clientele of large and mid-sized organizations, nonprofits, and high-net-worth entrepreneurs and individuals. With more than 700 attorneys across the country, including California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the firm strategically advances its clients' business objectives in the U.S. and around the globe. Venable advises clients on a broad range of business and regulatory law, legislative affairs, complex litigation, and the full range of intellectual property disciplines. For more information, please visit www.Venable.com.