Some IP Boutiques Take Hit Amid Shifting Patent Landscape

By Ryan Davis (May 13, 2019, 8:03 PM EDT) -- Some of the nation's largest intellectual property boutiques saw their headcounts drop last year as a dwindling number of new patent complaints and an intense focus on cases at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board reshaped the patent landscape.

According to the latest Law360 400, which ranks the largest U.S. firms by attorney headcount, half of the 10 largest IP specialist firms saw their ranks dwindle in 2018 compared to the year before, while the other five saw modest growth or held steady.

Among the largest IP boutiques, Brinks Gilson & Lione and Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner PA saw the largest...

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