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Fish & Richardson's Juanita Brooks Named American Lawyer "Litigator of the Year"

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fish & Richardson IP litigator Juanita Brooks was recently named "Litigator of the Year" by The American Lawyer.  Brooks was singled out as "Litigator of the Year" for being "a titan of the patent bar" who "has been lead counsel in more than 13 patent trials" over the past two years.  Brooks' "Patently Tough" profile (click http://bit.ly/K3pVmj to view) was published on January 3, 2014.

According to American Lawyer, Brooks was selected for her impressive wins including victories for Fresenius USA "knocking out the remnants of a $150 million infringement verdict won" and fending off "generic challenges to Lumigan®, Allergan Inc.'s $300 million per year glaucoma drug."  American Lawyer noted that the Federal Circuit panel in the Allergan case wrote that Brooks "eviscerated an opposing expert witness's credibility on cross-examination." 

In total, Brooks won five cases (three trials and two Federal Circuit affirmances) – worth billions of dollars – for Allergan that protected markets for their Lumigan®, Combigan®, and Latisse® drugs.  She had two big patent wins for Cephalon involving its cancer drug Fentora®, protecting over $1 billion in both cases.  Brooks also scored a major jury verdict for Apple against Multimedia Patent Trust, which had claimed patent infringement against Apple's iPod, iPad, iPhone, and MacBook and asked for $172.3 million.

"Juanita has a hard earned reputation as one of the best IP trial attorneys in the country.  She is a master storyteller who connects with jurors and is able to make the most complex technology simple," said Ann Cathcart Chaplin, Practice Group Leader of Fish's Litigation Group.  "She is truly deserving of being honored as Litigator of the Year."

Fish & Richardson is a global law firm providing strategic counseling and litigation services to innovative clients who seek to protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property (IP).  Founded in 1878, Fish's early clients included Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers.  The firm has more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists practicing IP strategy and counseling, IP litigation, and commercial litigation.  Fish is consistently singled out for its superior technical expertise and great results, and has been named the top patent litigation firm in the country for 10 consecutive years.  Visit www.fr.com and http://fishlitigationblog.com, and follow @fishrichardson on Twitter.

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