Practice/Organization Description

Managing Partner: Richard B. Racine

Chairman: Thomas H. Jenkins

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is one of the largest law firms in the world focused solely on intellectual property law. With 375 lawyers and offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Finnegan practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. The firm also represents clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition.

Surveys consistently rank Finnegan as one of the leading IP law practices in the world. From 2002-2010, Managing Intellectual Property consistently ranked Finnegan as the #1 US law firm for patent litigation and non-contentious patent work, and the first or second-place for trademark litigation. In 2008 and 2009, Chambers USA ranked Finnegan as the top IP law firm. And, in 2009, The Legal 500 ranked Finnegan as Tier One in nearly every significant IP category.

The firm’s reputation for resolving some of the most complicated IP issues lies with its ability to match the needs of each unique case with the right combination of legal and technical capabilities. Over 100 of the firm’s legal professionals hold advanced degrees in cutting-edge scientific disciplines. They bring a wealth of experience from their past positions as law clerks for federal judges (including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and various U.S. district courts); as lawyers for the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Justice Department; as corporate counsel; and as patent examiners or trademark lawyers for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

The firm represents its clients’ litigation interests in courts throughout the US, including US district courts, state courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the years, Finnegan has argued more patent cases before the Federal Circuit than any other law firm. The firm represents clients in actions against the U.S. government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and in actions before the ITC and the U.S. Customs Service.

Finnegan’s services extend beyond litigation. Its lawyers serve as both advocates and arbitrators in domestic and international arbitration. The firm frequently provides advice and opinions on the infringement and validity of all forms of IP, conducts IP audits and due diligence analysis, provides patent and trademark watch services, formulates strategies for using IP assets, develops and carries out IP licensing programs, and negotiates and drafts licensing agreements around the world. It obtains appropriate licenses under US export control laws and negotiates and litigates U.S. government contract disputes.

Finnegan has an extensive patent prosecution practice. Over 300 professionals are registered before the USPTO. Annually the firm’s patent prosecution team handles more than 3,000 patent applications, files thousands of new trademark applications, and renders legal opinions for numerous clients worldwide.

Finnegan represents clients in virtually every business sector, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, electronics, computers, telecommunications, alternative energy, consumer products, financial services, the Internet, manufacturing, and publishing. The firm’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies to emerging companies involved in a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, such as gene therapy, multimedia content delivery systems, cardiocare products, and Internet operating systems. Nearly half of the firm’s clients are international companies, many of which are based in Europe and Asia.

Honors and Awards


Five Finnegan Attorneys Named Among the World's Top IP Strategists for 2010


Finnegan Partner Don Dunner Announced as an Inductee into the IP Hall of Fame for 2010


Managing Intellectual Property Ranks Finnegan in Top Tiers for Intellectual Property Services


901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001-4413, United States

  • 202.408.4000
  • 202.408.4400

Areas of Practice
  • Intellectual Property
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Virginia
Other Countries
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Japan
  • Taiwan
Number of Attorneys

100+ Attorneys

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