Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is one of the most complex and interconnected areas of the law. In today’s business climate, corporations and their shareholders recognize the long-term value of intellectual property assets such as patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.  These assets require consistent and comprehensive protection. Jenner & Block has more than 80 professionals with significant experience and a lengthy track record of extraordinary success on behalf of a diverse range of clients.

We deliver sophisticated intellectual property capabilities — from high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation and complex outsourcing and licensing counseling to cutting-edge representation in the digital realm and beyond.   Some of the world’s largest and most respected companies such as 21st Century Fox, General Electric, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Universal Music Group, Diageo, The Dow Chemical Company, Groupon, Hertz, Johnson & Johnson, NBCUniversal, Nissan North America,  Schneider Electric and Viacom, to name a few, regularly depend on the skills of the lawyers in our Intellectual Property Practice.

Our experience in specific areas that intersect with intellectual property law includes the following:

  • Our nationally recognized strength in copyright law resides within our Content, Media & Entertainment Practice, which unites a set of highly skilled and nationally recognized lawyers who use their legal experience and business savvy to help content providers succeed.  We have handled some of the most important content protection matters facing the media and entertainment industry, including WNET v. Aereo, Capitol Records v. MP3tunes and Universal Recordings v. Escape Media Group ( These ground-breaking cases are changing law and affecting the way business is conducted and content is delivered. In addition, we have a rich history of handling some of the most important online copyright cases of our time, starting with the seminal Napster case and including MGM Studios v. Grokster, Viacom v. YouTube and Columbia Pictures v. Fung (isoHunt).
  • Our Patent Litigation and Counseling Practice wins trials and appeals by making science, technology and patent law understandable to juries, judges and arbitrators. Making the complicated seem simple requires creativity and superior trial skills.  Our partners offer unparalleled trial experience in high-stakes trials involving complex and cutting-edge technologies from bio-tech and pharmaceuticals to computers, transportation and artificial intelligence.  Our practice is also recognized as a leader in appellate advocacy.  We regularly are among the leading firms appearing in patent cases in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. 
  • Our Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants Practice is at the forefront of trade secret law. In two recent trade secrets cases representing clients as plaintiffs, Jenner & Block obtained a $940 million jury verdict in Wisconsin federal court and a $130 million settlement on the first day of trial in Washington state court.   We also litigated PepsiCo, Inc. v. Redmond, the seminal Seventh Circuit case concerning the inevitable disclosure doctrine for trade secrets, both at the trial and appellate level.   That case dramatically changed the law with respect to enjoining employees from working for competitors even if they did not sign a non-compete agreement or restrictive covenant.
  • Our Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practice helps brand owners confront the full spectrum of issues they encounter in the marketplace, including trademark and trade dress infringement, false advertising, dilution, cybersquatting and piracy.  We litigate cases in federal courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.   We also counsel clients in disputes involving the protection of their internet domain names, keyword advertising, meta-tags, linking, and online branding issues.   The practice has a particular focus on the convergence of trademark law, technology and the internet.