Intellectual property powerhouse boutique firm Sughrue Mion obtains more U.S. patents than any other firm. With a top-notch litigation practice, one of the largest full service trademark practices in the country and wide-ranging expertise in patent counseling, prosecution and review, Sughrue Mion helps clients such as Fuji Photo Film, Nexium and Samsung Techwin navigate the frontiers of new and existing technologies.
From Prosecution to Litigation and Beyond
Sughrue Mion was founded in the nation’s capital in 1957 by Richard C. Sughrue and Gideon “Frank” Rothwell exclusively as an IP boutique. In its early days, its specialties were patent and trademark prosecution. In the 1980s, litigation emerged as a formidable practice area for the firm. Along with its expanding practice areas, Sughrue Mion expanded its locations as well. It opened an office in Japan in 1987 and the San Diego office followed in 2005. Now, the firm serves worldwide clients in India, Europe, Japan, Korea, Israel, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Oceania. However, Sughrue Mion’s DC office remains not only its headquarters, but also the center of much of the action, due to its proximity to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
As is to be expected, Sughrue Mion attorneys are an accomplished bunch. The firm is known for its expertise in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board procedure and law. Natural, considering one partner actually wrote the definitive book on the topic. Several attorneys worked as USPTO Examiners prior to joining the firm, and 95 percent are licensed to practice before the Office. Most Sughrue Mion attorneys also have engineering, technical or science degrees, allowing them to understand the “intellectual” part of the “property.”
Sughrue Mion’s main practice groups are in patent counseling, patent post-grant review and patent prosecution, trademark, copyright and litigation. As part of its full service trademark practice, one of the largest of any U.S. firm, Sughrue Mion handles trademark counseling, litigation and prosecution and files applications for a variety of companies in such diverse industries as computers, toys, apparel, entertainment, publishing, communications, sports, automobile, food and beverage and restaurants. Its patent prosecution practice covers nanotechnology, biosimilars, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, chemical, Internet, e-commerce and software. Sughrue Mion is considered an expert in the obscure field of interference law, which governs the rare but vital trials that occur when two applicants claim similar patent rights.
Sughrue Mion’s talents attract a high-profile client roster. The firm filed a patent for a new model of the Blu-ray player, prosecuted to retain Mattel’s Barbie domain name, defended Kohl’s Department Stores in a shoe design copyright lawsuit and prosecuted trademark coffee products for Nestle. And that’s just its retail experience. Sughrue Mion has notable experience in the biotechnology industry, having prosecuted AstraZeneca for patent infringement on behalf of Hanmi Pharmaceuticals, counseled Ranbaxy against Merck’s litigation and handled trademark litigation for BioTek. On the energy front, Sughrue Mion also represented Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the news making case General Electric Co. v. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. G.E., in which G.E. accused Mitsubishi’s wind turbine design of infringing its own wind turbine technology patents.
Diversity in More Ways than One
Sughrue Mion’s diversity of talents matches its diversity of attorneys. Sughrue Mion was the only firm to place in the top five spots in two National Law Journal lists; it ranked fifth among 50 DC firms for highest racial diversity and fourth among 50 DC firms for most diverse partnership. Of its associates, 50 percent are minorities and 21 percent are women. Of its partnership, 23 percent are minorities and 25 percent are women. Overall, more than a dozen minority groups are represented at the firm. Sughrue Mion attorneys have no problem communicating with their global client base; they speak 12 languages aside from English.
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037-3202
Phone: (202) 293-7060
Employer Type: Private
Managing Partner: Mark Boland
Total No. Attorneys 2014: 100
Washington, DC (HQ)
San Diego, CA
Patent Post-Grant Review