Our intellectual property litigators try complex, high-stakes cases involving cutting-edge technologies for clients across industries in jurisdictions nationwide and before the Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Boards.

The team combines extensive courtroom experience with technical dexterity and broad industry knowledge. BTI Consulting singled out Ballard Spahr as an “IP VIP” for its depth in both complex and routine IP litigation. Chambers USA has described our IP litigators as thorough, smart, talented, and responsive and we were listed as a National Tier 1 firm for IP Litigation by U.S. News & World Report.

We have served as lead counsel in complex cases involving patent, copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement; false advertising;  theft of trade secrets; licensing disputes; domain name and other internet-related matters.

Although we have taken a wide variety of cases to trial before judges, juries, and arbitrators, and prevailed on appeal, we know when and how to use pretrial proceedings and discovery to defuse a case before it explodes, so that the matter is resolved on favorable terms.

Many of our attorneys have worked in the industries they now serve and hold advanced degrees in the sciences. They frequently are called upon to act as administrative judges. Our litigators have led significant cases for clients in industries, including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Communications
  • Medical technology
  • Energy
  • Financial Institutions
  • Retail 
  • Electronics
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Consumer products
  • Food and Beverage

Geographic reach also is a strength. We handle intellectual property litigation in tribunals worldwide and courtrooms across the country—including the District of Delaware, the Eastern District of Texas, the Southern District of New York, the Northern District of California, and the District of Massachusetts. We have been involved in all phases of patent infringement litigation and appeared before:

  • Federal courts
  • International Trade Commission
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board 
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Trademark Trial and Appeal Board


Richard W. Miller
Practice Leader
Tel: 678.420.9340