I have kept my head down for a while, but wanted to let everyone know why: I have joined the Houston office of Texas litigation powerhouse Porter Hedges LLP as a partner in the patent litigation group. We have a brilliant and experienced team of 120 attorneys ready to zealously represent our clients. Porter Hedges has one of the largest litigation practices in Texas by both headcount and revenue. This means that we have the experience and firepower to take on anyone in the patent litigation universe in either the US or China. I now have the support at both the partner level as well as top associates (we pay BigLaw salaries to our associates) to enforce patents against the biggest and most well-heeled infringers.
I have been very lucky to have helped create one of the top plaintiff-side patent litigation practices in both the US and China. I have a great team in China headed in Beijing by my good friend and colleague, Dragon Wang, and together we will continue to enforce patents across Mainland China. My US practice over the last two years has gone from "I'm sorry, I am a US litigator but do not practice there" to a go-to patent litigation practice, especially in the Western District of Texas (see my other blog, the WacoPatentBlog.com). Apparently litigating in the US for 15 years before my time in-house and in China was still useful. Now, I am litigating in the US, China, and both. In fact, we have been quite successful at leveraging the speed of a Chinese case (along with the 99% chance of an injunction) with a parallel US litigation in Texas, Delaware, or the ITC. On the flip side, one of the few drawbacks of Chinese litigation is the lack of substantive discovery, so we can often use US discovery to make the Chinese case even easier (yes, there are potential protective order issues in the US, but often we can just get the judge in China to order production of a subset of the US production). Here is on overview of how it works:
I am looking forward in the coming days, months, and years to continue to build the best plaintiff-side patent litigation practice in the country. If you or your company would like to chat, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get it going!
Welcome to the China Patent Blog by Erick Robinson. Erick Robinson's China Patent Blog discusses China's patent system and China's surprisingly effective procedures for enforcing patents. China is leading the world in growth in many areas. Patents are among them. So come along with Erick Robinson while he provides a map to the complicated and mysterious world of patents and patent litigation in China.
Erick Robinson is an experienced American trial lawyer and U.S. patent attorney formerly based in Beijing and now based in Texas. He is a Patent Litigation Partner and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice at Spencer Fane LLP, where he manages patent litigation, licensing, and prosecution in China and the US.
The ideas and opinions at ChinaPatentBlog.com are my own as of the time of posting, have not been vetted with my firm or its clients, and do not necessarily represent the positions of the firm, its lawyers, or any of its clients. None of these posts is intended as legal advice and if you need a lawyer, you should hire one. Nothing in this blog creates an attorney-client relationship. If you make a comment on the post, the comment will become public and beyond your control to change or remove it.