Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 60 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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When a patent-notice letter lands on a general counsel's desk, most wonder what to do next. Most GCs know they cannot ignore the letter, but it can be difficult to assess how to respond and how much due diligence to perform. But the letter itself—more specifically, the nature of the entity claiming to hold the patent—can help determine the appropriate response.
A patent-notice letter is a crucial step in allegations of patent infringement. In patent cases in the United States, a jury typically decides the amount of damages for patent infringement and whether such infringement is willful. If the jury finds the infringement willful, the court decides whether to increase the damages up to three times the jury award.
To prove willful infringement, the patent holder must show that the alleged infringer knew of the patent at issue and was objectively reckless in its continued infringement. A patent-notice letter serves that notice function; continued use of the disputed technology then may constitute willful infringement, raising the prospect of treble damages. A company that receives a patent-notice letter must, at a minimum, take sufficient measures to rebut any allegations that its behavior was objectively reckless.
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