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About Heim, Payne & Chorush

We handle technologically complex cases, with a focus on patent infringement and class action antitrust cases. With the rise of post-grant challenges at the Patent Office, we have also handled numerous Inter Partes Review and Reexamination proceedings. Our attorneys attended some of the top law schools in the nation, and many clerked for federal district court judges and federal circuit court of appeals judges.

All of our attorneys have technical backgrounds in engineering or the sciences. This combination enables us to effectively and efficiently take on the most complicated patent, trade secret, and antitrust legal challenges.

Our Practice

HPC represents plaintiffs and defendants nationwide in patent, trade secret, and antitrust litigation in a broad range of technologies including microprocessors, graphics processors, computer architecture, search engines, memory control systems, wireless local area networks, cellular telephone systems, Bluetooth technology, data transmission systems and networks, systems for streaming audio and video, database caching software, multiplayer online gaming systems, multiband antennas, pharmaceuticals, drilling and other downhole systems, heart stents, and natural gas conversion systems.

HPC’s representation of plaintiffs and defendants includes cases in the federal district courts throughout the nation and the Texas state district courts. Many of these cases result in trials. HPC also represents plaintiffs and defendants in appellate courts nationwide, including the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

HPC has an active practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in patent review proceedings. HPC has represented both patent owners and petitioners in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Board. For example, in ABB, Inc. v. Roy-G-Biv Corp., a series of IPRs decided in 2014, HPC helped secure the first ever final written decision for a patent owner confirming the patentability of all challenged claims in an IPR.

Understanding and being proficient in post-grant proceedings before the board is an important aspect of modern patent litigation. HPC also has the skills to handle these cases through appeal at the Federal Circuit with its many former Federal Circuit clerks.

Our attorneys have a wide variety of technical backgrounds that allows us to handle all facets of intellectual property litigation and IPRs. We handle every aspect of the most complicated patent and trade secret disputes. While we represent some of the largest energy and technology firms, many of our clients are smaller companies seeking to protect their innovations against the behemoths of industry.

Our People

Our attorneys possess a rare combination of technical knowledge and top-tier legal experience and credentials. Each of our attorneys has one or more degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, chemical engineering, material engineering, physics, or chemistry. Many of our attorneys are registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Many of the firm’s attorneys served as law clerks at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and/or clerked at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. One of our attorneys received the highest score on the Texas Bar Examination, and we have a former U.S. Patent Examiner.

Across the board, our attorneys have proven technical and legal skills that enable us to obtain the best possible results for our clients, including some of the largest patent infringement verdicts and antitrust settlements in the country.

Our Business Model

While we handle cases under traditional hourly billing arrangements, we often are retained under contingency arrangements in which we share the risk and reward with our clients by linking our fees to the results we achieve. We have developed fee arrangements with clients that range from partial contingent fees that reduce our hourly rates for a stake in the outcome, to full contingent arrangements where we receive no hourly fees and are solely compensated from the results we obtain for our clients. We also have been retained under flat fee arrangements, where we are paid a fixed amount each month during the period of the lawsuit.

As in its litigation practice, HPC offers flexible compensation arrangements for handling IPR proceedings, including hourly, fixed fee, and other variations. HPC is willing to work with a client to determine the most cost-effective fee structure for that client.

We have found that our experience in handling contingent fee cases enables us to more efficiently manage hourly work. We treat every case as a representative model of our abilities and integrity. That is why so many clients and co-counsel contact us when they have a new case. At HPC, we take pride in our ability to partner with other attorneys and firms to bring the best possible trial team together for the benefit of the client.

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