The Best Patent Law Firm in Each State – Infographic

November 15th, 2015

The Best Patent Law Firm in Each State

The following U.S. law firms are among the most prestigious in their respective states. Many will help inventors, small businesses, and large businesses alike to acquire, maintain and protect patents. As of the making of this list in 2015, we have good reason to believe that each one is both highly ethical and highly effective. 

Please see the end of this report for an explanation of how we chose each firm, as well as definitions of important terms. Below the infographic, you will find the entire article.

The Best Patent Law Firm in Each State


Alabama: Adams and Reese LLP


Adams and Reese LLP is among the best-reviewed patent law firms in Alabama. Their offices in this state also have several Tier 1 rankings in the U.S. News and World Report list of Best Law Firms. They offer patent searches, evaluations, applications, rights deals, litigation and more. They primarily serve corporate clients (including startups), universities and other scientific organizations.


Alaska: Stoel Rives LLP


Ranked nationally as a Tier 3 firm in patent law, Stoel Rives LLP also has excellent client reviews, averaging 4.9 out of 5. While Alaskan residents may need to work with a lawyer located outside of the Anchorage office, the Stoel Rives team handles almost all varieties of patent and all facets of patent law.


Arizona: Perkins Coie LLP


From 2013 to 2014, Perkins Coie was the U.S. News Law Firm of the Year in patent law, and it remains a Tier 1 firm. It currently ranks as the 14th best intellectual property firm in the U.S. on Additionally, several of their attorneys once worked for the USPTO. This firm specializes in filing patents for entrepreneurs and individual inventors.


Arkansas: Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP


Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP is the only firm to have an Arkansas office reach Tier 1 in patent law. They offer patent prosecution services for businesses of any size, and have experience in both U.S. and international law.


California: McDermott Will & Emery LLP


McDermott Will & Emery LLP has a long list of accolades, standing as: one of the four best law firms in Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents according to The Legal 500; the 12th best patent law firm in the U.S. according to Intellectual Property Today; and a Tier 1 firm according to U.S. News. Their attorneys are highly qualified and the majority have technical or scientific degrees in addition to their law degrees.


Colorado: Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP


Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP is a Tier 1 patent law firm both locally and nationally, the 9th best on the Intellectual Property Today charts, the 13th best according to, and one of the top 24 in The Legal 500. They offer counseling, prosecution, and litigation services.


Connecticut: Cantor Colburn


The Legal 500 considers Cantor Colburn one of the top nine firms in patent prosecution, and Intellectual Property Today ranks them as the 10th best in patent law overall. They handle all varieties of patents, including plant patents.


Delaware: Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP


U.S. News ranks Novak Druce as a Tier 1 patent law firm both locally and nationally. In addition, Intellectual Property Today ranks them at #11 in the country. Novak Druce’s attorneys work in a wide variety of industries and specialize in life sciences.


Florida: Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP


See Delaware.


Georgia: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP


This exceptional firm has achieved recognition across the board. It is recognized as one of the four best patent law firms in America by The Legal 500, the second best by, the seventh most active in patent law by Martindale-Hubbell, and the 20th best by Intellectual Property Today. They file thousands of patents of all varieties every year.


Hawaii: Godbey Griffiths, LLLC


Godbey Griffiths is the only Hawaiian firm to be have their patent law services ranked by U.S. News, and they have earned a Tier 1 ranking. Their peers have rated them highly as well.


Idaho: Holland & Hart LLP


While no law office in Idaho appeared in the national ratings we reviewed, Holland & Hart is well known for their skill in patent law. They are also one of only a few Idaho firms that displayed positive reviews from both clients and peers on Additionally, they have put greater effort into advertising their patent services than many local competitors, demonstrating a higher level of confidence. They serve individual inventors and major corporations alike.


Illinois: McDermott Will & Emery LLP


See California.


Indiana: Barnes & Thornburg LLP


Barnes & Thornburg is the only Indiana-based firm to achieve both metro and national Tier 1 rankings in patent law. They have received positive reviews from clients and peers as well. Their broad intellectual property offerings encompass patent prosecution, litigation, and more.


Iowa: Nyemaster Goode, P.C.


Of the three Tier 1 patent law firms in Iowa, Nyemaster Goode has the best (and most) ratings on From patent search to litigation to portfolio strategy, they offer all of the services an inventor needs.


Kansas: Hovey Williams LLP


Although tied with Erickson, Kernell, Derusseau & Kleypas, LLC both as a Tier 1 firm and in peer reviews with a perfect 5.0 average, Hovey Williams has a larger number of partners. This means they have maintained their perfect rating across a larger number of reviews, implying impressive firm-wide discipline. The larger selection also means you are more likely to find an attorney suited to your needs.


Kentucky: Middleton Reutlinger


Although they have fewer Martindale-Hubbell reviews than fellow Tier 1 firm Frost Brown Todd LLC, Middleton Reutlinger places greater emphasis on their patent law offerings. They have 14 qualified patent attorneys in the state of Kentucky.


Louisiana: Jones Walker LLP


Martindale figures suggest that Jones Walker is the most popular Tier 1 patent law firm in Louisiana. Jones Walker also has excellent reviews from peers and clients. They accept all clients, from individuals to major corporations.


Maine: Pierce Atwood LLP


Pierce Atwood appears to be slightly less popular than Murray Plumb & Murray and is tied with them in national rankings. However, we chose them as the best in Maine because they have slightly higher peer ratings than MPM, and more importantly, because they display their client reviews on while MPM has chosen to hide theirs. They offer comprehensive patent services in a wide variety of industries.


Maryland: Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P


Highly rated by peers, clients, and U.S. News, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston has more patent attorneys than any other Baltimore firm. They serve businesses of any size and deal with both domestic and international patent law.


Massachusetts: Fish & Richardson P.C.


Fish & Richardson is the best patent law firm not only in Massachusetts, but quite possibly in the country as well. They are rated as the absolute best in the U.S. by both and, one of the top four patent prosecution firms by The Legal 500, the fourth best nationwide by Intellectual Property Today, and a Tier 1 firm both locally and nationally by U.S. News. Having an additional office in Munich makes them particularly qualified to handle international patent applications. They welcome businesses of all sizes as clients.


Michigan: Brinks Gilson & Lione


Brinks Gilson is the only firm in Michigan to appear on more than one of the national ranking systems we reviewed. Intellectual Property Today rates them as the 17th best in the country, and The Legal 500 puts them in the top 35 for patent prosecution. U.S. News rates their Ann Arbor office as Tier 1 in patent law. Brinks Gilson can assist you with everything from filing new patents to defending your intellectual property rights.


Minnesota: Fish & Richardson P.C.


See Massachusetts.


Mississippi: Burr & Forman LLP


Burr & Forman is the only Mississippi firm to have all of the following: a satisfactorily high focus on patents; both public client reviews and high peer reviews on; and recognition as a quality patent law firm by U.S. News (though this last is for their work in their Tampa, Florida office). They offer a full suite of patent law services.


Missouri: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.


Harness Dickey ranks as the 6th best law firm for patent activity on, and as the 7th best in patent law in Intellectual Property Today. They are also a U.S. News Tier 1 firm locally and Tier 2 nationally. According to their website, they have successfully prosecuted over 15,000 patents to date.


Montana: Holland & Hart LLP


See Idaho; the reasons for choosing them in Montana are much the same.


Nebraska: Houghton Vandenack Williams Whitted Weaver Parsonage LLC


Although they are outshone in certain areas by McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO, Houghton Vandenack Williams has a far greater emphasis on patents. They offer both patent prosecution and IP litigation. They willingly accept all clients, from individuals to large businesses.


Nevada: Weide & Miller, Ltd.


Weide & Miller is the only firm in Nevada to get ranked as Tier 1 in patent law by U.S. News—and they also have a Tier 1 ranking in patent litigation. They accept inventors and major corporations alike.


New Hampshire: Bourque & Associates


Bourque & Associates does one thing: intellectual property law. According to U.S. News, they do it rather well, as they are the only law firm in New Hampshire to receive a Tier 1 rating. They can guide you through everything from patentability to litigation.


New Jersey: Flaster/Greenberg P.C.


Of New Jersey’s four Tier 1 patent law firms, Flaster/Greenberg is the only one with client reviews available on (and both their peer and client reviews are excellent). We take this as a positive sign, as it indicates they have served clients well enough to motivate them to go online and share their opinions. In addition, they offer comprehensive services encompassing evaluation, prosecution, litigation, governmental proceedings, relevant agreements, and portfolio management.


New Mexico: Peacock Myers, P.C.


Just like Flaster/Greenberg above, Peacock Myers is the only Tier 1 firm in its state with reviews from both peers and clients on They are dedicated to patent and intellectual property law and provide a full range of services in those fields.


New York: Fish & Richardson P.C.


See Massachusetts.


North Carolina: Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP


See Colorado.


North Dakota: Dorsey & Whitney


Although no North Dakota firm achieved recognition in the patent law ranking systems we reviewed, Dorsey & Whitney’s Fargo office has achieved Tier 1 rankings in other areas, demonstrating their reliability. They are also the only firm in North Dakota to both achieve any variety of Tier 1 ranking and explicitly and emphatically offer patent prosecution services.


Ohio: Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP


Porter Wright is neck-and-neck with Ice Miller LLP in the U.S. News rankings. They tie as the only two firms to rank nationally (Tier 3) as well as locally (Tier 1) in patent law. However, of the two, only Porter Wright has been peer reviewed on, where they have been deemed highly ethical. This extra layer of assurance made us decide to put them at the top. They provide services in all major areas of patent law.


Oklahoma: McAfee & Taft PC


McAfee & Taft has received the most exceptional client and peer reviews of any Tier 1 firm in Oklahoma. They specialize in electrical, chemical, and mechanical inventions, and take both big businesses and private individuals as clients.


Oregon: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt


While competing Oregon firm Chernoff Vilhauer LLP has received better peer reviews, they have chosen to hide their client reviews. Schwabe has not—and they have maintained a high average client rating. We favor them for their greater transparency. They specialize in life science, mechanical, and information technology, as well as nano-/microtechnology.


Pennsylvania: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC


Intellectual Property Today rates Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney as the 21st best patent law firm in America. The Legal 500 also rates it among the top 24 in the U.S., and U.S. News ranks it as Tier 3 nationally and Tier 1 locally. Their specialties include biotech, materials science, and chemical, electrical, and mechanical inventions.


Rhode Island: Verrill Dana LLP


Verrill Dana has the heaviest focus on patent law (including prosecution, not just litigation) of all Rhode Island law firms to both receive a national ranking of any variety from U.S. News and be peer reviewed on Martindale. Additionally, their Portland, ME office has received a Tier 1 metro ranking in patent litigation, demonstrating their overall competence. They offer a full suite of patent services.


South Carolina: Dority & Manning, P.A.


Dority & Manning, P.A. and J. Bennett Mullinax LLC are the only two Tier 1 patent law firms in South Carolina. Both are dedicated intellectual property firms, but far more Dority & Manning attorneys have been peer reviewed. Unlike J. Bennett Mullinax, they also have client ratings (albeit very few), which are currently perfect. They work with businesses of all sizes and with universities.


South Dakota: Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C.


No South Dakota firm appeared in the ranking systems that we reviewed. In our opinion, Woods Fuller stands out as the best among the few firms in the state to offer comprehensive patent services. They have achieved metro Tier 1 rankings in several other areas of practice and have received positive reviews.


Tennessee: Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP


Of the three Tennessee firms to reach Tier 1 in patent law, Waller has ranked in the largest number of practice areas. They also have excellent reviews from peers and clients and a versatile patent practice.


Texas: Fish & Richardson P.C.


See Massachusetts.


Utah: Holland & Hart LLP


Ranked as a Tier 1 firm in Patent Law and Tier 2 in Patent Litigation, Holland & Hart narrowly beat close competitor TraskBritt thanks to the outstanding performance of Salt Lake City–based attorney L. Grant Foster, the only individual in Utah to currently hold a highly recommended rating in patent prosecution from the IAM Patent 1000. See Idaho for additional details.


Vermont: Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC


DRM has far more metro awards from U.S. News and slightly higher Martindale ratings than its closest Vermont competitor, Paul Frank + Collins P.C. They offer comprehensive patent services.


Virginia: Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP


Intellectual Property Today ranks Oblon as the best patent law firm in the country. Martindale, The Legal 500, and U.S. News lend credibility to this claim by ranking it as the second most active patent law firm in the country, one of the top 17 in patent prosecution, and a metro Tier 1 and national Tier 2 patent law firm, respectively. They work with businesses of all sizes and with universities.


Washington: Perkins Coie LLP


See Arizona.


West Virginia: Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.


Although we found no West Virginia law firms in the patent law ranking systems we reviewed, Dickie McCamey has received recognition in several other areas. They also have excellent peer and client reviews. Their offerings run the gamut of intellectual property law and cover a wide range of industries.


Wisconsin: Foley & Lardner LLP


Appearing in The Legal 500’s top four patent prosecution firms, Foley & Lardner ranks as #8 in Intellectual Property Today, #23 on, and a U.S. News Tier 1 firm in patent law and patent litigation, both on the national level and in the Milwaukee metro area in particular. They work with a wide range of technologies and with software and business methods.


Wyoming: Holland & Hart LLP


See Idaho; we selected Holland & Hart for Wyoming for essentially the same reasons.


How We Chose These Firms


Our choice of the best patent law firm in each U.S. state is based on information from the following resources:


  • S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
  • The Legal 500 rankings for Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents
  • Intellectual Property Today 2015 Top Patent Firms (top 25 only)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Top 10 Law Firms – U.S. Patent Activity
  • com Best Law Firms for Intellectual Property
  • Martindale-Hubbell peer and client reviews, as tiebreakers
  • Other ranking systems, such as the IAM Patent 1000, as tiebreakers
  • Firm websites, to determine each firm’s dedication to and emphasis on patent law
  • Journalistic articles, when other resources failed to provide sufficient information


Important Terms


Tier: This is in reference to U.S. News rankings. Tier 1 firms are the highest-ranked, Tier 2 the second-highest, and Tier 3 the third. Ranking in any tier is a significant honor. We use both “metro” and “local” to refer to metropolitan rankings, and “national,” “nationwide,” “across the country,” and so on to refer to national rankings. A full explanation of the tier rating system is available here:


Martindale, Martindale-Hubbell, Any of these refers to information provided by Martindale-Hubbell on their website,


The Legal 500: All Legal 500 rankings cited refer to their Patent Prosecution: Utility and Design Patents rankings. While they use a tier system as well, we avoid referring to it as such in order to prevent confusion with U.S. News rankings. Instead, we refer to them as one of the top X firms; a Tier 1 firm is designated one of the top four (since there are only four Tier 1 firms), a Tier 2 firm one of the top nine (since there are four Tier 1 and five Tier 2 firms), etc.


Peer or client ratings/reviews: All such reviews referenced come from


Patent prosecution: This refers to the patent creation and application process.


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How to Get Your Product Into Anthropologie

September 10th, 2015

Anthropologie is a boutique retailer based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The chain is owned by retailing giant Urban Outfitters and boasts 216 locations as of September, 2015.

Known for it’s unique process for selecting their products, Anthropologie has maintained a unique feel that keep it’s customers coming back and back. We have put some tips into this infographic to help you get your product into their stores.

Quick Anthropology Facts:

Revenue: Anthropologie had sales of over $311 Million in the first quarter of 2015.

Number of Anthropologie Stores: 216

Headquarters: Anthropologie is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Doing Business with Anthropologie:

Getting Your Product Into Anthropologie


How to Get Your Product Into Walgreens

July 9th, 2015

Walgreens, started by Charles Walgreen in 1901, has grown to be the 6th largest retailer in the nation with over 8,000 locations generating over $76 Billion per year in revenue.

We’ve put together the infographic below to help vendors and small businesses navigate the process of getting onto Walgreen’s store shelves.

How to Get Into Walgreens

How to Get Your Product Into Home Depot

July 7th, 2015

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Home Depot generates $83+ Billion per year in revenue across it’s 1,965 stores. The largest hardware chain in the country, Home Depot ranks as the 5th largest retailer in the United States.

We constructed this infographic to walk  you through what it takes to become a Home Depot supplier and get your product on their store shelves.

Get Your Product Into Home Depot


How to Get Your Product Into Target

July 6th, 2015

With nearly 2,000 stores and $71 Billion in annual sales, Target can send turn a startup into a multi-million dollar business. Open to new and innovative products, Target has done a great job of allocating shelf space for new products – giving them a shot at national roll-out. Here is an infographic we put together to walk  you through the process of how to get your product on their store shelves.

How to Get Your Product Into Target

Get Your Product Into Costco

June 29th, 2015

Costco, based out of Issaquah, Washington, is the third largest retailer in the world. With 447 stores, Costco generates an astounding $105.1 Billion in Yearly sales.

With a membership base of millions of business customers, Costco is a great retailer for business to business products. With an inventory of approximately 4,000 products, the sales volume of each product in the store is around $500-$1,000 per day.

With the complexities of becoming a vendor, we have created an infographic to help you navigate through the process of getting your product line carried in Costco stores.

Get Your Product Into Costco

How to Get Your Product Into Walmart

June 29th, 2015

Getting into large retailers like Walmart can be a daunting task. From inventing your concept to engineering, prototyping, designing the packaging, and manufacturing, little energy can sometimes be left for a sole entrepreneur to get their product into major stores. To help ease the pain, we have put together an infographic detailing the process of getting into one of the most coveted retailers in the world.   How to Get Your Product Into  Walmart

Get Your Product Into Kroger

June 29th, 2015

Do you have a product that you think would be a good fit for Kroger, the 2nd largest retailer in the world? The companies 3,519+ stores generate a staggering $108+ Billion per year in revenue. Being carried by this rapidly growing giant can catapult your product to a household name. But, how do you do break through the beauracracy and get into this giant? We have created an infographic in conjunction with Engineering Inventions to help you do just that.

Also, as always, we’re here to help select entrepreneurs with high potential products. You can apply here.


How to Get Your Product Into Kroger


Industry Standard Royalty Rates

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Are you interested in licensing your patent idea but aren’t sure where to start? Our team created this infographic just for you. This infographic explores what impacts royalty rates as well as the standard royalty rates of common industries. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

We originally published this infographic on

Patent Royalty Rates

Patent Licensing – The Ultimate Guide

July 7th, 2014

Patent Licensing Info Guide

Patent licensing is considered one of the most viable means of commercializing a patent. In short, a patent holder seeking to license his patent will not exploit it himself. That is, he will not try to create, market, and sell anything based on the patent. Instead, he will market the patent itself to those who do wish to take those steps. Any variation of this is known as “licensing a patent.” However, it is best to know some facts about licensing patents before one rushes to do so, or assumes that licensing is a “set it and forget it” means of cashing in on their intellectual property.

What is Patent Licensing?

Legally speaking, you have licensed your patent when you (the licensor) grant exploitation rights over your patent to a licensee (the person you are licensing it to.) “Exploitation rights” simply means the right to create, market, and/or sell something based on what that patent protects. A license of this nature is also a legal contract, and that contract is what will spell out in concrete terms precisely which exploitation rights are being granted. These include any performance obligations the licensor might demand of the licensee. This means that if any performance obligations are included in the contract (ie, “You must produce X number of sales by the year X.”), and they are not met, this could lead to the patent licensing being terminated in its entirety. In this context, a license is also revocable – ie, cancellable – if certain terms and conditions are not met. This is a common characteristic of legal contracts in general, with special ramifications for patent licenses. The only way to grant someone irrevocable exploitation rights, it should be added, is to assign them the patent. Assignments, however, are permanent. They entail the sale or outright transfer of the patent by the assignor to the assignee. An in-depth exploration of patent assignments is beyond the scope of this article, but just know that they are an option if irrevocable exploitation rights are something you seek.)

Patent Licensing: How to Capitalize

Now that you know what patent licensing is and what it involves, we can move on to a discussion of how to capitalize on them financially. The primary means of doing this is to seek royalties from the licensee in exchange for using your patent. Royalties, typically, are paid over the life of the patent. The amount and frequency with which royalties are paid from licensee to licensor must also be spelled out in the license agreement. In this way, the licensor is protected. If the licensee fails to pay the royalties that were agreed to, the licensor can revoke the patent license and retain sole exploitation rights over it.

Patent Licensing Structures

Here is an example of how this might work in practice. Let us say you licensed your patent to someone in exchange for royalties amounting to 20% of all sales resulting from your patent on a yearly basis. If your licensee creates something from the patent that results in a profit of $100,000, you would be entitled, by the terms of your license agreement, to $20,000 of that profit. If the licensee failed to disburse those funds to you, he/she would be in violation of the agreement and you could then proceed to revoke the license. (Again, the danger with using patent assignments over patent licenses is that failure to pay royalties will not revoke the rights you have already assigned. You will be free to litigate for the lost royalties, but this is often an expensive and lengthy process. With a patent license, the matter is more or less open and shut. Failure to pay royalties means revocation of the license.) Now, some more elaboration on performance options is in order as well. Performance options are a form of protection for the licensor. They are a way to ensure that the licensee does not “sit on” the patent, ie, do nothing with it and thereby starve the licensor of the ability to capitalize on it elsewhere. There are two basic types of performance options that can be written into a patent license agreement.

Patent Licensing Performance Options

The first kind is pre-market entry milestones. In short, these are obligations that the licensee is expected to achieve or meet. They could include things like bringing the invention under a trial or validation process, creating a working prototype, satisfying pertinent regulations, progressing through any clinical trials that exist, and so forth. These performance obligations ensure that things move along at a steady pace without any income-killing lag in activity. It prevents the licensee from become inactive as a rights holder. The second kind of performance obligations are post-market entry sales targets. These take effect once the invention is out of the development stage and available for sale on the market. Very simply, such obligations include sales targets, profit margins, or any other measurable goal tied to the performance of the idea in the free marketplace. These obligations give the licensee concrete goals that he must attain and give the licensor a bare minimum of royalties that he can expect to reap.

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In closing, licensing a patent is one of the most reliable ways to capitalize off of one’s intellectual property. By working with a patent lawyer to draft a patent license agreement and choosing your licensee(s) carefully, you will greatly increase your chances of successfully licensing your patent. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at