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Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg is the last boutique standing that specializes in cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission. The competition, 19-lawyer Ablondi, Foster, Sobin & Davidow, was absorbed into D.C.’s Miller & Chevalier in 2001. So it’s not surprising that Adduci, Mastriani, a 20-lawyer D.C. firm, filed the most patent cases at the ITC last year and over the past three years. Founding partners Jim Adduci and Lou Mastriani both worked at the ITC before starting their firm in 1980. And though Adduci says he’s approached all the time by other firms, his firm has “no plans to go away or to merge.” Adduci’s firm is currently representing Energizer Holdings Inc. in its attempt to ban 24 companies from importing infringing batteries into the United States. The firm is co-counsel with Grand Rapids, Mich.’s Price, Heneveld, Cooper, DeWitt & Litton. Adduci says that much of his firm’s work comes from firms outside Washington, D.C., that need specialized help. “I wouldn’t call us ‘local counsel,’ ” he says. “ More like ITC counsel.” The ITC has increasingly become the port of choice for companies looking to ban the importation of infringing goods. Successful plaintiffs can get an exclusion order directing the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to bar entry of particular products. The ITC has a reputation as a speedy forum, faster even than the rocket dockets in the Western District of Texas and the Eastern District of Virginia. And the ITC’s decisions are ordinarily upheld. About half of its decisions are appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and about 80 percent of them survive. Methodology: To compile the chart, a tally was made of law firms filing an appearance in intellectual property — or Section 337 — disputes before the ITC. Nearly all Section 337 disputes deal with patents; trademark and copyright matters were excluded. Each firm was counted only once per case, no matter how many parties it represented. Firms that withdrew during the case still received credit. Cases from other firms that merged into these firms during the period were included. Top Firms 2002 / Patent Cases Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg / 4 Fish & Richardson / 4 Howrey Simon Arnold & White / 3 Miller & Chevalier / 3 Townsend and Townsend and Crew / 2 Top Firms 2000-02 / Patent Cases Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg / 18 Miller & Chevalier / 17 Fish & Richardson / 14 Howrey Simon Arnold & White / 11 Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner / 9 McDermott, Will & Emery / 8 Townsend and Townsend and Crew / 7 Foley & Lardner / 4 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius / 4 Morrison & Foerster / 4 Pillsbury Winthrop / 4 Michael Ravnitzky was director of database and computer-assisted research for The American Lawyer, an affiliate of Legal Times.

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