After just three years as the head of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson‘s IP litigation practice, attorney Scott Doyle has moved to Greenberg Traurig in Washington, D.C., where he will lead his new firm’s International Trade Commission practice.
Doyle joined Fried Frank in April 2015 after almost six years at Shearman & Sterling, where he was IP litigation chair and co-managing partner of the D.C. office. He will be part of Greenberg Traurig’s global intellectual property & technology practice group.
He said that Greenberg Traurig’s global footprint was a crucial factor in his move.
“I have clients located in Germany and Japan, and I just love the fact that Greenberg Traurig provides global services,” he said, also noting the firm’s presence in Korea and China.
Greenberg Traurig has 38 offices around the world, including Europe, Asia and Latin America. Fried Frank exited Asia in 2015. It currently has four offices in New York, Washington, London and Frankfurt.
“The intellectual property business is really started to be handled by just a few firms, and I think this is one of those firms that’s going to continue to grow and be a main player in providing those services around the world,” Doyle added.
Prior to Shearman & Sterling, he was at Steptoe & Johnson, where he battled telecommunications giant Verizon in VoIP patent litigation on behalf of client Vonage Holdings. Other high-profile litigation has included wins for German auto giant Daimler AG and its Mercedes-Benz unit involving an innovative technology designed to detect whether a driver is impaired when getting behind the wheel and a victory on behalf of WebMD.
He has recently seen two district court victories affirmed on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, while also securing early dismissals for three other patent cases.
Earlier in his career, Doyle worked in the general counsel’s office of the U.S. International Trade Commission, where he was involved in two of the largest patent cases in the commission’s history. He was trained as an electric engineer before he went into the field of patent law.
“At this critical time for so many companies in defending their key intellectual property assets in front of the ITC, we were fortunate to find a world-class practitioner to lead our efforts and take us to a higher level in the area,” Greenberg Traurig executive chairman Richard Rosenbaum said in a statement. “Scott brings a combination of legal talent, leadership skills and business savvy so rare in the field, and we are pleased to welcome him to lead and build the team.”
In September, Fried Frank lost another IP litigator, Jeffrey Lewis, who left for Norton Rose Fulbright. Partner Jonathan DeFosse, who joined Fried Frank alongside Doyle from Shearman & Sterling, remains at the firm.
Doyle said that he was in the process of expanding the team at Greenberg Traurig and that some of his former associates at Fried Frank might join him at the new firm.
“We thank Scott for his contributions to our litigation department and wish him well at his new firm,” James D. Wareham, global chair of Fried Frank’s litigation department, said in an email.