Garrard Beeney, co-head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group, is regularly recognized as a leading lawyer for his counsel to clients on intellectual property and licensing transactions and litigation matters around the world. IAM Patent 1000 lauds Mr. Beeney as “the person to connect with when you want to push the boundaries,” commenting that he is “one of the best in the business” and “a fine litigator with sound judgment and strong pragmatic instincts.” Peers report, “when there is something you can’t do, you send it to him.” Legal 500 reports that Mr. Beeney has unparalleled experience advising on the formation of patent licensing pools.
Mr. Beeney has handled patent and intellectual property matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, the International Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent Trademark Office, federal district and appellate courts, arbitrations in a variety of forums, and regularly advises on non U.S. litigation, particularly in the European Community. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in infringement actions and advises plaintiffs on patent selection in pre-suit due diligence. Mr. Beeney has also represented clients before U.S. and European competition law authorities, particularly at the intersection of intellectual property and competition laws.
Beyond litigation, Mr. Beeney’s work includes advising clients on FRAND, patent damages, licensing, monetization, and pool formation and multi-party licensing. He has expertise structuring, drafting and negotiating IP-intensive transactions, including in the context of licensing, joint ventures, monetization, divestitures and other corporate transactions. Mr. Beeney’s licensing experience expands beyond the U.S., including the European Union, Korea, Japan and China.
Clients commend Mr. Beeney for his collaborative approach to matters, as The American Lawyer recently noted, quoting BlackBerry’s counsel: “I don’t think I have ever worked with counsel that have worked as collaboratively on a litigation as big as this. They made it easy for us to be full partners in this endeavor.”
Mr. Beeney is a frequent speaker at IP, antitrust and legal forums and often contributes thought leadership pieces, particularly in the area of standard essential patents and world-wide licensing.
Mr. Beeney has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers—an organization composed of preeminent members of the trial bar from the United States and Canada—and recognized as the leading trial lawyers’ organization in both countries. IAM calls Mr. Beeney “one of the best trial lawyers on the planet.” Mr. Beeney’s recent victories include:
Additional representative clients include British Airways, British Petroleum, British Telecommunications, France Telecom, Glaxo Wellcome, Polygram Records, Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation.
Mr. Beeney has been published in various journals and publications, as written and contributed chapters to several books, including:
Mr. Beeney has taught various trial advocacy courses, including serving as a member of the faculties of the National Trial Skills Program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the Cardozo School of Law.
Mr. Beeney’s public service activities include having served for more than a decade as the deputy mayor of Irvington, New York. He served as chairman of the board of Mercado Global, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of impoverished artisans in Central America and is a member of the boards of Graham Windham and ProBono.net. He also regularly represents clients in pro bono litigation, including in a recent successful First Amendment trial and matters involving child adoptions in Arkansas and Nebraska in which he successfully argued issues before both State Supreme Courts.
Mr. Beeney also is regularly recognized as a leading lawyer in the intellectual property and antitrust fields, among others, by leading industry publications, including The American Lawyer, The Best Lawyers in America, Forbes, Law360, The Legal 500 United States, Managing IP, Benchmark Litigation, National Law Journal and New York Super Lawyers. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Oral Advocates of the Year” in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, as an “Innovative U.S. Lawyer” by the Financial Times, as a “Client Service All-Star” by the BTI Consulting Group (2020), and as a leading patent practitioner in IAM Global Leaders (2020-2022), IAM Strategy 300 (2020-2022), IAM Patent 1000 (2014-2022), and in the first-ever edition of IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders (2020). Peers comment, “Garrard is always thinking about trial and how juries will respond to things. He is a master strategist when it comes to the procedural aspects of patent litigation—he uses all the tools at his disposal extremely well—and in the heat of battle, he remains steady and calm; nothing surprises him.” He is a recipient of the Burton Award for legal scholarship and Concurrences Review’s award for Best Antitrust Business Article in Intellectual Property, and has received the Adele Warnock Good Citizenship Award and other awards for his community service.
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