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Edward Reines and Derek Walter Named Top IP Lawyers in 2020 by Daily Journal

Edward Reines and Derek Walter

Weil Patent Litigation and Life Sciences practices Co-Head Edward Reines and Patent Litigation partner Derek Walter have been profiled among the “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” in California for 2020 by the Daily Journal. Mr. Reines and Mr. Walter were among just 76 lawyers selected for this honor.

The publication highlighted Mr. Reines’ and Mr. Walter’s collaboration in securing three consecutive victories for Bio-Rad Laboratories and University of Chicago in a high-profile, $20+ million patent infringement suit brought against competitor 10X Genomics, which culminated in July 2019 with a post-trial permanent injunction barring 10X from manufacturing or selling a number of accused products that infringed the patents-in-suit relating to sophisticated genetic testing methods. To read more about this and the other victories, please view this article.

In its profile of Mr. Reines, the Daily Journal also highlighted his recent complete summary judgment victory for HP Inc. and its customers in a multi-district patent litigation instigated by a patent holding company (read more about this victory in this article). Mr. Reines, who has received this honor from Daily Journal on numerous occasions since 2008, was also recognized for advising longtime client Illumina Inc. in an ongoing high-stakes patent infringement lawsuit against several defendants, including BGI Genomics Co. Ltd. and Complete Genomics Inc.

In addition to his aforementioned wins for Bio-Rad against 10X, Mr. Walter was recognized for securing another major victory for the company. He successfully nullified an attempt by Bio-Rad’s competitor Agilent Technologies to invalidate two key patents relating to important innovations in nucleic acid analysis. The Daily Journal noted that Mr. Walter’s scientific training – he has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and other advanced experience – makes him a leading advisor to trailblazing biotechnology companies, which often require multi-disciplinary scientific expertise to protect their most important technology.