Merchant & Gould’s Appellate Group provides clients with specialized experience in appellate advocacy. The attorneys in Merchant & Gould’s Appellate Group have extensive experience with appellate advocacy in a broad spectrum of legal areas and technologies. Our attorneys have successfully handled numerous patent appeals at the Federal Circuit and appeals on a wide range of other intellectual property cases, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and trade secrets in circuit courts across the country. Merchant & Gould’s Appellate Group includes attorneys who have extensive experience both in private practice as well as attorneys who formerly served as judicial law clerks to federal circuit court judges.
The attorneys in Merchant & Gould’s Appellate Group consult at all stages of trial and post-trial proceedings. At the trial stage, our attorneys look ahead to spot, preserve, and ensure an appropriate record is developed for potential post-trial appeal issues. After trial, we assist with post-trial motions to assure that issues are properly preserved and presented, all with a potential future appeal in mind. Attorneys from Merchant & Gould’s Appellate Group are also often engaged to handle post-trial proceedings and appeals for cases in which the firm was not previously involved. In these cases, clients look to our attorneys for their specialized knowledge and insight into the appeal process—a process that is quite different in strategy, procedure, and execution from the trial court proceedings. In each of these instances, our attorneys use their extensive knowledge of intellectual property law and appellate practice to identify and frame the relevant legal and factual issues and engage in all aspects of appellate advocacy and amicus representation.
The attorneys in Merchant & Gould’s Appellate Group carefully monitor developments in intellectual property law and stay current on relevant appellate issues in a variety of ways. Our attorneys regularly write articles and lecture on important appellate topics. Members of our Appellate Group also regularly provide internal presentations on significant and recent Federal Circuit court decisions to other attorneys in the firm. And the Firm’s Whitepaper project focuses on providing the firm’s attorneys and clients with current information on important and emerging legal issues.