June 24, 2015

Drinker Biddle IP Lawyers Praised in IAM Patent 1000

A number of Drinker Biddle lawyers were recognized in the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 listing of the top patent practitioners and firms in key jurisdictions around the globe.

The individuals mentioned were Chicago partners Ira Kalina, Patrick Kelleher and Brian Rupp, Philadelphia partner Robert Cannuscio, Washington, D.C. partners Ron Grudziecki, Mercedes Meyer and Bob Stoll, and Wilmington partner Frank DiGiovanni.

Bob Stoll was named in IAM’s Strategy 300, the annual listing of individuals with an established track record in developing and rolling out world-class IP value creation programs.

Comments about the individual lawyers mentioned follow:


IP vice-chair Ira Kalina is a consummate deal broker whose assistance frequently proves decisive in tense scenarios at the negotiating table.

“Patrick Kelleher’s practice is 100% litigation; the experienced trial and appeal lawyer ‘has a profound knowledge of substantive law and is always on top of the latest developments,’ and ‘when he makes recommendations, people sit up and take note.’”

“In Brian Rupp [the firm] has a multifaceted practitioner who wins technology entities over with his blend of litigation, licensing and IP procurement expertise; he is a one-man one-stop shop.”


Vice chair of Drinker Biddle & Reath’s IP group Robert Cannuscio is a mechanics ace. His decade-long experience working on civilian and military aircraft means that the high-flying attorney soars above the competition in the prosecution space.

Washington, D.C.

Ronald Grudziecki, the managing partner of former leading boutique Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis, is a seasoned lawyer with over three decades’ experience on his résumé. He blends extensive contentious know-how into his vibrant counseling and transactional practice.”

The firm’s life sciences practice is a jewel in its crown; it is anchored by prominent American Intellectual Property Law Association figure and ‘spectacular lawyer’ Mercedes Meyer. ‘Her passion for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical business really stands out. She is highly persuasive and out front on challenges under Section 101 - and that is not even counting her sterling work as a patent prosecutor. Her boundless energy and sheer intellect make her a great pleasure to deal with.’”

“Drinker Biddle’s patent team has gone from strength to strength under the leadership of former USPTO Commissioner for Patents Robert Stoll. The celebrated expert was an instrumental player in the passage of the America Invents Act; few, if any, are better placed to advise clients on its implications – and to represent them in the new post-grant mechanisms it introduced.”


“Acclaimed transnational heavyweight Drinker Biddle & Reath breaks into the Delaware rankings this year thanks to the strategic hire of Francis DiGiovanni. The arrival of the former Novak Druce man signalled a new commitment by the firm to ramp up its local IP offering. A respected attorney, DiGiovanni has secured victories for clients on both the plaintiff and defense side, securing multimillion-dollar awards for clients.”

The guide was compiled following an extensive research process. Over five months, IAM conducted approximately 1,500 interviews with numerous attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field. Individuals qualify for a listing in the IAM Patent 1000 when they receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market within which they operate.

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