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Paul Hastings’ IP Growth Continues with Addition of Prominent IP and Trade Secrets Partner in Chicago

Robert Unikel

Chicago — Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Robert Unikel, a patent and trade secrets litigation lawyer, has joined the firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property practice, based in Chicago. He joins from Arnold & Porter, where he was a partner. 

“Our clients continue to face increasingly complex IP challenges due to aggressive global competition and converging technologies,” said Seth Zachary, chair of Paul Hastings. “Robert is an example of the top-tier talent we continue to add to our market-leading IP practice to help our clients navigate the evolution in the life sciences and technology industries,” he added.

“With a truly global reach, Paul Hastings is the ideal platform for building my practice to its full potential,” said Unikel. “The Firm’s IP practice is one of the finest in the United States, with a history of precedent-setting victories and a long track record of successful outcomes for clients,” he added.

Unikel has a diverse practice that includes litigating patent, trade secrets, and trademark cases in a variety of industries, including digital media distribution, consumer products and brands, financial products and services, auto parts, and medical devices. His extensive experience includes trying patent and trade secret cases involving such varied products as a digital distribution platform for mobile applications, a digital media store, thin film transistors, LCD panels, vascular stents, auto parts, baby strollers, and minicell vaccines. He has handled appeals to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and to the United States Supreme Court, and counsels businesses and individuals on intellectual property development, protection, and licensing strategies.

Paul Hastings is regularly acknowledged for its track record of winning major cases and setting precedents in patent law. The firm was recognized in the 2017 edition of IAM Patent 1000 for strength in patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, International Trade Commission litigation, and Federal Circuit appellate litigation, with IAM recognizing the firm for a “pristine track record in top-end patent litigation.” Yar Chaikovsky, global co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice, was named by Law360 as a Technology MVP for high-profile patent wins on behalf of Trend Micro and HTC, and global co-chair Joseph O’Malley was named an Intellectual Property Trailblazer by the National Law Journal for his work on behalf of Helsinn Healthcare. The Daily Journal named Yar Chaikovsky and Chris Kennerly to its list of Top IP Lawyers in California. In 2017, the firm was named one of Law360’s Life Sciences Practice Groups of the Year.  Patexia, Inc. recognized Naveen Modi as the most active attorney representing petitioners and patent owners in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, noting that Modi's workload of 240 cases is the most among the 5,000 attorneys who have worked on IPRs since 2012.

At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.