June 03, 2018
By Scott Graham
He’s the second high-profile patent litigator to join Orrick in the last month.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has added another brand name to its patent litigation practice. Clement Roberts, a founding partner of tech litigation boutique Durie Tangri, joined the firm on Friday.
Roberts said he’ll miss his friends at Durie Tangri but could not resist the opportunity to scale up his practice alongside star litigators like Lynne Hermle, Joshua Rosenkranz, Annette Hurst and Melinda Haag. “They’re interested in making IP a real destination practice, and that’s very exciting,” Roberts said.
Orrick has declared technology an area of focus, and made a splash last month by bringing patent litigator Jared Bobrow over from Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
Roberts does some work for public companies, but most of his clients are venture-funded. Orrick offers the opportunity to marry that practice with a technology companies group featuring partner John Bautista and others.
“That’s a real sweet spot for us,” said Hurst, who’s been spearheading Orrick’s effort to recruit first-chair patent litigators. She said Roberts’ office will be next to hers, “and I can’t wait to kibbitz with him.”
Roberts is representing Check Point Software Technologies in a patent infringement action filed last month by Finjan Holdings Inc. He also argued Fitbit’s motion for exceptional case attorney fees last month against a Wi-LAN Inc. subsidiary—and some of its attorneys.