Intellectual Property

Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property group delivers results over a full range of IP services, from rights protection and litigation to licensing and transactions. With more than 230 lawyers and 40 patent agents/technical advisors, our team can tackle any IP challenge, anywhere in the world.


"They're excellent specialists in the IP area. They are very client-oriented, and they understand and respect the differences between cultures, internal processes and procedures." IP Client, Chambers Asia-Pacific
"Thorough, bright, strategic, responsive, creative - they are just excellent attorneys." Chambers USA
“A practice that is deep and has lots of breadth.” IP Client, Chambers USA

Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property practice is one of the most sought-after in the world. Combining a sophisticated understanding of the latest legal developments with cutting-edge technical and scientific knowledge, we stand ready to offer cohesive and comprehensive guidance on any and all IP matters. We work in approximately 70 countries and represent clients on cross-border matters in the United States, Europe, India, Japan, China, Korea, Latin America and Israel. Our IP practice consistently delivers results across a wide range of industries, including life sciences, technology and media, retail and consumer, private equity and financial services, and health care and education.

In the highly competitive world of intellectual property, our attorneys are regularly recognized for their legal acumen by Chambers, Managing IP, IAM and other national and global publications. IAM Patent 1000’s 2014 edition says, “Ropes & Gray boasts arguably the most complete patent practice in the country. Unlike many top-end trial practices, it also supports a robust rights management operation and, with a potent presence in Asia and Europe, is adept at devising global protection and enforcement strategies. It also boasts a dedicated domestic and international licensing and transactional practice.” The International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers named six Ropes & Gray attorneys to its distinguished list for 2013, and Managing IP’s 2013 “World IP” survey has also recognized our IP practice in China, Japan and the United States.

Ropes & Gray has had the distinct honor of being ranked in the World Trademark Review’s WTR1000 since its inaugural edition with two attorneys named as leaders in the field, and had 21 attorneys recognized in the 2013 edition of the IAM Patent 1000 Guide. In the 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” report, we ranked highly in copyright law, information technology law, trademark law, patent law and intellectual property litigation, and received special recognition for our patent litigation practice as their 2014 “Law Firm of the Year” in that category.

Our attorneys are more than IP professionals – they are highly educated and experienced in science and technology. Our professionals possess over 150 degrees in disciplines ranging from electrical engineering, computer science, and aerospace engineering to organic and synthetic chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, neurobiology, immunology, genetics, chemical engineering, biophysics, and polymer science. More than 55 of our attorneys and technical advisors have advanced degrees, including over 35 with Ph.D.s in science or engineering. This background helps us fully understand our clients’ technologies, effectively utilize industry experts and craft the most effective representation.

For more information about our IP trial litigation practice, please visit our Intellectual Property Litigation page.

For more information about our IP prosecution and protection practice, please visit our Intellectual Property Rights Management page.

For more information about our IP licensing and transactions practice, please visit our Intellectual Property Transactions page.