BRUSSELS, 12 March, 2018 - Baker Botts is taking part in the GCR Live IP, Antitrust & Innovation Conference on Tuesday, 13 March, 2018 at Hotel Amigo in Brussels, Belgium.

The conference will include a keynote address by Tommaso Valletti, Chief Competition Economist, DG Competition, European Commission.

Baker Botts’ Antitrust partner, Paul Lugard, will Co-Chair the programme with Theon van Dijk, E.CA Economics, Brussels, and also act as a Moderator.

Panels at this year’s event include:
  • FRAND litigation: Is more EU-wide guidance needed and helpful?
  • Innovation in Merger Assessment
  • Competition Policy in the Digital Age
  • Platforms and IP in the Internet of Things

Stephen Weissman, Practice Group Chair - Antitrust & Competition Law Partner, Baker Botts, Washington, D.C. is speaking on the Innovation in Merger Assessment panel.

To speak with any of our Antitrust & Competition partners about the latest developments, please contact Louisa Williams or Sheena Cochran.

To view the full Conference Programme, click here.

Baker Botts’ 31st Environmental Seminar Features Government Officials, Leading Insiders for Industry Issue-Spotting

HOUSTON, February 22, 2018 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, hosted its 31st annual Environmental Seminar in Houston on February 21, 2018. Senior-level government officials, Baker Botts’ industry leading lawyers and other prominent figures in the environmental field were among the speakers who provided insights to promote issue-spotting and benchmarking to more than 100 event attendees.

“Our seminar is a mainstay for industry-insiders and helps them gain perspective on the policy and regulatory changes affecting their companies across the country,” said Scott Janoe, Baker Botts partner and Environmental Department Chair. “Baker Botts lawyers from many firm offices and Departments joined with high-ranking agency staff from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to provide insight into the changes that will most impact the companies and clients affected by the array of challenges arising from D.C., Austin, and elsewhere.”

Substantive panel discussions covered:
  • Crisis Management and Incident Response
  • Clean Air Act Risk & Technology Review Rulemaking Developments
  • Regulatory Infrastructure Impediments and Developments
  • Whistleblower Response Strategies
  • Superfund Recommendations and Litigation Developments
  • CWA Jurisdiction Developments and Litigation
  • 2015 Ozone NAAQS and Texas Nonattainment
  • Climate Litigation

“The high level of client attendance, interest and engagement at the seminar shows how dynamic the law is in the environmental field,” said Matt Kuryla, Baker Botts partner. “Recent court decisions and upcoming deadlines on air quality and water have created substantial uncertainty for many of our clients. Our agency speakers were great at signaling avenues for dialogue on the toughest issues, but a lot of hard work and engagement lie ahead. Our clients gave us many good ideas for further work by our Texas Industry Project coalition, which meets next week.”

“It was another great seminar,” said Jennifer Keane, firm partner out of the Austin office. “Our seminar attendees were fully engaged in these cutting-edge topics, helping share industry perspectives and real-world experiences. And our agency speakers provided the very latest insights on key developments in federal and state policies. We were thrilled to be able to assemble such a lively group.”

Among the outside speakers was Anne Idsal, Regional Administrator for Region 6, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who was the featured keynote for the program. Other guest speakers included Steve Hagle, Deputy Director, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) who presented on, “The View from TCEQ,” and Ilan Levin, Associate Director, Environmental Integrity Project who presented on, “Current NGO Priorities.”

The annual event also included various plenary and breakout sessions where Baker Botts lawyers and attendees focused on environmental developments across industries including upstream; midstream; downstream; chemicals; power; and manufacturing, transportation and waste management.

To speak with a panelist or for additional information about the event, please contact Brecke Boyd,

Baker Botts Achieves Band 1 Rankings in Chambers Global 2018

HOUSTON, March 9, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that both firm rankings and individual rankings were enhanced in the 2018 edition of Chambers Global.

In the 2018 book, Baker Botts received 38 total firm rankings, including six Band 1 rankings:
  • China – Energy & Natural Resources (International Firms)

  • Global – Projects & Energy: Oil & Gas

  • Russia – Energy & Natural Resources

  • United Kingdom – Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas

  • USA – Projects: LNG

  • USA – Projects: Oil & Gas

Baker Botts’ impressive results are further demonstrated with three firm rakings that have increased from last year:
  • Middle East – Projects & Energy – Band 3

  • Russia – Banking & Finance – Band 2

  • USA – Competition/Antitrust – Band 4

One client quote noted, “the assistance they provide is not simply legal advice, but takes into account commercial considerations that make their advice practical and useful.”

Additionally, 48 firm lawyers received individual rankings in the latest edition of Chambers Global, including five Band 1 rankings, nine increased rankings and two new rankings.

Please click to view Baker Botts’ complete Chambers Global 2018 results.
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Baker Botts Among the top Firms With the Most Patent Litigation Cases

HOUSTON, March 7, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, is one of the top firms with the most patent litigation cases from 2013-2017.

Lex Machina’s “Top Law Firm Report,” released March 3rd, reveals that Baker Botts is sixth among all general practice firms representing patent defendants in the last five years with a total of 269 cases. The evaluation “focuses on cases filed in U.S. district courts” from which Lex Machina “identifies the busiest firms, examining data from January 2013 through December 2017.”

Lex Machina’s associate general counsel and legal data scientist noted, “the report provides in-house counsel with a starting point for outside counsel selection, and allows law firms to see how they compare with the competition.”

This report follows other recent recognitions for Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property Department. This includes being named by Law360 as one of the few law firms to secure the most IP victories in the federal circuit in 2017 and, according to data compiled by RPX, among the top firms who have taken the most competitor patent cases all the way to trial from 2014-2017.

Baker Botts’ 180 IP lawyers and patent professionals collectively hold more than 220 scientific and technical degrees spanning diverse fields such as computer science, electrical engineering, life sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, aerospace engineering and others. The firm’s patent litigation docket includes more than 150 current patent cases in district courts, the ITC, and the Federal Circuit. In addition, the firm’s PTAB Trials Practice has handled over 300 matters at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of clients.
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Baker Botts Examines Key IP, Antitrust and Innovation Developments at GCR Live