is a data legal scientist at Lex Machina, where drawing from Lex Machina’s data, he provides technology-enabled analytic services that answer complex questions posed in-house and law firm lawyers.
Brian Joined Lex Machina from Durie Tangri Law Firm, where he defended and advised a variety of clients accused of infringing software patents, and occasionally worked on other copyright and trademark matters. Previously, Brian was at Quinn Emanuel working on the Apple/Samsung/HTC patent litigation.
Some time ago, a colleague posed an interesting question to me in hopes that Lex Machina’s data might be able to shed some light: Has the kind or size of firms handling patent cases changed much over the last few years? In other words, are companies increasingly choosing smaller, cheaper boutiques, or are they relying more often on “BigLaw” firms?