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The latest IP people moves in the Americas



Sanjana Kapila, London


Intellectual property moves include McDermott Will & Emery’s head of trade secrets moving to DLA Piper, administrative patent judge Lora Green joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and hires by Latham & Watkins, Ropes & Gray and more

Morgan Lewis has added a seven-partner IP litigation team (below). Five of the new partners – Jeff Gargano, Krista Vink Venegas, Shon Lo, Hersh Mehta, and Kevin Shortsle – will be resident in Chicago; Natalie Bennett will be resident in Washington, DC; and Brent Hawkins will be resident in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The team joins from McDermott Will & Emery, and has experience litigating patent disputes for companies in the life sciences industry, including Hatch-Waxman Act cases.

Morgan Lewis team

Christina Martini has joined McDermott Will & Emery as a partner in its Chicago office from DLA Piper. She has expertise in trade mark, copyright, domain name, advertising and unfair competition issues.

Mansi ShahMansi Shah (right) has joined the Silicon Valley office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as a partner in its patent litigation team. She was previously at Merchant & Gould, and has experience in trade mark, copyright, patent and trade secret disputes as well as patent strategy and IP licence agreements.

DLA Piper has recruited Eric Hagen as a partner in Los Angeles. Hagen was previously head of trade secrets at McDermott Will & Emery. He handles trade secret, trade mark, copyright, patent and unfair competition disputes.

Charlotte Jacobsen is a new partner in the New York office of Ropes & Gray. She joins from Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto and specialises in life sciences.

Paulo Brancher has joined Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados in São Paulo as a partner. He formerly worked at Azevedo Sette Advogados and has particular expertise in litigation and arbitration as well as competition law. He is a lecturer at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo.

Bryan ZerhusenCantor Colburn has hired Bryan Zerhusen (left) as a partner in its Hartford office, chairing the firm’s life sciences practice. He joins from Locke Lord where he was co-chair of the life sciences practice. He has expertise in patent portfolio management, global patent strategy and licensing.

Lora Green has joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as of counsel in Washington DC. She is a member of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board practice and was previously an administrative patent judge at the USPTO. She has developed particular expertise in the biotech and pharma spheres.

Vanessa Yen has joined the New York office of King & Spalding as a partner. She joins the trial and global disputes practice and previously worked at Paul Hastings. Her expertise spans patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, and advising national and international clients belonging to a variety of sectors such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. 

Tadd WilsonMerchant & Gould has rehired Tadd Wilson (right) as a partner in Denver. He joins from Sheridan Ross. He was an associate at Merchant & Gould from 2004 to 2007. Wilson handles patent protection, licensing, patent prosecution and patent enforcement. Brent Lindon has also joined the firm’s Denver office from Sheridan Ross, as an associate. Foley Gardere has hired Dr Guy Birkenmeier as a partner in its Dallas office. He formerly practised at Baker McKenzie. His areas of expertise include licensing, asset valuation, acquisitions and sales.

Latham & Watkins has hired Rachel Weiner Cohen as counsel in its Washington DC office. She joins from WilmerHale. She specialises in litigation and has handled patent disputes relating to numerous industries including biotechnology and semiconductor manufacturing.

Mike KiklasMichael Kiklis (left) has joined Bass Berry & Sims as a member in its Washington DC office. He formerly practised at Oblon and specialises in patents. His experience encompasses Patent Trial and Appeal Board matters and Federal Circuit appeals.

Brian Hinman, who left his role as Philips’ chief intellectual property officer last September, has joined insurance broker Aon’s IP solutions group as chief innovation officer.

Christal Sheppard has joined IPwe as executive vice-president of strategy and business development. She was the first director of the USPTO’s Midwest regional office and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Nebraska. IPwe is a blockchain-powered patent platform.


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