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.
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 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
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.
Cantor 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
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.
Merchant & 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.
Michael 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