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Jim Rieke becomes partner with Patterson Thuente IP

An experienced intellectual property attorney with a practice focusing on patent preparation, prosecution, and strategic IP portfolio management, Jim counsels clients on best practices for developing strong patents and valuable IP assets domestically and internationally.

Leason Ellis Promotes Cameron Reuber and Joel Felber to Partner

Leason Ellis, a boutique intellectual property law firm specializing in patent, trademark and copyright protection and litigation, has announced that Cameron Reuber and Joel Felber have been promoted from Associate to Partner. Reuber joined Leason Ellis in 2010, and he has established a diverse litigation practice counseling those seeking to strategically identify, protect and exploit intellectual property assets. Felber joined Leason Ellis in 2012 and has focused his practice on domestic and international intellectual property protection, particularly with regard to computing hardware and software technologies.

Fish & Richardson Names Kurt Glitzenstein Head of Litigation Group

Fish & Richardson announced today that Kurt Glitzenstein has been named the Practice Group Leader (PGL) for its Litigation Group, the firm’s largest practice. In his new role, Glitzenstein will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s premier intellectual property and commercial litigation practice, which includes 250 lawyers in 12 offices, and which for over a decade has handled more patent litigation than any other law firm in the country.

The Top 10 Patent Law Firms that Lose the Fewest Independent Claims

When measuring the overall success and efficiency of a law firm’s patent prosecution practice, there are several metrics available, including overall allowance rate, time to disposition, and average number of office actions. Allowance rate is one of the most common metrics, but allowance rate merely tells us how many applications received NOAs, and nothing of the quality of those applications. Besides merely getting an application allowed, clients are also concerned about the quality and scope of their claims. One way to determine this is by measuring how well a law firm preserves claims through prosecution. This article shows a ranking of the top 10 firms that lose the fewest independent claims in prosecution among IP Today’s top patent firms for 2015.

A lax attitude towards data security could leave law firms in the lurch

Law firms are coming under growing scrutiny for a lack of effort in addressing hacking concerns or even coming clean with the threats which they have faced. A cybersecurity report released in February of this year by Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) lambasted law firms for being at high risk for cyber intrusions while the industry standard for cybersecurity remains much lower than for other industries. Law firms who deal with incredibly valuable intellectual properties should be acutely aware of the risks that they face from hackers, especially those from overseas. Patented technologies have been the target of international hackers in recent months. Just this May, the U.S. Justice Department charged six Chinese nationals with stealing IP related to wireless technologies developed by a couple of American companies.

Law Firm Trends: AmLaw firms handling smaller percentage of cases filed in 2014

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?

Former USPTO Director Q. Todd Dickinson Joins Novak Druce

Q. Todd Dickinson, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has joined Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, LLP as a partner. He will also assume the role of Global Chair of its Client Select Strategic Services Group. Dickinson will be co-based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. and San Francisco/Silicon Valley offices.

Wilson Sonsini Hires IP Litigators Away from Sidley Austin

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced last week that it was significantly expanding its patent litigation practice by hiring a team of IP litigators away from Sidley Austin. Poplawski is not just any lateral hire, which requires one to take a moment to ponder what might be going on here and what prompted the move. You see, Poplawski was the head of the Sidley Austin’s West Coast Intellectual Property and Technology Practice and Global Co-Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. Poplawski was also a member of Sidley Austin’s Executive Committee.

Senior Sony PlayStation Attorney Stephen Kong Joins Stradling Yocca

Prior to joining Stradling, Mr. Kong was Senior Corporate Counsel for Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. While at Sony PlayStation, he was the lead attorney for the US R&D and Strategic Business Development Groups for the Sony entity responsible for Sony PlayStation matters in North and Latin America.

Womble Carlyle Expands IP and Life Science Litigation Teams

In October, Life Science litigators Mary Bourke, Mark Pino, Kristen Cramer, Dana Severance and Daniel Attaway joined the firm from Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, an intellectual property law firm located in Delaware, which not lists 52 attorneys on their firm website. These laterals include three partners and two associates. Veteran IP litigators Barry Herman and Behrooz Shariati also joined the firm in June and July, respectively. According to the firm’s website Womble Carlyle now has 547 attorneys and 89 attorneys operating within a broadly defined Intellectual Property practice group.

Clifton McCann Joins DC Offices of Thompson Hine

McCann, who is now a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property group, joins Thompson Hine in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, coming over to the firm from Venable LLP. The addition of McCann comes on the heels of other recent additions of what the firm refers to as “top tier laterals.” McCann is a patent attorney with more than 30 years of experience, focuses his practice on the development and defense of patent rights in the chemical, biological, mechanical and software/business method arts.

3 New Intellectual Property Members for McDonald Hopkins

McDonald Hopkins LLC, a law firm with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach, just announced the election of three new intellectual property attorneys to the firm’s membership. The intellectual property attorneys being elevated to Member at McDonald Hopkins are: Todd A. Benni, Joseph J. Crimaldi and Scott M. Slaby.

Patent Contingent Fee Litigation

In the last decade, a substantial market has begun to develop for contingent fee representation in patent litigation. Wiley Rein — a traditional general practice law firm with hundreds of attorneys practicing all areas of law — represented a small company, NTP, Inc., in its patent infringement lawsuit against Research in Motion, the manufacturer of the Blackberry line of devices. The lawsuit famously settled in 2006 for $612.5 million, and the press reported Wiley Rein received over $200 million because it handled the lawsuit on a contingent fee basis. And Wiley Rein is not alone in doing so. Many patent litigators around the country have migrated toward handling patent cases on a contingent fee basis.

Common Marketing Mistakes Attorneys Make, Part Deux

Can you honestly say that your firm has more business than it can handle? I would venture a guess that no, it does not. Marketing is so often put on the back burner to everything else that needs to be done. This is especially the case for firms that need to cut their budget. If you cut marketing to save funds in your budget, you will likely need to cut more of your budget down the line. Even if the firm’s table is quite full right now, you must always seek to add new clients to make up for yearly attrition.

Common Marketing Mistakes Attorneys Make

In other words, simply making a sale does not mean you are marketing your products and services effectively. Effective marketing is the process by which you promote your firm through the sharing of information with prospective clients about what you have to offer, with the ultimate goal being that a sale is made. Without an effective marketing strategy, you are far less likely to facilitate the sale.

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