The IP STARS research team keeps a close watch on lateral hires, departures and other developments in the market. Below is a roundup of some of the IP practitioners that recently left their firms.
|TX||Jamil Alibhai||Munck Wilson Mandala||Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr|
|TX||Phillip Aurentz||McKool Smith||Sidley Austin|
|TX||Aimee Fagan||McKool Smith||Sidley Austin|
|NY||Paul Fakler||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe||Mayer Brown|
|DE||Kelly Farnan||Farnan LLP||Richards Layton & Finger|
|NY||Michael Furrow||DLA Piper||Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton|
|TX||Matthew Gibson||Reed Smith||Barnes & Thornburg|
|WA||Melissa Harwood||Wilson Sonsini||Polsinelli|
|CA||April Isaacson||DLA Piper||Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton|
|MN||Jonathan Jay||Hellmuth & Johnson||Hinshaw & Culbertson|
|TX||Steven Malin||Chen Malin (now Chen Leftwich)||Law Office of Steven Malin|
|IL||Michelle McMullen||McDonnell Boehnen||Polsinelli|
|CA||Rasheed McWilliams||Zuber Lawler & Del Duca||Davis Wright Tremaine|
|GA||Shane Nichols||Alston & Bird||McDermott Will & Emery|
|NY||Brian O'Reilly||DLA Piper||Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton|
|FL||Sergei Orel||Law Office of Sergei Orel||Munck Wilson Mandala|
|FL||Robert Rodriguez||Shutts & Bowen||Polsinelli|
|DC||Susan Smith||Hunton Andrews Kurth||Ballard Spahr|
|MA||Shana Solomon||Velocity Sciences||Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|CA||David Stein||Greenberg Gross||BrownRudnick|
|NY||Allison Stillman||Mayer Brown||Latham & Watkins|
|NV||Adam Yowell||Brownstein Hyatt||FisherBroyles|
|ON||Alexis Vaughan||Gowling WLG||Lenczner Slaght|
|QC||Denis Keseris||Smart & Biggar||Bereskin & Parr|
Berton Moreno + Ojam has undergone an amicable dissolution which has resulted in two independent IP firms, Berton Moreno IP Law and Ojam Bullrich Flanzbaum.
INPI launched a new site
In light of its 50th anniversary, the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI Brazil) announced the launch of the English and Spanish versions of its website. The INPI Brazil intends to expand the international scope of its services as well as promote further partnerships to foster innovation, creativity and the protection of IP rights.
ClarkeModet recruited a legal director in Brazil
Ricardo Boclin joined ClarkeModet as a technical and legal services director in Brazil. Boclin, who has an engineering background, previously worked for Ouro Preto Advogados, Kasznar Leonardos and Momsen Leonardos & Cia.
Falconi Puig Abogados announced in September that Cecilia Falconi Pérez took over from Carlos Alberto Arroyo Del Río Verdelli as its managing partner. Falconi Pérez, who is ranked as an IP Star, specialises in soft IP work.
The Mexican Federal Law for Protection of Industrial Property, which rescinds and replaces the Mexican Industrial Property Law, took effect in November. The new IP law makes several changes to the Mexican IP system. First published on July 1, the law modifies and clarifies some aspects of the prior legislation, including defining trade secrets.
In November, Milwaukee-based von Briesen & Roper acquired IP boutique Miller Matthias & Hull to launch an office in Chicago. The combination adds nine attorneys to the firm's new location.
Boutique firm HIP Legal merged with Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott in November. Nicholson De Vos is a Silicon Valey-based firm focusing on patent law. Patent Star Judith Szepesi is an employee of HIP Legal.
Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque has changed its corporate image and name to Hoet & Partners. The firm said it had to rebrand to reflect its new business model and multidisciplinary team.