Below are some of the latest senior practitioner moves and firm news across the world. Readers should note that this sort of news can also be found on a firm's review page.



HGF patent attorney departs to establish a new firm

European patent attorney Craig Watson has departed HGF Scotland in August 2022 to establish Cranach Patent Attorneys.

EIP and Amar Goussu Staub announce alliance

EIP and Amar Goussu Staub has announced a legal practice business known as EIP Amar to handle litigation before the proposed Unified Patent Court.

Transactions Star departs Freshfields Germany

Partner Jochen Dieselhorst left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in May 2022 for self-employment in the pharmaceutical and biotech sector.

Düsseldorf practitioners to leave Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Patent Star Tobias Hessel, Stefan Richter and Thomas Misgaiski will depart Hoyng Rokh Monegier to join Clifford Chance in January 2023.

Two patent attorneys depart Zacco

Danish patent attorney Signe Damm and Swedish European patent attorney Hampus Rystedt left Zacco in November and June 2022 respectively to in-house roles.

Baker McKenzie's new name in Hungary

Baker McKenzie changed its name in Hungary to Hegymegi-Barakonyi & Fehérváry Baker McKenzie following the appointment of M&A specialist Ákos Fehérváry as its new managing partner. Fehérváry took over from Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi on July 1.

Two Norwegian IP firms merge

Bryn Aarflot will expand its IP practice with the incorporation of Protector IP in January 2023.

CMS UK announce two senior appointments

Senior patent attorney Sarah Klaczynska joined CMS from GSK Vaccines in August 2022. Senior trade mark attorney Katie Goulding arrived in September 2022 from HGF.

Cuatrecasas and SLCM sign an integration agreement

Cuatrecasas will incorporate SLCM into its business in January 2023. Managing partner Luís Cortes Martins will become a Cuatrecasas partner and board member.



Latham & Watkins announce six IP practitioner promotions

Associates Michelle Ernst, Chris Henry, Britt Lovejoy, and Elana Nightingale Dawson will be promoted to partner in January 2023. Associates Allison Blanco and Gabrielle LaHatte will become counsel. Trade mark lawyer Lindsey Utrata joined the firm’s New York office as counsel in its IP litigation department. Utrata was previously with Baker McKenzie.

Norton Rose Fulbright appoint new leaders

Partner Eagle Robinson was appointed US head of transactions and patent prosecution in November 2022. The news follows the appointment of Tim Kenny as its US co-head of IP and Felicia Boyd as its US head of IP brands.

Durie Tangri to join Morrison Foerster

Califorinia-based IP boutique Durie Tangri has announced that it will join Morrison Foerster on January 1, 2023. According to Morrison Foerster's press release, "thirty-six Durie Tangri lawyers are anticipated to join Morrison Foerster, including 12 partners".

Two Argentinian firms merge

Corporate law firms Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi and Funes de Rioja & Asociados merged to become Bruchou & Funes de Rioja.



Mayer Brown announce joint venture

Mayer Brown entered a new joint law venture with PK Wong & Nair in Singapore in October 2022. The venture will offer integrated advice on international law and Singapore IP court litigation.

Jones Day Australia appoints new partner in its Melbourne office

Patent star 2022 Richard Hoad joined Jones Day from Clayton Utz in October 2022.

Dentons announce combination with Link Legal in India

Dentons announced a combination with Indian law firm Link Legal in October 2022. Presence in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad will provide integrated domestic and international legal coverage.

IP litigator and associate join Spruson & Ferguson

Litigator and life sciences specialist Katrina Crooks joined Spruson & Ferguson as a principal in November 2022. She was previously with Pearce IP. Associate Elizabeth-Erin Valassakis arrived from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in October 2022.

Wrays welcomes life sciences patent attorney

Grant Shoebridge has joined Wrays as a principle in its life sciences practice, which is led by Todd Shand.

Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership hires two IP partners

Bahari Yeow and Lim Zhi Jian joined Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership as partners in October 2022. They were previously with Gan Partnership.


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