HGF’s new office and partners, Fisher Broyles welcomes Pohl, Bird & Bird hires IP partner in Singapore, Oppenheim promotes László, Jones Day hires two IP partners in the US

HGF’s new office and partners
The new office in Amsterdam will be the firm’s 2nd Dutch office and, in total, 14th office in Europe. The firm opened the office with three new trade mark partners: Alexander Hagen, Pieter de Ruijter and Kasper Radstake. In the UK, the firm also hired patent attorney Lucy Johnson as partner in its Newcastle office. Johnson has experience in technical fields such as mechanical engineering. She joins from Murgitroyd, where she was director of patents. Head of Engineering Matthew Dixon said Johnson “will be an excellent asset to the Engineering team”.
Fisher Broyles welcomes Pohl as partner
Fisher Broyles recruited James Pohl as partner in its electrical and software patent group in Washington D.C. Pohl is a patent attorney with a technical background in electrical engineering and applied physics. His industry sector areas include artificial intelligence, digital devices, wireless electronics and semiconductors. As a qualified lawyer, Pohl also advises on contentious patent matters.

Bird & Bird hires IP partner in Singapore
Anan Sivananthan joined from the firm’s ‘long-term’ client Creative Technology, where he was Associate Vice President and head of the global legal team. Sivananthan is said to be experienced in handling IP disputes. He was formerly a partner at Drew & Napier.

Oppenheim promotes László
Áron László was appointed partner in the firm’s IP/IT practice last month. László is a notable practitioner mentioned by peers we interviewed for the 2017 edition of IP Stars. In this year’s trade mark rankings, Oppenheim moved from Tier 3 to Tier 2 for contentious work and was ranked for the first time for prosecution work in Hungary.

Houlihan promoted to partner at Cleveland IP
Peter Houlihan has been a senior associate at the firm for the past decade. He is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney with experience in contentious trade mark-related matters. Cleveland IP is one of the leading UK firms ranked for trade mark prosecution work in the 2017 edition of IP Stars.

Jones Day hires two IP partners in the US
The firm welcomed Christopher Harnett in the New York office and Thomas Vitt in Minneapolis as partners in its IP group. Harnett and Vitt have experience in dealing with patent and trade secret disputes in various industry sectors. Harnett was formerly a partner at Ropes & Gray while Vitt was previously with Dorsey & Whitney.