Dentons continues to expand
Dentons hired soft IP lawyer Alexander Odle as an IP partner in its Amsterdam office. The firm said Odle was brought in to help develop its IP practice in the Netherlands. He was previously the co-founder of Nineyards Law.

The firm also announced a combination proposal with two law firms in Latin America: Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena in Argentina and Jiménez de Aréchaga Viana & Brause in Uruguay. Dentons said the combined firm will launch in the “next several months”. The news follows recent combinations and mergers across world, including in South Korea.

New IP partner at Stibbe
Stibbe welcomed IP lawyer and life sciences specialist Philippe Campolini as a new partner in its Brussels office. Campolini, who was previously with law firm Simont Braun, will now work alongside IP star Ignace Vernimme.

Bardehle Pagenberg Spain hires new partner
European patent attorney Mathieu de Rooij joined Bardehle Pagenberg’s Barcelona office as a partner. Rooij specialises in patent prosecution work in the fields of renewable energy, medical devices, and automotive technology. He was previously with ZBM Patents & Trademarks.

Eversheds Sutherland opens in San Diego
Eversheds Sutherland
hired IP litigators Nicola Pisano, Jose Patiño and Christopher Bolten as partners to establish its San Diego office. They were previously with Foley & Lardner. Pisano and Patiño are trial lawyers who specialise in patent litigation while Bolten is a patent attorney. The firm opened an office in Chicago in May and now has eight offices in the US.

Rouse acquires IPQ
The international IP firmhas acquired the Swedish IP firm IPQ, a firm ranked in this year’s edition of IP STARS. Rouse will operate as Rouse AB in Sweden and its offices will be based in Stockholm. IPQ partners Thomas Randes, Michael Kitzler and Erik Oskarsson will become principals in the new firm.

Hogan Lovells hires in San Francisco
Hogan Lovells
recruited Krista Schwartz and Patrick Michael as partners in its IPMT practice in San Francisco. Both partners specialise in IP litigation and were previously with Jones Day.

Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez teams up with Leĝa
Venezuelan IP boutique Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez announced that it has partnered with general practice law firm Leĝa on court proceedings concerning pending matters before the Venezuelan IP Office. The reason behind the partnership is to use Leĝa’s litigation expertise to speed up Office decisions for IP owners.

Lewis Silkin gets into patent business
Lewis Silkin
announced in July that it acquired patent and trade mark attorney firm Ablett & Stebbing. The acquisition adds patent protection services to the firm’s IP offering, with patent attorneys Graham Ablett, Paul Williams and Tom Gaunt joining as partners.  The partners also brought along trade mark attorney Helene Whelbourn. This acquisition has indeed increased the size of the firm’s IP team.