IP people moves and firm announcements: Europe, Middle East and US

This roundup features Ashurst, Banner & Witcoff, Cabinet Plasseraud, Clyde & Co, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Kilpatrick Townsend and Santarelli.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés hires IP partner

Sandra Strittmatter joined the firm as a partner in its IP department. Strittmatter specialises in soft IP, with experience in the high technology, food and beverage sectors. This news follows the departure of Frank Valentin last year.

David Wilkinson moves to Ashurst
Wilkinson has a long-established IP disputes and transactions practice. Wilkinson was previously head of IP at Clyde & Co; prior to that he was a partner at Stevens & Bolton and Bristows.

Clyde & Co recruits partner in Dubai
In the Middle East, Clyde & Co hired Mark Devaney as a partner in its IP practice. Devaney specialises in brand protection work and will work across the firm's network of offices in the Middle East.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher hires Carrie LeRoy
LeRoy joined the firm as a partner in its Palo Alto office.  She specialises in IP transactions. LeRoy was previously a partner at White & Case.

James Sze joins Kilpatrick Townsend
Sze joined as partner in its electrical engineering and software practice. Sze is a patent attorney, with in-house experience as an engineer at Qualcomm. He specialises in prosecution and disputes work in the high technology sector. He is based in the San Diego office.

Partner promotions at Cabinet Plasseraud
The firm promoted four patent attorney associates to partner. They were Denis Boubal, Eric Gruson, Philippe Louvel and Nadine Rocaboy.

Partner promotions at Santarelli
The firm promoted five associates to partner. They were Laurent Kurtz and Augustin Le Tourneau (patent attorneys), and trade mark attorneys Hélène Lecornu, Sophie Marc and Nathalie Rey. The firm now has seven patent partners and four trade mark partners.

New shareholders at Banner & Witcoff
The boutique IP firm announced the election of nine shareholders: Michael S Cuviello, Azuka C Dike, Craig W Kronenthal, Aaron Bowling, Jeffrey Chang, R Gregory Israelsen, Maurine L Knutsson, Shambhavi Patel and Justin M Philpott. Apart from Knutsson, the shareholders all have patent as one of their IP practice areas.

More firm news on managingip.com
Managing IP’s recent people moves includes the launch of Brinks Gilson & Lione’s office in Shenzhen, and hires by Polsinelli, McKool Smith, Barnes & Thornburg, Bardehle Pagenberg, Awapatent, Duane Morris, Haseltine Lake, Mewburn Ellis, Allens and more. Click here to find out (log-in required)