Fish & Richardson Adds 16 New Principals

Boston, MA, January 27, 2011 - Fish & Richardson today announced that 16 attorneys have been elevated to principal at the firm. The new Fish IP Litigation Group principals include: Michael Amon (Southern California), Steven Bowers (Washington, D.C.), Thomas Brown (Boston), Tara D. Elliott (Delaware), James "Tripp" Fussell (Washington, D.C.), Rudhir Patel (Washington, D.C.), Michael Rosen (Southern California), Michael Siem (New York), and Dr. Limin Zheng (Silicon Valley). The new principals in the Patent Group include Dr. Chris Bowley (New York), Michael Cox (Dallas), Brian Gustafson (Silicon Valley), Michael Hamlin (Boston), Ryan McCarthy (Austin), and Dr. Jan-Malte Schley (Munich). Andrew Abrams (Southern California) has become a principal in Fish's Trademark & Copyright Group.

Andrew Abrams will continue to focus his practice on trademark prosecution and representing clients in litigation matters before federal district courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2003 and his B.A., with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia in 2000.

Michael Amon will continue to focus his practice on patent infringement and business litigation. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2002, his M.A. in international business administration from the University of San Diego in 2001, and his B.S. in biology from Trinity University in 1995.

Steven Bowers will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation in the areas of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Previously, he was an engineer and analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Bowers received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2003, his M.S. in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology in 1993, and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1992.

Dr. Chris Bowley will continue to focus his practice on patent prosecution and counseling, patent strategy and analysis, and development and management of patent portfolios. Dr. Bowley's patent prosecution work includes various sub-fields of physics including solid-state physics, optics, electricity and magnetism, mechanics, and atomic and molecular physics. He received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2006, both his Ph.D. (1999) and M.S. (1996) in physics from Brown University, and his B.S., with honors, from the University of Cape Town in 1994.

Thomas Brown will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation and prosecution in the area of computer science. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2003, and his B.S., magna cum laude, in computer science and political science from Yale University in 1998.

Michael Cox will continue to focus his practice on patent prosecution in the areas of semiconductor devices and processing, software, telecommunications, networks, optics, semiconductors, and electronics. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 2003, his M.S. in applied physics from Rice University in 2000, and his B.S., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in physics and mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 1996.

Tara D. Elliott will continue to focus her practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling across a range of technologies, including electrical and computer engineering. She also will work in government investigations and provide compliance and risk management counseling. Ms. Elliott received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2003 and her B.S. in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998.

James "Tripp" Fussell will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation in all areas. He received his L.L.M. in intellectual property from George Washington University Law School in 2004, his J.D., with honors, from the University of Arkansas Law School in 2003, and his B.S., with honors, in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1999.

Brian Gustafson will continue to focus his practice on patent prosecution in the areas of computer science, electronics, optics, and medical devices. His technical experience includes serving as a research assistant with the Linfield College Physics Department/Linfield Research Institute (1996-1998, 1999) and as a researcher for Michigan State University's Physics and Chemistry Departments (1998). Mr. Gustafson received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2003 and his B.S., summa cum laude, in applied physics and mathematics from Linfield College in 2000.

Michael Hamlin will continue to focus his practice on patent prosecution in the areas of medical devices and mechanical engineering, and general counseling. He has also been appointed recruiting principal for the Boston office. Mr. Hamlin received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2003 and his B.S. in engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 2000.

Ryan McCarthy will continue to focus his practice on patent prosecution, litigation, opinion work, IP due diligence, and IP strategy and portfolio management. Previously, he worked in Munich, prosecuting patents before the German and European patent offices. Mr. McCarthy received his J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 2002 and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oakland University in 1996.

Rudhir Patel will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation in the areas of consumer electronics, computer hardware, industrial machines, integrated circuits, and semiconductors. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2002 and his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1999.

Michael Rosen will continue to focus his practice on IP litigation in the areas of medical devices, computer software, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and biotechnology. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2003 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1999.

Dr. Jan-Malte Schley will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation and patent prosecution including opposition and appeal work. He has special technical expertise in the areas of software, telecommunications, optics, semiconductors, electronics as well as medical devices. Previously, Dr. Schley was a development engineer for non-volatile memory at Infineon Technologies. He received his Ph.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Federal Armed Forces in 2005 and a Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering and information technology from Universit├Ąt Karlsruhe in 2002 after spending a semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Michael Siem will continue to focus his practice on pharmaceutical litigation related to the Hatch-Waxman Act, in addition to litigating cases in areas such as chemical processes and biotechnology. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000 and his B.S. in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1996.

Dr. Limin Zheng will continue to focus her practice on litigation in the areas of medical devices and biotechnology. Her technical experience includes serving as a postdoctoral research associate with Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Developmental Biology (1998-2000), and as a graduate research assistant with the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences (1993-1997). Dr. Zheng received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2003 and her Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.

Fish & Richardson is a leading global law firm with more than 350 attorneys and technology specialists practicing intellectual property strategy and counseling, intellectual property litigation, and business litigation. Fish does cutting-edge legal work for innovative clients who value their intellectual property. For over 130 years, Fish has been serving great innovators, helping protect countless ideas, nurturing discoveries, and facilitating the entry of new concepts to market. The firm has been ranked the number one patent litigation firm in the country for seven straight years (Corporate Counsel, 2003-2010), a top IP firm for America's biggest companies (Corporate Counsel, September 2010), and an elite Tier 1 patent prosecution firm (Managing Intellectual Property, February 2010). Fish was honored as an IP Firm of the Year (Law360, January 2010), named a finalist for top IP Litigation Department of the Year (American Lawyer, January 2010), and was named the number one firm in the U.S. for PCT filings (Managing Intellectual Property, October 2010). The firm also handled two of the top ten most important IP cases of 2009 (Managing Intellectual Property, January 2010). For more information, visit http://www.fr.com.
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