Bill Abrams, Head of Pillsbury’s IP Litigation Group, Brings More Th…

Bill Abrams, Head of Pillsbury’s IP Litigation Group, Brings More Than 25 Years of Domestic and Cross-Border Experience to 110-Lawyer Team

SILICON VALLEY (June 14, 2006) – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – William F. Abrams, the former head of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s Intellectual Property Litigation Team, has joined Bingham McCutchen as a partner in the Silicon Valley office. The addition of Mr. Abrams provides even greater depth to Bingham McCutchen’s national IP Group. The firm has more than 110 lawyers in a broad range of IP specialties, including patent litigation, copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets, patent prosecution, patent interferences, and licensing and technology transactions.

Mr. Abrams is one of the few bona fide trial lawyers in the IP space. He has more than 25 years of experience handling a variety of intellectual property matters, both nationally and internationally, for a wide range of clients that include Stanford University and various public and private companies. Mr. Abrams’ clients have encompassed a wide range of industries nationally, including computer, electrical and life sciences. In addition to handling the full range of intellectual property matters, he also works on constitutional/appellate law issues. In the recently released Chambers USA 2006: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Mr. Abrams was noted as “a wizard of the patent Bar” by his clients as well as a “courageous litigator who understands both the broader picture and the social context surrounding issues.”

“Bill is a true veteran in IP litigation who brings a skill set and trial background to Bingham McCutchen that is an ideal fit for our client base,” said Christopher B. Hockett, firmwide Chair of Bingham McCutchen’s Litigation Area. “Bill has handled a wide range of complex intellectual property cases for some of the most well-known technology companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, and will be a tremendous addition to the firm.”

“Over the past few years, Bingham has been building a phenomenal IP team and I’m delighted to join their efforts in California,” Mr. Abrams said. “I am excited to join a firm on the move and know it will be a great fit for my clients.”

In addition to his IP litigation practice, Mr. Abrams handles various pro bono matters and is currently representing two death row inmates in Alabama. Mr. Abrams is also a member of the Stanford University faculty, where he teaches courses on children’s legal issues and the death penalty, and is a faculty undergraduate honors advisor. He earned his A.B., with honors, from Stanford University and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the Santa Clara Law Review.

Bingham McCutchen’s Intellectual Property Group comprises more than 110 litigators, prosecutors and transactional attorneys who practice in Bingham’s offices located in the centers of business and technology across the United States and in London and Tokyo. Over the years, the Group has handled cases for an array of technology clients, including Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Ciena, SanDisk, QUALCOMM and Roche Molecular. In March, Bingham’s IP Group acquired 12 lawyers from Washington, D.C.-based Swidler Berlin, upon the completion of the merger between the two firms. Last year, Bingham McCutchen hired four partners from IP boutique, Burns Doane, including the firm’s former managing partner and patent interference specialist, Danny Huntington. Forty of Bingham’s IP lawyers have scientific or technical degrees, including former in-house engineers and professionals from technology companies, universities and medical centers. The firm’s intellectual property litigators combine the skills of attorneys experienced in complex litigation, knowledge of patent and trademark law, and seasoned in a broad array of engineering and scientific disciplines.

Bingham McCutchen LLP – – is an international law firm with 950 attorneys in 11 offices. The firm represents clients in high-stakes litigation, complex financing and financial regulatory matters, government affairs and a wide variety of sophisticated corporate and technology transactions.

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