Boston, MA— 30 January 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Kirkpa…

Boston, MA— 30 January 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham’s (K&LNG) Boston office welcomes partners Michael H. Brodowski, David J. Byer, Deborah J. Peckham, Thomas A. Turano and Christine C. Vito to its intellectual property practice group and Mark D. Pomfret to its labor and employment group. These six new partners come to K&LNG from the firm of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP.

Brodowski’s practice focuses on the protection, enforcement and transfer of IP rights, particularly as they relate to the transfer and license of technology development agreements and patent licenses, as well as matters involving trademark, copyright and trade secret. His clients include companies from the chemical, scientific healthcare and biotechnology industries.

Byer’s practice focuses on intellectual property counseling and litigation as they relate to copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, advertising and unfair competition cases. His clients include companies in the sectors of technology, biotechnology, publishing, manufacturing, entertainment and electronics.

Peckham concentrates her practice on intellectual property counseling and enforcement, with an emphasis on trademark, copyright, privacy and information law issues as well as strategic procurement, maintenance and enforcement of IP property rights. She also counsels clients in intellectual property transactions and licenses.

Turano counsels clients in matters relating to IP, patent and trademark prosecution, licensing and litigation. His writings have been published in a number of engineering journals and he has authored a book on patent prosecution.

Vito represents clients from the life sciences, medical and biotechnology sectors in matters relating to patent procurement and strategic portfolio development, technology licensing and asset management, and intellectual property counseling regarding patent infringement, validity and enforcement.

Pomfret counsels clients on all matters relating to employment-related litigation, traditional labor law, administrative agency work employment, contracts, wage-hour concerns, plant closings and reductions in force. He also advises on employee hiring, discipline and discharge. His clients include technology and industrial companies.

Mark E. Haddad, K&LNG’s Administrative Partner in Boston commented, “The addition of these six partners is a transformative event for our 100-lawyer Boston office. Professionals of their caliber and experience will enhance the already substantial range of services we provide to our local and national clients, and reflects the strength of our practice in Boston and the New England region.”

Peter J. Kalis, the firm’s chair and managing partner said: “Clients tell us that they are increasingly focused on merging capital and ideas and on balancing the forces of consumption and investment. In the practical world of law firm affairs, this means fortifying both the intellectual property and the employment practices to serve our clients’ interests. With the addition of these distinguished practitioners from Testa, Hurtwitz & Thibeault, our intellectual property and employment practices in Boston and across the firm take a significant leap forward.”

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