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CHICAGO, Feb. 26 LAWFUEL – US Law Firm News – Law Jobs — Banner & Witcoff Ltd., one of the largest law firms in the United States dedicated solely to the practice of intellectual property law, announced today its new president, Thomas K. Pratt, and continued firm-wide growth for 2007.

With extensive expertise in the computer technology industry, Pratt
holds fifteen years of experience litigating and counseling complex
intellectual property matters for clients such as Nike and General
Electric. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown
University Law Center where he teaches Patent Trial Practice.

Under its unique business model, Banner & Witcoff operates as a team by rotating its Board of Directors and president. Members of the firm’s Board of Directors cannot serve more than two consecutive three year terms on the Board, and the previous two presidents of the firm each served for two years as president.

“Banner & Witcoff is called on by companies throughout the world
spanning from Fortune 100 and 500 companies to technology-focused
start-ups,” said Pratt. “I am honored to serve as President of a firm that
has the unique ability to counsel its diverse mix of clients through all
their intellectual property needs; from procurement to enforcement and

This year, two Fortune 500 companies identified Banner & Witcoff as a
“Go- To Firm” for intellectual property matters in a survey conducted by
Corporate Counsel magazine, and the firm jumped to the top of the rankings
as a “Top Patent Firm” in Intellectual Property Today. The Chambers USA
also recently ranked the firm and partner Mark Banner as a top IP
practitioner in Illinois as well as partner Joseph Potenza and firm in
Washington, D.C. The firm also continues to grow this year, having
increased by 10 percent, and now employing over 90 legal professionals.

Banner & Witcoff also shattered the record for prosecuting the most
design patents to issuance by a law firm in a calendar year with over 550
design patents in 2006 — a record that was previously set by the firm in

“Many of our attorneys formerly served as in-house counsel, have
engineering or technical degrees, including masters degrees and PhDs, and
nearly half have worked in private industry as engineers or scientists,”
said Pratt. “Much of our success comes from our unsurpassed ability to
understand and identify with our clients and their work.”

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. is dedicated to excellence in the practice of
intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade
secret, computer, franchise and unfair competition law. The firm has
offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Portland.

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