Experienced Patent Litigator Joins Growing Patent Litigation Practice
(CHICAGO) July 11, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP announced that Thomas Pasternak has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group as a partner. He joins DLA Piper from R.R. Donnelley & Sons where he served as vice president and chief patent counsel.
Pasternak has extensive experience representing clients in patent infringement litigation and trials, including rocket docket litigation, ITC litigation, patent prosecution, and licensing. He advises clients in various industries and technologies, including e-commerce, molecular diagnostics, mechanical and electrical devices and systems, printing technology, battery technology, automotive technology, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products.
“Tom’s experience, especially in the areas of industry and engineering, enhances our existing depth throughout the practice,” said John Allcock, global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property practice group. “By leveraging a combination of his industry knowledge and client contacts, Tom provides the group with excellent new business opportunities for patent and licensing work throughout the U.S.”
“DLA Piper’s capacity to represent clients in patent litigation matters throughout the Midwest is important to the firm’s national IP practice,” said Lou Cohen, managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office. “Tom’s in-house experience is highly relevant to the companies who need sophisticated IP services and we are pleased to have him on our team.”
DLA Piper’s intellectual property practice offers clients comprehensive IP services, including trademark, copyright, patent prosecution, IP due diligence, strategic IP asset management, and IP litigation services. The firm has more than 425 IP attorneys globally and 220 IP attorneys in the U.S., which ranks the group among the largest IP practices in the world and the U.S. In the U.S., DLA Piper’s Patent Litigation practice includes more than 80 lawyers. The firm has handled more than 150 patent cases in U.S. District Courts and the ITC over the past three years.
Prior to joining R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Pasternak was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has also served as an adjunct professor of patent law at Loyola University and Valparaiso University.
Pasternak received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy prior to serving on the U.S.S. Haddo, a nuclear submarine.
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