K&L Gates’ Palo Alto Office Expands Intellectual Property Practice With Addition of Partner Ben Bedi

Palo Alto, Calif. — LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates) welcomes partner Ben Bedi to its intellectual property litigation practice. Bedi comes to the firm from Dechert LLP.

Bedi’s practice focuses on patent litigation and the strategic development of intellectual property assets. His litigation experience includes cases in U.S. District Courts both inside and outside California and at the International Trade Commission, which is a growing area of activity for K&L Gates. Bedi has proven technical expertise in many aspects of semiconductor manufacture, solar cell fabrication, image processing, and software and Internet applications among other areas. He also has assisted clients to build patent portfolios in the renewable energy and “green tech” fields.

Jon Michaelson, Administrative Partner of K&L Gates’ Palo Alto office, said: “Ben adds to the depth and breadth of our growing presence in Silicon Valley and in the Bay Area. He brings substantial experience to an already well-established IP litigation team in Northern California. Additionally, he will contribute an essential technical perspective to our diverse and energetic Palo Alto business lawyers, who are heavily involved in representing emerging and established companies in the semiconductor, solar, Web 2.0 and software arenas.”

K&L Gates’ Chairman and Global Managing Partner Peter J. Kalis said: “With Ben’s arrival, our Palo Alto office takes another important step toward achieving critical mass in the important Silicon Valley market. And our firmwide intellectual property litigation practice – an area of formidable and growing strength across the firm – adds an important new dimension in California. We are delighted to welcome Ben to the firm.”

K&L Gates comprises approximately 1,400 lawyers in 22 offices located in North America, Europe and Asia, and represents capital markets participants, entrepreneurs, growth and middle market companies, leading FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and public sector entities. For more information, visit www.klgates.com.

K&L Gates comprises multiple affiliated partnerships: a limited liability partnership with the full name Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP qualified in Delaware and maintaining offices throughout the U.S., in Berlin, and in Beijing (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP Beijing Representative Office); a limited liability partnership (also named Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP) incorporated in England and maintaining our London office; a Taiwan general partnership (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis) which practices from our Taipei office; and a Hong Kong general partnership (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, Solicitors) which practices from our Hong Kong office. K&L Gates maintains appropriate registrations in the jurisdictions in which its offices are located. A list of the partners in each entity is available for inspection at any K&L Gates office.

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