New Partner for Law Firm Pepper Hamilton as it Expands Intellectual Property Group

Philadelphia, Pa. (Lawfuel) – April 15, 2008 – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Michael K. Jones, a registered patent attorney who had an earlier career in engineering, has joined the firm’s intellectual property practice as a partner in the Philadelphia office.

Mr. Jones handles all aspects of intellectual property and has particular experience in strategic intellectual property counseling and portfolio management, patent procurement (including domestic and foreign patent prosecution), opinions, licensing, and enforcing and defending IP rights. He concentrates in the areas of electromechanical, mechanical and electrical systems.

“Mike’s practical experience as an engineer is an invaluable asset to his legal practice,” said Vincent V. Carissimi, chairman of Pepper Hamilton’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. “He understands technology and has a unique perspective to offer clients. We’re delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

Mr. Jones joined Pepper Hamilton from Woodcock Washburn LLP in Philadelphia, where he was a partner. Before earning his law degree, he was a patent agent with that firm. Earlier in his career, he was an engineer for more than ten years with the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Ship Systems Engineering Station.

Mr. Jones has counseled clients in a variety of industries, including consumer products and electronics, medical devices, communications, robotics and automated systems, clean technologies, biometrics, printing and imaging systems, vessel design and construction, propulsion and auxiliary systems, manufacturing techniques, advanced materials and business methods.

“Joining Pepper offers me a terrific opportunity to further build my IP practice while offering clients access to a full range of other legal services,” said Mr. Jones. “With the support of lawyers across the firm, I am looking forward to integrating my practice with Pepper’s and expanding the work of my existing clients into other practice areas. I also am looking forward to the opportunity to advise the firm’s existing clients on various IP issues.”

Mr. Jones is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (B.S. in marine engineering systems and mechanical engineering, 1987) and Rutgers University School of Law (J.D. 1998). He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

About Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton LLP ( is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers in seven states and the District of Columbia. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.

The firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group is an interdisciplinary team that procures intellectual property rights, and litigates or otherwise resolves intellectual property problems. It covers all intellectual property areas, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secret protection, unfair competition, false advertising, and defamation, publicity and privacy issues. The group also handles computer-related transactions and litigation, telecommunications, domestic and international technology transfer, author/publisher relations and U.S. government proprietary rights regulation.

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