Prominent Litigator Strengthens Growing Intellectual Property Practice
LOS ANGELES (June 13, 2006) — LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – Thelen Reid & Priest LLP announced today that well-known intellectual property attorney Breton (Bret) A. Bocchieri has joined the firm as a partner in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Bocchieri joins Thelen Reid from Perkins Coie, where he was a partner in the intellectual property litigation practice in Santa Monica.
Mr. Bocchieri is widely recognized for his work on complex patent matters and his emphasis on technology-driven litigation. His practice also focuses on trademark, copyright, cyber-piracy, trade secret, and related antitrust litigation. With extensive experience as lead counsel, Mr. Bocchieri has established a number of important precedents in intellectual property law and is a noted author and lecturer on intellectual property litigation strategy and tactics.
Among his numerous legal victories, Mr. Bocchieri won the largest award to date in a cyber-piracy case: $117 million (re Qwest Communications Int’l v. One Quest). In addition to pioneering a new method of calculating damages for Internet infringement, Mr. Bocchieri was the principal architect of a patent litigation procedure related to infringement claims that is now used as a textbook example in law courses across the country. Mr. Bocchieri is frequently quoted in legal and national media outlets on cyber-piracy and patent issues, and he has been featured on CNN Headline News as one of the country’s leading experts on Internet piracy.
“Bret brings talent, experience, and leadership to a vitally important practice area for our clients here in Southern California,” said Thomas E. Hill, managing partner of Thelen Reid’s West Coast operations and Los Angeles office. “He is a top-flight lawyer and rainmaker, and he will help us continue the expansion of our IP practice.”
“Thelen Reid’s strong reputation in intellectual property, its presence in major markets, and its profile in California set the firm apart,” said Bocchieri. “I’m very excited about joining my new colleagues in growing the firm’s intellectual property practice.”
Mr. Bocchieri is a frequent speaker and author of publications in the area of intellectual property. He served as the Vice Chair (1995-99) of the Committee on Intellectual Property for the American Bar Association and has also served in leadership roles for the State Bar of California.
Mr. Bocchieri received his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1985.