(Washington, D.C.) – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Michael L. Kiklis and Kimani P. Clark have joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as partners in the intellectual property practice in Washington and A. Wesley Ferrebee has joined the practice as an associate, the firm announced today.
The group focuses on software patent law, with an emphasis on litigation, cross-licensing negotiations and patent studies, as well as patent portfolio development and management. The group’s clients include some of the world’s leading computer and software companies. Messrs. Clark, Kiklis and Ferrebee join the firm from Sonnenschein, where they comprised that firm’s software patent practice in Washington, D.C., and where Mr. Kiklis served as head of the software patent practice.
Michael O’Shea, head of Akin Gump’s Washington, D.C., intellectual property practice, stated, “Michael, Kimani and Wes bring a considerable depth of experience in software patent law and a deep understanding of the intersection between patent development and protection and computer science. We are very pleased to welcome them to the firm.”
Mr. Clark added, “Akin Gump’s exceptional reputation, capabilities and global geographic scope provide us with a unique opportunity to service our clients in a world-class firm and intellectual property group. We are pleased to be a part of the firm.”
Mr. Kiklis said, “We are very excited to be a part of the Akin Gump team. Akin Gump has a stellar reputation for handling complex patent issues and has achieved tremendous results. Our clients will greatly benefit from the vast resources of Akin Gump.”
Mr. Kiklis received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, his M.S. in computer science from Boston University and his J.D. with high honors from Syracuse University. He is a frequent lecturer on various aspects of patent law. Mr. Clark received his B.S. in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Mr. Ferrebee received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law.
With more than 100 attorneys and professionals firmwide, Akin Gump’s intellectual property practice represents a wide range of clients worldwide, from Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations and entertainment conglomerates to small businesses, universities, research foundations, government agencies and individual inventors.
Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 900 lawyers with offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Taipei and Washington. The firm has a diversified practice and represents regional, national and international clients in a wide range of areas, including antitrust; appellate; banking and finance; capital markets; communications and information technology; corporate and securities; corporate governance; employee benefits; energy; entertainment and media; environmental; financial restructuring; global security; government contracts; health; insurance; intellectual property; international trade; investment funds; labor and employment; land use; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; private client services; private equity; privatization; project development and finance; public law and policy; real estate development and finance; Russia/CIS; tax; and technology.