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Fish & Richardson Elevates 19 Attorneys to Principal

January 11, 2012

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Fish & Richardson Elevates 19 Attorneys to Principal

January 11, 2012

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Fish & Richardson today announced that 19 attorneys have been named principals at the firm. The new Fish IP Litigation Group principals include: Michael Autuoro (New York), Benjamin Elacqua (Houston), John Goetz (New York), Andrew Graben (Dallas), Noah Graubart (Atlanta), David Hoffman (Austin), Leeron Kalay (Silicon Valley), Adam Kessel (Boston), Thomas Millikan (San Diego), Cherylyn Esoy Mizzo (Washington, D.C.), Joshua Pond (Washington, D.C.), Jack P. (Jay) Smith III (Atlanta), Scott Thomas (Dallas), and Michael Zoppo (New York). The new principals in the Patent Group include Dr. John Conroy (Munich and Southern California), Dr. Sean Dean (Boston), Michael Hawkins (Twin Cities), and William O’Sullivan (New York).

Michael Autuoro will continue to focus his practice on patent and other IP litigation, as well as IP strategy counseling, in a wide variety of technologies, including computer hardware and software, semiconductor methods and devices, vehicle systems, business methods, telematics, gaming, and financial services. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2004 and his B.S, with high distinction, Tau Beta Pi, in systems engineering in 2000.

Dr. John Conroy will continue to focus his practice on both U.S. and European patent prosecution in the areas of electrical engineering, medical devices and instrumentation, software, and micro- and nanotechnology. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2005, his Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Utah in 1996, and his B.S.E., cum laude, in biomedical engineering from Duke University in 1990. He also was a Fulbright Scholar at the German Federal Military Academy outside Munich, Germany in 1995.

Dr. Sean Dean will continue to focus his practice on patent prosecution and counseling. He specializes in a wide range of technical areas including medical devices, oil and gas production methods/equipment, water and water treatment technologies, electro-mechanical devices, fluid flow control mechanisms, semiconductor-related devices, consumer products, and computer peripheral devices. Dr. Dean received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004, both his Ph.D. (1998) and M.S.E. (1993) in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. in mathematics from Duke University in 1987.

Benjamin Elacqua will continue to focus his practice on patent and intellectual property litigation in the computer software, computer hardware, semiconductors, and consumer products industries. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 2004 and his B.A. from Colorado State University in 1999.

John Goetz will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation. He received his J.D., cum laude, from The George Washington University Law School in 2004 and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1997.

Andrew Graben will continue to focus his practice on business and intellectual property litigation. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2004 and his B.S. from Louisiana State University in 2001.

Noah Graubart will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation, encompassing a diverse range of companies and technologies including telecommunications software, mesh networks, building control and automation, optical disk drives, flat-panel televisions, and flash memory devices. He received his J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of Chicago Law School in 2004 and his B.A. from Northwestern University in 2001.

Michael Hawkins will continue to focus his practice on U.S. and foreign patent portfolio strategy and management and patent reexaminations. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004 and his B.S., with high distinction, in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2000.

David Hoffman will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation in a wide variety of electrical and mechanical disciplines including semiconductor technology, memory, software, and wireless communications. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 2004, and both a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in liberal arts honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997.

Leeron Kalay will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation and general intellectual property litigation in a wide range of technical areas including semiconductor technology, software, and mechanical engineering. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2004 and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.

Adam Kessel will continue to focus his practice on litigation involving Internet and software-related matters across all areas of intellectual property as well as related strategic licensing advice. Mr. Kessel has substantial courtroom and trial experience, including work on several IP cases at trial in the federal courts and before the United States International Trade Commission. He received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2004 and his B.A. in chemistry from Princeton University in 1998.

Thomas Millikan will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation and prosecution in the areas of digital signal processing, compression, networking, software, and Internet-related matters. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law in 2004, and his B.S., cum laude, in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1999, where he also minored in mathematics and was a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies.

Cherylyn Esoy Mizzo will continue to focus her practice on complex patent and intellectual property litigation involving a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biomedical devices, recombinant DNA technology, DRAM chips, semiconductors, inkjet ink cartridges, and DSL modems. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Seton Hall University Law School in 2003 and her B.A., Phi Alpha Theta, in molecular biology, biochemistry, and history from Rutgers University in 1997.

William O’Sullivan will continue to focus his practice on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, opinion work, due diligence studies, and related client counseling in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, computer software, and medical devices. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, Newark in 2004, completed graduate level engineering coursework at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and received his B.E. in electrical engineering from the State University of New York, Maritime College at Fort Schuyler in 1994.

Joshua Pond will continue to focus his practice on intellectual property counseling, including all aspects of patent litigation for technologies such as telecommunications, the Internet, electronics, and computers. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004, and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and political science from Stanford University in 1994.

Jack P. (Jay) Smith III will continue to focus his practice on intellectual property litigation involving various technologies, including semiconductors, wireless communication, building materials, specialty chemicals, call center technologies, pharmaceutical marketing, and financial services. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001 and his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in chemistry, classics, and molecular biology from Vanderbilt University in 1998.

Scott Thomas will continue to focus his practice on business and commercial litigation as well as intellectual property litigation. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law in 2004, his M.A. from Baylor University in 1999, and his B.B.A. from Texas Christian University in 1998.

Michael Zoppo will continue to focus his practice on patent litigation and counseling in the areas of financial services, electrical engineering, materials science, and semiconductors. He received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, Newark in 2004, where he was managing editor of the Rutgers Law Review, and two undergraduate degrees, with honors, including a B.E. in materials engineering, from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2001.

Fish & Richardson is a global law firm providing strategic counseling and litigation services to innovative clients who seek to protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property (IP). With more than 375 attorneys and technology specialists practicing IP strategy and counseling, IP litigation, and business litigation, Fish is known for its superior technical expertise. Fish has been named top patent litigation firm in the country for eight straight years, a premier IP firm for America’s biggest companies, and an elite top tier law practice. For more information, visit www.fr.com or follow @fishrichardson on Twitter.

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