April 25, 2014 // Franchising.com // New York, NY - Managing Intellectual Property has named nine Intellectual Property and Technology (IP&T) Dentons partners from offices around the country in the second edition of its annual "IP Stars" guide, a definitive resource on the leading IP expertise in the United States. The selected Dentons partners are designated as individual "IP Stars" in recognition of their specific experience in a variety of sectors and depth of knowledge in complex IP matters.
Joel Bock, Short Hills and New York. Joel leads the IP practice in the Short Hills office and the patent practice in the New York office, where he focuses on counseling companies in various industry sectors on a wide range of IP issues, including structuring and negotiating transactions involving IP assets, patent litigation and IP protection and prosecution. He has substantial experience running and leading diligence projects in numerous fields, from life sciences, medical devices, clean energy, semiconductors and electronics to telecommunications, software and publishing. Joel is recognized as a leading New Jersey IP lawyer in Chambers USA, where clients praise his "practical solutions" and laud him as "very smart." Due to his efforts, Dentons has been ranked as a leading IP firm in New Jersey for the first time.
Martin Bruehs, Washington, DC. Martin heads the Firm's chemical patent practice and specializes in prosecuting patent applications involving pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical and cosmetic products and a range of other areas. He was listed as an "IP Star" in Managing IP's inaugural guide in 2013, when he was also listed as a "Top Attorney - Washington, DC Metro Area Outstanding Young Lawyers" by the American Registry and as a "Washington, DC Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters.
Scott Cummings, Washington, DC. Scott practices in such diverse areas as medical devices, clean energy, nanotechnology, metallurgy, inorganic chemistry and automotive technologies, working with clients ranging from domestic startups to large multinational corporations. His practice is focused primarily on US Patent Office post-grant proceedings and District Court litigation. He is frequent speaker on legal issues relating to emerging technologies and is an instructor for continuing legal education programs. He is also recognized as an "IP Star" by Managing IP for a second consecutive year.
Marc Friedman, New York. Marc is an acclaimed trial and appellate lawyer with more than 35 years of experience representing technology and other companies in IP, technology and other business disputes. A known pioneer in information technology law and authority on IP matters, Marc has published more than 100 articles and is the author of A Vendor's Guide to Computer Contracting, a widely read treatise. He has been recognized in a variety of legal publications, including Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and the International Who's Who of Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers .
Robert Hanson, Dallas. In addition to acting as a Chair of Dentons' US IP&T practice, Robert serves on the Firm's US Policy and Planning Committee and focuses his IP practice on patent counseling and prosecution in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has successfully argued numerous appeals before the US Patent Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, substantially changed examination policy in key areas of technology. Robert has been listed as a leader in Biotechnology Law in The Best Lawyers in America and is recognized as a "Life Sciences Star" for outstanding patent work in the 2012 inaugural edition of LMG Life Sciences.
Andrea Kimball, Kansas City and Los Angeles. Andrea has 18 years of experience practicing trademark, patent, and copyright litigation. In addition, Andrea handles trade secret and non-competition litigation across the nation. Her multiple jury trials included a $20 million trade secret, unfair competition/trademark verdict in a California federal court. Maintaining offices in both Kansas City and Los Angeles, she regularly represents one of world's largest pharmacy benefits managers in commercial and IP litigation. She has been named in San Diego Business Journal's list of "Women Who Mean Business" and in the 2012 Superlawyers as a Rising Star.
James (Jim) Klenk, Chicago. Jim is known for litigating high-profile copyright and trademark matters on behalf of clients in the media and entertainment industries, such as the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Tribune and St. Louis Rams. He has represented a number of well known recording artists, including Michael Jackson, as well as movie producers, like John Hughes. He is also listed in Chambers USA, where he is lauded as a "great litigation strategist" and a "first-rate advocate."
Monica Richman, New York. Monica has spent her career protecting high-profile brands, leading trademark lawyer specializing in representing cosmetics and fashion apparel clients, including many of the world's biggest names in entertainment and financial services. She serves as inaugural Chair of the New York City Bar's Committee on Fashion Law. Monica was named an "IP Star" in last year's Managing IP guide, and was also selected to it's inaugural edition of IP Stars - Top 250 Women in IP. She is ranked in Chambers USA, where sources have lauded her as "a luminary in the field of trademark and copyright law."
Natalie Spears, Chicago. Natalie Spears is a lauded intellectual property and media trial lawyer with an extensive list of high-profile cases to her credit. She focuses her practice on IP and media defense, consumer class actions, and marketing and competition-related disputes. Named a 2013 Managing IP "IP Star" as well as to the IP Stars - Top 250 Women in IP guide, Natalie has also been recognized by such publications as Crain's Chicago Business and the National Law Journal. She is ranked by Chambers USA as a top Illinois media and entertainment lawyer.
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