June 05, 2014 // Franchising.com // Palo Alto, CA and San Francisco - Dentons announced today that Russell Tonkovich, MD has joined the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice as a partner in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. He brings extensive technical experience in the medical and biological sciences and a long history of representing high-profile clients in patent infringement cases in both district courts and the International Trade Commission. Tonkovich's move to Dentons enhances the Firm's formidable Intellectual Property and Technology group, a top-tier practice consisting of more than 100 lawyers and technically trained professionals.
Tonkovich has experience representing a diverse range of clients including prominent Silicon Valley technology companies as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. His practice focuses on technologies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, energy, computer hardware, computer software and mobile phone industries. Tonkovich counsels clients on intellectual property litigation, patent office proceedings and patent licensing and valuation. He also has experience working with foreign counsel on patent infringement litigations filed in Europe and Asia.
"Russ' addition continues to strengthen our robust IP litigation team," said Dentons US managing partner Mike McNamara. "His exceptional command of complex technical concepts, informed by his medical training, provides our clients a talented new colleague experienced in handling the most challenging cases."
Dentons' Intellectual Property and Technology practice combines experienced lawyers with engineers and other technically-trained professionals holding advanced degrees. BTI Litigation Outlook 2014 ranked the IP group in the top 10 percent of all law firms for intellectual property litigation and related matters. Tonkovich's joining comes on the heels of adding the prominent inter partes review team of Lissi Mojica and Kevin Greenleaf to the Firm's intellectual property capabilities.
Tonkovich earned his JD from Harvard Law School, where he was vice president of the Harvard Law and Healthcare Society and article editor of the Journal of Law and Technology. Prior to law school, he obtained his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and received a BS in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2013 Global Elite Brand Index, Dentons is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways. Dentons was formed by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton. Dentons' clients now benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US. The firm serves the local, regional and global needs of a broad spectrum of clients, including private and public corporations; governments and government agencies; small businesses and startups; entrepreneurs; and individuals.
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