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Fitzpatrick Cella Elects Three New Partners

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

New York, NY -- Leading intellectual property law firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto is pleased to announce that Edward A. Kmett in Costa Mesa, Calif. and Peter D. Shapiro and Ha Kung Wong in New York have been elected Partners at the firm, effective January 1.

"We are proud to welcome Edward, Peter, and Ha Kung to our firm’s partnership," said Dominick A. Conde, managing partner. "They combine a wealth of sophisticated technical knowledge with sharp legal prowess to provide our clients with the top-notch service they expect from Fitzpatrick Cella."

Edward A. Kmett

Mr. Kmett’s practice focuses on patent, trademark and copyright litigation, patent prosecution, patent infringement and validity opinions, and trademark prosecution. Technologies he has worked with include computer hardware and software, Internet business methods, semiconductor fabrication processes, steel rule fabrication processes, and medical devices and their methods of use, genotype analysis software, and aircraft flight control systems.

Mr. Kmett gained practical engineering experience during his several years in the military and in private industry in aircraft and spacecraft mechanical systems design, working with a variety of defense contractors such as Northrop-Grumman, Electronic Data Systems, Hughes Space and Communications and McDonnell-Douglas.

He received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in 1999, his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from California State University Long Beach in 1995 and a B.S. in Engineering from Widener University in 1984. Mr. Kmett, age 44, lives in San Clemente, California.

Peter D. Shapiro

Mr. Shapiro’s practice focuses on patent litigation in the electrical and computer arts. Technologies he has worked with include computer hardware and software, network systems and components, semiconductor devices, display technology, digital cameras, laser printers, electronic commerce, communications techniques and algorithms, pharmaceuticals and optical devices. Mr. Shapiro also has experience litigating trademark claims.

Mr. Shapiro previously worked for Goldman Sachs & Co as a Senior Telecom Analyst where he gained extensive experience in communication and network infrastructure and management, and then was a law clerk for the Honorable Kevin Thomas Duffy, District Judge in the Southern District of New York.

He obtained his J.D. at Fordham University School of Law in 1999, an M.A. in Computer and Information Science from Brooklyn College in 1991 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Polytechnic University of New York in 1989. Mr. Shapiro, age 40, lives in New York.

Ha Kung Wong

Ha Kung Wong practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on complex patent litigation in pharmaceuticals and chemistry. Cases Mr. Wong has litigated include those related to proton pump inhibitors, anti-epileptic drugs, HIV/AIDS drugs and fusion proteins, and other pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Wong obtained his J.D. (cum laude) from Notre Dame Law School in 1999 and his B.S. in Chemistry and in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1996 with high distinction. Mr. Wong, age 33, is a New York resident.

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, founded in 1971, is an intellectual property law firm of over 150 lawyers with offices in New York, Costa Mesa, California and Washington, D.C. The Firm’s practice covers the spectrum of intellectual property services, including applying for patent and trademark protection, litigation, appeals, interferences, alternative dispute resolution, licensing, opinions, corporate transactions and due diligence. Fitzpatrick represents an international client base from Fortune 500 companies to start-up companies.

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