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Fred C. Hernandez Joins Mintz Levinís San Diego Office Further Expanding IP Capabilities


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

San Diego, CA – Continuing the expansion of its intellectual property practice and the San Diego office, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC announced that Fred C. Hernandez has joined as a Member in the firm’s Intellectual Property section. Mintz Levin’s San Diego office has now more than tripled in size since opening 18 months ago.

Mr. Hernandez, a former software engineer, is an accomplished patent attorney, having spent much of his career focusing on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution in the medical device, bioinformatics, computer software and mechanical arts fields. He also has significant experience providing patent prosecution counseling in building and protecting patent portfolios for early stage and emerging companies. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Mr. Hernandez was a Principal in the San Diego office of the intellectual property firm Fish & Richardson P.C.

"Many of us in the San Diego office have had the opportunity to work with Fred before, so we know firsthand that he’s a terrific lawyer and a quality person. His focus on start-ups and middle market companies in the life sciences and medical device areas make him a fantastic addition to our San Diego office, as well as the firm’s national intellectual property practice," said Craig Hunsaker, Managing Member of the San Diego office. "We are thrilled to have Fred join us."

Mintz Levin has more than 90 intellectual property and life science attorneys, scientists and other professionals across its 8 offices focused on the protection, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The firm's roster of more than 400 intellectual property-related clients includes many of the most prominent names in the life sciences and technology industries including: StemCells Inc., Merck, 454 Life Sciences and Neuromolecular Pharmaceuticals Inc. The firm also represents a number of life sciences companies, including Coley Pharmaceutical Group, Inc., Curagen Corporation, OSI Pharmaceuticals and QIAGEN, in other areas including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances and public and private financings.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Hernandez worked as a software engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company. He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, and earned his law degree from University of California Los Angeles School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in California and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark office.

Mintz Levin is an AmLaw 100 law firm with offices in the US and the UK. The firm has exceptional depth in a broad range of practice areas, but our clients recognize that what sets us apart from other law firms is our industry focus. By truly understanding business drivers and industry trends, we are able to provide our clients with more than just legal advice; we provide legal solutions to our clients' business issues. Since 1933, our lawyers have represented entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and leaders in primary industries that include Life Sciences/Biotechnology; Technology & Communications; Energy & Clean Technology; Financial Services & Insurance; Healthcare; Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction; and Retail & Consumer Products. Our practical knowledge combined with our industry expertise enables us to provide our clients with enterprise legal advice that gives their business a competitive advantage in the marketplace. For detailed information on the firm we invite you to visit www.mintz.com.



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