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Roger D. Wylie Joins Townsend’s Growing Seattle Office
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
New Partner to Anchor Medical & Mechanical Devices Practice in Northwest
Seattle, WA -- Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, an intellectual property law firm of more than 230 attorneys and patent professionals, announced today that Roger D. Wylie has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Medical & Mechanical Devices Practice Group. Wylie is the latest addition to Townsend’s steadily growing Seattle office and adds to the expanding range of services that Townsend offers its clients in the Pacific Northwest.
Wylie brings 17 years of intellectual property experience to Townsend’s Seattle office, with vast patent experience in a variety of mechanical fields, including consumer goods, complex machinery, medical devices, and sporting goods, and the electronic and software controllers for such devices. He advises start-up and established corporations, venture investors and other intellectual property stakeholders with regard to all aspects of patent law acquisition, counseling, licensing and litigation. He also advises clients on a wide range of trademark, copyright, trade secret and other IP-related issues. His clients include leading companies developing and commercializing a broad range of technologies. In addition to his work in mechanical fields, he counsels many clients in other technologies, including software, Internet applications, polymer composite technology, and electrical controllers, among others.
Wylie joins Townsend from Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd., where he was the managing partner of the firm’s Seattle office. "We are very happy to welcome Roger to Townsend," remarked Townsend Chairman James G. Gilliland, Jr. "In less than a year, we have more than doubled the size of our Seattle office and we continue to grow. We have been fortunate to attract great lawyers like Roger and we look forward to working with him as he continues to build on our reputation as one of the leading patent firms in Seattle."
Wylie is joined in the Medical & Mechanical Devices Practice Group by Seattle-based associates Michael Rosato and Mark McMaster. His addition adds to the Seattle office’s ability to serve clients with the full range of services and industry expertise offered by Townsend - from patent acquisition and counseling in all of the firm’s major practice areas to patent and other intellectual property litigation.
Wylie received his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. Prior to entering law school, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in materials engineering, with honors, from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he worked for Delco-Remy, a division of General Motors. In 2004, he worked closely with a large software corporation for several months where he served as a "virtual in-house attorney" and provided support for patent planning teams.
Townsend teams with businesses, inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists and investors to protect their innovative products and ideas. With offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, San Diego, Denver, Seattle, Washington, DC and Tokyo, Townsend has more than 230 attorneys and patent professionals, many with advanced technical degrees and extensive scientific and business experience.
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