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Saul Ewing LLP Expands Its Intellectual Property Capabilities With the Addition of Four New Patent Partners

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Philadelphia, PA -- Saul Ewing LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Gregory S. Bernabeo, Stephen J. Driscoll, Theodore Naccarella and Mark D. Simpson as Partners in the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology (IP/T) Practice Group in its Philadelphia office. Prior to joining Saul Ewing, all were partners at Synnestvedt & Lechner LLP. Each of the four holds both law and engineering/technical degrees, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as admitted to practice before various federal and state courts.

The additions are part of the Firm’s strategic plan to grow its patent and general IP practices throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Within the past six months, Saul Ewing has added eight IP attorneys in its Baltimore, Harrisburg, Newark and Philadelphia offices.

"Greg, Steve, Mark and Ted will be terrific assets for our IP practice," said David S. Antzis, Managing Partner of Saul Ewing. "Each one has an engineering background and brings to Saul Ewing new IP capabilities, greatly complementing our already strong IP practice. We are thrilled that they’ve decided to bring their professional backgrounds and legal skills to Saul Ewing."

Scott D. Patterson, Chair of Saul Ewing’s IP/T Practice Group, said the four partners are experienced in diverse technological areas. "We had already made some key IP hires focused on the biotech and pharmaceutical fields. Adding this group of four gives our clients access to patent experience covering an even broader range of technologies. They’re also tuned in to the business aspects of clients’ intellectual property, not just the technical side."

"We are all very excited about joining Saul and look forward to the resources and opportunities that a firm of Saul’s caliber and size provides to our clients and practices," said Mark Simpson.

  • Gregory Bernabeo’s 11 years of practice have focused on patent procurement in the mechanical, electromechanical and computer science arts, with an emphasis on consumer products, industrial equipment and e-commerce software. Greg’s experience also includes trademark and copyright registration, domain name dispute resolution and related IP counseling. Greg holds JD and MBA degrees from Villanova University, and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University.
  • Stephen Driscoll brings to Saul Ewing 15 years of IP law experience, including litigation, counseling, and patent and trademark procurement, with an emphasis in the fiber optic, software and chemical arts. Steve has a JD degree from Rutgers Camden, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University.
  • Ted Naccarella, with 21 years in practice, specializes in the electronics, computer software and hardware and medical devices fields. His practice spans the full range of intellectual property law including patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, counseling, opinion work and litigation. Ted has a JD from Boston College Law School, and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Lafayette College.
  • Mark Simpson brings 23 years of experience in IP law to Saul Ewing. Mark’s focus is patent procurement in the electrical, computer software/hardware, networking, telecommunication, electromechanical, and business method arts, and related IP counseling and litigation. Mark’s JD is from the University of Baltimore, and his undergraduate electrical and electronics engineering degrees are from Temple University and Thomas Edison College.

Saul Ewing LLP is a full service law firm with 275 lawyers in nine offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and the District of Columbia. The Firm serves businesses throughout the United States and internationally, including recognizable names in corporate America, exciting start-ups and an array of closely held and privately held companies, as well as nonprofits, governmental and educational entities.

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