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Cooley Further Strengthens IP Litigation Practice in San Diego

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

San Diego, CA -- Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced today that John M. Benassi will join the Firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group. He will be based in Cooley’s San Diego office. Benassi will join Cooley from the San Diego office of Heller Ehrman.

"John has built a well-deserved reputation as a go-to IP litigator and we are confident that he will continue to attract mission-critical IP cases given the opportunities that abound, particularly in the life sciences sector," said Fred Muto, partner in charge of Cooley’s San Diego office.

A litigator for the last 28 years, Benassi’s practice will continue to focus on patent cases, including ANDA and medical device and life sciences technology. In addition, Benassi will litigate cases involving software, wireless, video compression, encryption and communications technology.

Benassi will join former Heller partner and IP litigator Jessica Wolff, who moved to Cooley last week. Together with the existing IP team, they will expand Cooley’s IP litigation practice in San Diego, throughout Southern California and nationally.

"I am delighted to be joining Cooley," said Benassi. "The Firm’s leading corporate, life sciences and intellectual property practices provide a pronounced opportunity for my practice both locally and nationally."

Benassi has represented clients in both State and Federal trials and appeals courts in technologies ranging from internet commerce to semiconductors, to medical devices and biotechnology. He attended the University of Illinois where he earned a B.S. in Engineering in 1971 and was awarded his J.D., cum laude, from George Washington University School of Law in 1974. He clerked in the trial division of the U.S. Claims Court assisting in the trial and decision of patent infringement cases brought against the U.S. Government. He is admitted to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

About Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

Cooley Godward Kronish’s 650 attorneys have an entrepreneurial spirit and deep, substantive experience, and are committed to solving clients’ most challenging legal matters. From small companies with big ideas to international enterprises with diverse legal needs, Cooley has the breadth of legal resources to enable companies of all sizes to seize opportunities in today’s global marketplace. The Firm represents clients across a broad array of dynamic industry sectors, including technology, life sciences, real estate, financial services, retail and energy.

The Firm has full-service offices in major commercial, government and technology centers nationwide: Palo Alto, CA, New York, NY, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Reston, VA, Broomfield, CO, Washington, DC and Boston, MA.

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