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UC Berkeley Center for Law & Technology Head, Robert Barr, Joins ThinkFire Board of Directors
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Warren, NJ -- ThinkFire, Inc., a leading intellectual property advisory, brokerage and licensing firm, announced today that Robert Barr has joined its Board of Directors. This brings the number of ThinkFire Directors to five. Mr. Barr is currently the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Formerly, he was Vice President for Intellectual Property and Worldwide Patent Counsel for Cisco Systems in San Jose, California, where he was responsible for all patent prosecution, licensing and litigation.
Mr. Barr has taught at the Berkeley School of Law and at Hastings College of the Law where he was Adjunct Professor of Patent Law. He has been named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 intellectual property lawyers in California and as one of the top 10 in-house intellectual property lawyers.
"Robert has been a long-time friend and advisor to our company," said Steve Hoffman, ThinkFire’s CEO. "In our effort to deliver the highest quality service and the best results possible to our clients, Robert has provided us with invaluable assistance based upon his deep industry knowledge, his command of the legal issues confronting IP management and a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing our clients from his tenure as head of IP at Cisco. I am delighted that he has agreed to join our Board. Our clients and firm will benefit from his wisdom and expertise even more than we have in the past."
"I have always regarded ThinkFire as one of the strongest IP advisory firms in the industry," said Mr. Barr. "I am impressed by the both the depth and breadth of their talent. I am excited about playing a more active role in helping the company continue to align its strategy with the evolving needs of innovative companies and in ensuring that it continues to deliver first rate client service."
Separately, ThinkFire announced two recent additions to its leadership team. W. Drew Kastner has joined the company as President, Trademark Licensing, a new business unit. Kastner is a long-time trademark licensing attorney, most recently as a Partner at Moses & Singer. Previously, he was the Managing Corporate Counsel, Trademarks and Copyright for Lucent Technologies and for nine years Mr. Kastner served as Chief Worldwide Copyright and Trademark Counsel for the NBC Television Network and Stations. W. Richard Misiag also has joined ThinkFire as the head of its patent licensing group. Misiag previously was a Vice President of Licensing in General Electric’s Trading and Licensing Organization.
ThinkFire, based in Warren, New Jersey, is a full service intellectual property advisory, brokerage and licensing services firm. ThinkFire helps global technology companies and other intellectual property owners develop and execute IP strategies that maximize the return on their investment in IP. Since its founding in 2001, ThinkFire has helped its clients realize over $1 billion of value from their IP assets. www.thinkfire.com.
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