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Finnegan Announces Nine New Partners

Monday, January 05, 2009

Washington, DC -- Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the world, announced today the election of nine lawyers to the partnership, effective January 1, 2009. The partners’ diverse backgrounds and expertise range from trademarks and trade secrets to computer technologies and medical devices. Their practices cover all aspects of IP law including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation.

New Partners in Alphabetical Order:

Mark J. Feldstein (Washington, DC) focuses on U.S. district court litigation, primarily concerning the enforcement of U.S. patent rights and trade secret issues. He also maintains an active patent prosecution practice, preparing and prosecuting U.S. patent applications on behalf of domestic and foreign clients. Dr. Feldstein received his B.S. and B.A. (1991), cum laude, from George Washington University; M.S. (1992) from the University of Chicago; Ph.D. (1997) from the University of Pennsylvania; and J.D. (2001), cum laude, from Georgetown University.

Jonathan M. Gelchinsky (Cambridge, MA) handles trademark litigation, domestic and international trademark prosecution and disputes, trademark clearance, and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Gelchinsky received his B.A. (1995), cum laude, from Brandeis University and J.D. (1999), summa cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law.

Darren M. Jiron (Reston, VA) focuses on patent litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission and federal district courts. He also has extensive experience in patent prosecution, defensive and offensive patent portfolio assessment, patent validity and infringement opinions, and strategic counseling. Mr. Jiron received his B.S. (1992), magna cum laude, from the College of William and Mary; M.S.E. (1994) from the University of Pennsylvania; and J.D. (2001) from Georgetown University Law Center.

D. Brian Kacedon (Washington, DC) has particular expertise in patent licensing, including drafting and negotiating licensing agreements and conducting market assessments. His practice also includes patent litigation, prosecution, and opinion work in a wide range of industries and technology areas. Mr. Kacedon received his B.S. (1997), cum laude, from Duke University and J.D. (2000) from New York University School of Law.

Naveen Modi (Washington, DC) handles all aspects of patent-related work, including district court and appellate litigation, client counseling, interferences, patent prosecution, and opinion work. His practice encompasses a range of technical areas, including medical devices, software, networking, business methods, and semiconductor devices. Mr. Modi received his B.S. (1998), with high distinction, from George Mason University and his J.D. (2001), magna cum laude, from George Mason University School of Law.

Elizabeth A. Niemeyer (Washington, DC) represents international and domestic clients facing patent litigation in the U.S. International Trade Commission and in federal district courts. She also prosecutes patents and provides patentability opinions in the areas of electrical, semiconductor devices, and optics. Ms. Niemeyer received her A.B. (1994) from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. (2000) from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Robert F. Shaffer (Washington, DC) has handled numerous litigation and appellate matters in a variety of technologies, including medical device, pharmaceutical, e-commerce, and mechanical fields. Mr. Shaffer received his B.A. (1992) from Georgetown University; his M.S. (1996) from the Medical College of Virginia; and his J.D. (2000), magna cum laude, from the George Mason School of Law.

Ningling Wang (Shanghai, China) handles patent prosecution, opinions, due diligence, client counseling, licensing, and patent litigation in the chemical, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, medical device, semiconductor material, and nanotechnology fields. Ms. Wang received her B.S. (1994) from Beijing University of Chemical Technology; M.S. (1997) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and J.D. (2001), Order of the Coif, from University of Oregon School of Law.

John M. Williamson (Washington, DC) focuses on intellectual property litigation, with particular emphasis on patent infringement and trade secret actions in the U.S. district courts. His cases have spanned a wide range of technical and business subject matter areas, including software, business methods, telecommunications, data communications, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, recreational equipment, and home appliances. Mr. Williamson received his B.A. (1997), J.D. (2000), and M.S. (2003) from the University of Colorado.

About Finnegan

With 390 intellectual property lawyers, Finnegan is one of the largest IP law firms in the world. From offices in Washington, DC; Atlanta, Georgia; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Palo Alto, California; Reston, Virginia; Brussels, Belgium; Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tokyo, Japan; the firm practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. The firm represents clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. For additional information on the firm, please visit

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