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Karen B. Dow Joins Sughrue Mionís San Diego Office

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Expert Expands Global Intellectual Property Firm's West Coast Presence

Washington, DC & San Diego, CA -- The intellectual property law firm of Sughrue Mion, PLLC, announced today that Karen B. Dow has joined the firm as a partner in its San Diego, Calif., office. Ms. Dow has more than 20 years of patent experience in biotechnology and pharmaceutical issues including work as patent counsel for Eli Lilly and Company and Triton Biosciences.

"Karen's corporate experience, coupled with her extensive private practice experience gives her a unique perspective which will be a great benefit to our clients," said Cindy Weber, Managing Partner for Sughrue Mion. "Her experience from complex patent matters to licensing for domestic and international clients makes her counsel particularly beneficial to clients interested in adding value to their intellectual property portfolios."

"Sughrue's reputation is built on the quality of its attorneys' work, their commitment to clients, and their focus on all aspects of intellectual property," said Ms. Dow. "I am excited to join a team of this caliber and look forward to be a part of Sughrue's expansion of its presence in California."

Ms. Dow's experience includes representing patent holders in an array of technologies including stem cells, recombinant technology, immunology (immunoassays), molecular biology, microbiology, and organic chemistry. In addition to handling complex litigation matters she has extensive experience in negotiating technology transfer contracts, licenses, research agreements, and settlement agreements for domestic and international clients.

Ms. Dow comes to Sughrue from the San Diego office of DLA Piper. She was previously a partner for 15 years with Townsend and Townsend and Crew where she resided in the Palo Alto office and served as Partner-In-Charge of the San Diego office.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Biology from Bowling Green State University and her J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law. She is a member of the bars of the state of California and the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO).

As an active participant in the legal and business communities, Ms. Dow is a member of the Policy Committee for CONNECT, one of the nation's most successful regional economic development programs for high-technology and life science inventors and entrepreneurs and is a member of the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Licensing Executive Society.

About Sughrue Mion, PLLC

Founded in 1957, Sughrue Mion, PLLC, is one of the largest law firms practicing exclusively in the field of intellectual property law. Based in Washington, D.C., with offices in Silicon Valley, San Diego and Tokyo, Sughrue specializes in litigating intellectual property matters in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, federal courts and before the International Trade Commission. Sughrue has obtained more patents for its clients than any other firm in the U.S. and is consistently one of the leading trademark registration firms. For more information please visit

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