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IP Expert From White House Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Joins Hughes Hubbard’s International Trade Practice in D.C.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New York, NY -- Hughes Hubbard announced today that Jennifer Choe Groves, Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation and Chair of the Special 301 Committee for the last five years in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as partner.

Ms. Groves, who will be Chair of the firm’s International Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Entertainment practice group, will help clients gain access to foreign markets. She served on the White House staff under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and her responsibilities included negotiating and implementing the IPR chapters of many international trade agreements. These included the U.S. Free Trade Agreements with Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Jordan, Israel, Malaysia, Korea and Thailand.

She chaired the Special 301 Committee, an interagency body that analyzes the international IPR protection and enforcement policies for more than 90 countries. She also has substantive expertise in international trade policy, international IPR protection and enforcement, copyright, trademarks, patents, pharmaceutical regulatory issues, technology, health policy, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting.

“We are excited to welcome Jennifer to the firm,” said Hughes Hubbard’s chair Candace Beinecke. “Her experience dealing with two U.S. presidents, the U.S. Congress and foreign IP officials will prove invaluable.”

Ms. Groves is the latest addition to Hughes Hubbard’s expanding international practices in Washington, D.C., which include the full range of international trade areas, including export controls and international trade remedies, as well as other major international areas such as anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ms. Groves stated that “I am delighted to be joining such an elite firm that has strength in both international trade and IP law. This opportunity to lead the international IPR and entertainment practice is extraordinary.”

According to Amanda DeBusk, who is chair of the firm’s international trade practice, Hughes Hubbard has made a major commitment to these areas. “Hughes Hubbard has a large number of global and multinational clients. They look to us to help them gain equal access to global markets and to protect their IPR rights under international law. Jennifer’s mastery of the intricacies of these issues will help us meet client expectations and the growing demand we are experiencing in this area.”

Ken Pierce, head of the firm’s international trade remedies practice, added, “Jennifer’s expertise and experience is a terrific fit with our existing capabilities and enhances our ability to represent clients in large, complex market-access cases.”

Ms. Groves received her LL.M. specializing in Intellectual Property and International Law from Columbia University Law School in 1998 and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School in 1994, where she was editor of Rutgers Law Review. She received her A.B. from Princeton University in 1991 and a diploma in piano and composition from the Juilliard School of Music in 1987.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is an international law firm ranked #2 nationally on The American Lawyer’s A-List of the “top firms among the nation’s legal elite.” The American Lawyer also ranked the firm #4 in “Top Growth Firms” among the nation’s 200 largest firms over the last 10 years.

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