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Foley Expands Intellectual Property Litigation Practice With Addition of John T. Gutkoski

Monday, August 20, 2007

IP Attorney Brings Additional National Patent Litigation Experience to Firm

Chicago, IL – Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that John T. Gutkoski has joined its Boston office as a partner and a member of the Intellectual Property Department and the IP Litigation Practice.

"John’s addition is the next step in the firm’s strategic plan to strengthen and grow our IP Litigation Practice, both in the Northeast and nationally," said Sharon R. Barner, chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. "His depth of experience in patent infringement cases will be a great resource to the firm’s technology clients throughout the country."

Gutkoski joins the firm after spending four years at Day Pitney LLP, formerly Day, Berry & Howard LLP, where he focused his practice in patent litigation. He has represented companies in national and international patent infringement and technology disputes involving lasers and optics, pharmaceuticals, electronic circuits, sound waves, semiconductor design and manufacturing, telecommunications and mechanical engineering.

Gutkoski’s intellectual property trial practice has included several first impression issues. In particular, he obtained the first decision supporting the validity and enforceability of "shrink-wrap," "click-on," and "web-wrap" licenses, contracts and warranties for protecting software and electronic data. In the patent arena, his notable trials have included a Section 337 investigation involving seven photolithography patents on which his clients prevailed on all asserted claims.

Prior to joining Day Pitney, Gutkoski practiced patent litigation at Hale and Dorr LLP. He also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Middlesex County, during which he tried a dozen criminal matters.

Foley’s patent litigation practice is consistently recognized as a top 10 practice by intellectual property trade publications, including IP Law & Business, IP Law360 and Managing Intellectual Property.

Foley & Lardner LLP provides the full range of corporate legal counsel. Our attorneys understand today’s most complex business issues, including corporate governance, securities enforcement, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property counseling and litigation, outsourcing and information technology, labor and employment, and tax. The firm offers total solutions in the automotive, emerging technologies, energy, entertainment and media, financial services, food, golf and resort services, insurance, health care, life sciences, nanotechnology, and sports industries. The firm’s Web site can be found at

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