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Perkins Coie Welcomes Sean Grygiel as Partner in IP Practice in New York

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Sean J. Grygiel has joined the New York office as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice with a focus on portfolio development, strategic counseling, and post-grant procedures. Sean was previously a principal with Fish & Richardson. He is the fourth partner (and fifth attorney) to join the New York office this year.

“With experience developing high-value patent assets for early-stage technology companies, and as a co-founder and COO of his own startup, Sean is particularly skilled at handling the critical issues with managing and protecting IP,” said Paul Parker, chair of Perkins Coie’s IP practice. “Sean’s innovative and entrepreneurial approach is a great fit for our practice nationally and in New York.”

Sean counsels clients on all aspects of intellectual property development, management and protection. His clients range from large corporations to startups and early-stage venture-funded companies, and he often helps them align IP portfolios with the strategic direction of business units to support valuation at key milestones. Industry sectors in which Sean has experience include medical devices, energy/alternative energy, mechanical and electrical systems, wireless and telecommunications, software and Internet services. Sean’s experience includes traditional patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, licensing, freedom-to-operate studies, product clearance opinions, post-grant procedures and litigation support. Sean has helped many businesses bring their early-stage technologies and products to market, and his tactical counsel helps clients align IP portfolio development plans with business plans.

“Sean is a great addition to our IP practice here in New York,” said Schuyler Carroll, Office Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s New York office. “His extensive representation of sophisticated clients in high-growth areas will be very beneficial to both our Silicon Alley and Silicon Valley clients. Sean’s expertise in providing high level, complex strategy advice to clients on IP matters also fits well with our existing client work in the financial services and technology areas.”

Sean received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School where he was a member of the Public Contract Law Journal and earned his bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy.

About Perkins Coie’s Patent Practice: With more than 200 lawyers and agents dedicated to patent prosecution, litigation, post-grant procedures and transaction due diligence, Perkins Coie’s Patent practice is one of the largest in the country. The practice includes 120 professionals who are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and more than 150 lawyers and agents who have science degrees, including 25 lawyers with PhDs. The world’s leading semiconductor, software, computer, mobile device, Internet, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and medical device, aerospace, and consumer products companies regularly turn to our patent lawyers for advice on protecting, defending and enforcing their most valuable inventions and ideas. In the past two years alone, the firm has prosecuted to issuance more than 2,000 patents, has filed more than 6,000 new patent applications worldwide, and has litigated more than 150 patent cases in federal courts throughout the country and before the International Trade Commission. Perkins Coie also has a leading inter partes review (IPR) practice. The firm consistently ranks in the top 10 in IPR filings as petitioner counsel and also regularly represent patent owners in defending against IPRs filed by challengers.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50® corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations. For more information, please visit

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