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Novak Druce Promotes Seven Attorneys to Partner

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Five associates promoted to counsel

Following the news of its Boston office opening, Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP, the IP super boutique, is pleased to announce the promotion of 12 attorneys throughout various offices of the firm. R. James Balls, Jürg L. Domenig, Sean L. Ingram, Jonathan A. Jaech, Eamonn P. Morrison, John L. Paik, and Scott D. Watkins have been promoted to partner; and Margaux A. Aviguetero, Jason A. Cody, Alper T. Ertas, Ryan M. Murphy and Eduardo J. Quiñones, Ph.D. have been promoted to counsel.

“Each of these attorneys has continually demonstrated excellence in both legal skills and the delivery of superior client service,” said Greg Novak, Managing Partner and CEO for the firm. “Individually and collectively, they will be part of Novak Druce’s bright future. I congratulate them on their promotion and thank them for enhancing the capabilities we offer to our clients.”

R. James Balls: Now a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, James has experience in all areas of intellectual property law. His practice focuses on counseling domestic and international clients on patent law issues in a wide range of technologies, including the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and mechanical arts. He has comprehensive experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in these areas. He also has extensive litigation experience involving Abbreviated New Drug Application (“ANDA”) challenges under the Hatch-Waxman Act. He has engaged in litigation and counseling matters by providing infringement, validity, clearance and enforceability opinions. Prior to joining Novak Druce, James worked at Myriad Genetics, Inc., where he focused on patent procurement. He also worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a patent examiner, where he predominantly examined applications relating to pharmaceuticals, food additives and explosives. Before beginning his legal career, James, who is fluent in Japanese, worked in Japan as a research scientist at Taisho Pharmaceutical, LTD. He was primarily involved in the discovery of new prescription drugs and the development of over-the-counter vitamin and energy drinks. He also worked in the United States for Alliant Techsystems, Inc., an aerospace and munitions company. James was principally responsible for managing a team of technicians carrying out chemical testing on propellants used in government defense missiles and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) space shuttle. James received his law degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in Salt Lake City and graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University in Logan, Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Jürg L. Domenig: Based in the firm’s San Francisco office, Jürg’s legal practice focuses on complex patent prosecution and in all aspects of patent development. He has served as in-house visiting counsel for several high-profile clients. His technological experience includes wireless electronic devices, acoustics engineering, digital signal processing, laser printers, semi-conductor manufacturing and digital telecommunications. Jürg served as a law clerk for the Office of Unfair Import and Investigation of the International Trade Commission where he assisted in pre-trial and trial stages of ITC litigation while attending law school at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law) in Concord, N.H. Prior to attending law school, Jürg worked as an engineer in the textile industry where his experience included programming PLCs, programming embedded systems and circuit analysis. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and before other U.S. state agencies and courts. He graduated cum laude from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. with degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering.

Sean L. Ingram: Formerly a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Sean is now located in the firm’s West Palm Beach office where he is a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Post-Grant/Reexamination Group. A registered patent attorney, he has expertise in creating and managing patent portfolios from startup companies to Fortune 500 companies and hassignificant experience in patent prosecution, reexamination and litigation. His areas of technical focus include semiconductors, telecommunications, digital communications, optical systems, RFID systems, computer software, information technology, financial services, on-line authentication, business methods and Internet-related inventions. Sean represents clients before several forums, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, federal and state courts and the International Trade Commission (ITC). He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., and his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.

Jonathan A. Jaech: Jonathan is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group working out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. He represents clients in a variety of areas, including patent counseling and opinions, due diligence, licensing and transactions, interferences, prosecution, and reissue and reexaminations. He has handled patent prosecution matters and provided legal counsel to such well-known companies as Warner Bros. and Hulu. Jonathan’s technical experience extends to a variety of areas, including mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical devices, methods and manufacturing processes, chemical compositions and materials, software and Internet-related devices and methods, entertainment and gaming methods, and business methods. He also participates in patent litigation matters and was recognized as a 2011 Top Patent Prosecutor by the Patent Research Review. A registered professional engineer in California, Jonathan earned his law degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, where he graduated cum laude.

Eamonn P. Morrison: A partner in the firm’s Wilmington, Del. office, Eamonn represents clients in a variety of areas including patent counseling and opinions as well as litigation and prosecution in chemical and pharmaceutical matters. Prior to joining the firm, Eamonn was a member of the medicinal chemistry departments of Wyeth Research and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. While at both companies, Eamonn was involved in drug discovery efforts in the cardiovascular and metabolic diseases therapeutic areas and focused on developing novel therapies for type II diabetes mellitus. A registered patent agent for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Eamonn received his law degree from the Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, Penn., and his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Penn.

John L. Paik: John, a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, represents clients in a variety of areas, including patent prosecution, litigation, counseling and licensing. He has extensive experience with the procurement, management and protection of intellectual property rights, including patents and trademarks. He has obtained and managed intellectual property rights for numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as secured favorable judgments and settlements in patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation disputes. He also advises companies and financial institutions on complex transactions involving the transfer of intellectual property rights. John has a technical background in electrical engineering and represents clients in numerous fields, including mobile/wireless communications, computer software and hardware, Internet-based technologies, digital rights management, consumer electronics, and medical devices. A graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School in Ithaca, N.Y., John is admitted to the bar of the State of California and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Scott D. Watkins: Scott is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Practicing out of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, Scott represents clients in a variety of areas including intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution and patent strategy. He enforces patents and defends clients before U.S. District Courts and the International Trade Commission as well as through alternative dispute resolution, including arbitrations and mediations. He develops and implements strategies for all phases of patent litigation, with a concentration on patent claim construction and patent infringement defenses. Scott has experience in a variety of technical areas, including cellular telecommunications, voice- and video-over-IP, asynchronous logic, electronic warfare, artificial intelligence, optical systems, renewable energy sources, fiber optics, satellite and cellular communications, nuclear medicine, circuit design and miniaturization, and computer network architecture, among others. He practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the prosecution of patent applications in electrical, computer software, network and mechanical arts, including multiple reissue, reexamination and interference proceedings. Scott monitors patent portfolios and emerging products to identify potential violations of client’s intellectual property rights and/or licensing opportunities. A graduate of Columbia University, he went on to earn his law degree from the George Washington University School of law in Washington, D.C.

Margaux A. Aviguetero: A member of the firm’s Post-Grant/Reexamination Group and Litigation Practice Group, Margauxfocuses on inter partes and ex parte reexaminations of patents as well as multi-party patent litigation. Her technical expertise includes biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology, computer software, network architectures and computer hardware. She also has significant experience in intellectual property, general civil and business litigation in both state and federal courts. She attended the University of California in San Diego, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biochemistry. She went on to graduate from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. Margaux is a current MBA candidate at the University of Oxford, Green Templeton College’s Said Business School and expects to graduate in September 2013. She practices out of the firm’s office in San Francisco.

Jason A. Cody: Based in Washington, D.C., Jason represents and counsels companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100s in all aspects concerning trademarks, copyrights, trade identity and related legal issues that arise throughout the world. Besides managing global intellectual property portfolios and enforcing and leveraging intellectual property rights, Jason regularly litigates intellectual property cases in federal courts and represents clients in arbitration proceedings involving domain names before various forums and in trademark proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He has published several law review and business journal articles; has lectured on innovative legal issues involving trademark, copyright and Internet law; and has co-authored portions of treatises addressing global rights regarding trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets and damages available in trademark actions. Admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia, Jason is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He also has a MBA in Marketing and International Trade from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management in Salem, Ore., and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore.

Alper T. Ertas: In his role as counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office, Alper will continue to concentrate on patent litigation before the U.S. District Courts and the International Trade Commission and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board. His experience spans a wide variety of technologies in the electrical, computer software and chemical arts. He represents defendants and plaintiffs in patent litigation matters where he has been responsible for pre-trial preparation, non-infringement and invalidity analysis, summary judgment motions, claim construction briefs, expert and fact witness depositions, expert and fact discovery, and opposing counsel communications. Alper has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and earned his J.D from the University of Houston Law Center. He is admitted to practice in California and Texas. Prior to joining the firm, Alper worked in the intellectual property division of an oil field services company.

Ryan M. Murphy: Ryan is a member of the Post-Grant/ Reexamination Group and focuses on advanced electrical, software, and communications devices and systems and is experienced in the preparation and prosecution of patents involving chemicals, polymers and the mechanical arts. Practicing in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, Ryan has written effective reexaminations for third-party requesters that have driven settlements in multi-million dollar litigations and resulted in the dismissal of infringement claims against clients. While attending the Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law), Ryan served as a law clerk for the Office of Unfair Import and Investigation of the ITC and assisted in pre-trial and trial stages of ITC litigation. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Eduardo J. Quiñones, Ph.D.: Eduardo focuses his practice on patent procurement in a variety of technologies including software, electrical, mechanical and biomedical inventions. In particular, Eduardo assists clients in the procurement of patents directed toward biomedical devices and instruments; optical components, devices, and systems; robotic and prosthetic devices; digital and analog electronic circuits; electrical control and power systems; semiconductor design and processing; and communications hardware and software technologies, among others. Prior to his legal career, he worked at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs and at Agere Systems as a member of the technical staff in a variety of positions relating to manufacturing, R&D and product quality assurance for semiconductor products. Eduardo holds a J.D. from the University of Florida. He earned a Ph.D. and a M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. A National Science Foundation Fellow, Eduardo was also named a Chancellor’s Scholar while at Vanderbilt University, where he earned undergraduate degrees in both computer science and electrical engineering.

About Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP

Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP is a rapidly growing IP firm focused on complex intellectual property matters. With a renowned patent post-grant and reexamination practice, Novak Druce was listed on the National Law Journal’s “Midsize Hot List” in 2011 and 2012, and has been listed by IP Today since 2008 as a top U.S. trademark firm and a top patent firm. It was most recently named one of the top “Go To” patent law firms in the 2012 Corporate Counsel “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies Survey.” On the 1st of January, 2013, Novak Druce merged with Connolly Bove, a firm recognized for its preeminent litigation practice, and one of the oldest and largest IP firms in the United States. It frequently ranked among the top 25 U.S. law firms for patent litigation by Corporate Counsel Magazine, was listed by IP Today as a top 50 U.S. trademark firm and a top patent firm, and was ranked the top intellectual property firm in Delaware for nine consecutive years by Chambers USA. The firm was listed on the National Law Journal’s “Midsize Hot List” in 2010 and most recently ranked 7th in the U.S. in total plaintiffs’ cases in the 2012 Corporate Counsel “Patent Litigation Survey.”

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