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EIP Expands San Diego Team With Attorney Hire

Friday, August 16, 2013

Intellectual Property Law firm EIP has expanded the team at its San Diego, California office with the hire of Cynthia Arko, a registered patent attorney with extensive experience in prosecution of both patents and trademarks.

Cynthia joins EIP from TechLaw LLP, and she is a member of the California Bar and a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Prior to her time at TechLaw LLP, Ms. Arko worked for five years as an associate in the San Diego office of Knobbe Martens.

Ms. Arko joins a growing San Diego office as the first attorney hired since its opening in May 2013. By establishing a base in California, EIP is the only UK IP law firm to have a US law practice.

Partner Phillip Bennett, head of the San Diego office, said: “It’s been an exciting first few months for EIP in San Diego. Cynthia possesses unique and wide-ranging legal skills which will enable EIP to continue to deliver excellent service to our clients. Having worked with Cynthia for several years prior to joining EIP, it is fantastic to have the opportunity to work with her again as we continue to build our team in San Diego. The hire of Cynthia will be the first of several for EIP in San Diego in the months ahead.”

Cynthia is a specialist in patents for acoustic, cleantech, electromechanical, mechanical, medical and optical devices and methods. She advises clients on patentability, freedom to operate, infringement, validity and licensing issues.

She also has extensive experience in all aspects of trademark law, including searching, registration, and enforcement of rights, covering a broad range of consumer products and services.

About EIP

EIP is a leading Intellectual Property law firm advising on all areas of IP. Founded in 2000, EIP has 16 partners and 80 staff in all practising from its four UK offices in Bath, Leeds, London, and Cardiff and its US office in San Diego, California. EIP’s combination of patent, trademark and design attorneys with specialist IP solicitors is highly unusual in the UK legal services market, and presents its clients with significant advantages, including the ability to offer advice on all stages of IP protection and rights enforcement. EIP won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2013, in the category of Outstanding Achievement in recognition of having increased its overseas sales by 136% over the last three years.

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