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Barnes & Thornburg Expands Wilmington Office by Adding IP Litigator Chad Stover

Monday, October 07, 2013

Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced today that it is boosting its national Intellectual Property group with the addition of partner Chad S.C. Stover, who has joined the firm’s Wilmington, Del. office. Previously, Stover was a partner at Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP.

Representing financial institutions, manufacturers, and technology developers, among other industry clients, Stover focuses his practice on patent litigation, trademark and copyright litigation, and unfair competition and trade secret litigation.

“Chad’s wealth of knowledge and experience will have immediate value for our clients involved in cases before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, which is the top jurisdiction in the country for patent litigation,” said David Powlen, managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s Wilmington office. “We are excited to welcome an IP litigator of his caliber as we continue to expand our presence in the region.”

In joining Barnes & Thornburg, Stover is reunited with former Connolly Bove colleagues Thomas McWilliams, Edward “Ted” Behm, Michael Berman and Jefferson Cheatham, who arrived in late 2012.

“Chad has a broad and impressive background in high-level, complex litigation for companies spanning a variety of industries,” added Thomas Donovan, chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. “He is a highly successful patent and trademark litigator who will provide a significant boost to our national IP litigation team.”

The firm’s IP litigation group has been ranked nationally for IP and patent litigation by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. With more than 100 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg’s Intellectual Property Department is one of the largest of its kind found in a full-service law firm. The firm’s IP litigation team has represented several high-profile clients who have successfully prosecuted and defended cases against the leading IP boutique and general practice law firms in the country.

About Chad S.C. Stover

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Stover spearheaded the development of the online legal resource, insiDE™ - which serves as a comprehensive, searchable and sortable database of transcripts from all District of Delaware patent cases since early 2008. His efforts have manifested into a distinguished career, recognized by his peers through a Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent peer-review rating. He has also been named to the Super Lawyers® 2013 Delaware Rising Stars list for Intellectual Property Litigation.

Stover is admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of Delaware and South Carolina, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

He also is deeply involved in a number of professional associations. He currently is the Programs Co-Chair for the American Bar Association’s IP Litigation Committee. He previously served on the committee’s website subcommittee and was named an Outstanding Subcommittee Chair in 2009-10. In addition, he has been appointed to the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, and is active with the Federal Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Stover earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2003, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2000.

With more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from its offices in Atlanta, Delaware, Chicago, Indiana, Los Angeles, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit us online at

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