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Novak Druce Hires Two Attorneys in West Palm Beach Office


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Further enhancing its coast-to-coast presence in the high technology space, Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP is pleased to announce that it has hired Gary Monka as Counsel and Robert Rodriguez as Associate in its West Palm Beach, Fla. office. Both have ample experience in the telecommunications industry, which the attorneys plan to apply as they work on regional and national matters, including work that arises out of the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

“Hiring these two attorneys adds to our ability to service high technology clients in all fields in Florida and beyond,” said Greg Novak, the firm’s CEO and managing partner. “It also reflects Novak Druce’s continuing commitment to expansion.”

Monka has more than 20 years of experience as a patent attorney in both private practice and as in-house corporate counsel. He has a successful track record in patent portfolio management and patent preparation and prosecution in telecommunications, computer hardware, software and medical devices. He also has experience counseling clients on patentability and patent clearance issues, rendering infringement and validity opinions, drafting and negotiating licenses and technology transfer agreements, supporting patent assertion and due diligence studies, and patent analysis in support of licensing, litigation and patent acquisition. Prior to joining Novak Druce, Monka worked in-house as senior patent counsel for BlackBerry Limited (formerly Research in Motion). He was previously employed as a senior intellectual property attorney for AT&T. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Rutgers University and received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from Nova Southeastern University.

Rodriguez concentrates on patent prosecution with a focus in the areas of digital design, power distribution, cellular networks and handsets. Prior to joining Novak Druce, Rodriguez spent more than a decade working as an electrical engineer for such companies as Research in Motion, Motorola, Freescale Semiconductors and Raytheon Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, where he graduated at the top of his class.

About Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP

Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP is a rapidly growing IP firm focused exclusively on complex intellectual property matters. The firm has offices in Houston; San Francisco; Silicon Valley; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Boston; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Wilmington, Del. With a renowned patent reexamination practice, Novak Druce was most recently listed on the National Law Journal’s 2013 “IP Hot List” and the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings, published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. The firm was also named to the National Law Journal's “Midsize Hot List” in 2011 and 2012. Since 2008, the firm has been listed by IP Today as a top U.S. trademark firm and a top patent firm and was named one of the top “Go To” patent law firms in the 2012 Corporate Counsel “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies Survey.” On Jan. 1, 2013, Novak Druce formally merged with ConnollyBove, 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 ranked 7th in the U.S. in total plaintiffs’ cases in the 2012Corporate Counsel “Patent Litigation Survey.”



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