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Intellectual Property Attorney Roberta Young Joins Ballard Spahr

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Roberta A. Young, an attorney known for her skill in patent portfolio counseling, enforcement, and management, has joined Ballard Spahr's Intellectual Property Department as of counsel, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today. She will be based in the firm’s San Diego office.

Ms. Young represents clients ranging from domestic and foreign multinational companies to technology startups on intellectual property strategy, the drafting and prosecution ofdomestic and foreign patents, and preparing patent infringement, validity, and due diligence opinions.

Ms. Young also counsels clients in technical areas including telecommunications and wireless technology, digital signal processing, satellite communications, biometric datacollection, military optics, mosaic sensors, video game technology, medical devices, semiconductors, lasers, interferometry, and sub-wavelength devices. She joins the firm from Arent Fox LLP.

"Roberta's arrival greatly enhances our intellectual property capabilities in San Diego, California, and the West, as well as enhancing our overall electrical engineering and software patent practice," said Mitchell A. Katz, Chair of the Intellectual Property Department. "She joins a strong team of IP attorneys who are doing first-rate legal work for some of the largest companies nationally and internationally. We are excited to have Roberta on our team."

Thomas W. McNamara, Managing Partner of the San Diego office, said: "We are looking to strengthen our IP practice in California and we are thrilled to have an attorney of Roberta's ability join us and help us continue to grow the practice."

Ballard Spahr’s Intellectual Property Department and its noted patents team include attorneys who work nationally and internationally to identify, secure, and protect many of the world’s most recognizable brands and innovations.

"I am looking forward to joining Ballard Spahr and am excited about the challenge of growing the intellectual property practice in the West," Ms. Young said. "The significant commitment to intellectual property by Ballard Spahr, the talented group of attorneys in their offices across the country, and the reputation of the firm were key to my decision to join the firm."

About Ballard Spahr

Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm with more than 500 lawyers in 14 offices in the United States, provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies; financial institutions; life sciences, chemical, pharmaceutical, mechanical device, medical device, and technology companies; health systems; investors and developers; government agencies and sponsored enterprises; educational institutions; and nonprofit organizations. The firm combines a national scope of practice with strong regional market knowledge. For more information, please visit

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