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Wiggin and Dana Expands Intellectual Property Practice

Monday, March 03, 2014

Attorneys from Amster, Rothstein and Ebenstein and Kaye Scholer LLP Join Firm’s New York Office

Wiggin and Dana LLP is pleased to announce the expansion of its Intellectual Property practice with the addition of four new partners in its New York office: Joseph Casino, Michael Kasdan and Abraham Kasdan who previously practiced with Amster, Rothstein and Ebenstein, and Sapna Palla, who joins the firm from Kaye Scholer.

“Based on current and projected client demand, we targeted intellectual property as an especially promising growth area for the firm,” comments Bob Benjamin, chair of Wiggin and Dana’s Executive Committee. “With the addition of this dynamic group, we have greatly enhanced our ability to provide a wide range of IP services to our clients, from intellectual property litigation to licensing and prosecution.”

In his nearly 20-year career, Joseph Casino has been lead counsel in major patent litigations in many jurisdictions throughout the United States, including the International Trade Commission. His cases have involved a wide variety of technologies, including consumer electronics, medical devices, automotive equipment and batteries. In addition to his litigation practice, Joe counsels clients on the strategic development of their patent portfolios and negotiates complex license agreements.

Michael Kasdan will continue to focus his practice on negotiating, defending and asserting intellectual property rights before the courts, the US Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission and in private arbitration and mediation. Michael is trained in electrical engineering and works on a broad range of technologies. Michael dedicates a significant part of his practice to advising start-up and early stage companies on evaluating, obtaining, valuing, licensing and developing patent portfolios and trademarks.

Messrs. Casino and Kasdan have each worked in-house for a major Japanese corporation in Japan, and are well-versed in Japanese corporate culture.

Abe Kasdan will continue to concentrate his practice on all aspects of patents involving complex technologies. With a Ph.D in Physics and more than fifteen years of research and development experience at a number of prominent research laboratories, Abe has hands-on, in-depth knowledge covering a wide range of technologies, including electronics, optics, semiconductor processing and materials science. In addition to litigating and negotiating licenses, he oversees patent prosecution programs for his clients.

Joseph, Michael and Abe have practiced together for many years as a cohesive team successfully handling the intellectual property needs of domestic and international clients.

Sapna Palla focuses her practice on the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, drug delivery systems and medical devices, with an emphasis on Hatch-Waxman patent infringement cases for branded pharmaceutical manufacturers and on the emerging patent litigation system in India. With the addition of these partners, Wiggin and Dana has enhanced its ability to represent clients in all aspects of patent litigation and licensing across a wide spectrum of technologies.

Wiggin and Dana is a full service firm with 150 lawyers serving clients domestically and abroad from offices in Connecticut, New York and Philadelphia.

For more information on the firm, visit our website at

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