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Merchant & Gould’s Atlanta Office Adds Wm. ’’Brook’’ Lafferty to Team of Leading Intellectual Property Experts

Monday, April 21, 2014

Merchant & Gould, a leading intellectual property law firm, announced today that attorney Wm. “Brook” Lafferty has joined its Atlanta office.

Lafferty holds a LL.M. in intellectual property, with honors, from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Fla., where he was on the Law Review. Lafferty’s practice encompasses patent preparation and prosecution, IP agreement drafting and negotiation, opinions, due diligence investigations, and litigation support with respect to patents, trademarks, trade secrets and trade dress. He specializes in the areas of electrical software, mechanical and licensing. In addition to his legal degrees, he holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California.

Lafferty’s career includes 10 years of experience as in-house legal counsel. Prior to joining Merchant & Gould, he was senior counsel of intellectual property at Exide Corporation, a global manufacturer of transportation and industrial batteries. Previously, Lafferty was director of intellectual property, North America, at AGCO Corporation, a global manufacturer and distributor of agricultural vehicles and equipment. He was also associate general patent counsel at Cisco Systems and Scientific-Atlanta.

“Through Brook’s extensive experience as an in-house counsel, he has worked directly with inventors and business professionals, helping them to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented in the corporate world,” said Kent Stier, managing partner of Merchant & Gould’s Atlanta office. “He is a trusted advisor and a technical expert who is held in high regard for the value he delivers on behalf of clients.”

Lafferty is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, in addition to six other courts with state and federal jurisdictions. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and he is a member of the bar in the states of Georgia, Florida and Illinois.

Before embarking on a career in IP law, Lafferty was a captain in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps; he is a Desert Storm veteran. Married with three children, he lives in Atlanta.

About Merchant & Gould Atlanta

Attorneys in the Atlanta office of Merchant & Gould have significant experience in providing full-service intellectual property counseling and litigation services to local and national clients in the software, telecommunications, e-commerce and biotech industries, as well as in the more traditional electrical, mechanical and chemical arts.

About Merchant & Gould

Merchant & Gould is a national intellectual property law firm with more than 100 attorneys in offices in Atlanta, Denver, Knoxville, Tenn., Madison, Wis., Minneapolis, New York, Seattle and Washington. Founded nearly 115 years ago, the firm has grown to become one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, representing the worldwide intellectual property interests of clients in diverse industries and technologies.

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