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Merchant & Gould Adds Attorney William Fortunato to Knoxville Office


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Merchant & Gould, a leading intellectual property law firm, announced today that attorney William (Bill) Fortunato has joined its Knoxville office.

Fortunato recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, from which he received Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration degrees. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, where he was part of the Chancellor’s Honors Program.

Prior to joining Merchant & Gould, Fortunato worked as a technology transfer graduate assistant at the Y-12 National Security Complex, evaluating employee inventions for patentability and commercial applications and developing forms and procedures for the submission of inventions. He also worked as an associate at Pitts & Lake PC in Knoxville, drafting patent applications and continuations-in-part, responding to office actions during patent prosecution, and researching legal arguments.

“Bill’s expertise in technology, combined with his business and legal background, add to our strengths and will provide real value to our clients,” said Christopher Leonard, Managing Partner for the Knoxville office. “We’re very happy to have him join our legal team in Knoxville.”

About Merchant & Gould Knoxville

Opened in 2008, Merchant & Gould's Knoxville office offers a full range of intellectual property legal services, including litigation, patent, trademark, and copyright applications, registrations, and prosecution, and portfolio management and assessment, to clients in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge metropolitan area. Tennessee’s “Innovation Valley” is home to vital public institutions of science, technology, and innovation like Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, University of Tennessee, and Tennessee Valley Authority, as well as vibrant manufacturing and high-tech companies in the energy, metals, medical device, and housing sectors.

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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