Boston, April 26, 2007 — Goodwin Procter LLP, one of the nation's leading law firms with more than 750 attorneys, today announced the expansion of its intellectual property (IP) practice with the addition of five partners to the firm's Washington, D.C. office.
The new partners, who join the firm from Hunton & Williams, include Jennifer A. Albert and Stephen T. Schreiner. Scott, who has more than 30 years of experience focusing on intellectual property law, will chair the firm's national IP practice. He previously chaired Hunton & Williams' IP practice and was responsible for the firm's patent and trademark practice and the related technology-based IP practice.
"We continue to invest in both the practices and markets which support our national platform," said Regina M. Pisa, chairman and managing partner of Goodwin Procter. "These are lawyers of extraordinary quality, achievement and character. When combined with and complemented by our intellectual property groups in Boston and New York, they further position Goodwin Procter as a national powerhouse with significant resources and capabilities to advance our clients' business goals."
Goodwin Procter's national IP group now totals 145 attorneys in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., representing some of the world's leading companies in the areas of intellectual property law, including patent and trademark litigation and IP portfolio development and licensing. Over 60 Goodwin Procter attorneys are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Goodwin Procter patent litigators have extensive experience applying the substantive law of intellectual property and excel at communicating complex technological concepts to judges and juries in a comprehensible and compelling manner. The firm's patent litigation work involves some of the most intricate, cutting-edge technology in the marketplace, with a primary focus on disputes involving electrical engineering, chemistry and biotechnology.
"Goodwin Procter combines the depth of expertise of a boutique IP firm with the corporate and litigation resources of one of the nation's premier law firms," said John Aldock, chair of the firm's Washington, D.C. office. "Like us, this group of lawyers is driven to find creative solutions to clients' problems. They have built reputations on providing responsive service and cutting-edge legal work to national clients with whom they have developed extraordinary relationships."
In 2004, Goodwin Procter significantly expanded its presence in Washington, D.C. by combining with Shea & Gardner. Since that time, the firm in D.C. has added significant practices in private equity and FDA regulatory, transactional and medical device work. This growth has coincided with Goodwin Procter's addition of offices on the West Coast. The firm first launched offices in California last year, opening in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Earlier this year, Goodwin Procter added new offices in San Diego and downtown Los Angeles. This strategic expansion broadened the reach of the firm's nationally recognized technology and life sciences practice, as well as its real estate and real estate investment management practice.
About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation's leading law firms with offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The firm's core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property and products liability. The firm, which has 145 lawyers focusing on IP, has been ranked as one of the nation's top intellectual property firms and represents national and international companies in a broad cross-section of industries. The firm's litigators, transaction lawyers, patent attorneys and scientists, have over 50 advanced degrees, including 20 PhDs, and help clients protect and defend intellectual property rights, technology procurement, marketing initiatives and strategic deal structuring. Additional information may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com.
Partner Biographical Information
Thomas J. Scott, Jr. focuses on intellectual property including patent prosecution, litigation and licensing, appellate practice (especially before the Federal Circuit), information technologies and all areas of technology licensing. Scott chaired Hunton & Williams' Intellectual Property Practice Group and was responsible for management of the firm's patent and trademark practice and related technology based intellectual property practice.
Scott has developed significant patent portfolios for financial institutions and patent licensing organizations. He has negotiated numerous patent licenses which have collectively brought in more than $650 million in royalties. He has a continuing active practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in computer software technology and other complex electrical arts. He is an experienced trial attorney of patent cases, having tried over 25 patent cases to judgment in 35 years of practice.
A member of the Bar in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and New York State, Scott earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. He earned a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Yale University.
Jennifer A. Albert focuses her practice on litigation of claims relating to patent, trademark and copyright matters, including infringement claims; unfair competition and deceptive trade practices; misappropriation of trade secrets, false advertising; claims relating to licensing, distribution and other contracts relating to intellectual property rights in U.S. district and appellate courts and before the International Trade Commission; counseling clients on the protection, enforcement, licensing and acquisition of trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret and other intellectual property rights as well as the preparation and negotiation of agreements relating to such activities; counseling clients on issues involving cyberspace, ecommerce and online information services as well as the preparation and negotiation of various types of computer and IT-related agreements and representation of clients in litigation involving such agreements. Ms. Albert was trial counsel for MercExchange, LLC in the MercExchange, LLC v. eBay, Inc. suit and trial counsel for ePlus in the ePlus, Inc. v. SAP AG and ePlus, Inc. v. Ariba, Inc. cases.
She received a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Stephen T. Schreiner focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law including patent infringement litigation, patent prosecution, advice and counseling, opinion work including freedom to operate and validity analyses, and due diligence related to electronics, signal processing, software, e-commerce, business methods, digital television, interactive media, telecommunications, the Internet and other areas.
Schreiner has handled complex patent practice matters, including patent reexaminations, petitions, and appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. He is a specialist in patent prosecution before Class 705 of the U.S. PTO, which examines patent applications directed to financial methods and other business methods.
Schreiner has guided clients in establishing IP programs, including the various aspects such as procedures for inventor agreements, invention disclosure intake, identification of which inventions to be the subject of patent applications, how to monetize patents and develop licensing programs, and how to guard against patent infringement by competitors.
He received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His work experience includes nearly a decade as an engineer at the Department of the Navy in the area of digital signal processing, telecommunications and acoustics.