09 March 2017
Boston
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Ropes & Gray to spin off patent prosecution


Ropes & Gray is putting its patent prosecution business into a brand new firm led by partner Joe Guiliano.

Guiliano will establish the new firm with other Ropes & Gray partners and around 100 employees. It will specialise in IP rights management.

Ropes & Gray chairman Brad Malt said in a statement: “We are restructuring our IP practice groups to a configuration that we believe best serves our clients.”

“We remain committed to providing world class IP litigation capabilities, and we will continue offering our industry-leading IP transactions practice to clients.”

The new firm will also cover trademark prosecution and patent analysis, strategy and counselling

Guiliano commented: “We’re excited to start a new firm that will specialise in IP rights management.”

“The new firm will be positioned to offer the kind of specialised, focused counsel on patent prosecution and related matters that our clients have come to expect.”

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