22 August 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

BakerHostetler hires partner trio

BakerHostetler has has hired three patent partners to bolster its Chicago office.

Leif Sigmond, Michael Gannon and Jennifer Kurcz arrive from McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, bringing experience in patent litigation and strategic counselling in the software, electrical and mechanical engineering and medical device industries.

Mark Tidman, chair of BakerHostetler’s intellectual property group, said: “This talented team has built a reputation for delivering practical counsel and providing creative business solutions to companies and entrepreneurs developing breakthrough technologies.”

“Leif, Michael and Jennifer will add depth to our patent litigation bench and offer clients the benefit of their sharp technical knowledge together with their hands-on approach.”

Sigmond was previously co-chair of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff litigation and appeals practice group and has more than 27 years experience in intellectual property.

Gannon focuses on patents, with 26 years in patent litigation, prosecution and counselling.

Kurcz has a wide range of experience, from patents to trademarks and copyright.

Ron Okada, partner-in-charge of the Chicago office, added: “We are thrilled to have Leif Sigmond, Michael Gannon and Jennifer Kurcz join our office, strengthening our patent litigation presence in this region.”

“With nearly 70 years of combined experience, they bring a high level of sophisticated insights to help clients meet their objectives.”

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