8 January 2018
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Simmons & Simmons launches new patent group

Simmons & Simmons has established a patent prosecution group, with new partner Kevin Cordina taking the helm.

Cordina, who previously worked at CMS Law, focuses on patent issues in the technology, telecommunications and medical device industries.

Simmons & Simmons said that the new patent group will bolster the firm and provide clients with a full range of IP services.

Earlier this month, the firm appointed Michael Gavey as head of intellectual property. Gavey has been with the firm since 2006 and focuses mainly on IP transactions, including patent and technology licensing.

Commenting on the new practice group, Gavey said: “Kevin Cordina's arrival and the launch of our patent prosecution practice represent a major development in Simmons & Simmons' legal and sector offering.”

“It is unusual for clients to have access to patent attorneys outside the patent and trademark attorney firms, but the launch of the new service lines enable us to offer a more integrated service, which I believe will provide great benefits for our clients.”

Cordina added: “I am excited to be joining Simmons & Simmons' highly-rated IP team to complete the range of IP services offered by the firm.”

“Patent attorney services will fit seamlessly with the firm's well-established IP team to provide a full service international offering. There are many exciting opportunities, both within Simmons & Simmons' existing clients and externally, who can benefit from the integrated practice group.”

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