San Francisco-based Dolby Laboratories has hired Brian Way as senior director of patent licensing. Way was head of intellectual property at Altera and worked at Apple and Morrison & Foerster earlier in his career. Dolby earns almost 90 percent of its revenue from licensing patents—it has more than 3,500, plus 2,700 pending applications—directly to manufacturers and indirectly through patent pools. Dolby also manages patent pools on behalf of third-party owners through a subsidiary, Via Licensing Corporation. See story online.


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has added Ryan Murr as a partner in its San Francisco office. A former corporate partner at Ropes & Gray, he will serve as cochairman of Gibson Dunn’s life sciences practice group and will continue to represent technology and life sciences companies. See story online.

K&L Gates has added Jim Wu, a former general counsel with Yahoo Asia Pacific, as a corporate partner in its Taipei and Palo Alto offices. He was a founding partner in the Taipei—where he also served as managing partner—and San Francisco offices of K&L Gates predecessor firm Preston Gates & Ellis.

Archer Norris has added partners Matthew Covington and Summer Smith to its San Francisco office. Covington, a former partner at DLA Piper, focuses his practice on real estate, environmental, commercial and finance and banking disputes. Smith, a former partner at Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley, focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation and the representation of professionals.

Susan Taylor, a former assistant general counsel of real estate at The Presidio Trust, has joined Shartsis Friese as of counsel in the real estate group in San Francisco. Taylor, who joined The Presidio Trust in December of 2007, handled the legal work for all commercial properties within the trust, including leasing, development, finance and property management.

Littleton Joyce appointed Carmen Cole as managing partner of its Los Angeles office. Cole, who previously practiced in the Los Angeles and Atlanta offices of McGuireWoods, joined the firm as a partner in 2013. She is the first woman and first African-American to serve as the managing partner of one of Littleton Joyce’s offices.

David Huebner, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, has joined Arnold & Porter as a partner in its international arbitration, public international law and national security practices. Resident in the Los Angeles office, he will focus on international commercial arbitration, trade and investments.

Proskauer Rose has added Siegmund Gutman as a litigation partner and chairman of its life sciences patent practice, resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He concentrates his practice on developing market exclusivity and freedom-to-operate strategies, including patent office and FDA regulatory strategies.

Barnes & Thornburg has added L. Rachel Lerman to its litigation department as a partner in the Los Angeles office. She was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Lerman focuses her practice on appellate and trial strategy in complex civil cases.

San Francisco’s Kronenberger Rosenfeld has promoted Ginny Sanderson to partner. Sanderson represents e-commerce businesses in litigation and prelitigation counseling.

Paul Nash has joined Allen Matkins as an associate in its San Francisco office. He will be a member of the real estate department. He received his law degree from S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

Van Swearingen has joined Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld in San Francisco as an associate. After receiving his law degree from UC-Berkeley School of Law in 2008, he joined Sidley Austin as an associate.

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery has elevated Los Angeles-based David Kogan to partner. With a focus on intellectual property law, Kogan represents clients in patent prosecution, litigation and opinion matters, as well as IP portfolio management and strategy development.

Jonathan Christianson has joined Boutin Jones as a partner in the Sacramento office. He was a partner at Mayo & Christianson and a solo practitioner.

Dentons has promoted the following attorneys in Northern California to partner: Jennifer Bennett, a member of the intellectual property and technology group in Silicon Valley; Shannon McSwain, a member of the capital markets group in San Francisco; Christopher Oliver, a member of the corporate and capital markets group in San Francisco; and Peter Su, a member of the intellectual property and technology group in Silicon Valley. Jason Ross, a member of the capital markets group in San Francisco, was promoted to counsel.

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