As part of a recent spate of lateral hires, Merchant & Gould has added two IP lawyers to its office in Alexandria, Va., from Crowell & Moring. E. Joseph Gess and Melissa Hayworth both join the IP boutique as partners.

Gess advises clients on licensing and chemical patent preparation and prosecution. Hayworth focuses her practice on infringement and validity opinions, IP strategies for inter-parties proceedings, patent preparation and prosecution, and licensing, particularly in the organic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry and petroleum chemistry industries.