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Perkins Coie has opened an office in San Diego with the addition of four intellectual property partners. Thane Bauz, who has represented Intel Corp. and the intellectual property business group of The Boeing Co., joined from Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. The others — John Schnurer, Brian Wacter and Bing Ai — joined from Fish & Richardson. “Part of our strategic plan is to grow California, and part of our strategic plan is to grow IP litigation and IP generally,” said Bob Giles, managing partner of Perkins Coie. “It hit both of those markets.” He hoped to build the office to 20 lawyers this year and to 50 in fewer than three years. Schnurer said he joined Perkins Coie because he was looking for a firm that had strong practices that are complementary to IP, such as corporate, which had been de-emphasized during the past year at Fish & Richardson in favor of an exclusive focus on IP. “Each of us found a desire to build our practices to the next level,” Schnurer said of his colleagues coming from Fish & Richardson. “To do that required a different platform — not one focused solely on IP, but complementary sources like emerging growth on the corporate side and licensing support. That’s what attracted us.” Schnurer specializes in handling Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). A former electrical engineer, he has served as an attorney to the U.S. Air Force and as a special assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. Bauz, also a litigator, handles patent disputes in federal court and before the ITC. Wacter handles patent prosecution and was a communications officer for the U.S. Air Force for eight years. Ai specializes in patent prosecution and advises individuals, start-ups, universities and research institutes. All four were partners at the San Diego office of their former firms. With the new office, Seattle-based Perkins Coie now has four California locations housing more than 100 lawyers. In April, Perkins Coie opened an office in Dallas. The firm now has 15 U.S. offices and locations in Beijing and Shanghai. Amanda Bronstad can be contacted at [email protected].

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