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King & Spalding, looking to beef up its intellectual property and biotechnology practices, hired three attorneys from crosstown rival Kilpatrick Stockton and may be scoping out more hires in those areas. Anthony B. Askew, Stephen M. Schaetzel and James D. Johnson joined King & Spalding last week. Askew, 66, was a co-founder of the IP boutique firm Jones & Askew, which Kilpatrick Stockton acquired in 2000. Schaetzel and Johnson also worked at Jones & Askew. King & Spalding wants to grow its IP practice group within three years to about 150 members from the current 100 lawyers and patent agents, said King & Spalding partner Courtland L. Reichman, head of the firm’s IP group. “In three to five years, we’ll be identified as one of the top three intellectual property practices in the country,” Reichman said. The hires are also part of King & Spalding’s plans to emphasize work in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, Reichman said. The firm plans to make another announcement later this week related to an expansion of its New York office in that area, although Reichman declined to provide further details. The moves come one month after IP partner Sherry M. Knowles left King & Spalding to be global head of intellectual property for Glaxo-SmithKline. “Since Sherry left, it created a real need to further enhance our practice,” Reichman said. Hiring Askew, Schaetzel and Johnson will help King & Spalding supplement its practice groups in mass tort litigation in the pharmaceuticals area and with its U.S. Food and Drug Administration practice, Reichman said. Another IP partner, Joseph R. Bankoff, left the firm this month to become CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, and IP partner Bruce W. Baber moved to King & Spalding’s New York office from Atlanta. Askew, Schaetzel and Johnson specialize in patent and trademark litigation as well as patent prosecution in the health-care industry. Askew declined to say whether the three lawyers’ clients would move with them to King & Spalding, and he declined to describe the size of his book of business. “We have great relationships with our clients we have, and I’m confident we’ll maintain those relationships,” Askew said. Two associates affiliated with Askew, Schaetzel and Johnson also were hired by King & Spalding: Katrina M. Quicker, who joined as counsel, and Jason M. Pass, who joined as associate. Kilpatrick Stockton, which has about 120 intellectual property attorneys, does not plan to specifically try to replace Askew, Schaetzel and Johnson, said Kilpatrick Stockton partner John S. Pratt, chairman of the firm’s IP practice group. But the firm is continually looking to hire new lawyers to expand the group. “Our practice is growing so fast that we are constantly recruiting, and we will continue to do that,” Pratt said. The departure of the three attorneys to King & Spalding, Pratt said, “does not have a significant impact for us,” adding that nine attorneys from the Jones & Askew merger remain with Kilpatrick Stockton. Pratt declined to identify specific clients of Askew, Schaetzel and Johnson. Kilpatrick Stockton has one of the largest IP practice groups in Atlanta, counting Adidas, BellSouth, Continental Airlines and DaimlerChrysler as clients in the area. Attorneys in the group include partners Miles J. Alexander, who earlier this year received the first lifetime achievement award from the State Bar of Georgia’s intellectual property section, and Joseph M. Beck, who has represented the family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Staff Reporter Andy Peters can be reached at [email protected]

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