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Only a few months after acquiring a trio of trademark lawyers from Philadelphia’s Woodcock Washburn, Philadelphia-based Cozen O’Connor has picked up four patent prosecution lawyers from the same firm. Doreen Yatko Trujillo has joined Cozen as a senior member (equity partner) and Paul K. Legaard and Gwilym J.O. Attwell, who were associates at Woodcock, came in as junior members (non-equity partners). The Legal Intelligencer has also learned that another Woodcock partner, Mark DeLuca, will be joining Cozen O’Connor in the near future as a senior member. In May, Cozen O’Connor brought in senior members Camille Miller and Laura Miller and junior member Brian Urban from Woodcock Washburn. In June, the firm added another junior member, Scott Schwartz, from Intel Corp. in California. With the three associates who have since moved into the group factored in, Cozen O’Connor’s intellectual property department now has 10 attorneys, and DeLuca would make it 11. Though Woodcock has now lost seven lawyers to Cozen over the past four months, the firm has also been busy adding new talent: It issued a press release last week announcing the addition of Saul Ewing partner Alfred Zaher, Saul Ewing associate Bruce George and two other lateral associates. And John Caldwell, chairman of Woodcock Washburn’s patent prosecution practice group, said he expects the firm to issue an announcement about more lateral additions. Trujillo, Legaard and Attwell all focus on patent prosecution and counseling work in the biotechnology area, representing clients ranging from universities to corporations to startup companies. Trujillo said she began looking around a few months back to join a full-service firm and settled on Cozen after doing some due diligence. “I was mainly looking for the opportunity to develop an IP boutique practice within the setting of a large firm,” Trujillo said. “And Cozen seems to always throw a lot of support at new areas. I also like the fact that Cozen has offices in places like California and London, two places where I have clients.” Cozen O’Connor business law group chairman John Cunningham would not confirm the eventual addition of DeLuca, but Caldwell said the veteran patent prosecution partner is wrapping up some client matters before making the move. Cunningham said the addition of the Woodcock patent prosecutors is ideal because of its focus in the biotech field, an area Cozen has emphasized in building its IP group. “There are a lot of pharmaceutical companies and research universities based in the area, so I think it’s a natural fit,” Cunningham said. “We wanted to focus on biotech, and these people are excellent lawyers. One of the real attractions is that these are younger partners who have a lot of years of practicing left in them. They also practice as a team, so in addition to their expertise, they give us breadth.” Cunningham said the next step for Cozen would be to have all IP disciplines represented in its practice group, as the firm would like to add lawyers with an expertise in electrical, electrical engineering, computer software and chemical. He added that the IP lawyers added from Woodcock this year all have cross-marketing synergies with Cozen’s other departments, most specifically the commercial litigation group, which can handle patent litigation work. Trujillo graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 1990 and spent nearly three years at a Texas-based IP boutique before giving birth to triplets and deciding she needed to be closer to her northeastern Pennsylvania roots. So she joined Woodcock as an associate in 1993, became a partner in 1999 and obtained equity status the following year. She specializes in patent prosecution and counseling and brings significant experience in interference practice, a niche of U.S. patent law for resolving “first-to-invent” disputes. Legaard has an extensive background in chemistry, molecular biology and immunology, and post-doctoral training at Harry S. Truman Memorial VA Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate in molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1992) and his law degree from Temple University Law School (1997). Attwell formerly served as a pharmacologist with Wyeth-Ayerst Research and as a research associate at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation after receiving his master of science in protein biochemistry from Miami University of Ohio in 1992 and his law degree from Temple in 1997. Attwell is one of a limited number of Philadelphia attorneys to electronically file patent applications and has spoken about the process at various professional associations. DeLuca, 42, graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1988 and, like Trujillo, was considered one of the senior patent prosecutors at Woodcock. Caldwell said that Woodcock hates to lose such talent but that he understands the attraction of starting a new practice group for a full-service firm. Woodcock still has nine patent prosecution lawyers, led by partners Suzanne Miller, Seattle-based Jeffrey King and Janet Reed, who joined the firm as a lateral from Saul Ewing last year. Along with partner Charles Quinn, Reed, Zaher and George all joined Saul Ewing in April 2000 from IP boutique Dann Dorfman. Quinn and Reed came in as partners, Zaher as special counsel, and George as an associate. But Saul Ewing’s attempt at starting an IP patent practice did not pan out as Quinn left for Fox Rothschild O’Brien & Frankel last year and Reed joined Woodcock. Zaher, who by that time had been promoted to partner, was thrust into the position of co-chairman of Saul Ewing’s IP practice and was the only senior patent attorney at the firm after Reed’s departure. “As the principal patent lawyer, I didn’t have the support to make the practice run the way I felt I needed it to run,” Zaher said. “When Janet left, it did make it a little more difficult to stay. But I enjoyed my time at Saul Ewing. I just needed to make the best decision for myself. And while Janet and I are friends, my main motivation in going to Woodcock is the way I thought I would be able to expand my practice.” Zaher concentrates his practice on trademark and patent matters related to electrical, mechanical, Internet and information technology. He covers all areas of intellectual property, including prosecution, litigation, licensing, due diligence, infringement and patentability opinions, and counseling with respect to patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, fair trade enforcement, false advertising, trade secrets, antitrust, Internet legal issues, software licensing and related issues. Zaher received an undergraduate degree in engineering science from the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York and a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. Prior to practicing law, Zaher worked for more than 10 years as an electrical engineer for several aerospace and electronics companies including Boeing, Litton Industries, American Electronics Laboratories and Consolidated Edison of New York. George is in the midst of his third year practicing law after 14 years as an electrical engineer. He handles patent, trademark and copyright prosecutions, as well as patent infringement, trademark and copyright litigation. He received electrical engineering and law degrees from Rutgers University. Saul Ewing managing partner Stephen Aichele said he believes Zaher wanted the opportunity to have a diverse practice, something he couldn’t do while he was counted on as the primary patent prosecution lawyer. Aichele said the firm has trademark lawyers in its Baltimore office and e-commerce lawyers in Chesterbrook but is searching for a patent prosecution lawyer to replace Zaher. Woodcock also announced the addition of associate Andrew T. Serafini to the Seattle office. He received his Ph.D. in immunology from Stanford University and has experience in patent prosecution and licensing, primarily in biotechnology. He specializes in the fields of immunology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, genomics, protein chemistry and medical therapeutics. Serafini was previously an associate at Townsend Townsend & Crew in Palo Alto, Calif. Caldwell said Serafini was instrumental in the firm’s recent addition of the University of California system as a patent client. The firm also added former Rohm & Haas Co. in-house counsel Jeffrey Rosedale as an associate. He handles patent prosecution and patent strategy across a range of technical disciplines as diverse as chemical engineering, polymers, biomedicine and opto-electronic materials. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and holds four U.S. patents related to polyolefin polymers and plastics.

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