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Pepper Hamilton has launched an office in Silicon Valley with three partners from Goodwin Procter: GREGORY BISHOP, THOMAS FITZPATRICK and ANDY CHAN. All three are now intellectual property partners at Pepper Hamilton, with Bishop leading the new office and Fitzpatrick serving as cochair of the firm’s intellectual property department.

Pepper Hamilton, which already has California offices in Orange County and Los Angeles, decided to open in Silicon Valley because the firm has clients in the area, according to Pepper Hamilton CEO Scott Green.

“To begin with we will focus almost exclusively on intellectual property,” Green said. “We have corporate clients here as well, though, and eventually we hope to expand.”

Fitzpatrick said he first began speaking with Pepper Hamilton’s intellectual property cochair Goutam Patnaik a year ago about the possibility of moving. Commenting on his former firm, Fitzpatrick said, “I’m sure Goodwin will succeed on the path it is on. I think Pepper is taking a different approach, at least for intellectual property litigation. It is taking on work that I could not do at Goodwin because of client conflicts, and there were certain conflicts that I couldn’t get over.”

The group is bringing two to three associates over with them from Goodwin as well as their clients, according to Fitzpatrick.

Elsewhere in Silicon Valley, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has picked up the head of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ intellectual property counseling practice in its Silicon Valley office. JASON KIPNIS is now a partner in Wilmer’s Palo Alto office, advising clients on portfolio management, litigation, enforcement and dispute counseling.

Kipnis said he made his decision to move to Wilmer in early June, before Weil announced it planned to scale back its commercial litigation practice, lay off 110 staff members and 60 associates, and cut some partner salaries. He said a headhunter had contacted him and that he moved because “Wilmer is a giant in intellectual property” in more areas than just patent litigation. Kipnis described his practice as a transactional and litigation hybrid that he said will be compatible with Wilmer’s intellectual property practice.

Kipnis said that some of his clients have expressed interest in moving with him but that nothing is finalized and that he is not bringing over any associates.

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