March 15, 2004

Philippe Bennett and Team of IP Specialists Join Alston & Bird

Team bolsters expertise in IP Litigation at One of the United States’ Largest IP Practices

Alston & Bird has added eight patent, trademark, and copyright specialists to the firm and its New York office from the international law firm Coudert Brothers. Joining the firm as partners are Philippe Bennett, Robert E. Hanlon, and Thomas Parker. Walter Scott and Lara A. Holzman also join the firm as Counsel. Amy Manning, Michael S. Burns, and Sarah Hsia join as Associates.

This team brings significant expertise in intellectual property litigation, with emphasis in pharmaceutical, including FDA, medical and mechanical arts matters. The group’s practice is trial oriented, and its members have handled a broad spectrum of intellectual property disputes for domestic and international companies.

"We are delighted to join Alston & Bird,” Bennett said. “The firm’s highly ranked intellectual property practices give us a perfect platform from which to further the growth of our IP presence in New York and internationally.”

The addition of these lawyers brings Alston & Bird’s intellectual property practice to 130 lawyers who practice intellectual property law 100 percent of the time, one of the largest of such specialty practices in the United States.

“The addition of Philippe, Robert, Tom, Walter, and Lara and their associates adds significant depth to our intellectual property litigation capabilities,” said Alston & Bird’s IP co-chair Mike McCoy. “They are recognized leaders in the international intellectual property arena and will fully complement our existing expertise.”

In September 2003 The American Lawyer named Alston & Bird one of the top five firms used most often by the Forbes Largest Private Companies for intellectual property, general corporate, litigation and labor and employment.

The July 2003 "Who Protects IP America" survey conducted by IP Law & Business, asked Fortune 250 companies to name the firms they rely on most often for IP representation. Alston & Bird placed sixth overall among the top firms protecting the IP rights of the nation's largest companies.

In 2002 The American Lawyer named Alston & Bird to its “IP America’s Dream Team.”

Philippe Bennett joins Alston & Bird as a partner. He headed Coudert Brothers’ intellectual property practice group worldwide. Over the past 20 years, he has prepared, tried and argued intellectual property (IP) cases in numerous Federal and state jurisdictions and before the United States International Trade Commission. He represents a variety of corporate and individual clients involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, agricultural chemicals, computer controllers, office furniture design, automated lighting systems, consumer packaging, jewelry design, television commercials, video games, Internet content, golf equipment and clothing design, among other areas. Besides litigation, Mr. Bennett has experience in a wide range of non-contentious IP issues, including the global clearance and registration of trademarks and licensing. He is a member of the editorial board of The Trademark Reporter. He received an A.B. in biochemistry from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Fordham University, and a J.D. from Hofstra University.

Robert E. Hanlon joins Alston & Bird as a partner. He specializes in intellectual property and litigation with a concentration in trademark, copyright and Internet-related matters, including counseling, prosecuting and litigating infringement, licensing, breach of contract, antitrust and franchise issues. He also is actively involved in the full range of intellectual property issues that arise in transactions, such as the preparation of confidentiality agreements, assignments, licenses and due diligence projects. Mr. Hanlon has represented a broad range of manufacturers, retail chains, Internet service providers, media and telecommunications companies, and authors and motion picture distributors in monitoring, licensing and defending their rights in various trademarks, copyrights, domain names and other intellectual property issues. He has also negotiated numerous settlements of disputes concerning intellectual property contracts, licensing and infringement. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School.

Thomas Parker joins Alston & Bird as a partner. He practices in the areas of patent litigation, prosecution and interferences and specializes in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other areas. He also handles matters involving FDA filings under the Hatch-Waxman Act, which involves developing patent strategies to assist clients in protecting approved drug products, and litigating patents and evaluating competitive patents to assist clients in producing new drugs. In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Parker has more than four years of research experience as an associate scientist in microbiology, human genetics and immunogenetics. He served as editor of Patent & Licensing Transactions Treatise, 2002, by Harold Einhorn. Mr. Parker holds a M.S. in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and a J.D. from Seton Hall University.

Walter Scott joins Alston & Bird as counsel. He practices in all areas of patent litigation, prosecution, licensing and interferences, specializing in matters relating to chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Scott has more than 20 years of experience in prosecuting patent applications directed to chemistry, immunology and cell biology. He also has broad experience in client counseling, opinion work, patent prosecution, patent interferences and patent litigation in the federal courts. Before practicing law, he conducted research in neurobiology and in product development research for the Maxwell House division of General Food. Mr. Scott earned a M.A. in chemistry and pursued additional graduate training in chemistry and biochemistry at Western Michigan University. He received his J.D., cum laude, from St. Johns University School of Law.

Lara A. Holzman joins Alston & Bird as counsel. She practices primarily in the area of trademark and copyright litigation and prosecution. She has represented clients in many different fields including luxury consumer products, computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals, clothing, food, jewelry and soft drinks. Ms. Holzman has been involved in various aspects of protecting clients' intellectual property rights including clearing, filing, prosecuting, maintaining and enforcing their marks in the United States and abroad. She has also successfully handled opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and has supervised similar actions in other jurisdictions. In addition, Ms. Holzman has litigated trademark and trade dress infringement, dilution, unfair competition, false advertising and cyber-squatting cases in federal court. She has also been involved in ICANN proceedings regarding domain name disputes. Ms. Holzman has preformed intellectual property audits and due diligence and has prepared and reviewed numerous intellectual property licenses, non-disclosures and other related agreements. She holds a J.D. from Columbia University.
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