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Hawley Troxell Introduces New Patent Practice and Attorneys

Added by Hawley Troxell in News on November 4, 2013

Hawley Troxell is pleased to announce the addition of a new full-service domestic and international patent practice to the firm. Patent attorneys Philip McKay and Sean Lewis have joined the firm from Silicon Valley where they practiced patent law in-house and as outside counsel for a combined 35 years. They currently maintain some of the largest patent portfolios in the Silicon Valley for major technology companies. The patent group strengthens the firm’s existing intellectual property group chaired by partner Brad Frazer, which includes trademark, copyright, licensing, trade secrets, and internet law.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Phil and Sean to the firm. Their patent practice is highly regarded and not only an excellent addition to our IP group, but also a great asset to clients served by our transactional and litigation departments as a whole,” said Managing Partner Steve Berenter.

McKay has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of domestic and foreign patent applications. He helps clients achieve strategic business objectives, prepares non-infringement and validity opinions, and provides strategic technology licensing and portfolio management counseling to numerous companies throughout the technology sector. McKay is a member of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is licensed to practice law in California. Prior to joining Hawley Troxell, he founded McKay & Hodgson, LLP, a patent firm in Monterey, California, and was senior patent counsel for a Fortune 100 Corporation. McKay received his J.D. from University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1993 and his B.S. in physics cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990. During his time at USC, he was the senior editor of the USC Tax and Interdisciplinary Law Journal Office, and was the recipient of the Southern California Intellectual Property Law award in 1992.

Lewis has assisted companies of all sizes nationally and internationally. His practice includes the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent and trademark applications, technology and patent licensing, authoring opinion letters, managing invention review committees, and assisting with mergers and acquisitions. He received his J.D. from Western State University College of Law in 1994 and his B.S. in physics from the University of California San Diego in 1987. Lewis is a member of the Fresno County Bar Association and the American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project.

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