With IP-related legal issues continuing to dominate headlines worldwide, Cozen O’Connor recently announced Hugh Marbury—a seasoned, first-chair IP litigator with experience representing domestic/international clients in contentious, bet the company financial and commercial disputes—has joined its Intellectual Property Department as a member. A former partner at DLA Piper, Marbury will serve as a lead trial lawyer overseeing IP and commercial litigation matters in Cozen O’Connor’s Washington D.C. office.
Marbury’s track record includes representing corporations, investor groups and high-net-worth individuals in cases valued, cumulatively, at more than $4 billion. He brings to the firm extensive experience representing corporate clients in Delaware’s Chancery Court—managing what are often complex, post-closing IP-related M&A disputes. With a practice that includes patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation in a diverse range of technological areas across an equally diverse range of industries, Marbury will help Cozen O’Connor continue to expand its nationally-recognized IP practice, particularly in the Washington D.C. area.
“We believe clients are best served by attorneys who regularly handle a wide range of IP issues, from patent enforcement to post-merger trademark consolidation,” says Kerry B. McTigue, co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. “That’s why I’m thrilled to welcome Hugh to Cozen O’Connor. He represents a broad range of clients—from plaintiffs and defendants to buyers and sellers—so he views each matter in a larger context. He understands the priorities of partners and adversaries because he’s been on both sides—he can anticipate the actions and reactions of each constituent.”
In addition to regularly trying cases in federal court, Marbury also brings to the firm a lengthy background in arbitration and mediation, as well as extensive experience in advising companies on IP-related trade secret engagements.
“Hugh is an ideal fit because he combines business acumen with a thorough understanding of the ever-shifting legal and technological IP landscape,” says Barry Boss, Washington D.C. office managing partner and vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Department at Cozen O’Connor. “The rules governing IP change constantly—and the underlying science and technology change even faster. Hugh has a proven track record of successfully leading many complex IP matters, and he’s an active participant in the IP bar, so he’s aware of legal developments as soon as they happen.”
Marbury will also maintain his focus on pro bono work. He is a founding trustee of the Save Spriggs Farm Preservation Foundation, which coordinated state, local and national funding sources to raise more than $3 million to preserve a 50-acre farm on the Magothy River outside Annapolis. In addition, he defended a Baltimore-based Iranian Synagogue in a copyright dispute over architectural drawings for its new synagogue, and serves on the Equal Justice Council for the Maryland Legal Bureau.
Marbury earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, and his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. In 2011, he participated in Harvard Business School’s Law Leadership Program. Marbury is currently active in the American Law Institute’s Members Consultative Group supporting the drafting of the Restatement of Law for Copyright.
Cozen O’Connor’s Intellectual Property Department represents a wide variety of national and international corporate clients, from startups to multinational companies. Its clients operate in diverse industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, electronics, manufacturing, communications, finance, entertainment, and education.
The firm offers a full-service practice, meaning its attorneys help clients acquire, manage, and protect intellectual property. Cozen O’Connor attorneys work in the areas of patent, trademark, trade dress, domain name, and copyright – and regularly provide guidance on procurement, prosecution, enforcement, asset management, monetization, licensing, and litigation.
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