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Hogan Lovells boosts IP practice on both coasts with four lateral hires

July 7, 2019

Hogan Lovells has brought on four lateral partners, significantly strengthening its Intellectual Property, Media and Technology Practice (IPMT) on both coasts. The new partners – Krista Schwartz and Patrick Michael in San Francisco and Robert Underwood and Kristen Connarn in Boston – deepen the firm’s commitment to clients in two of the country’s major technology and life sciences markets.

Krista Schwartz and Patrick Michael joined the firm from Jones Day. Schwartz is a first chair trial partner focused on IP litigation. She represents some of the world’s largest technology companies in patent, copyright, trade secret, and complex technology cases. Michael’s practice focuses on patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation, along with technology-related disputes. His clients include makers of integrated circuits, electronic design automation, software, semiconductor fabrication, tool design, computer networking, and medical devices.

Robert (Bob) Underwood and Kristen Connarn join the firm from McDermott Will & Emer. Both bring significant experience in IP transactions and related matters for life sciences clients that range from entrepreneurs and start-ups to multinational companies. Their experience includes strategic planning and counseling, patent portfolio development, due diligence, licensing, and legal opinions. Underwood represents clients in nearly every sector of the Life Sciences industry and has served as IP counsel on multinational M&A transactions. Connarn has significant experience developing IP policies for healthcare and innovation centers among other matters.

Speaking on their arrival, Celine Crowson, Hogan Lovells IPMT Practice Group Leader for the Americas, said: “We are strategically expanding our life sciences IPMT capabilities in the Americas to meet an increase in demand from our clients for core patent and IP capabilities.”

Hogan Lovells IPMT group has close to 400 professionals globally who together represent more than half of the world’s top 100 brands. Our practice combines a global outlook with local knowledge across the life cycle of IP assets—from development to commercialization , and licensing through to maturity and litigation. More than half of our IP lawyers are focused on IP litigation and manage the evaluation, enforcement and defense of our clients’ IP rights. Our team has a unified strategic approach when dealing with cross-border disputes.

This year the Global IPMT team has recently also recruited IP litigation partners in New York and Amsterdam.

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