NEW YORK, August 17 /CNW/ - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the
world's leading law firms, announced today that Christopher A. Hughes will
join the firm as head of the Intellectual Property Group and a member of the
Litigation Department, resident in New York. A former partner with the
intellectual property specialty firm of Morgan & Finnegan LLP, Mr. Hughes has
more than 30 years experience in complex patent, trade secret and trademark
litigation, as well as licensing and intellectual property counseling in the
US and abroad. His experience spans myriad industries, including computers and
software, consumer products and industrial equipment, e-commerce and financial
service matters, and mechanical and medical devices.
"Intellectual property protection is critical to the viability of many
new and emerging businesses and to improving the performance of more
well-established companies. Creating a foundation from which we can offer
robust IP services is critical to our extending litigation, corporate, and
regulatory and advisory services to a large segment of our client base,"
stated Robert O. Link, Jr., Cadwalader's Chairman. He added, "Chris' record of
significant IP matters for prestigious clients, proven experience as a
litigator, and leadership role in the bar for over 20 years provide unique
opportunities for Cadwalader."
Mr. Hughes noted that "the opportunity presented to me by Cadwalader is
exciting. Cadwalader is among the most highly regarded firms in the world,
with a stable client base in virtually every practice area. By joining forces
with such a well-established organization, one that is committed to building a
robust intellectual property practice, I hope not only to expand my client
relationships but also to offer counsel to the firm's existing and prospective
clients with IP issues."
Since the early 1990s, Mr. Hughes has represented IBM in patent
litigations involving a variety of computer software and hardware technologies
and in several District Courts. He also represented Priceline.com in
litigation involving the famous "Priceline Patent" and is currently handling
patent infringement actions regarding cardiovascular stent technologies on
behalf of Medinol Ltd. Appointed Special Master by the U.S. District Court for
the District of Rhode Island for the purpose of assisting the Court in Arendi
U.S.A., Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, Civil Action No. 02-CV-343 (ECT), he
has dealt with complex discovery issues and motions in limine.
Mr. Hughes' international experience includes coordinating patent
infringement trials and hearings throughout Europe (including trials seeking
preliminary relief and cross-border injunctions) as well as nullity,
cancellation and opposition proceedings on important patent rights in European
Courts and Patent Offices. In these matters, he has coordinated the
corresponding activities in the United States with respect to the U.S.
Among other clients for which he has previously handled significant
matters are AT&T Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, Heidelberger
Druckmaschinen AG, IBM Corporation, Lucent Technologies, Medinol, Ltd.,
Osteonics Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH, Stryker Corporation, Symbol
Technologies, Inc., and Walker Digital.
Among his many accolades, Mr. Hughes has been featured in The Best
Lawyers In America; Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business;
Intellectual Property: The Year in IP Almanac (IP Law and Business); Guide to
the World's Leading Patent Law Experts (Legal Media Group); Super Lawyers; and
many others. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
A frequent lecturer and author, he has spoken and published throughout
the United States, Japan and Korea on such topics as attorney-client
privilege, contributory and induced infringement, means-plus-function claim
elements, various aspects of Markman claim construction proceedings, the
doctrine of equivalents including the impact of the Federal Circuit and
Supreme Court decisions in the Festo case, and U.S. trade secret law. Mr.
Hughes was featured in several Lawcast presentations discussing "New Patent
Litigation Tactics for the Post-Festo World." He also discussed "Strategies
For Litigating Against Patent Holding Companies," at the AIPLA 2004 Spring
Meeting; and participated on two panels, "Securing Ownership of Employee
Innovations," and "Protecting and Embracing Your IP" at the 2004 IP Strategies
in Deals Conference.
Mr. Hughes is currently President of the New York Intellectual Property
Law Association, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2001; the
American Intellectual Property Law Association; Licensing Executives Society;
American Judicature Society; Intellectual Property Owners; New York State Bar
Association, where he is a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property
Sections; and American Bar Association, where he is also a member of the
Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections. He is also a founding Board
Member of the New York University Lawyer Alumni Mentoring Program and serves
on the Executive Advisory Board (1998-to date). He served as an adjunct
instructor at New York Law School from 1980-82.
A graduate of the New York University School of Engineering and Science,
Mr. Hughes received his B.S. cum laude, and was a member of Tau Beta Pi and
Sigma Gamma Tau Honor Societies, a recipient of the Founder's Day Award, and a
member of the National Fraternity Hall of Fame. He received his J.D. from New
York University School of Law, where he was awarded the Donald Brown
Fellowship in Patent Law, served as a member of the Moot Court Executive
Board, and was a co-author of the Patent Law, Annual Survey of American Law
(New York University, 1972-73). Mr. Hughes is admitted to practice before the
State of New York, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New
York, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and
U.S. Supreme Court. He is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and
About Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, established in 1792, is one of the
world's leading international law firms, with offices in New York, London,
Charlotte, Washington and Beijing. Cadwalader serves a diverse client base,
including many of the world's top financial institutions, undertaking business
in more than 50 countries in six continents. The firm offers legal expertise
in antitrust, banking, business fraud, corporate finance, corporate
governance, environmental, healthcare, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance,
litigation, mergers and acquisitions, private client, private equity, real
estate, regulation, securitisation, structured finance, and tax. More
information about Cadwalader can be found at www.cadwalader.com.
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