Prominent IP Litigator Beth Parker Joins Arnold & Porter In San Francisco

June 23, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2008 -- Arnold & Porter LLP announced today that prominent intellectual property litigator Beth Parker will join the firm’s San Francisco office as a partner. Ms. Parker has significant trial and appellate experience including several lengthy trials in the past few years.

“Beth is a top-notch litigator who will help anchor our IP litigation practice in San Francisco and add depth to our intellectual property practice in the US and London,” said Arnold & Porter Chair Thomas Milch. “We welcome her to the firm.”

“Beth is well respected by her colleagues in the Bay Area and she brings a high-profile, broad-based IP litigation practice with her to Arnold & Porter,”  said Trent Norris, head of the San Francisco office. “Her capabilities in complex litigation, IP counseling and trademark prosecution will expand our capabilities on the West Coast and nationally.”

Ms. Parker’s primary work has been in intellectual property and constitutional rights, as well as trade dress privacy and unfair competition. She has substantial experience in patent litigation involving the Internet, semiconductor and biotechnology sectors. She has litigated cases involving complex commercial, antitrust, and constitutional and civil rights issues. She has tried cases in state and federal court, and handled a number of appeals before the Ninth, Federal, Second and Eighth Circuits, and the US Supreme Court. 

Her trademark practice includes negotiating and drafting licenses, agreements and policies regarding IP and privacy; handling trademark clearance, registrations, cancellation and opposition proceedings in the Patent and Trademark Office; and advising clients on a wide spectrum of IP and unfair competition issues. Ms. Parker also has a substantial pro bono practice and has represented Planned Parenthood’s Bay Area affiliates for two decades on a variety of matters.

“I am thrilled to join such an outstanding team of lawyers at Arnold & Porter,” said Ms. Parker. “The firm has a sophisticated and international IP practice and an outstanding commitment to core professional values, most notably public service. These factors all combined to make Arnold & Porter the right fit for my practice.”

The addition of Ms. Parker continues the firm’s expansion on the West Coast, extending the reach of the firm’s core practice areas. In March 2008, a team of three partners led by Mr. Norris, and including Angel Garganta and Monty Agarwal, joined the San Francisco office. Their practices, which focus on consumer class actions, intellectual property, product liability and environmental matters, complement the firm’s existing practices in other offices in the United States and Europe. Two counsel with related practices have also joined within the past month: trademark lawyer Diane Lambillotte (Los Angeles) and consumer protection and product liability lawyer Sarah Esmaili (San Francisco). 

Arnold & Porter’s IP practice is international in scope, with close to 90 lawyers practicing in nearly all of the firm’s offices. The firm’s IP capabilities cover a broad range of complex matters, in both litigation and counseling, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets and related issues. Arnold & Porter has extensive experience in dealing with corporate and governmental entities, international partners and investors throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. The group’s lawyers work with a broad range of complex legal regimes in Europe, the US and other regions and are well known for dealing with the problems that arise from applying the law to new technologies.

Arnold & Porter LLP, an international law firm of over 650 attorneys, has offices in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, London and Brussels. The firm, founded in 1946, maintains more than 25 practice areas spanning a broad spectrum of the law, with a primary focus on litigation, transactional matters and regulatory issues.

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