Hogan Lovells’ Growth in Bay Area Continues with a Five-Partner Addition to its IP Litigation Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, 17 February 2011 – Hogan Lovells US LLP today announced that a team of five IP litigation partners, led by K.T. "Sunny" Cherian and Scott Wales, have joined its Intellectual Property practice in the San Francisco office.

Cherian and Wales are joined by partners John Hamann, Dr. Constance Ramos, and Sarah Minchener Jalali. The group has handled major cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission and numerous federal courts throughout the United States. With deep ties to technology clients, the group expands Hogan Lovells' capabilities in IP and patent litigation on the West Coast. The partners all join from Howrey LLP.

"Intellectual property and patent litigation are two key areas of focus for Hogan Lovells, globally," said Warren Gorrell, Co-CEO of Hogan Lovells. "Sunny, Scott, and the team are seasoned trial lawyers who have strong relationships with major technology companies in Northern California and around the world. Their reputation and track record enhance our position with key technology clients,throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In addition, their talents will fit strategically with Hogan Lovells' leading global regulatory framework."

The five partners have significant federal trial and appeals experience, with particular depth related to electrical, mechanical, chemical and biotechnology patents. The team also has a strong academic background in applied sciences: three of the partners have an engineering degree, and Ramos holds a PhD in Biophysics. They add technical knowledge and experience that will be an asset to the entire global technology practice.

"We are focused on growing on the West Coast, and this group adds a Northern California presence to our global IP litigation practice," said Andreas von Falck, Global Head of the IP Practice. "Sunny, Scott, John, Sarah and Connie all share tremendous enthusiasm and drive, and their move to Hogan Lovells will be a boost to our efforts to expand both on the West Coast and in key industries such as semiconductors, telecommunications and Internet technology. We welcome our new colleagues, and we look forward to continued growth on the West Coast in the coming months."

"Hogan Lovells presents us with an opportunity to join a leading global practice during a dynamic growth period. We look forward to helping Hogan Lovells grow in Northern California and in the technology sector," said Cherian.

"This is an exciting time to be joining Hogan Lovells," said Wales. "We think the global platform, particularly in patent litigation, will be a valuable asset to our clients and will provide additional opportunities to grow our existing practice."

About the New Partners

K.T. "Sunny" Cherian is a senior patent litigator with a background in electrical engineering. His practice focuses on a wide range of technology fields including computer software, hardware, network controls, the Internet, and consumer electronics. Cherian has been lead and co-lead trial counsel in dozens of complex patent cases. He has represented clients in the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, Virginia, Michigan and other jurisdictions, as well as the International Trade Commission. Prior to his legal career, Cherian was involved in managing an advanced Research and Development Program in the U.S. Department of Energy and was the Project Manager for the world’s then largest solar electric plant, the 10MWe Solar One Power Plant.

Cherian holds a J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mysore, and an ISC from Cambridge University.

Scott Wales has practiced complex patent litigation for more than 15 years. His background is in chemical engineering and his experience includes litigating patents spanning a wide range of technologies including semiconductor processing and design, telecommunications, microprocessor and computer hardware, software, Internet-related technologies, RFID technology, medical devices, and food processing technologies. Wales has served as counsel in over 35 high stakes patent litigation matters in the federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission, serving as primary or co-lead counsel in over a dozen of those cases.

Wales holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama.

John Hamann focuses on patent litigation in the federal district courts and in the United States International Trade Commission. He has handled cases involving a wide variety of electrical subject matter including memory devices, CMOS image sensors, medical imaging and archiving systems, Power Over Ethernet switches and powered devices, call analytics, VoIP devices, set-top boxes, software, system architecture, and Internet-related technologies. Prior to law school, Hamann served as the Engineering Manager for a leading radio frequency consulting firm and he was also a communications engineer for a certified frequency coordinator for the Land Mobile Branch of the Federal Communications Commission.

Hamann holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Constance Ramos, Ph.D. has extensive experience in IP litigation, patent interferences, patent/trademark prosecution, IP counseling, and products liability litigation. As a physicist, computer scientist and biophysicist, she possesses technical expertise ranging from biotechnology to computer technologies, medical devices and all areas of applied physics. Prior to law school, Dr. Ramos was a research scientist specializing in mathematical modeling and simulations of biological control systems. She held postdoctoral positions at The Rockefeller University, NASA Ames Research Center and the University of California at Berkeley, and was Department Chair and Professor of Computer Information Systems at Merritt College in Oakland, California.

Ramos holds a J.D., a PhD in Biophysics, and an A.B. in Physics and Computer Science, all from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sarah Minchener Jalali focuses her practice on patent litigation covering various electrical, mechanical, and chemical technologies, and has a track record of successfully representing clients at trial and appellate levels in federal courts and arbitration forums throughout the United States. She also has extensive experience litigating complex commercial and other matters in several practice areas including antitrust, health care, real estate, mass tort, corporate, and white-collar criminal law.

Jalali holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from American University.

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