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Wiley Rein Names Partner Kevin Anderson to Lead Patent Practice

February 5, 2015

Wiley Rein LLP is pleased to announce that partner Kevin P. Anderson has been named chair of the firm’s Patent Practice.  The Practice—known for its outstanding reputation representing both plaintiffs and defendants in high-profile and high-stakes cases—handles patent infringement litigation and application prosecution, and provides strategic counsel on patent enforcement, licensing, and intellectual property portfolio evaluation.  James H. Wallace, Jr., who had been serving as chair of the Patent Practice, will become chair emeritus of the Intellectual Property Group.

Wiley Rein Managing Partner Peter D. Shields commented, “We are delighted to name Kevin to this leadership position.  Kevin is a talented litigator and has the trust of his clients and Team in handling important and complex matters.  He will play a key role in expanding the firm’s already well-recognized Patent Practice.”

“I am delighted to pass the baton to Kevin,” said Mr. Wallace.  “Kevin is a leader in his field, handling some of the firm’s most significant patent litigation cases in recent years, which address a broad range of technology fields such as wireless and computer processor-based technologies.”

“I am honored and excited to assume this leadership role,” said Mr. Anderson.  “Our firm has a strong record of successful outcomes  in patent litigation and counseling for clients in industries ranging from biotechnology to pharmaceuticals and medical devices to financial services, and we plan to build further on that success.”

Mr. Anderson specializes in patent litigation, counseling, and licensing; trademark/trade dress infringement; and copyrights for technology, wireless, computer systems, and pharmaceuticals/medical device companies.  He regularly represents clients in the wireless communications industry, as well as clients in the computer industries.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Anderson designed software and computer systems for over 10 years. 

Mr. Anderson has a J.D., with highest honors, from Duke University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and a B.S. in Computer Science/Engineering, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University.  He served as a law clerk for the Honorable William C. Bryson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2000-2001).

In February 2014, Wiley Rein bolstered its Intellectual Property Practice with the addition of a biotech patent group that includes partners A. Neal Seth, Lawrence M. Sung, and Mary Sylvia.  The team advises clients on patent litigation strategy and appeals, patent prosecution and portfolio matters, dispute settlements, and technology transfer in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices, and chemical industries.

Drawing on a significant depth of legal talent, technical experience, and business acumen, Wiley Rein’s Intellectual Property Group has built a strong record of successful outcomes for clients in many industries, including pharmaceuticals, wireless technology, microprocessor hardware, navigation software and systems, medical devices, aerospace and defense, and financial services, among others.

The group’s attorneys have litigated cases in all major patent jurisdictions, including appearances before the Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Courts of Appeals; numerous U.S. District Courts with special emphasis on the Eastern Districts of Virginia and Texas and the District of Delaware; the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).