SOURCE: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

June 17, 2008 17:39 ET

Cooley Further Strengthens IP Litigation Practice in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced today that John M. Benassi will join the Firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group. He will be based in Cooley's San Diego office. Benassi will join Cooley from the San Diego office of Heller Ehrman.

"John has built a well-deserved reputation as a go-to IP litigator and we are confident that he will continue to attract mission-critical IP cases given the opportunities that abound, particularly in the life sciences sector," said Fred Muto, partner in charge of Cooley's San Diego office.

A litigator for the last 28 years, Benassi's practice will continue to focus on patent matters, specifically cases involving ANDA, medical device litigation and other high-stakes IP litigation involving software, wireless, video compression, encryption and communications technology.

Benassi will join former Heller partner and IP litigator Jessica Wolff, who moved to Cooley last week. Together with the existing IP team, they will expand Cooley's IP litigation practice in San Diego, throughout Southern California and nationally.

"I am delighted to be joining Cooley," said Benassi. "The Firm's leading corporate, life sciences and intellectual property practices provide a pronounced opportunity for my practice both locally and nationally."

Benassi has represented clients in both State and Federal trials and appeals courts in technologies ranging from internet commerce to semiconductors, to medical devices and biotechnology. He attended the University of Illinois where he earned a B.S. in Engineering in 1971 and was awarded his J.D., cum laude, from George Washington University School of Law in 1974. He clerked in the trial division of the U.S. Claims Court assisting in the trial and decision of patent infringement cases brought against the U.S. Government. He is admitted to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

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