Cooley LLP

April 13, 2011 16:30 ET

Three Cooley Partners Named Top IP Attorneys in California by The Daily Journal

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 13, 2011) - Cooley LLP announced today that partner Nan Wu has been named one of the Top 25 Portfolio Managers, Prosecutors and License Specialists in California, and partners Mike Rhodes and Tom Friel have been named two of the 75 Leading IP Litigators in California by legal newspaper The Daily Journal.

Rhodes, chair of the Firm's Litigation Department, is one of the leading litigators to the technology sector, with clients ranging from rapidly growing Web 2.0 companies to global technology behemoths. In addition to his extensive work on matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, Rhodes is a leading attorney in the burgeoning area of online privacy. The Firm is currently representing several companies in more than a dozen privacy class action lawsuits filed nationwide.

Friel, head of the Firm's national Intellectual Property Litigation practice and one of the leading IP attorneys to technology and life sciences companies, has a wide-ranging litigation practice, spanning patent and licensing litigation, trademark and copyright litigation, trade secret, unfair competition and other complex business cases. His industry focus spans the hardware, software, telecommunications and biotechnology sectors.

Wu, a partner in Cooley's Patent Counseling and Prosecution practice group, specializes in developing patent strategies and portfolios that support business objectives and provide leverage at the negotiation table. She has extensive experience working with investors and both public and private biotechnology companies.

"The experience and leadership that Nan, Mike and Tom demonstrate consistently to their clients and to the Intellectual Property practice is invaluable and helps Cooley remain on the cutting edge in this area," said Frank Pietrantonio, head of Cooley's Intellectual Property practice group. "We are very proud of their well-deserved recognition."

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