Mayer Brown has announced that Gary Hnath has joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen. Hnath will work in Mayer Brown’s intellectual property and government/global trade practice groups.
Hnath, a former senior trial attorney at the U.S. International Trade Commission, said he looks to grow the firm’s Section 337 litigation practice. Under Section 337, the ITC can ban imports that, among other violations, infringe U.S. patents and trademarks. “In reality and perception it’s important to have a strong 337 presence in D.C.,” he said. Moreover, Mayer Brown has “a strong presence in Asia and Europe. It’s really a tremendous deal,” Hnath said.
Companies based in the United States and abroad are increasingly turning to the ITC to bar “unfair imports” Hnath said. “I expect the trend of increased work will continue for some time into the future,” he said.