SNR Denton's Washington office today picked up a five-lawyer intellectual property group, including three new partners, which is primarily focused on chemical and other science-related fields.
Martin Bruehs, Charles Bruton and Scott Cummings joined the firm's intellectual property and technology practice as partners, along with associates Gary Mangels and Rajesh Noronha. The team made the move from the D.C. office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where they practiced together for nearly seven years.
In an interview Tuesday, Bruehs pointed to SNR Denton's international presence as a main reason behind the move.
"SNR has a very robust patent prosecution practice for a general litigation firm," Bruehs said, adding that he feels there is "a strong interest in growing the patent practice" at the firm.
All three partners served as the chair of a branch of Buchanan's intellectual property practice. Bruehs led the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech patent practice and will continue his leadership role as chair of SNR Denton's chemical patent practice. Additionally, Bruton was chair of the intellectual property litigation practice and Cummings served as chair of the materials science practice group at Buchanan.
Rob Hanson, head of SNR Denton's intellectual property and technology practice who operates out of the Dallas office, said Tuesday that the firm's international operations have been a draw, especially in the rapidly globalizing business and legal arenas. Hanson said the addition of a team of six new attorneys to the intellectual property practice, which he estimated is currently home to roughly 15 attorneys, highlights their value to the firm.
"This is a real growth area that they're in, and these guys are real stars in that area," Hanson said.
By Rob Stigile