Haynes and Boone has picked up a pair of intellectual property partners in Washington, the firm announced Wednesday.
Philip Hampton II and Bradley Olson, formerly partners at Dickstein Shapiro, join the Dallas-based Haynes and Boone in the intellectual property litigation practice. The firm also added Kimberley Chen Nobles in Orange County, Calif.
Hampton is a former assistant commissioner for trademarks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has also served as an expert witness in more than 20 trademark cases. He has experience in patent and trademark litigation and counseling.
Olson is national chairman of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of the United States. He represents U.S. and European clients in matters related to IP acquisition, licensing, arbitration and enforcement. He focuses his practice on patentability, infringement, validity issues, anticounterfiting enforcement and industrial design. His emphasis is on the biomedical implant and medical device fields.
In an interview, Olson praised his new firm as “an attorney’s law firm” that offers an excellent platform. He said the market for IP attorneys remained strong and that with the addition of the three lawyers, Haynes and Boone was expanding not only its national capabilities but its international reach as well. Since the passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the firm has been “ramping up its patent attorney presence in anticipation of a much more advanced practice,” he said.
“Because there is a very rapid change to our patent law that is being phased in, we really don’t know yet how these particular laws as well as the rules in the patent office are going to be applied and interpreted,” Olson said.