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Attorney Brings Life Science Expertise to New Role at Procopio

Robert “Bob” Ramos has joined Procopio as a partner in the firm’s recently expanded Life Sciences practice group. Ramos has more than 20 years of life sciences intellectual property experience in both private practice and the biotechnology industry related to worldwide patent and trademark acquisition and strategic counseling. He has assisted venture-backed startups, midsized companies, basic research institutes, as well as large biopharmaceutical companies.

Ramos conducted his graduate work in biology at the University of California, San Diego, with an emphasis on molecular genetics, where he constructed genetically engineered viruses for potential use in gene therapy. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced at Amgen for more than 10 years where he was a lead intellectual property attorney.

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Regional defense firm Tyson & Mendes promoted Jacob Felderman to partner. Felderman is a litigator and trial attorney with more than 12 years of experience. He joined Tyson & Mendes in 2011. Felderman has experience in a number of practice areas including accounting and attorney malpractice, business litigation, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, catastrophic injury, real property disputes and general civil litigation. He leads a multi-attorney litigation team in California and is the managing partner of the firm’s Colorado office. He is the fifth person to be named partner in the last 12 months, joining Mina Miserlis and Susan Oliver in San Diego.

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More Tyson news: Managing Partner Bob Tyson and Northern California partner Jim Sell have teamed up to defeat well-known plaintiff’s attorney Roger Dreyer of Dreyer Babich. Dreyer sought $6 million in this admitted liability, three-week jury trial in Napa. The lowest settlement demand just before trial was $4 million. The jury returned a verdict of only $389,000, and plaintiff was found 40 percent at fault. After post-judgment reductions, the plaintiff may end up owing the construction company client money.

The claim arose out of an accident that occurred in 2012. Defendant Gil Pridmore of Pridmore Brothers

Construction Inc. was driving a pickup and pulling a trailer on northbound state Route 121. As the truck came around the curve in the roadway, a six-foot piece of 4” plastic PVC pipe fell out of the bed of the truck and the plaintiff swerved off the road to avoid it.

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Mallary de Merlier and Nick Transier have been named co-managing partners of the San Diego office of EIP LLP.

EIP LLP is an internationally acclaimed, U.K.-based intellectual property law firm that opened offices in San Diego three years ago. The firm provides a range of services, from patent, trademark and design registration, IP searches and opinions to major European IP litigation. The San Diego office was the firm’s fifth office and the first outside the United Kingdom.

De Merlier is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney with more than 15 years of experience in IP for the biotechnology and medical device industries. She has represented clients in a variety of fields including immunology, molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices.

Transier is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney with extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patents related to consumer electronic devices, computer software systems, distributed power generation, display technologies, telecommunications, and mechanical devices. Prior to becoming an attorney, Transier worked as a senior systems engineer on classified projects for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

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The 29th annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event was held last month and DLA Piper once again provided a range of volunteer services to support the event. Hosted by the

Veterans Village of San Diego, the three-day event offers critical services to homeless veterans. DLA Piper’s folks cooked and served meals, staffed an expungement desk to help veterans seal records, and staffed a communications tent to help veterans find lost loved ones. Jennifer Feldman serves as the leader of the firm’s pro bono project, Serving Those Who Serve Our Country, and deserves recognition.

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Fish & Richardson has been named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) “2016 Intellectual Property Hot List” as one of the firms “that set the bar in intellectual property law in 2015, scoring big wins for clients.” This is the fifth year that Fish has been named to the NLJ “IP Hot List,” which the publication started in 2012.

According to the NLJ, “Last year, the firm garnered several high-stakes wins for clients — including five at trial, two of which had more than $1 billion at risk for client Allergan Inc.”

Fish has also “moved aggressively into the growing post-grant space at the patent board, winning cases for Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. in 2015.”

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Charles Field has been promoted to partner and chair of Sanford Heisler LLP’s Financial Services Litigation practice. Field was General Counsel of Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management and its successor, Allianz Global

Investors Capital, from 2002 to 2013. He has considerable private practice experience and a deep knowledge of investment law, which he uses to assess whether sellers have breached their legal obligations and whether an aggrieved investor can recover damages. Field also has considerable experience protecting elders from financial abuse and investors of all ages from stockbrokers, investment advisers and financial planners whose actions are not in investors’ best financial interests.

Randy Frisch is vice chancellor of business administration at National University and a former publisher of the San Diego Business Journal. He is licensed to practice law in California, Nevada and Idaho. He can be reached at rcfrisch@msn.com.

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