DLA Piper launches NY patent team with former Clifford Chance IP chief

DLA Piper launches NY patent team with former Clifford Chance IP chief” />DLA Piper has snared former Clifford Chance America IP head to lead its IP practice group in the New York office.

Drew Wintringham, who joined the firm as partner yesterday (April 7), is providing the firm with patent litigation in the New York office for the first time.

The firm, which claims a total of 425 IP lawyers in its global network, is focusing on developing a patent litigation team in New York aimed at building a team of at least five lawyers.

Chair of DLA Piper’s IP group, John Allcock, said: “Typically the firm’s patent litigation capabilities sit mainly on the West coast of the States. This is because Gray Cary’s focus was in this area and the firm was obviously a West Coast firm. DLA is keen to expand the capabilities into New York. Drew is crucial to the firm’s goals in this area.”

Allcock added that patent litigation accounted for approximately three quarters of the IP group’s total revenue of more than $100m in 2007. The US DLA Piper litigation team sits across its Chicago, New York and Washington DC offices.

Wintringham’s technical expertise in medical device, automotive patent litigation, copyright and trademark infringement are significant gain for DLA’s New York IP team.

Allcock commented: “We don’t have specifics on how much we want the patent litigation team to grow. We want it to be natural growth and we need to make sure the cultural fit is right for any person we consider to join our team.”