Minnesota firm Dorsey & Whitney is adding a second intellectual property (IP) litigation partner to its Washington DC office in as many months.
Mark Hogge is moving to the firm from Pepper Hamilton, a 350-lawyer practice based in Philadelphia. Hogge was chair of the patent litigation practice at Pepper Hamilton, and he follows Ralph Taylor, who joined from Shaw Pittman where he was head of the technology and IP litigation group.
Steve Carlson, head of Dorsey's Washington office, says: "We have almost a hundred IP lawyers spread throughout our firm, but we've identified several offices as being centres where we want to focus our IP energies - and Washington is probably the centre at the moment.
"A lot of our clients want us in this location because of the patent and trademark offices here."
The firm, like many others, is now considering opening an office in North Virginia, where the high technology companies are setting up just outside Washington.
The firm's Washington office can now boast 40 lawyers after doubling in size in the last year, and around 10 of those are involved in IP work.