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Fresh from its merger with Kendall Freeman, US firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge has launched a European patent prosecution practice in London.
The firm has hired life sciences patent attorney Candi Soames from IP firm D Young & Co, along with a team of four paralegals specializing in biotechnology.
Solicitors and patent attorneys cannot be members of the same partnership for regulatory reasons and so Soames will be a partner in a separate UK LLP called EAPD Innovations LLP.
Laurence Harris, managing partner of Edwards Angell's London office said: "This underlines our commitment to the life sciences practice in Europe. We see very significant opportunities for a practice of lawyers and patent attorneys focusing together in the life sciences area in Europe, reflecting the existing US strength of the firm."
Soames will be based in the London office but Edwards Angell has set up a representative office in Southampton to support the patent practice, housing a handful of fee earners and back office staff.
In March the firm launched its London life sciences practice with Reed Smith Richards Butler IP partner Rajita Sharma.