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IP firm Fish & Richardson is expanding its reach beyond the geographic confines of the US, opening its first international office in Munich.
The office, which is due to launch at the beginning of October, will be headed by Frank Peterreins and Alexander Harguth, currently partners at Munich firm Bardehle Pagenberg. The intention is to house up to 12 lawyers in the office by the end of 2008.
According to the firm, it chose Munich for its first foray outside the US due to Germany's technological excellence, as well as the fact that the European and German patent offices, along with the German and federal patent courts, are located in the city.
Peter Devlin, president of Fish & Richardson, added that having an office that would be easily accessible by the firm's European clients, which include Siemens, Zeiss and Porsche, was also an important consideration.
Peterreins practises both patent prosecution and patent litigation, while Alexander Harguth's practice focuses on patent litigation across multiple European jurisdictions.