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Howrey’s London managing partner Mark Hodgson has left the firm to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW).
The departure leaves Howrey with just four partners in London and no IP capability. It comes after a flood of departures across the firm’s European IP practice, including the departure of 12 IP lawyers who left to set up IP boutique Hoyng Monégier (5 January 2011).
Hodgson specialises in advising pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies on IP, regulatory and product liability and matters.
FFW said his appointment ties in with the firm’s strategy of developing its IP and technology, corporate, and regulatory practices. His arrival brings the number of IP partners in Europe to 23.
IP and technology dispute resolution head Nick Rose said: “We’re committed to investing in IP both in the UK and across Europe as part of the firm’s focus on companies that are highly regulated and those with business models driven by IP and technology.
“Mark will be a significant addition to the team, enabling us to expand our patent litigation capability to match our expertise in other areas of IP such as trademarks.”