Arnold & Porter hires IP chief

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is taking on a new global intellectual property (IP) and technology litigation head.

Joel Freed is joining from local rival Howrey Simon Arnold & White, which boasts the world’s largest IP practice.

Freed will head a team of 80 lawyers based in the firm’s US and London offices. His practice covers nearly all areas of IP law, including litigation and licensing.

He has been involved in massive patent cases, including the recent Integraph v Intel, and in trademark litigations such as Anheuser-Busch v John Labatt and Remy Martin v Shaw-Cross International Imports.

The firm’s chairman Michael Sohn says: “As the economy becomes more reliant on technology, our clients increasingly require sophisticated representation in high-stakes patent litigation. Joel’s addition strengthens our position as the firm of choice, particularly when IP litigation involves regulatory, anti-trust or public policy issues.”

Freed has been a partner at Howrey Simon since 1993, before which he was an outside instructor in legal methods at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

The firm has US offices in Washington DC, Denver, Los Angeles and New York, and an international practice in London.