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Winston & Strawn is set to launch an office in Taiwan after hiring a four-partner team from rival Washington DC firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner last August.
The firm’s Taipei initiative will be headed by Washington DC based partner John Alison, who joined the firm from Finnegan along with three patent litigation partners last summer.
Alison had been Finnegan’s resident managing partner in the Taiwanese capital for a decade.
Winston & Strawn has secured a lease for an office space in the capital city, with the new office expected to be up and running as soon as March 2014.
The other three partners joined with Alison are Steven Anzalone, Paul Goulet and Thomas Jarvis, all three are currently based in Washington DC. Jarvis and another Washington DC based patent litigation partner Vivian Kuo, are also strongly involved in the Taiwan launch.
“Taiwan has a robust technology sector and innovative culture. So much high-tech products and electronics are exported in Taiwan and it is a major hub in the IP world,” said Alison.
Alison and his team focus on litigating complex technology patent cases, particularly before the US International Trade Commission (ITC). Currently, Winston & Strawn is advising Taiwanese companies HTC and Macronix on a number of ITC litigation matters.
Alison said that IP and patent litigation will be the cornerstone of the new office, but it isn’t the sole purpose of the office.
“IP and ITC litigation will be the leading components of what we do in Taiwan but are not the only part of our plan. We’ll have much broader perspectives, which will cover areas such as antitrust, white-collar crime, and complex commercial litigation. The strategy and strengthen of the Taipei office will be in line with Winston & Strawn’s global practice,” he added.
The final number of partners and lawyers to reside in the new office is yet to be finalised. Taipei will be the Winston & Strawn’s forth location in Asia. The firm first entered Asia with the opening in Hong Kong in 2008. In December 2009, the firm opened an office each in Beijing and Shanghai following the hire of several partners and lawyers from the collapsed US firm Heller Ehrman.