Baker & McKenzie has bagged a six-lawyer IP team from the San Diego office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.

The team is led by partner Howard Wisnia and includes associates James Conley, Noel Gillespie, Dave Koo, Christopher Serra and patent agent Lester Anderson.

The new group focuses its practice in litigating IP disputes and advising clients on building patent portfolios. Sector expertise includes semiconductor, telecommunications, computer technologies, biotechnology and medical device technologies.

“Expanding our practice in North America is a priority for Baker & McKenzie, and adding groups of talented attorneys of the standing and reputation of Howard Wisnia and his team is a core element of our growth strategy,” said John Flaim, chair of the North America IP practice.