Fish & Richardson to cast its net overseas

Boston-based IP powerhouse Fish & Richardson is expanding its international operations, in a strategy that could ultimately see the firm open its first non-US office.

Building on its relationships with German companies including Siemens and Osram, the firm has been on a business development drive in Munich, which will be repeated in Japan, South Korea and the UK this year.

John Gagel, the member of the firm’s management committee with responsibility for international expansion, said: “The economy is growing in a global sense and IP is perhaps the most important part of that, so it’s natural for us to have more activity outside the US. If we had offices nearer our clients it would make sense.”

Gagel said the firm would aim to recruit the best talent available in any new office, whether that was by merger, individual lateral hire or by exporting partners from the US.

“We’re stepping back and looking at things from a global perspective. If that means opening in Germany rather than the UK, then so be it,” he said.

New York managing partner David Francescani added that in addition to representing a number of non-US firms in the US, the firm also works with a number of German law firms in respect of European patents.

The firm opened a new office in Atlanta, Georgia last month.