McDermott’s London IP litigation chief quits for boutique EIP

The head of the London intellectual property litigation group group at McDermott Will & Emery, Gary Moss, is leaving the firm to launch a legal practice at patent and trademark boutique EIP.

Gary Moss
Gary Moss

Moss, best known as Taylor Wessing’s former UK managing partner, will spearhead EIP’s new group, branded EIP Legal.

EIP partner Jerome Spaargaren said the appointment of Moss marked a new direction for the firm. 

“Gary’s a highly experienced IP litigator and he’ll be an asset to the practice,” added Spaargaren. “EIP’s combination of patent attorneys and lawyers means we’re able to provide clients with a seamless, all-round service dealing with all aspects of IP from its inception, through development, registration and licensing to its enforcement.”

IP partner Moss had been managing partner of legacy firm Taylor Joynson Garrett prior to and throughout its merger with German firm Wessing in 2002. He then became the merged firm’s international integration partner until 2006.

He joined McDermott in September 2008 (4 September 2008) since which time he has headed the US firm’s IP practice.

McDermott’s European head Hugh Nineham said: “Gary has decided to take his career in a new direction. We wish him all the best in his new endeavours.”

Moss’s exit coincides with the hire by McDermott of two partners in its Düsseldorf and Munich offices.

Former Watson Farley & Williams partner Michael Ruoff joined on 1 October as head of the German energy practice in Munich while Holger Weiss joined the same day as a corporate and real estate partner in Düsseldorf.

Weiss was previously a senor lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.