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June 7, 2011

Hiscock & Barclay Law Firm Expands Intellectual Property Group

The fading of one intellectual property boutique firm has propelled the expansion of Hiscock & Barclay's Intellectual Property Practice Group with the addition of patent attorneys Denis J. Sullivan and Michael J. Wasco. Denis Sullivan is the former managing partner of Marjama Muldoon Blasiak & Sullivan LLP, which ceased operations shortly after he announced his departure, along with Michael Wasco, one of the former firm's top Associates. Both lawyers are joining the Syracuse office of Hiscock & Barclay.

"While many Central New York companies struggle to find high-tech engineers, we consider ourselves fortunate to have found Denis and Mike, who are electrical and mechanical engineers as well as seasoned patent attorneys with an impressive track record of obtaining and defending patents and trademarks before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)," said Hiscock & Barclay Managing Partner John P. Langan.

"Intellectual Property has been a major area of growth at our Firm where we now have more than 12 USPTO-admitted patent professionals holding advanced certifications in electrical, industrial, chemical and mechanical engineering, in addition to advanced degrees in organic and inorganic chemistry, biology, and life sciences. The expanded group has over 200 years of collective experience, prosecuting hundreds of patents annually for Fortune 500 companies and manufacturers. The Firm's Intellectual Property Group, which includes the Practice Areas of Branding, Trademark & Copyrights; Intellectual Property Litigation; and Patents & Prosecution, now totals 30 attorneys across our Northeast regional platform, boasting the largest IP group in Upstate New York," said Mr. Langan.

"The addition of Denis Sullivan enhances our growing national intellectual property litigation practice, which includes major market-trained IP litigation attorneys and seasoned trial lawyers. Denis will add to the Firm's bench, furthering our ability to service clients in New York district courts or elsewhere," said Michael Oropallo, Intellectual Property Practice Group Leader at Hiscock & Barclay.

The two new attorneys are:

Denis J. Sullivan (Partner) focuses his practice on patent and trademark matters, with an emphasis on the litigation and resolution of infringement disputes and related claims in federal district courts and the International Trade Commission. As a registered patent attorney, Mr. Sullivan prepares and prosecutes patent applications, appeals, reexaminations, and interferences. He also handles trademark applications and trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings. Before joining Hiscock & Barclay, Mr. Sullivan was the managing partner of an intellectual property boutique in Central New York, and an associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation Department of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York. Mr. Sullivan is a New York State Licensed Professional Engineer. Prior to attending law school, he was an Electrical Engineer and Project Manager in the Aviation Design Division of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of New York Law School (J.D., 2002; Ranked 1st in Class) and Manhattan College (B.S., 1993; Ranked 1st in Class).

Michael J. Wasco (Associate) focuses on patent, trademark, and copyright matters, with an emphasis on the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications. As a registered patent attorney, he has prepared and prosecuted U.S. and foreign patent applications in a wide range of technical areas, with particular emphasis in the fields of mechanical, electro-mechanical, and electrical arts. He also has experience with trademark matters, including foreign trademarks applications under the Madrid Protocol, opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and domain-name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Prior to attending law school, Mr. Wasco developed an extensive and diverse background as a mechanical engineer. Mr. Wasco is a graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center (J.D., 2006) and Clarkson University (M.E., Mechanical Engineering, 1997/B.S., 1996).

Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, listed as a "Top 250 Firm" by The National Law Journal, is a full-service, 200-attorney law firm, with offices throughout the major cities of New York State, as well as in Boston, Washington, D.C. and Toronto, providing comprehensive legal and business counsel to a diverse client base in 30 practice areas.


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