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INTA elects new president Te International Trademark Association (INTA) has elected Gregg Marrazzo as its president for 2012, the association announced in January.

Gregg Marrazzo

Marrazzo is the senior vice president and deputy general

counsel at Te Estée Lauder Companies, where he is responsible for the entire intellectual property portfolio, including trademark, patent, copyright, licensing and talent matters.

He is an expert on IP protection for consumer products, having overseen various different products and services during his career, such as sunglasses, entertainment, sports franchises, publishing, apparel and cosmetics.

Prior to joining Te Estée Lauder Companies, Marrazzo was vice president and chief counsel of IP and global marketing at Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, where he handled trademark, patent, copyright and general legal work.

Samuel Apicelli

Before serving his term as INTA’s 2011 president elect and chair of the Planning Committee, Marrazzo twice served on INTA’s board of directors.

“I am extremely honoured to be leading INTA’s efforts to champion trademarks in 2012,” said Marrazzo. “As trademark owners face new challenges in the upcoming year, especially with the Internet and the rumblings of anti-IP sentiment, INTA’s role as the leading voice for trademark owners is vital in addressing issues with policy makers and trademark offices.”

Also taking office in 2012 are: Toe Su Aung of BATMark Limited (president elect); Bret Parker of Elizabeth Arden (vice president); Mei-lan Stark of Fox Entertainment Group (vice president); Lucy Nichols of Nokia Corporation (treasurer); J Scott Evans of Yahoo (secretary); and Michael Metteauer of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (counsel).

Duane Morris overhauls IP practice

Louis Norwood Jameson

Duane Morris LLP has promoted members of its IP practice group, the firm announced on January 9. It has also restructured its IP practice into five divisions.

Lewis Gould, Jr

Louis Norwood Jameson, the managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office and an IP litigator, will lead the firm’s IP practice group. Jameson takes over from Lewis Gould, Jr, who led the practice group since 1999. Patrick McPherson Gregory Gulia

“During the past 12 years, under Gould’s leadership, our IP practice has emerged as a national powerhouse, and one of the top practices in the country,” said Duane Morris chairman and chief executive officer John Soroko. “Jameson was a natural choice to lead the group. He has proved himself a talented and savvy litigator and a strong leader of our Atlanta office.”

Duane Morris’s IP practice group is now divided into patent prosecution, trademark and copyright, ANDA and generic pharmaceuticals, life sciences, and IP litigation groups. Each division will be co-chaired by two partners. Te IP practice will also have a recruiting partner.

Te partners who will lead each division are: Samuel Apicelli and Patrick McPherson (patent prosecution), Gregory Gulia and Mark Steiner

the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), is now called Ekeme Lysaght SARL.

Cabinet Ekeme and Jersey-based Lysaght have a 30-year partnership that has given Lysaght’s clients access to the OAPI IP market.

New firm JMB Davis Ben-David opens in Israel

From January 1, Jeremy Ben- David is the new principal at JMB Davis Ben-David, with headquarters in Jerusalem’s Har Hotzvim high-tech district.

Jeremy Ben-David

Te firm is based on the practice founded in 1995 by Ben-David

and his late father, Dr Stanley Davis. Dr Davis was a senior examiner in the UK Patent Office for 25 years. Ben-David has been in the IP field since 1985.

“Our primary goal is the successful prosecution of patents, trademarks and designs for companies from Israel and around the world,” Ben-David said. “Te synergy that results from the combined efforts of our team of patent attorneys, lawyers and paralegals is a key element in our being able to secure high quality IP rights for our clients.

Mark Steiner Kerry McTigue Vincent Capuano

“As a firm we focus on those areas where we know we can achieve the very best results for our clients,” he said.

Lee Crews Vicki Norton Matthew Gaudet Anthony Fitzpatrick

(trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition), Kerry McTigue and Vincent Capuano (ANDA and generic pharmaceuticals), Lee Crews and Vicki Norton (life sciences and biotechnology) and Matthew Gaudet and Anthony Fitzpatrick (IP litigation).

Barry Golob

Barry Golob, a partner in Duane Morris’s Washington, DC, office, will serve as recruiting

partner for the IP practice group. Lysaght renames Cameroon office

Patent, trademark and design firm Lysaght & Co has renamed its partner office in Cameroon, it announced in January.

Cabinet Ekeme, which represents clients before

JMB Davis Ben-David has experts in the fields of life sciences, chemistry, materials science, computer-related inventions, defence-related inventions and alternative energies. Te trademark team handles the prosecution and litigation of trademark portfolios for a variety of large, international concerns.

“We work hard to add value to our clients’ companies,” Ben-David said. “When a company has innovative technology, good patent and trademark protection is essential.”

Adams & Adams expands African offering

Adams & Adams has agreed to incorporate South African law firm Bowman Gilfillan’s IP practice into its own, effective March 1.

Dario Tanziani, chairman of Adams & Adams, said: “We see great opportunities and synergies to be gained from the merger of the two intellectual property practices. We are excited about the outstanding intellectual property practitioners joining us from a top law firm such as Bowman Gilfillan and bringing with them a blue chip (IP)client base. Te consolidation of the two practices into Adams & Adams will provide IP

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