Seyfarth Shaw Grows IP Practice Group With Addition Of Richard P. Gilly

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Seyfarth Shaw LLP, one of America's leading full-service law firms, has announced that Richard P. Gilly has joined the firm's Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He was previously at Winston & Strawn LLP.

With more than 23 years of experience, Gilly focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling and litigation. His background includes strategically managing and prosecuting patent portfolios; developing and implementing patent litigation strategies; rendering IP opinions; drafting and negotiating IP licenses and agreements; and counseling clients on a variety of strategic intellectual property and business issues. His technical and legal proficiencies enable him to handle patent matters involving a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, Internet and computer-related inventions, software systems, semiconductor manufacturing, complex mechanical systems and chemical engineering applications.

Gilly advises clients on intellectual property matters involving trademark acquisition and policing, e-commerce, anti-spam and other Internet law issues. His patent and trademark representations include large French enterprises and other international companies, while his litigation experience includes major patent and trademark infringement cases. He has served as co-lead counsel representing both defendants and plaintiffs in patent infringement litigation, developed case litigation strategies, evaluated patent validity and infringement positions in pre-litigation investigations and reviewed licensing agreements in the context of pre-litigation patent enforcement.

Gilly also has led numerous transactions involving intellectual property and related issues, including negotiating multimillion-dollar technology licensing agreements. He has drafted, reviewed, and negotiated hundreds of technology agreements, including technology transfer agreements; joint development agreements for both hardware and software; joint marketing alliances; consulting agreements; government agreements; university agreements; and others.

Gilly received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Yale University and he received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois state bars and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He speaks fluent French and is an active member of the French American Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business, and serves on the Software Committee of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys. Gilly began his legal career with IBM, where he was extensively involved in complex technology licensing and agreement work. Since then, he has had wide-ranging experiences in private practice representing both Fortune 100 and emerging technology companies in patent and IP litigation and transactions.

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