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Cravath has hired the head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, David J. Kappos. The hire is the second major addition from the Obama Administration for the firm, following last year's addition of Christine A. Varney, head of antitrust for the administration.
The New York Time's Deal Book has a glowing take on the hires. The firm has become legendary for its patent work since its founding in 1819. "In the 19th century, the firm handled the electric light bulb patent litigation for Thomas Edison and the telegraph patent litigation for Samuel Morse. Today, it serves as the primary outside counsel for the telecommunications company Qualcomm and has litigated numerous drug patent cases for pharmaceutical giants like Bristol-Myers Squibb and Novartis," the Times noted.
“We were convinced Dave would not only significantly enhance our ability to serve our clients’ needs, but also fit into — and even enhance — the culture of our firm,” said Allen Parker, Cravath’s presiding partner. The firm also put out a press release on the hire.
Both Parker and Varney are members of the most recent Lawdragon 500.