Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Steve Bishop and Shannon Bloodworth have been named Firmwide Co-Chairs of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. Steve, a partner in the firm’s Seattle office, and Shannon, a partner in its Washington, D.C. office, succeed former Co-Chairs Paul Parker and Jon James.
Prior to becoming a partner at Perkins Coie, Steve was the associate general counsel for intellectual property at Amazon. He currently concentrates his practice on the development and analysis of patent portfolios, including analysis of competitor portfolios, identification of patents in a portfolio for sale or other monetization, and protection of key intellectual property assets. Steve also has significant experience in the creation of corporate intellectual property programs. He has particular experience in mobile computing device, internet and telecommunications technologies.
Shannon represents pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients in complex patent litigation. Her experience includes trying large-scale patent litigation cases relating to pharmaceutical patents and counseling domestic and international pharmaceutical companies in their patent litigation and regulatory strategies. Additionally, Shannon has provided guidance on all aspects of the Hatch-Waxman Act and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act.
“Steve and Shannon are both accomplished and highly respected attorneys at the firm,” says John Devaney, Perkins Coie’s Firmwide Managing Partner. “Their depth of knowledge, leadership experience and commitment to collaboration and mentorship make them logical choices to lead one of our largest practices. Nationally recognized by colleagues and peers as elite practitioners, Steve and Shannon will be strong stewards of our highly rated IP group.”
Perkins Coie’s IP practice includes more than 250 lawyers focused on IP litigation, post-grant proceedings, patent and trademark prosecution, strategic portfolio counseling, technology licensing, copyrights, and trade secret and unfair competition counseling. Its clients include companies in all technologies and industries around the world. The IP practice has extensive experience litigating patent and trademark infringement actions, internet disputes, trade secret, and gray market and anti-counterfeiting claims for companies in the online, biotechnology, medical products and electronics industries. Perkins Coie’s clients benefit from its interdisciplinary approach to matters, which combines extensive legal and technical experience with strong corporate and litigation resources in a leading technology law firm. Perkins Coie was just named the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Law Firm of the Year” in Patent Law, an honor it has received three times in six years, more than any other firm.
The firm was also recently recognized as the leading law firm representing America’s largest companies in IP litigation by Corporate Counsel. Perkins Coie was named among the top ten firms representing patent owners before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board by Lex Machina in its PTAB 2017 Report, and Docket Navigator ranked Perkins Coie among the top 10 firms representing parties at the PTAB in 2016, the second year it received this recognition. The Financial Times recently recognized the firm’s Patent Prosecution Platform, or “P4,” as the most innovative initiative in the Business of Law: Technology category as part of the 2017 Financial Times North American Innovative Lawyers Report. Please click here to read the press release.