Pair of Woodcock Washburn IP Litigators Join Duane Morris
"It feels like the firm has been growing in a really smart direction," Wolfsohn said.
Goranin said Duane Morris has developed a reputation in the tight-knit patent and IP litigation community as a firm making significant strides in that practice area, noting that Jameson and fellow Atlanta IP litigator Matthew C. Gaudet have garnered buzz among IP lawyers.
Soroko said Wolfsohn and Goranin would be working closely with the lawyers in Atlanta, which he called "the nominal center of gravity" of Duane Morris' IP practice.
Wolfsohn said that while there are benefits to the IP boutique model, he and Goranin were interested in joining a firm with a larger cadre of litigators than they had at Woodcock Washburn.
Goranin said that when a client is demanding a quick turnaround on a matter, being able to ramp up staffing is important and often difficult to accomplish at a small firm.
Wolfsohn said the other advantage of moving from a boutique to a large general practice firm is the ability to cross-sell other services to clients beyond IP.
The increasingly international scope of Duane Morris' practice is also a benefit, Wolfsohn said, because his and Goranin's clients have international businesses and face international IP issues.
Wolfsohn and Goranin said IP litigation has remained steady over the past few years and cited disputes involving nonpracticing entities as a particularly hot area.
NPEs — commonly and derogatorily referred to as patent trolls — file patent infringement suits despite not manufacturing products or providing services based on those patents. They have been the subject of well-publicized controversy recently with companies like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung being forced to fend off such suits.
"There is still a lot of that type of litigation around," Wolfsohn said, adding that IP litigation in general is expected to ramp up as businesses continue to recover from the recession.