Panitch Schwarze Makes First Hire In New Del. Office

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Patricia S. Rogowski, a former intellectual property attorney at Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg's Wilmington, Del., office, has joined Philadelphia-based Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, where she will lead her new firm's expansion into Delaware.

Rogowski is a 26-year veteran of Novak Druce. She joined the firm in 1987, when it was Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz, and served as a partner since 1995, representing clients in the consumer products and food sciences industries. She said it was tough leaving her old firm, but is excited about the opportunity to establish Panitch Schwarze's Delaware presence. She joined Panitch Schwarze on Monday.

Panitch Schwarze launched its Wilmington office in September after two of its Philadelphia attorneys, John D. Simmons and Dennis J. Butler, became members of the Delaware bar and rented office space in the state. Rogowski said the firm has been looking for office space along Wilmington's Route 202 corridor to accommodate roughly eight attorneys, but has not committed to a new building. The Wilmington office is Panitch Schwarze's first satellite location.

It has not yet been determined if Rogowski will bring any former Novak Druce attorneys with her to Panitch Schwarze.

"We expect she will bring some attorneys, but that has not been finalized," said Martin G. Belisario, a partner at Panitch Schwarze.

Rogowski served as the hiring attorney for 12 years at Connolly Bove and was a member of Novak Druce's executive committee. She added that her administrative experience will be an asset to launching a new office.

"All of my management experience will help me," she said.

Belisario said the firm wanted a Wilmington office because it is the nation's most active jurisdiction for intellectual property litigation. Roughly 24 percent of all patent cases filed in the United States for the first 10 months of 2013 were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, according to data from law firm Perkins Coie. The District of Delaware recorded 1,015 patent cases between January and September of last year, just topping the 920 cases filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas during the same period.

"It's the number-one court for patent litigation in the United States," said Belisario, who noted that Panitch Schwarze's caseload is roughly 75 percent prosecution and 25 percent patent litigation.

Rogowski represents a mix of small to midsized consumer product manufacturers and food science developers based in the mid-Atlantic region. She said she is bringing all of her clients with her to Panitch Schwarze and the move will not impact her billing rates.

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