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2 IP Leaders Leap to Cooley from Chadbourne & Parke

Cooley announced Monday that two leading partners of Chadbourne & Parke, including the chair of the New York law firm’s intellectual property department, have joined its office in the Big Apple.

Walter Hanchuk, who served as Chadbourne’s IP chief, will now head the IP department in Cooley’s New York office. John Kheit, who led his now-former firm’s mobile technology practice, will also be a partner there.

“Walter and John have developed one of the premier IP transactional, litigation, and patent asset creation practices in New York,” said Cooley’s CEO, Joe Conroy, in a law firm news release . “Their extensive experience in all phases of IP, including a particular expertise in financial services and software technologies, extends the reach of Cooley’s IP practice in New York and creates powerful synergies across our core IP and business technology practices across the firm.”

Known as a Silicon Valley tech powerhouse, the 650-attorney Cooley now has offices in 11 cities and has been working for six years to build its IP practice in New York, Reuters reports.

The 400-attorney Chadbourne, which has lost a number of leading IP partners in recent years, has 12 offices.

“We will continue to build out our IP practice, responding to our clients’ needs and keeping pace with the fast-moving global intellectual property market,” the firm said in a written statement provided to Reuters.

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