Law Practice Management

Chadbourne Announces 4th High-Profile In-House IP Counsel Hire

Confirming earlier news that former Yahoo Inc. vice president and associate general counsel of global patents Duane Valz would be joining Chadbourne & Parke, the law firm today announced his move to the firm as counsel in its Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices.

The 39-year-old Valz is the fourth high-profile in-house intellectual property counsel hire that Chadbourne has made, in what the firm describes in a press release as a dramatic and cutting-edge expansion of its IP practice group.

The firm previously hired John Squires, the former chief intellectual property counsel for Goldman Sachs; Chuck Fish, who was chief patent counsel for Time Warner Inc.; and Ken Johnson, who served as chief patent counsel for Credit Suisse.

“We are seeing, and in many ways driving, a transformation in the market for IP legal services, which places a premium on in-house experience at the practice-head level and on leading edge expertise in emerging technology and interoperability issues,” says Squires, who co-chairs the firm’s IP practice group, in the release. “In addition, our clients now more than ever are turning to us for advice and counsel on how to effectively manage IP issues that arise from both the delivery and receipt of technology and services over the Internet and, increasingly, mobile devices.”

Earlier coverage: “Chadbourne to Open 2nd Calif. Office, Hires Yahoo Patent Counsel”

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