Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP announced today that Frank DiGiovanni, Jeff Eichen, Zhun Lu and Keith Walter have joined the firm as partners in the Intellectual Property Group.  This is the second group to join the firm from Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP.  The team joins partner Ashley Pezzner, who brought a team of six additional intellectual property lawyers to Drinker Biddle’s Wilmington office in April.

“We are delighted to bring this talented group of Intellectual Property lawyers to the firm,” said Alfred W. Putnam Jr., Chairman of Drinker Biddle & Reath. “Frank, Jeff, Zhun and Keith add strength and depth to the group in Wilmington, where having a solid intellectual property practice is so important.  With them on board, I think our team is one of the strongest intellectual property litigation groups in the country.”

DiGiovanni, Eichen and Walter focus their practices on intellectual property litigation and other contentious matters, including reexaminations, the newly enacted post grant procedures and International Trade Commission (ITC) proceedings.  Lu represents clients in litigation, patent counseling and prosecution, specifically Chinese and Taiwanese companies with business in the United States.

The team will be joined at Drinker by an additional experienced intellectual property lawyer, Counsel M. Curt Lambert.

“I’m excited to work again with Frank, Jeff, Zhun, Keith and Curt,” added Pezzner. “They’re a great group of lawyers and will be a valuable asset to Drinker Biddle.  Since I arrived at the firm, I’ve found the lawyers here to be top-notch and the culture to be one that welcomes additions with open arms.”

In addition to providing additional depth in Delaware, this team further expands the firm’s intellectual property practice, which has also added partner Gregory Stanton in Chicago in April of this year.

“The addition of these terrific lawyers adds strength to our group in a number of areas,” said Robert Stoll, co-chair of Drinker Biddle’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. “It has been a goal of the firm to add strength to our already nationally recognized team.  As we continue to grow, we are able to provide deeper service to our clients in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation.”

Francis DiGiovanni represents clients in a variety of areas including patent litigation, counseling, and opinions, trademark and copyright litigation, unfair competition and trade secrets in the mechanical and chemical arts as well as other diverse areas of technology.  He holds a B.S. with a major in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Prior to enrolling in law school, he worked as an engineer for a large power transmission gear company.  DiGiovanni is listed in Best Lawyers of America, Chambers USA and Delaware Super Lawyers.  He served as Co-Chair of the Patent Litigation Group at Novak Druce.

Jeff Eichen represents clients in patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition and trade secret litigation, as well as counseling clients on patent and trademark licensing and development agreements. He holds a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He has more than 20 years of experience in representing clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation.  Eichen has a strong technical background in the areas of physics and electrical engineering. 

Zhun Lu represents clients in a variety of areas including patent counseling, opinions, litigation, and prosecution primarily in the biotech, biomedical, pharmaceutical, chemical, telecommunication, computer, and semiconductor areas.  He holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Microbiology from the Huazhong University of Agriculture, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Auburn University and a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.  He was a post-doctoral fellow and research scientist at the Yale University School of Medicine before and during law school.  Lu is Co-Chair of the China Practice Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Keith Walter represents clients having businesses in the areas of telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer goods, and e-commerce. He acts as lead counsel in cases involving a broad range of issues and subject matters, including patents, trademarks, false advertising, unfair competition, copyrights, and antitrust. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Illinois State University and a J.D. from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University.         

M. Curt Lambert represents clients in a variety of areas including patent litigation in chemical and mechanical matters.  Prior to his law career, he was an engineer for specialty and bulk chemical facilities and consulting firms.  He earned his law degree from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, a M.S. from North Carolina State University and a B.S from the University of Arkansas, both degrees in chemical engineering.

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