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Fish & Richardson -- A foundation for innovation

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When Frederick Fish founded Fish & Richardson in 1878, luminaries of the 19th and 20th century turned to the firm for legal assistance in patenting some of the most significant inventions of the times, including the Wright Brothers’ flying machine, Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone and Thomas Edison’s light bulb. The company’s tradition of representing entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and a drive to succeed continues today with clients such as Biogen Idec, Google, 3M and Callaway Golf who look to Fish as a legal and business foundation for innovations that will undoubtedly change the 21st century.

In 2010, the work of Fish attorneys resulted in 2173 U.S. issued patents and 386 U.S. registered trademarks. Our firm also works to preserve the rights of patent holders in infringement and trade secret litigation. Fish offers more than just patent protection, however. In addition to traditional IP services, we provide regulatory, financing and licensing advice to help clients maximize the value of their IP.

"For more than a century, we have been inspired by the inventive fearlessness of our clients and have only one mission in mind: to help them become the technology legends of tomorrow," said Roger Denning, managing principal of Fish’s San Diego office.

Fish’s work on behalf of our clients has not gone unnoticed. In addition to having five attorneys on The Daily Transcript’s Top Attorneys list, our firm and individual attorneys have received extensive awards and accolades from organizations throughout the world. In 2010, we received 12 national and international awards ranging from the number one patent litigation firm by Corporate Counsel Magazine (an honor Fish has received each year since 2004), to U.S. Trademark Case of the Year, for a case in which we represented long-term client Bose Corporation.

"We are always honored to be recognized for our work," said Juanita Brooks, a patent litigator in Fish’s San Diego office. "When our peers acknowledge us – as with The Daily Transcript Top Attorneys - it is extremely gratifying."

Brooks has received numerous honors since joining Fish in 2000 after a successful 23-year career as a civil and criminal litigator. She was recently named one of California’s top intellectual property attorneys and one of the state’s top women attorneys.

We have 355 attorneys located in 10 offices throughout the United States and an office in Munich, Germany, yet we remain one firm with a common vision across a diverse practice. As a firm that serves the world’s greatest innovators, we know innovation often results from seeing the world in a different way.

"Fish recognizes that diverse backgrounds provide unique perspectives that result in new and better solutions," said San Diego Principal Nancy Stagg, chair of the firm’s Diversity Initiative that links together a variety of programs related to recruitment, professional development, retention and outreach in the legal and business communities. "We strive to create a diverse workforce that enhances the quality of legal services we provide to our clients. "

Since Frederick Fish opened our first office, Fish & Richardson has been focused on building a foundation to promote innovation for the benefit of our clients. Through our clients, we have proudly been a part of dramatic changes in the fields of science and technology for nearly 200 years, and we look forward to doing so for generations to come.

-Submitted by Fish & Richardson

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