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Few firms can boast a client list like Fish & Richardson. For the last 130 years, Fish & Richardson has represented some of the greatest innovators in the world. From the great minds of Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright Brothers to today's companies such as Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and 3M Innovative Properties, Fish has been in the forefront of protecting cutting-edge technologies.

Since its founding, the firm has prosecuted and litigated many of the fundamental patents of an industrialized America: the telephone, the air-brake, the steam turbine, the automobile, the radio and many more. Frederick Fish, the firm's founder, was for many years the acknowledged leader of the patent bar of the entire country at a time when patents were more important than they had ever been.

Today, the firm represents 11 of the top 25 World's Most Innovative Companies, as identified in a Spring 2007 Business Week survey, and has become among the largest law firms in the world practicing intellectual property, litigation and corporate law.

As an IP law firm, Fish strives to help clients capture the value of their intellectual property through patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection, and is among the top firms in the country in number of patents obtained each year, with more than 1,600 patents. Firmwide, more than 220 attorneys are admitted to the patent bar.

Fish's success is due to its competent and knowledgeable attorneys, many whom hold PhDs. In total, 80 attorneys at Fish hold PhDs, with 15 attorneys with PhDs from the San Diego office alone.

In addition to its intellectual property practice, Fish also has a broad complex litigation practice that includes not only patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation, but also a wide range of high-stakes business litigation.

2007 marked an important milestone in the firm's history when Fish expanded its reach to offer global services, including worldwide IP strategy and representation in multinational litigation.

On Oct. 1, 2007, Fish opened its first European office in Munich, Germany, with five professionals, and plans to grow to 12 professionals by the end of 2008.

Fish's international client base has had many German clients -- including Porsche, Zeiss, SAP and Siemens (NYSE: SI) -- and the new office will give the firm a home base in Europe to continue to expand its global practice.

With more than 450 lawyers in 11 offices throughout the world, Fish is the No. 1 law firm companies turn to for their patent litigation needs (IP Law & Business Annual List of Top IP Law Firms, July 2005).

The San Diego Fish office has 50 attorneys, many of whom have received local, regional and national accolades for their legal skills as well as community service.

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