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Intellectual property attorney Laurie Axford has rejoined Gordon & Rees LLP as a partner and will be a resident in the firm's newly opened office in Carlsbad.

Joining her in the move are associates Brooks Gifford and Brian Sun, IP paralegal Gayle Katzman, IP administrator Tasha Swahn and case assistant Kelsey Quist.

"We're very pleased to welcome Laurie back to Gordon & Rees, and excited to have her and her team open our new office in Carlsbad," said Kevin Alexander, managing partner of the San Diego office who also will oversee the Carlsbad office. "Their Carlsbad location is well situated to enable them to service our numerous clients located in North San Diego County and throughout Southern California."

Axford’s practice focuses on all phases of intellectual property prosecution and enforcement, including forming initial patent and trademark strategies for new products and managing complex existing intellectual property portfolios. Her industry focus includes a large cross-section of life science-related fields, as well as consumer products and other businesses.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Axford worked as a scientist in one of San Diego’s first biotechnology companies. Following law school, she became in-house counsel to a biotechnology company and entered private practice in 1995.

She received her J.D. from Western State University School of Law. She also holds a B.S. degree in microbiology and an M.S. degree in molecular biology from San Diego State University.

Gifford and Sun are also patent attorneys admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Gifford earned his J.D. from California Western School of Law and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the UCLA. Sun is a 2008 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. He has a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and will complete his masters in biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University in May.

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