May 27, 2024

Durie Tangri co-founder Mark Lemley joins small law firm amid MoFo merger

Durie Tangri co-founder Mark Lemley joins small law firm amid MoFo merger

  • Stanford professor Lemley is one particular of the most-cited figures in IP regulation
  • Durie Tangri is merging with 1,000-lawyer Morrison & Foerster

(Reuters) – Stanford Regulation College professor and prominent mental home law firm Mark Lemley will be part of law business Lex Lumina on Jan. 1, the firm claimed, turning out to be the sixth attorney there.

The regulation company that Lemley co-started, Durie Tangri, is in the procedure of being absorbed by 1,000-law firm Morrison & Foerster.

Lemley verified his transfer to Lex Lumina on Friday. “MoFo is a excellent firm, but I’m worried about the number of conflicts and preserving my tutorial freedom,” he claimed. “Lex Lumina will give me that freedom.”

He added that he is “very psyched about the option to get the job done with buddies and colleagues I have recognised for decades and to be ready to aim on affect IP litigation that can increase the law.”

Lemley’s purchasers have integrated Amazon, Netflix, biotech business Genentech, and video-sport makers Activision Blizzard and Epic Games. He is also one of the most-cited U.S. authorized scholars and has written 9 publications and much more than 200 articles or blog posts.

Durie Tangri co-founder Daralyn Durie explained Friday that Lemley’s shift experienced been predicted. “We wish him and his colleagues at Lex Lumina the ideal, and we count on to continue to get the job done jointly carefully on a range of issues,” she claimed in an email.

Associates for Morrison & Foerster did not promptly respond to a ask for for comment on Friday.

New York-based Lex Lumina was introduced very last calendar year by previous O’Melveny & Myers attorney Rhett Millsaps and leading IP-targeted professors from many legislation schools.

The agency is defending artist Mason Rothschild in a dispute with Hermes above his “MetaBirkin” non-fungible tokens, in a situation that could established an critical precedent on the interaction between trademark regulation and NFTs.

Lemley has earlier worked with Lex Lumina in co-symbolizing auto-parts maker LKQ Corp in a style and design patent dispute with Common Motors. He explained he and the organization would also be included in a trademark scenario at the U.S. Supreme Court docket wherever liquor maker Jack Daniel’s has challenged a ruling for the maker of a dog toy that copies its renowned whiskey-bottle layout.

(Observe: This story has been up to date with supplemental remark from Lemley.)

Study more:

Morrison Foerster absorbs California litigation agency Durie Tangri

New IP boutique Lex Lumina aims to capitalize on academic expertise

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