ATLANTA, June 17, 2015 – Locke Lord LLP added formidable components to its Atlanta office today with the hiring of leading Intellectual Property lawyer Tim Xia and patent litigator Bryan Harrison as Partners. Also making the move to Locke Lord are 12 members of the Intellectual Property group Xia led at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP that includes an associate, four patent agents and seven staff.
“Tim, Bryan and this IP team are substantive additions to our Atlanta office and greatly enhance our Intellectual Property resources Firm-wide for clients in need of the highest quality of service in dealing with all the complex IP issues in today’s global economy,” said the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Atlanta office. “We are excited and pleased that Tim and Bryan decided that Locke Lord is the best place to continue their highly regarded practices and welcome Tim, Bryan and the IP team into the Locke Lord family.”
For the past 10-plus years, Xia and Harrison have worked together on many significant IP litigation matters that have had international implications.
Xia, who was a senior partner at Morris, Manning and managed that firm’s International Practice as well as its IP group, is the only recipient of the Client Choice for the Intellectual Property Patents – Georgia. He is widely known for representing clients in their successes on major matters involving U.S. government agencies, including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its related agencies such as the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Xia has prepared and prosecuted more than 3,000 patent applications in a variety of areas, including telecommunications, optics, mechanical and electronic devices, nanotechnologies, liquid crystal display devices, lasers, quantum spin devices, semiconductors, biotechnologies, medical devices and emerging green energy technologies. Prior to his legal career, Xia was a physicist specializing in supercomputing, large scale computer simulation of complex fluids, super-thin-films of polymers, and Josephson junction superconducting arrays.
“With its strong IP practice and international reach, Locke Lord has exceptional resources to provide existing and future clients the type of service expected of a major, global law firm,” Xia said. “It will be exciting to work at Locke Lord alongside many of the best IP lawyers in the practice area today.”
In addition to his impact on Locke Lord’s Atlanta office and in the Firm’s IP Department, Xia will greatly enhance the Firm’s Asia practice since he primarily provides counsel to clients from Taiwan and Mainland China on unique issues they face with their entries into and growth of their companies or organizations in the United States.
Xia earned his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law where he served as Executive Editor of the Columbia Journal of Asian Law.
Harrison was the co-chair of the IP Litigation Practice at Morris, Manning and was recognized by Chambers USA’s Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Litigation 2010-14. Although a former prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Harrison’s practice has related almost exclusively to prosecuting and defending patent infringement actions, serving as regional or national litigation counsel for clients and appearing in various courts in more than 30 states, Canada and the European Union. Harrison has also appeared in numerous proceedings before the International Trade Commission and Office of Export Enforcement.
“Locke Lord’s reputation in intellectual property litigation, the scope of its geographic presence, and its collegial atmosphere made the decision to move to the Firm a simple one. I am excited to be a part of the Locke Lord team,” Harrison said.
Harrison earned his law degree from the Emory University School of Law.
Xia and Harrison will be major forces in Locke Lord’s highly-regarded IP Practice Group of 125 lawyers who provide clients counsel on intellectual property matters from offices in technology and industry centers such as Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, South Florida, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. The Atlanta team of business technology lawyers focus on intellectual property, licensing, privacy, e-records management and IT/outsourcing issues.
About Locke Lord/Atlanta
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About Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full-service, international law Firm of 23 offices designed to meet clients’ needs around the world. With a combined history of more than 125 years and a greatly enhanced domestic and global footprint, Locke Lord is a worldwide leader in the middle market sector. Locke Lord advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, insurance and reinsurance, private equity, telecommunications, technology, real estate, financial services and health care and life sciences, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, regulatory, intellectual property and fund formation teams.
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