Locke Lord's IP Practice experienced “game-changing growth” in the wake of the Firm's combination with Edwards Wildman earlier this year, Law360 noted in a profile of the greatest impact mergers have had on IP Practices during 2015. In a feature article that accompanied Law360’s annual practice groups survey, the online publication noted that Locke Lord’s IP Practice grew nearly 37 percent as a result of the merger.
Alan Clement, Chair of Locke Lord’s IP Practice, said that the merger provided the Firm new elite IP capabilities. “Before the merger, legacy Locke Lord was much stronger on patent litigation, while Edwards Wildman was stronger on patent prosecution and trademark law. Edwards Wildman also had an international IP practice, which legacy Locke Lord did not have," Clement said.
The merger, the Law360 article noted, also enhanced Locke Lord's geographic footprint and platform to serve global clients, as the Firm now has IP lawyers in London and Tokyo.
Clement added, “We are now much more of an international IP firm. That helps us cross-sell our U.S. clients needing help overseas and vice versa.”