International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Marcus S. Simon has joined the Firm’s Patent group as a partner, establishing a patent practice in the Firm’s Salt Lake City office. Mr. Simon’s practice encompasses many aspects of patent work, including patent portfolio development and management, infringement and validity risk analysis, as well as licensing and transactional IP due diligence. His technical expertise includes materials science, mechanical and electro-mechanical devices, chemistry, electronics and photonics. Mr. Simon has broad experience serving clients engaged in development and manufacture of superabrasive and superhard materials used in cutting tools and bearings, oil and gas exploration drilling systems, implantable medical devices (such as stents and embolic filters), alloys for implantable medical devices (superelastic and shape-memory alloys), fiber optics, lasers and micro-electro-mechanical systems. He also has experience in trademark matters.

Mr. Simon, who was an associate at Dorsey early in his career, was previously a shareholder of Salt Lake City IP boutique firm Workman Nydegger. He received a JD from the University of Utah in 2003, an MS (Materials Science and Engineering) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and a BS (Materials Engineering) from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1997.

“Marcus is a talented patent and trademark lawyer and is committed to building lasting client relationships,” said Dorsey partner Lee Osman, head of the Firm’s global Patent group. “He brings a wealth of IP experience in a range of exciting technologies that will fit well into the Salt Lake City and Intermountain West economies. Marcus will establish our patent practice in Salt Lake City and add a new dimension to Dorsey’s strong, multi-office IP practices, which serve clients around the world in a broad variety of industries and technologies.”

Partner Annette Jarvis, head of Dorsey’s Salt Lake City office, added, “It is great to welcome Marcus back to Dorsey. His deep expertise will not only strengthen our IP prosecution, it will provide tremendous insights in claim construction and prior art analysis for Dorsey’s patent litigators across the Firm, including the great team of patent litigators who have joined our growing office here in Salt Lake City.”

Mr. Simon noted, “This is a great move for me and for the clients I represent. Dorsey’s global reach and full-service platform will enable me and my new partners to serve more of our clients’ needs more efficiently. I am delighted to join forces with the extremely strong group of IP lawyers that serve Dorsey’s exceptional client base from all across the Firm.”