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Fox Rothschild Enters the Mile-High City

September 6, 2012

Expanding its footprint to the Mountain West, Fox Rothschild LLP has opened an office in Denver, bolstering its national litigation and intellectual property capabilities.

Fox Rothschild’s Denver location – in Suite 975 of Tabor Center at 1200 17th Street – ups the firm’s office count to 17 nationwide. The Denver team of Neal S. Cohen, Scott R. Bialecki and Mark L. Yaskanin, all joining as partners, will enhance Fox Rothschild’s nationally ranked intellectual property and litigation practice offerings to clients.

The addition of Cohen, Bialecki and Yaskanin, formerly with Bryan Cave LLP, will broaden Fox Rothschild’s patent prosecution and patent litigation capabilities in particular. The trio also brings extensive experience in intellectual property, litigation and regulatory guidance to the firm.

Fox Rothschild is currently home to a nationwide team of more than 200 trial attorneys and a strong bench of IP services that includes more than 80 team members, many who possess Ph.D.s and other advanced degrees in various scientific and technical disciplines.

In the past few months, Fox has welcomed a number of prestigious intellectual property attorneys, including Jeff E. Schwartz and Sunwoo Lee, Ph.D., to its Washington, DC, office, Lena N. Bacani to its Los Angeles office and James M. Singer, publisher of the nationally renowned “IP Spotlight” blog, to its Pittsburgh office.

"We have long been interested in creating a Fox presence in Denver, which is a hub of innovation, and we are especially pleased to be opening this office with the team of Neal, Scott and Mark,” said Mark L. Silow, firmwide managing partner of Fox Rothschild.

“Denver is experiencing dynamic growth in many business sectors, and that, combined with the recent announcement by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that it would open a regional facility in the city, create tremendous opportunities for us and for our clients,” Silow continued. “We are thrilled that Neal, Scott and Mark will lead our newest office and help our clients move forward with their business and personal legal needs related to intellectual property, litigation and patent law in the Denver area.”

Cohen is an experienced trial attorney who handles litigation in the technology, probate, securities and financial services areas. He served as a member of the team that prepared the brief and oral argument in the Federal Circuit’s en banc rehearing of Phillips v. AWH, one of the most significant patent claim construction cases in nearly a decade. He also led AWH’s trial team subsequent to the Federal Circuit’s decision in the case, where the court entered a judgment as a matter of law in favor of AWH.

He has successfully resolved patent infringement matters involving fiber channel switches used in storage area networks, trade secret misappropriation claims involving the commercial production of a cancer-fighting agent, business disputes involving the distributor of cardiac rhythm management devices such as pacemakers and internal defibrillators and various family disputes involving businesses.

Cohen earned his J.D. from the University of Colorado in 1984 and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. A champion fencer, he was a member of two national champion foil teams. He won the bronze medal in the national individual foil championships and was a member of the U.S. Fencing Team at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in 1975.

Bialecki, an experienced IP litigator, registered patent attorney and former Federal Trade Commission attorney, strategically guides domestic and international clients -- ranging from Fortune 100 companies to academic institutions, quasi-governmental bodies to individual inventors -- through regulatory and intellectual property issues involving such agencies as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, FTC, National Advertising Review Council and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

He has experience with a broad array of technologies, including removable flash memory, securities trading systems, telecommunications switching systems, RFID and heart valves. Bialecki has appeared in state and federal courts nationwide, representing clients in the full complement of IP matters as well as anti-cybersquatting counterfeiting and deceptive trade practices claims.

Bialecki's services extend beyond the traditional scope of intellectual property assistance. He also represents clients in connection with their advertising needs, endorsement and efficacy claims and clinical trials. Additionally, he possesses extensive knowledge of internet affiliate marketing programs.

Bialecki routinely travels to Asian countries to lecture on various intellectual property and antitrust issues. He is a member of the Antitrust and Intellectual Property Sections of the American Bar Association, the Antitrust, Business Law and Patent, Trademark and Copyright Sections of the Colorado Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado, the Denver Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.

During his five-year tenure as an FTC attorney, Bialecki obtained multiple ex parte temporary restraining orders and asset freezes in a variety of jurisdictions. He earned his J.D. in 1992 from Widener University and his B.S. from the University of Virginia in 1989.

Also a registered patent attorney, Yaskanin helps clients build their intellectual property portfolio and maximize their IP assets by providing a range of comprehensive services related to patents, patent procurement, litigation support, transactional due diligence, trademarks and copyrights. He has handled patents involving medical devices and equipment, energy-related systems and improvements, engineered materials, and tools and other mechanical systems and devices.

Yaskanin also advises clients in connection to contractual matters related to product development and distribution agreements and frequently negotiates and prepares intellectual property sale and licensing agreements.

Yaskanin, a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Michigan and certified as a Professional Geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, has an extensive engineering background, including analyses and design work. He earned his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Denver College of Law, his M.S. from Michigan State University in 1987 and his B.S., with honors, in 1985 from Michigan State University. Yaskanin is a member of the American, Colorado and Denver bar associations.


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