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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Expands IP Counseling & Patents Practice

-- Hires Interference and Reexamination Expert Michael T. Rosato --

Contact:
Alicia Towler White
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
212.497.7774
awhite@wsgr.com

PALO ALTO, CA (May 1, 2012) - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, is pleased to announce that Michael T. Rosato has joined the firm as a partner. Rosato brings substantial expertise in intellectual property protection and counseling related to medical devices and biotechnology, with particular experience in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) interferences and reexaminations. He will be based in the firm's Seattle office.

"Among many other accomplishments, Mike's impressive track record of successfully representing clients in contested proceedings before the USPTO truly sets him apart," said Doug Clark, WSGR co-managing partner. "This specialized skill makes him a valuable addition to our highly regarded IP counseling and patents team, and we are very pleased to welcome him to the firm."

Rosato's experience includes advising domestic and international companies at all stages of development in a wide array of medical technology fields, including minimally invasive surgery, electrosurgical and ablation systems, orthopedic devices, medical imaging, orthodontics, cardiology, and diagnostics. A considerable portion of his practice is devoted to representing clients in interferences, reexaminations, and other contested proceedings before the USPTO, often as lead counsel. He also has handled dozens of appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

Prior to joining the firm, Rosato was an IP partner in the Seattle office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (formerly Townsend and Townsend and Crew). He began his legal career at DLA Piper and previously worked as a patent agent for microfluidics device manufacturer Micronics. He received his J.D. in 2002 from the University of Washington, where he also earned an M.S. in toxicology in 1999; he received a B.S. in biochemistry from Rutgers University in 1996.

About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
For more than 50 years, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offered a broad range of services and legal disciplines focused on serving the principal challenges faced by the management and boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities litigation, employment law, intellectual property, and antitrust, among many other areas of law. With long-standing roots in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offices in Austin; Brussels; Georgetown, DE; Hong Kong; New York; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Shanghai; and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.wsgr.com.

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