Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, announced that four legal professionals, including three attorneys, have recently joined the firm’s growing Intellectual Property practice group, continuing a strong growth trend in the practice area over the past year.

Rebecca DeVun Areaux joined the firm as an associate in Harter Secrest & Emery’s Intellectual Property practice group. She has experience in trademark search and clearance, as well as in infringement and litigation matters involving Intellectual Property. Areaux brings professional experience from positions at Diageo North America, Inc. and Johnson, Gasink & Baxter, LLP. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received her law degree, cum laude, from William & Mary Law School.

Alfred Y. Chu is an associate in Harter Secrest & Emery’s Intellectual Property practice group. He has significant experience in patent preparation, prosecution, and post-grant review proceedings. Chu joins Harter Secrest & Emery from Martin & Ferraro in Los Angeles, where he developed multi-million dollar patent portfolios for Fortune 500 companies. He previously practiced at Hahn, Loeser & Parks in Cleveland. Chu earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine before graduating from the University of Akron School of Law.

Andrew Nason recently joined Harter Secrest & Emery’s Intellectual Property practice group as an associate. An experienced litigator, he has represented clients in complex litigation in federal district and appellate courts including the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and International Trade Commission. Nason was most recently at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC in Washington, D.C., and previously practiced at Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP, also in Washington. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester, and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

In addition to Areaux, Chu and Nason, Harter Secrest & Emery also added Leigh A. Danielson as a patent specialist in the Intellectual Property practice group. She is a Registered Patent Agent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), experienced in the preparation and filing of patent application-related papers, including Patent Cooperation Treaty international applications and related matters. A graduate of the University of West Florida, Danielson previously worked with the Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C., and in the Intellectual Property practices at Morrison & Foerster LLP and Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, both in San Diego.

Over the past year, the Intellectual Property practice group at Harter Secrest & Emery has grown by nearly 30 percent, adding experienced attorneys at all levels of the firm, including the addition last year of prominent Intellectual Property attorneys Michael Berchou and Rowland Richards.

“Companies across every industry are dealing with greater and more complex Intellectual Property issues than ever before,” said Brian B. Shaw, partner and leader of Harter Secrest & Emery’s Intellectual Property practice group. “Harter Secrest & Emery continues to be a leading advocate for companies in identifying, protecting, and defending their Intellectual Property. Attracting top-notch attorneys at many levels of our firm further deepens our ability to work with clients to ensure their IP needs are met.”

The Harter Secrest & Emery Intellectual Property practice group provides comprehensive intellectual property legal services to clients throughout the United States and in foreign countries. The group assists clients in building and maintaining Intellectual Property portfolios including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights, and has extensive experience negotiating and drafting licensing agreements, and serving as lead counsel in complex patent and other intellectual property litigation. In addition, the Intellectual Property practice group provides strategic counseling to clients on assessing potential threats, and avoiding conflicts with third parties. The group’s clients operate across a wide spectrum of industries and technologies, including manufacturing, retail, consumer goods, office products, and high technology and range from Fortune 500 corporations, major motion picture studios, and investors, to start-up ventures, entrepreneurs, and individual inventors. 

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