PALO ALTO, CA (February 10, 2005) — The Silicon Valley office of McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that William G. Gaede, III will be joining the Firm's Intellectual Property Department as a partner on Monday, February 14, 2005. Mr. Gaede will co-chair McDermott's Biotechnology & Life Sciences Practice Group and will continue to focus his practice on significant intellectual property disputes in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries.
"Bill's many years of patent litigation experience as lead counsel for significant biotech and pharmaceutical companies complements the strong IP litigation team and life sciences resources we have in place," commented Anthony de Alcuaz, partner-in-charge of the Firm's Silicon Valley office. "His arrival is part of our continued commitment to our international IP practice and particularly the growth of our life sciences group."
"I look forward to working with Bill on the continued development of our life sciences practice, particularly on the west coast," commented Cathryn Campbell, IP partner in the Firm's San Diego office and co-chair of the Biotechnology & Life Sciences Practice Group.
Mr. Gaede has 16 years of experience in all facets of litigation. Over the last eight years, he has served as lead counsel for a wide range of companies and research institutes in the life science and pharmaceutical industries. Recent cases in which he played a leading role include Genentech Inc. v. Amgen Inc. and Corixa Corporation et al. v. BiogenIdec Inc. He has also argued before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
"McDermott's leading position in intellectual property and the opportunity to co-chair its Life Sciences Group was an irresistible opportunity," commented Mr. Gaede. "I am thrilled to be joining the McDermott team and look forward to further expanding the Firm's practice in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries."
Mr. Gaede was previously a partner at Cooley Godward, where he was a leader in the Palo Alto Office's life science, litigation practice. He earned his J.D. cum laude in 1988 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and received an undergraduate degree in English literature from Pitzer College. In addition, Mr. Gaede served as an extern to the Honorable Stanley A. Weigel of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Mr. Gaede is a member of the Federal Circuit bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the San Francisco Bar Association.