WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 29, 2005) — Raphael "Ray" Lupo has been named head of McDermott Will & Emery's Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department, previously called the Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Lupo, who chaired the department from 1996 to 2002, succeeds Jack Lever who has successfully led the 175-lawyer department for the past three years.
"Ray has always been an instrumental leader at McDermott," commented Harvey W. Freishtat, Chairman of McDermott. "During his previous tenure as head of the department, Ray led our intellectual property practice to the next level. I am confident that our IP practice will be yet further enhanced in terms of its size, scope and international reach under Ray's leadership."
Mr. Lupo concentrates his practice in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets litigation and associated counseling. Mr. Lupo has extensive trial and appellate experience in the federal courts and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). He has represented major U.S. and international corporations in various patent, trademark and copyright litigation disputes. Most of his practice over the last two decades has involved the representation of clients in disputes regarding complex technology with many cases involving multiple patents and parties requiring extensive trial teams for both the presentation and defense of the case.
"I assume this role to lead this extraordinary group of lawyers with great respect for the talent we have," commented Ray. "I have personally worked with so many members of this group that I cannot imagine a better group of individuals I would rather work with on the continued development of our practice."
Mr. Lupo worked as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent Office from 1964 to 1969. He was an associate solicitor in the U.S. Patent Office from 1969 to 1977, and was an acting member of the Board of Patent Interferences as well as the director of the Patent Planning Staff. In 1977, he became the deputy assistant general counsel for patents at the Department of Energy, a position he stayed at until he went into private practice in 1980.
McDermott recently changed the name of its Intellectual Property Department to the Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department to highlight the breadth of the Firm's IP focus involving its growing practice in Europe among clients in the mobile and fixed line communication industry, cable and satellite TV, media, broadcasting and entertainment industries. Additionally, the Firm has officially announced its Telecom, Media & Technology Practice Group as a practice within its Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department.