IRVINE, CA (January 13, 2009) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Yuichiro Takayanagi has joined the Firm as partner in the Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department based in the Orange County office.
"Yuichiro will be a terrific liaison between the Firm and our Japan-based clients in all intellectual property related matters. Additionally, he will continue to grow and build our client base in the Asian markets," said Terrence P. McMahon, head of the Firm's global Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department.
"With Yuichiro's extensive global experience he will be a significant asset to our international IP practice, as well as to our regional West Coast team," commented Mark Itri, head of the Firm's Orange County IP practice.
Prior to joining McDermott, Mr. Takayanagi worked for Pioneer North America, Inc., a global consumer electronics manufacturer of video, audio and automobile navigation products, with responsibility for patent, licensing, trademark and copyright matters. He also has ten years of experience as North American general counsel of a multinational-industrial electronics manufacturer. He has additional experience in large corporate and finance transactions, domestic and international employment, compliance and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Takayanagi earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his B.A. from Nanzan University in Japan. He is admitted to practice in Illinois. Mr. Takayanagi is fluent in Japanese.
The addition of Mr. Takayanagi continues the expansion of the Department with Susan Knoll and Steven Spears joining as partners in McDermott's Houston office in December 2008, and further supports McDermott's commitment to the intellectual property practice.
McDermott's Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department includes more than 200 lawyers and patent agents working in all of our offices throughout the world. We are renowned for our trial and appellate experience, and are ranked as one of the most active IP litigation firms for both plaintiffs and defendants. Our practice in procurement and licensing in the patent, trademark and copyright areas is recognized for its depth and breadth. Rounding out our intellectual property, media and technology services, the team provides client counseling and advice regarding trade secret, unfair competition, advertising, entertainment and computer law. Additionally, we work closely with our transactional and tax lawyers on the intersection of IP and corporate issues.
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,100 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.