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    March 18, 2010  
 
MOFO’s KILLER APP

Just announced: Bisnow summit on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. April 8. Featuring SEC official Cheryl Scarboro and in-house counsel from Lockheed and Cisco, presented by Arent Fox. Info

 
We caught up with Alex Hadjis, newly-appointed co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s 300-lawyer global IP group, for the latest on what’s hot in patent litigation and digital technology.
 
Alex Hadjis, newly-appointed co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s 300-lawyer global IP group

The ITC (which can issue exclusion orders against products marketed by entities found guilty of patent infringement) is gaining popularity, Alex tells us, because of its ability to deliver “powerful remedies” to plaintiffs. In the last few months, MoFo's ITC squad has litigated cases for flat panel TVs, articulated arms (i.e. robot things that make even more complex robot things), and GPS, and it’s won exclusion orders in ITC cases that have led to large settlements.

 
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Alex Hadjis, newly-appointed co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s 300-lawyer global IP group, with David Harvey

Last week, MoFo released the first multi-dimensional law firm iPhone app. It includes contact info for the firm’s 1000 attorneys, a mapping tool that recommends restaurants in the vicinity of its 16 offices, and an addictive game that dishes out firm facts every time a level is completed. A first-mover in the law firm app space, MoFo has not yet given up on the nostalgia of print media. Case in point: its award winning magazine, MoFo Tech. We snapped Alex and firm senior marketing manager David Harvey with a framed copy. 


SHINDIG!
 

Craig Peters and Adam Apatoff

We stopped by a lively office party at Apatoff Peters Rockville digs Tuesday. The hosts, name partners Craig Peters and Adam Apatoff, tell us their 9-lawyer corporate/tax/tech/litigation firm recently bridged the Potomac (which may or may not be depicted in the abstract piece behind them) by opening up a new office in Falls Church. Craig says the expansion of his clients’ business is what’s driving the firm’s growth. While on site, we also learned that Adam is planning to take his wife to Turks & Caicos for their 10th anniversary.
Apatoff Peters’ John Huggins, US Trust’s Mary Moore, Jacoby’s Scott Ritter, and Kimberly Flemming and Tamara Gaw of transAfrica forum

Apatoff Peters’ John Huggins, US Trust’s Mary Moore, Jacoby’s Scott Ritter, and transAfrica forum's Kimberly Flemming and Tamara Gaw. John, who's on the board of transAfrica forum, tells us that businesses in MoCo are looking “more engaged,” and local lenders are becoming more supportive of their desires to expand.


TONIGHT: EMBASSY CHEF CHALLENGE 2010!
 
Hungry for exotic cuisine and a good cause? You need to join an expected 400 at 6:30 this (lovely) evening at Sweden House on the Georgetown waterfront (2900 K Street) to benefit Cultural Tourism DC. Arent Fox’s Ellen McCarthy (a board member of the beneficiary non-profit) tells us that chefs from the embassies of Bahrain, Ghana, Hungary, Israel, Korea, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Qatar, Serbia, and Timor-Leste will compete in front of celebrity judges like Michel Richard and Nora Pouillon, with ticket fees going to promote Washington's heritage and arts. More info

WOMEN + WINE = $9K

 
WJLA/NewsChannel 8 reporter Courtney Robinson (Women and Wine keynote) flanked by Suited for Change board member Pat Morris and Squire Sanders partner Karen Harbaugh

Squire Sanders hosted a “women & wine" tasting event at its Tysons Corner office recently. Here’s WJLA/NewsChannel 8 reporter Courtney Robinson, the event’s keynote, flanked by Suited for Change board member Pat Morris and Squire Sanders partner Karen Harbaugh. In addition to good wine and good company the event raised $9k for Suited for Change, which provides professional clothing and ongoing career education to low-income women.


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March 25 - Business Alliance Grubstake Breakfast - See latest technologies, pre-screened investments, hear funding advice, and meet new business contacts. Presentations by co's seeking $250-2M inv capital, funding experts, and Grubstake alumnus Manoj Ramnani, CEO of DubMeNow. Tysons Ritz. 7:30-9:30am. Info

April 08 - Bisnow summit on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Featuring SEC official Cheryl Scarboro and in-house counsel from Lockheed and Cisco, presented by Arent Fox. Info

 
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