McCarter & English LLP has hired two new intellectual property partners, one who formerly worked at WilmerHale and another who is president of the IP constituency of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
McCarter said in a statement on Monday that it has bolstered its IP practice with Andrej Barbic, an ex-WilmerHale patent attorney who concentrates on life sciences, and Gregory S. Shatan, an Internet domain name and trademark attorney who has a leadership role at ICANN.
Barbic will help McCarter defend and challenge patents in post-grant proceedings and aid biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other life sciences clients in securing and defending their IP, the statement said.
Shatan’s practice will hone in on IP and technology transactions, trademark protection and enforcement, and Web accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to McCarter.
“It’s a win for the firm and, more important, a win for our clients when two attorneys like Andrej and Greg join us,” McCarter Chairman Michael P. Kelly said in the statement. “Our IP practice already is very successful and nationally renowned, and with their addition, we are now that much stronger. Andrej and Greg are both A-plus lawyers and A-plus people."
Barbic obtained his BA in chemistry from Lawrence University in 1995, then earned his PhD in biophysical chemistry from Yale University in 2001, according to his McCarter biography.
Barbic worked as a postdoctoral associate at Yale from April 2002 to June 2003, then as a technology specialist at Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP from September 2003 to February 2005, according to his LinkedIn profile.
After acquiring his JD, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 2007, Barbic joined WilmerHale as an associate in January 2009. He worked for roughly seven years at the firm, also serving as senior associate and counsel, the LinkedIn profile said.
In addition to defending and challenging patents, Barbic — who is co-chair of the Boston Patent Law Association’s Contested Matters Committee — will help client build strong patent portfolios, according to McCarter.
Barbic has joined McCarter’s Boston office, and Shatan will work out of the firm’s New York office.
Shatan obtained his BA in sociology/psychology and music from Wesleyan University in 1981, attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University from 1983 to 1984, and acquired his JD from Columbia University School of Law in 1986, according to his LinkedIn profile.
After graduating from Columbia, Shatan worked as an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges and at Lord Day & Lord, Barrett Smith. He then served as a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP, Reed Smith LLP and Abelman Frayne & Schwab, according to his LinkedIn profile.
McCarter said on Monday that Shatan’s transactional practice focuses on acquisitions and licenses of IP rights and assets, outsourcing and development transactions and the technology and IP layers of mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and financings.
Stephen M. Vajtay Jr., McCarter’s managing partner, praised the two new hires in Monday’s statement.
“Intellectual property has been, and continues to be, a growth area for our firm, in terms of numbers of lawyers, revenue and recognition,” Vajtay said. “Any firm would benefit from the addition of Andrej and Greg, and we look forward to a long, productive relationship with them.”
McCarter employs about 400 lawyers in its offices in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, according to its website.
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