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Crowell Nabs Intellectual Property, Trade Practice Litigator

Oct. 6, 2020, 4:03 AM

Crowell & Moring expanded its intellectual property practice with the addition of Joshua Pond from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

Pond joins the firm as a partner in its IP Group, which has more than 50 lawyers. He specializes in Section 337 investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission. The agency examines complaints of IP infringement and is authorized block imports.

“The ITC has the power to enforce and defend rights, including exclusion orders against unfair imports,” said Pond, who noted that the commission is on track to about double the annual number of complaints it handles, to around 88 cases this year.

Pond has previously represented large companies, including Broadcom and seven of its semiconductor chip customers, in trials at the ITC. He also litigates patents before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and federal courts, like a recent case that pitted Reebok International Ltd. against competitors who allegedly infringed Reebok’s flexible sole technology for its athletic shoes.

Pond started as a lawyer at Fish & Richardson before moving to Kilpatrick Townsend, where he was co-chair of the firm’s ITC Section 337 practice. Over a decade, he said he grew the practice from one active ITC investigation to up to a dozen such cases a year.

Crowell, Pond said, offers “a platform for navigating and staffing significant IP infringement and unfair competition disputes.”

He said the firm’s offices in Europe and in Shanghai will help the IP practice group. “China has been prominent for my matters in global forums,” he noted.

Pond, a former Marine Corps artillery officer, will co-lead the Section 337 practice with Crowell partner Kathryn Clune.

His “addition to our Section 337 practice strengthens our ability to help clients achieve global business objectives through strategic IP protection and enforcement before the ITC and other international forums,” said Jeffrey D. Sanok, chair of Crowell & Moring’s IP practice group, in a statement. Pond adds “valuable bench strength to our trademark, trade secret, and utility and design patent litigation teams,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Olson in Washington at egolson1@gmail.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com

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