The following are personnel changes and other news recently announced by prominent intellectual property law firms and other IP-related organizations:

• Patent litigator Barbara Mullin, previously at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, has joined Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, New York, as a special counsel in the firm’s litigation team.

• Trademark and advertising attorney Tywanda Lord, a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP, Atlanta, has been appointed to the firm’s executive committee.

• Palo Alto, California-based Philip Ou has been promoted to partner at Paul Hastings LLP‘s intellectual property practice.

• Intellectual property and business litigator Andrea Fair has been promoted to partner at Ward, Smith & Hill PLLC, Longview, Texas.

• IP, technology and commercial litigator Ian Shelton has left Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to join Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP, Austin, Texas, as counsel in the firm’s litigation practice group.

John Benjamin has left DWF LLP to join Duane Morris LLP, London, as a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group.

• Patent attorneys Michael Shuster and Kevin Kabler have left at Fenwick & West LLP to join Goodwin Procter LLP, San Francisco, in the firm’s life sciences practice.