We are delighted to announce our new Intellectual Property, Media & Technology (IPMT) partners and counsel. The promoted members of the IPMT practice span patents, trademarks, unfair competition, domain names, copyright, designs, trade secrets, privacy & cybersecurity, and IPMT transactions, and include representatives from the Americas, Asia and Europe. Their promotions are very much deserved and we wish them success in their new roles.

Firm wide, they form part of the 29 new partners and 56 new appointments to the role of counsel in offices across our global network and in each of the five practice groups. Speaking on the promotions, Hogan Lovells' CEO Steve Immelt commented:

"Each of these individuals has demonstrated our core values through their hard work, client dedication, leadership behaviors and innovative thinking. Their additions to the partnership are a reflection of our truly global and diverse culture at the firm. The achievements of this talented group reflect the excellent work the firm does in recruiting and retaining the best people in a highly competitive legal marketplace. With that in mind, I am particularly pleased that more than 40 percent of our new partners and new counsel are women. I congratulate all those who were promoted and wish them every success as they continue their career with us."

IPMT practice group leader Burkhart Goebel added his congratulations to our nine new IPMT partners and counsel promotions, commenting that they "demonstrate the strength of our home-grown talent across the full breadth of our market leading practice".

Meet our new IPMT partners

Aaron Oakley (Denver): Aaron advises across all areas of IP, with a focus on patent and trade secret disputes. Aaron has a background in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and uses his technical knowledge to provide strategic advice across a range of industries.

Tomoe Takahashi (Tokyo): Tomoe's practice covers multi-jurisdictional trademark enforcement and portfolio management work for global brands. Tomoe also advises clients on aspects of IP contracts as well as trademark due diligence in M&A transactions.

Ernest Yakob (New York): Ernest handles patent disputes for major life sciences companies in district courts, as well as inter partes review and post-grant review proceedings before the USPTO, patent prosecution and opinions, and IP licensing and due diligence.

Meet our new IPMT counsel

Oliver Bäcker (Dusseldorf): Oliver focuses on patent and utility model litigation, in particular in the fields of mobile radio technology, and chip technology, as well as in the field of mechanics. Oliver also advises in the context of injunctions on essential patents and other aspects of FRAND obligations.

Anneka Dalton (London): Anneka advises clients on every aspect of brand strategy, including the development, protection, exploitation, and enforcement of IP rights. Anneka has a particular interest in IP issues relating to e-commerce and intermediary service providers. She recently won awards from Euromoney for "Rising Star Intellectual Property" and "Rising Star UK".

Dr. Marion Fischer (Munich): Marion focuses on all matters relating to trademark, unfair competition and trade secrets law, as well as advising on IP aspects of commercial transactions. Marion advises across a range of industry sectors, with a focus on life sciences and automotive.

Dr. Patrick Fromlowitz (Hamburg): Patrick advises and represents clients in trademark, design right and unfair competition law matters. His focus lies in the judicial enforcement of IP rights and defence against IP infringement claims in cross-border litigation cases as well as in Internet related disputes.

Sarah-Lena Kreutzmann (Dusseldorf): Sarah-Lena advises clients across a diverse range of industries on transactions and all types of contractual matters in the areas of IP, IT and data protection law. She has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating license, R&D, technology and outsourcing agreements.

Dr. Felipe Zilly (Dusseldorf): As a fully qualified German and European patent attorney and biochemist by training, Felipe focuses on national and European patent litigation and invalidation proceedings in the areas of chemistry, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and production processes. Prior to joining in 2017, Felipe worked as an in-house patent attorney for a multinational consumer goods company.

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