King & Spalding Adds IP Partners To Austin And London Offices

Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 01:00

King & Spalding has announced that it has significantly expanded its intellectual property practice with the addition of three new partners. The group brings with it in-depth capabilities related to patent licensing, technology transfer and patent and technology portfolio strategy analysis as well as experience in patent litigation and U.S. International Trade Commission proceedings.

The partners - all of whom were previously with Baker Botts LLP- include Bruce W. Slayden II, who served as the co-chair of Baker Botts' international patent practice group and head of its intellectual property department in the Austin office; R. William Beard, Jr.; and Andy Grubert.

Messrs. Slayden and Beard join King & Spalding in Austin, while Mr. Grubert will practice in the London office.

Mr. Slayden's practice focuses on patent enforcement/defense strategies and risks (in the U.S. and Europe), intellectual property acquisition due diligence, and domestic/international intellectual property asset management.

Mr. Beard litigates patents in Texas and around the country, including the International Trade Commission, for clients in a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, consumer products, industrial tools and financial business methods.

Mr. Grubert is a United States patent attorney, a European patent and trademark attorney, and a German patent attorney. His practice focuses on patent application preparation and prosecution - particularly in the U.S. and Europe - patent licensing negotiations, and patent portfolio management.