Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Hari Santhanam has joined the firm as a Patent Litigation partner in the growing Chicago office.
Hari is the latest addition to the firm’s Intellectual Property practice and to the firm’s Chicago office, which has grown rapidly to become one of Chicago’s largest law firms.
“Hari’s trial experience and strong technical background will greatly benefit our clients, particularly with respect to complex patent litigation,” said Shannon Bloodworth, firmwide chair of Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property practice. “We are delighted that Hari has joined us as we continue expanding our IP capabilities both in Chicago and nationally.”
Informed by his deep technical background, Hari has a wide range of intellectual property and litigation experience, including trying bench and jury trials, arguing appeals, and preparing successful petitions for writ of certiorari. He is also registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney and he has led numerous patent reexaminations, inter partes reviews, and other post-grant proceedings.
“We are excited to welcome Hari to our Chicago IP team. His addition will enable us to bolster our client services locally and nationally,” said Chicago partner Dave Fournier, firmwide chair of Perkins Coie’s Patent Prosecution practice.
“Hari’s addition will enable us to continue serving an expanding roster of technology, finance, fintech, healthcare, and startup and emerging company clients,” said Rick Sevcik, Perkins Coie’s Chicago office managing partner. “We are thrilled to welcome Hari to the Chicago office and to provide a national platform where he can continue to build his practice.”
Hari joins Perkins Coie from Kirkland & Ellis, where he was a partner in the Chicago office. He earned his J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and his M.S. and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, where he has taught as an adjunct professor since 2014.
Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to our clients’ success. With more than 1,200 lawyers in offices across the United States and Asia, we provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.
Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Kwan-Ho (Alex) Chung, PhD, has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property practice as a partner in the patent prosecution group of the Washington, D.C. office. Alex is the latest addition to the firm’s growing Intellectual Property team on the East Coast, which has recently added partners Ngai Zhang, Drew Schulte, and Lori Gordon.
Alex focuses his practice on representing U.S., European, Korean, and Japanese companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, and medical device industries. Alex has extensive experience providing strategic IP counsel to his clients in the areas of procuring, managing, enforcing, and defending patent rights. Additionally, he is skilled at navigating multi-jurisdictional patent protection.
“Alex’s legal talents and technical experience representing life sciences clients in highly technical transactions make him a valuable addition to our practice,” said David Fournier, firmwide chair of Perkins Coie’s Patent Prosecution & Portfolio Counseling practice. “As a U.S. patent co-inventor with a PhD in neuroscience, he has a deep personal understanding of patent protection and the myriad complexities of our clients’ portfolios and work.”
Alex’s practice also includes providing patentability, infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate opinions, and conducting due diligence analysis on IP portfolios. He is a co-inventor of a U.S. patent on RNA interference (RNAi) expression vector.
“Washington, D.C., is a key market for patent prosecution, and Alex’s addition further builds out our capabilities for the East Coast and beyond. We’re excited that Alex is joining our growing team,” said Val Dahiya, Perkins Coie’s Washington, D.C., office managing partner.
Alex received his JD from the George Washington University Law School, his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Michigan Medical School, his MS in immunology and genetic engineering from Seoul National University, and his BS in microbiology from Seoul National University. Alex joins Perkins Coie from Jones Day, where he was a member of the Intellectual Property and Korea practices.
Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions, and extraordinary client service on matters vital to our clients’ success. With more than 1,200 attorneys in offices across the United States and Asia, we provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.