December 18, 2017
Polsinelli Strengthens Its Intellectual Property Department, Adding a Group of Recognized IP Litigators in Silicon Valley and Naming a New Office Managing Partner

Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli has expanded its national Intellectual Property Department with the addition of five new attorneys, Lucas Dahlin, Barrington Dyer, Nitin Gambhir, Teri H.P. Nguyen and Fabio Marino. The group of IP litigators builds on the firm’s west coast momentum and expands the firm’s capabilities in Silicon Valley.

“This group adds strength and depth to our existing Intellectual Property Department, which is comprised of more than 120 attorneys, patent agents and scientists,” said Polsinelli Chairman and CEO Russ Welsh. “This team is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premiere patent litigation groups and we believe their addition will bolster our nationwide IP capabilities and our California presence. We are confident about these renowned attorneys and their shared committed to delivering excellent client service.”

Marino, a well-known IP trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience joins Polsinelli as Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Department, Chair of the IP Litigation Practice Group and will lead the firm’s Silicon Valley team as Office Managing Partner. Chambers USA calls him “one of the go-to names in the business” who is admired for “his courtroom presence and impressive skills as a patent litigator.”

Marino tries high-stakes intellectual property cases across the country, with an emphasis on computer-related technologies. He has experience in a variety of technology areas including computer networks, telecommunications, software engineering, computer architecture, 3D graphics and animation, medical imaging and artificial intelligence, to name a few. Marino handles complex litigation matters such as patent infringement, trade secrets misappropriation, copyright theft, breach of contract and trademark infringement both at the trial level and on appeal.

“I’m looking forward to this new chapter of my career at Polsinelli,” Marino said. “The firm is a great cultural fit for me and my colleagues. We are impressed with the firm’s demonstrated commitment to innovation and unparalleled focus on serving clients and putting their needs first.”

As shareholder, Dyer will focus his practice on IP litigation and counseling, and has experience representing clients in a variety of high-tech industries such as computer networking devices, smartphones and tablets, computer software and internet-related technologies. He has represented clients in patent disputes in federal courts and before the United States International Trade Commission. Dyer has also litigated patent validity before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in inter partes review proceedings. Prior to entering the legal field, Dyer was a developer for a media technology company, creating video-on-demand content delivery and management systems for cable providers. His background is in electrical engineering and computer science.

Gambhir’s roots run deep in the start-up and high-tech industries, and he focuses his practice on a variety of IP matters, including patent infringement and trade secret litigation, strategy and counseling. He has a special emphasis on computer-related technologies, and has represented clients in a broad range of technologies, including computer networking, telecommunications, memory controllers, medical imaging, sensor technology, entertainment and internet-related systems. Prior to practicing law, Gambhir co-founded multiple start-ups in the internet-related technology space.

Nguyen brings experience practicing IP matters in federal court and state court. She focuses on IP litigation matters, complex commercial litigation and unfair business competition litigation and patent damages. She formerly clerked for the Honorable Steven A. Brick of the Alameda County Superior Court’s complex litigation department, and prior to that, was an extern to the Honorable Justice Mark B. Simons of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District. Nguyen is a consultant with the Legal Writing and Research/Moot Court program at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she advises law students on effective oral advocacy involving complex legal issues. She is also a coach for UC Hasting’s constitutional law and federal evidence appellate advocacy moot court teams.

Dahlin focuses his practice on IP litigation matters, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He has experience in federal district court actions, inter partes reviews before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO and appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit He works with clients on strategy and positioning, including commercialization, licensing arrangements and alternative dispute resolution.

“This well-respected group brings a tremendous amount of experience and depth in various high-demand IP and litigation matters and will be valuable assets to our national IP Department,” said Polsinelli IP Department Chair Patrick Woolley. “We’re thrilled to not only grow our department, but also continue to expand our IP footprint in California.”

The firm has more than 800 attorneys across 20 offices coast to coast, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. The new IP group continues the momentum for Polsinelli’s west coast growth. The Silicon Valley office opened in the Fall of 2016 as Polsinelli’s 20th office, with a focus on intellectual property and venture capital, utilizing a cross-disciplined approach to client service that draws upon the varied talents of the attorneys on the west coast and beyond.

Last month, Polsinelli’s Intellectual Property Practice earned a Tier 1 ranking, the highest score, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Law Firms” report. The firm has one of the largest intellectual property practices in the nation, comprised of attorneys, patent agents and scientists who provide a broad range of services and capabilities for clients.