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Duane Morris Welcomes Veteran IP Partners Jennifer M. Lantz and Philip W. Woo in Silicon Valley

March 13, 2020

PALO ALTO, California, March 12, 2020—Jennifer M. Lantz and Philip W. Woo have joined Duane Morris LLP’s Silicon Valley office as partners in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Lantz and Woo are Silicon Valley veterans with decades of experience, including at global law firms such as Hogan Lovells and Sidley Austin.

“Jennifer and Phil are a formidable addition to our IP practice and Silicon Valley office,” said Matthew A. Taylor, CEO and Chairman of Duane Morris. “Their deep experience and top-notch skills make them exactly the caliber of attorney we are committed to recruiting to continue to grow our presence in Silicon Valley.”

“Jennifer and Phil bring complementary practices to our group that will serve to heighten the depth and sophistication of our IP offerings,” said L. Norwood “Woody” Jameson, chair of Duane Morris’ Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Philip W. Woo has been in practice for 25 years, working in all areas of patent law including litigation, prosecution and contested proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has represented a wide spectrum of innovation-driven high-tech companies, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations. With a degree in electrical engineering and substantial real-world experience in industry, Woo works on the deep technical issues in intellectual property matters of commercial significance for the clients he serves. He was counsel in the first inter partes review proceeding resulting in a successful final determination invalidating claims of the patent at issue. Woo has been recognized in the 2013-2020 editions of Best Lawyers in America, and as a leading patent litigator by IAM Patent 1000.

Woo is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1994) and the Southern Methodist University (B.S.E.E., cum laude, 1990).

Jennifer M. Lantz advises innovators at all stages on managing and protecting their valuable brands and other IP. She focuses on helping companies develop brands through enforcement policies, clearing marks for use, registering marks in the United States and abroad, commercializing marks through licenses and merchandising agreements, assessing infringement risks and defending against allegations of infringement. Lantz has been recognized in the 2020 World Trademark Review 100 as “An excellent hybrid lawyer … Lantz delivers crisp results whether securing trademark protections, enforcing rights or negotiating deals.” She represents clients of all sizes—from new startups to multinationals. In addition to her prosecution and counseling practice, Lantz has an active trademark litigation practice in federal courts around the country. She has obtained preliminary injunctions on behalf of a number of trademark clients and has also successfully defended against preliminary injunctions. Lantz has litigated other significant and complex intellectual property and business disputes for clients, including patents, trade secrets, rights of publicity, copyrights, licensing, contract disputes and numerous section 337 matters in the International Trade Commission. She handles opposition and cancellation proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, oversees multijurisdictional disputes and regularly counsels clients regarding domain name issues and trademark issues in social media. Lantz has also spearheaded enforcement campaigns in the United States and overseas for clients in industries where counterfeiting and knockoffs are prevalent.

Lantz is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1994) and the University of Michigan (B.A., with honors, 1991).

“We’re excited to continue to expand our office with Jennifer and Phil on the heels of the addition of other prominent attorneys to the Silicon Valley office,” said Manita Rawat, managing partner of the Duane Morris Silicon Valley office. “They are terrific additions to our firm and will be great assets for our clients.”

About Duane Morris’ Silicon Valley Office

Duane Morris opened its office in Palo Alto in 2013 to provide more efficient and direct service to clients throughout Silicon Valley and enhance its capabilities in California and nationally. A global high-technology hub and home to many of the world’s most successful and innovative companies, Silicon Valley is a natural fit for Duane Morris’ strengths in IP litigation, patent, trademark and trade secret, as well as IP transactional, patent and trademark prosecution, inter partes review, licensing and due diligence. Duane Morris attorneys from its five California offices, and elsewhere throughout the world, work extensively with high-tech clients and bring a broad base of experience and relationships with businesses and professionals in the valley.

 

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP provides innovative solutions to today’s multifaceted legal and business challenges through the collegial and collaborative culture of its more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.