By Alexandra Schwappach
Daily Journal Staff Writer
Los Angeles, CA (October 04, 2012) – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP added a new partner in its Los Angeles office in a move to bolster its intellectual property litigation practice, the firm announced Monday.
Amar L. Thakur, who joined from Foley & Lardner LLP, will head the firm’s IP litigation practice in L.A., overseeing 93 lawyers. A law firm with more than 600 attorneys worldwide, Quinn currently has more than 200 attorneys in IP litigation,the firm’s largest practice area. Sandford “Sandy” Lechtick,founder of California‐based legal search firm Esquire Inc., brokered Thakur’s move to the new firm.
“Sandy asked me if I was interested in moving and where I would want to go,” Thakur said. “And I think Quinn was No. 1 on my list. They handle the biggest, the best and the most important cases nationally, and it’s an exciting opportunity for me to be part of that larger team.
Thakur’s practice is devoted to IP litigation and licensing matters. His experience includes litigating on behalf of companies in telecommunications, medical devices, software and semiconductors in patent, trademark and commercial disputes.
“IP litigation tends to hit industries in waves,” Thakur said. “Recently, there has been a significant amount of patent litigation, particularly in wireless devices, and an uptick in big, what I like to call institutional cases, like Apple and Samsung.
Thakur will bring clients from his former firm with him to Quinn but said he was unable to say who that includes until the move is finalized.
Legal market observers say the past five years have seen a rise in all IP matters, leading to the need for more legal work to cover licensing, trademark and intellectual property rights in new media.
“In terms of the proliferation of IP work, the last five years has seen an explosion of affordable consumer technology platforms‐ tablets,iPods,and smartphones,” said Barbara Levenson,a legal recruiter with Levenson Schweitzer Inc.She said that’s made a lot of work for firms with transactional practices, but because Quinn is a litigation only firm, a significant percentage of its IP cases are bet‐the‐company patent litigation matters.
“Firms are beefing up their IP practices because of the uptick in IP work, but Quinn has made their mark in this area for quite some time,” Levenson said. “So, the partners that they are adding are looking to work on more high‐profile trials, including patent litigation trials.
Thakur has transitioned between a few firms over the past 10 years, moving from Latham & Watkins LLP in2004 to co‐chair Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s IP practice. In 2009, he became partner in Foley’sIP department at its Del Mar office. With his recent move to Quinn, he hopes to find stability.
“I’m hoping this is my last move,” he said. “From the beginning, I was attracted to this kind of large, stable practice where I can now hopefully practice for the rest of my career.
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