Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer Mark Whitaker Joins Baker Botts L.L.P. New Partner in Washington Office Brings Broad Experience in Patent Litigation, ITC Section 337 Actions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark Whitaker, who has built an extensive legal practice focused on patent litigation and ITC Section 337 actions, joined Baker Botts L.L.P. today as a partner in the Intellectual Property department. He is based in the firm's Washington office.

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Whitaker has successfully represented clients in electronics, telecommunications, chemical and software process patent disputes and licensing campaigns. He has also worked with clients involved in fast-track intellectual property litigation before the International Trade Commission (ITC).

"Mark adds depth to our Intellectual Property capabilities as we continue to expand service in this area to our clients nationally and internationally," said Baker Botts Managing Partner Walt Smith. "His experience in serving as lead counsel to clients across a broad spectrum of industries fits with our well-established reputation as a leading IP firm."

Whitaker joins an IP department at Baker Botts that has more than 130 IP lawyers, making it one of the largest IP practices in the United States. The firm represents clients in a wide range of services, including patent and trademark prosecution. On the litigation front, the firm has experience in complex, high-stakes patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation.

"Adding Mark to our IP team at this time reflects our commitment to providing clients a diverse group of lawyers who can handle the increasingly complex world of patent litigation. In particular, Mark adds depth to our ITC 337 practice," said Bart Showalter, chair of Baker Botts' IP department. "We are pleased that Mark decided to bring his skills to our firm."

Whitaker currently serves as Vice Chair Division I of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law and is a member of the board of directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Before joining Baker Botts, Whitaker was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Howrey. Whitaker was a member of the United States Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps before entering private practice as a litigator. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Northeastern University and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  

Additional information about the IP practice at Baker Botts is available here.

Additional information about the Washington office is available here.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P., dating from 1840, is a leading international law firm with offices in Abu Dhabi, Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto, Riyadh and Washington. With approximately 700 lawyers, Baker Botts provides a full range of legal services to international, national and regional clients. For more information, please visit www.bakerbotts.com.

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